France has offered to move the assembly lines of Panther helicopters and Rafale fighter jets to India under the government’s “Make in India” heading with full technology transfer.
Built by Airbus under the title AS565 MBe, the Panther helicopters are all-weather, multi-purpose medium helicopters designed for operations from ship decks, offshore sites and land sites.
France has also offered its aid for the development of the engine of twin-engine light combat aircraft (LCA) and advanced medium combat aircraft (AMCA) with the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO).
The offers were made to Indian leaders by President Macron’s diplomatic adviser Emmanuel Bonne, who was in India earlier this week to participate in the 34th India-France Strategic Dialogue. During the visit, Bonne had engagements with National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval as well as with Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi.