Both Ajit Doval and Emmanuel Bonne will also exchange notes to each other on terrorism emanating from Pakistan, as well as on growing radicalization in the Af-Pak region following the rise of the Taliban.
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The entire security cooperation is likely to be reviewed in the 36th strategic dialogue between India and France on Thursday. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval will lead the Indian delegation, according to the Ministry of External Affairs. At the same time, the French delegation will be led by Emmanuel Bonne, Diplomatic Advisor to the President of France.
Modi government’s silence
According to the report, the talks between the two will focus on the manufacturing of aircraft engines and long-range submarines under the ‘Make in India’ campaign. On Thursday, Diplomatic Advisor Bonne will also meet Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar. The Modi government is currently keeping silence about this conversation, but it is being speculated that India wants to become self-sufficient in things like arms and hardware in view of the increasing militarization of China. For this, India wants to take the help of its major allies like France.
Emphasis on Make-in-India
India is not only looking for 100% transfer technology for its indigenous twin engine fighter aircraft but also to design and develop next generation high powered military and civil engines for future high powered fighter and transport platforms wants to Let us tell you that Tata group has already tied up with Airbus to manufacture C295 tactical transport aircraft in Vadodara, Gujarat. Now India is looking to expand this line to manufacture other civil and military aircraft in a joint venture with France.
Emphasis on the construction of indigenous submarines
The latest Scorpene class submarine ‘Kalvari’, built in collaboration with France, was inducted into the Navy last year. ‘Kalvari’ is considered one of the deadliest submarines in the world. France’s agreement with India for the construction of Kalvari submarine is going to end this year. In such a situation, India wants to continue manufacturing in Mumbai Dockyard. For this, India wants to push for the construction of diesel attack submarines retrofitted with indigenous air independent propulsion systems under the supervision of France.
India-France-UAE came closer to deal with China
Along with this, the two strategic allies will also discuss the Indo-Pacific region. According to the report, France is ready to negotiate about drones and sensors capable of mapping the seabed and working under water. China is rapidly increasing its activities in the Indo-Pacific region. In such a situation, their allies including India also want to be ready for the future. Let us tell you that India-France has formed a tri-lateral group with the UAE to ensure maritime domain awareness and security from the east coast of Africa to the remote Pacific Ocean.
Terrorism will also be discussed
Along with this, space is another major area where India and France have joined hands to share technology to counter the rapid moves by China. Both Ajit Doval and Emmanuel Bonne will also exchange notes to each other on terrorism emanating from Pakistan, as well as on growing radicalization in the Af-Pak region following the rise of the Taliban.
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Story first published: Thursday, January 5, 2023, 12:10 [IST]