A strong French presence at DEFEXPO INDIA 2012
Indo-French defence cooperation is entering a new phase with the growth of India’s defence industrial base. From a buyer-seller relation, India and France have now entered into
co-development and co-production of major defence equipment in India.
French expertise in defence and security covers the entire range of competences in systems, equipments, training and technology. Our aim is to offer a wide range of products or services likely to meet all the requirements of the Indian armed forces and, at the same time, contribute to building and consolidating India’s industrial and technological base, through transfers of expertise, technology and know-how.
As an illustration of the strength of our bilateral relation, France is strongly represented at Defexpo 2012, with around 25 French companies participating, from SMEs to major contractors. (see catalogue)
The French companies will showcase their state-of-the-art know-how and a wide range of innovative products and technologies, within a French Pavilion coordinated by GICAN, the French Marine Industry Association, and GICAT, the French Land Defence Industry Association.
French exhibitors : ALKAN, ASB AEROSPATIALE BATTERIES, CILAS, CNIM, DCI, DCNS, EADS, ECA EN, ECA ROBOTICS, ELNO SN, EURENCO, EURONAVAL, EUROSATORY, EXXELIA, GICAN, GICAT, LACROIX DEFENCE & SECURITY, MBDA, NEXTER, PANHARD, PROENGIN, RENAULT TRUCKS DEFENSE, RENK FRANCE, ROXEL, SAFRAN Group, SAFT, SOFRADIR, THALES
India and France have historical relations in the field of defence equipment. This relationship started in the early 50s with the supply of combat aircraft (Dassault Ouragan/Toofany), light helicopters (Cheetah/Chetak) as well as various vehicles or electronic equipment. Since the launch of the Indo-French strategic partnership in 1998 and the signature of the bilateral agreement on defence cooperation in 2006, India and France have dramatically developed their defence partnership, now covering the full spectrum of technological, industrial and operational cooperation. This is reflected, among others in the agreement signed in 2005 to built six state-of-the art Scorpene submarines in India and, more recently, the upgrade of Indian Air Force Mirage2000 H/TH to the latest technical standard. The implementation of the Rafale project will further illustrate the depth and scope of the strategic partnership between France and India.
The Indo-French strategic partnership, which encompasses a number of areas of common interest such a defence, civilian nuclear energy, space or counter-terrorism, is driven at the highest level: the French President, H.E. Mr Nicolas Sarkozy, was invited to India in January 2008 as the Chief Guest of Republic Day parade, and came back in December 2010 on a four-day visit. The Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Dr Manmohan Singh, also visited France twice, first in 2008 and then on 14th of July 2009 as the Guest of Honour at the French National Day, with Indian Armed Forces troops parading on the Champs-Elysées ahead of French Armed Forces.
Our cooperation in the field of defence has been reinforced by the visit to India of the French Defence Minister, Mr Gérard Longuet, in May 2011 and the visit to France of the Indian Minister of State for Defence Mr M.M. Pallam Raju in June 2011.
Source: GICAN (French Marine Industry Group)