India and France on Friday decided to enhance their unprecedented defence cooperation in advanced aeronautical technologies by supporting the joint development of fighter aircraft engines. A roadmap for this project will be prepared between the French company Safran and Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) before the end of this year. They also decided to support industrial collaboration for the motorisation of heavy-lift helicopters under the Indian Multi-Role Helicopter [IMRH] program with Safran helicopter engines.
The announcement was made after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s talks with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris. The two leaders adopted ‘Horizon 2047: 25th Anniversary of the Indo-French Strategic Partnership, Towards a Century of Indo-French Relations’. The statement on partnership for security and sovereignty called for building sovereign defence capabilities together. It said that France is one of India’s key partners in the development of a self-reliant defence industrial and technological base.
It added, “India and France commit to cooperate in the co-development and co-production of advanced defence technologies, including for the benefit of third countries.” “In line with their excellent cooperation in military aviation for over five decades, India and France welcome the timely delivery of the 36 Rafales ordered by India. In the future, India and France will expand their unprecedented defence cooperation in advanced aeronautical technologies by supporting the joint development of fighter aircraft engines. (A roadmap on this project will be drawn up between Safran and DRDO before the end of this year [TT1] [P2].) They are also looking for industrial collaboration for the motorization of heavy-lift helicopters under the Indian Multi-Role Helicopter [IMRH] programme. also support. Safran Helicopter Engines, France,” the statement said.
It added that to enable progress on the IMRH programme, a shareholder agreement has been concluded between Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), India and Safran Helicopter Engines, France, for engine development. “These ventures are in line with the spirit of trust that exists between India and France in joint development and sharing of critical components and technology building blocks, based on the successful Indo-French experience in technology transfer.”India Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. were in the advanced stages of discussion with French companies for co-development engines for the IMRH being developed.
Government sources told ANI that discussions are on with French companies for the co-development of high-powered engines for the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) being designed and developed by the Defense Research and Development Organisation. Indian aerospace public sector unit Hindustan Aeronautics Limited was also in talks with French firms for the co-development of an engine for the Indian multirole helicopter being developed by HAL for multiple roles in the above 12-tonne class. Talks between DRDO and French engine maker Safran were “progressing well”, where the deal would be for robust engines for both the planned versions of the indigenous AMCA aircraft.
The specifications of the AMCA are planned in such a way that they will require very strong engines. The Horizon 2047 statement said that India and France are long-standing strategic partners in the Indo-Pacific. “Since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1947 and the elevation of the partnership to the strategic level in 1998, our two countries have consistently worked together, maintaining a high level of mutual trust, a shared commitment to the principles underlying Is. in the common values enshrined in the United Nations Charter and international law,” it said.
“To mark the 25th anniversary of the Indo-French partnership, the two countries agreed to adopt a roadmap to set the course for bilateral relations till 2047, which celebrates the centenary of India’s independence, the centenary of diplomatic relations between the two Will celebrate countries and 50 years of strategic partnership.” The statement said that India and France intend to work together in the interest of international peace and stability and reaffirm their commitment to the rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific and beyond. “They agree to work within the framework of a partnership between equals, consistent with their respective sovereign and strategic interests, as they have done since 1998. To further deepen this strategic partnership, and to promote universal In keeping with the values of democracy and the rule of law, India and France have decided to strengthen cooperation in futuristic areas, to strengthen their sovereignty and decision-making autonomy, and to address the challenges facing our planet. Major challenges can be answered together. Cooperation between India and the European Union.