On board the French nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle, French Ambassador to New Delhi Emmanuel Lenin stated that France is a “great option” for India to diversify its defence supplies amid a heavy dependence on Russia. He added that France is committed to not just Make in India but also co-develop and co-manufacture with India. Lenin pointed out that France has successfully delivered 36 Rafale fighter jets and other systems to India and wants to develop a national-level defence industrial base in India. He also said that France is willing to help India in developing nuclear-powered and nuclear attack submarines just like the Russians. Ties between India and France date back several decades and the last few years have seen a renewed push for deeper bilateral ties, especially in the defence sector. Sources in India’s defence and security establishment also argue that as New Delhi seeks to move away from its dependence on Russia, it will also keep the interests of Russia in mind.
Today: December 4, 2023