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Indo-French Strategic Partnership

Indo-French Aerospace Relationship by Air Marshal Anil Chopra

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Author: Air Marshal Anil Chopra PVSM, AVSM, VM, VSM (Retd)
A most interesting and insightful article that posits aerospace cooperation as virtually the bedrock of Indo French Strategic Partnership. The Air Marshal surveys the growth of Indo-French cooperation in military, civil and space applications. French Ouragan and Mystere aircraft took active part in the 1965 and 1971 wars and the French Mirage 2000 performed brilliantly in the Kargil conflict.


The India-Pakistan Nuclear Stand-off by Amit Gupta

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Author: Amit Gupta
There are three levels of deterrence in South Asia – nuclear, conventional, and unconventional – and neither India nor Pakistan can claim to have achieved security at all three levels. The situation is further complicated for Pakistan by the Indian decision to put a missile shield around Mumbai and New Delhi. Pakistan suffers from a lack of conventional deterrence against India.


Indo-French Nuclear Collaboration: Prospects and Challenges by Manpreet Sethi

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Author: Ms (Dr) Manpreet Sethi
This very interesting article evaluates Indo-French Cooperation in the field of Nuclear energy. In the nuclear sector, the two countries share similarities such as a strong role of the government and in fuel cycles. Overlapping interests offer them an opportunity to carve out a productive and constructive nuclear engagement based on a history of a cordial and supportive relationship in the past.


Defence Cooperation between India and France by Maj Gen PK Chakravorty

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Author: Maj Gen PK Chakravorty VSM (Retd)
A pragmatic evaluation of Indo-French defence cooperation over the years. The Scorpène submarine deal valued at US$ 3 billion was signed in October 2005 with a subsidiary of the Thales group and DCN. Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) will assemble six submarines as per a technology transfer agreement. These submarines will be armed with 36 MBDA SM 39 Exocet anti-ship missiles and Black Shark torpedoes. Apart from this 49 Mirage 2000 are being upgraded at a cost of US$ 3 billion. India is procuring 126 Rafale Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) from Dassault Aviation which would be worth US$ 15 billion. The Commercial Negotiating Committee is in progress and is leaving no stone unturned to complete the process expeditiously. After Russia, France has been perhaps India’s second most trusted arms supplier.


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