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Make in India: France to set up production centers for Rafale fighters


New Delhi: With the French side contemplating to set up production centers for Rafales fighter jets in India, private sectors in India are all set to get a boost in their business. Reportedly, the centers will also produce executive jets at a cheaper cost.

Notably, the Rafale deal is the biggest ever defense deal for India. The deal also facilitates the sharing of technological data sharing for India’s home-grown Tejas project.

Officials concerned with the project have told Economic Times that major partners for this ‘Make in India’ project are currently being identified by the French side and are likely to include Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence Systems, Noida-based Samtens and Bharat Electronics. These officials, both Indian and French, spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The NDA government had earlier revamped the agreement inked by the last UPA government. The UPA struck the deal to procure 126 Rafael jets, but the Modi government ordered 36 aircraft.The Rafale fighter deal, which will bring in at least $4.5 billion into ‘Make in India’ projects as per the contract being negotiated, is set to involve a third production line for the aircraft in India, French officials were quoted as saying to ET.

While two lines for the fighter are currently active in France at the same facility, a third line in India would take care of export orders for the fighters and also possible future orders by the Indian Navy and Air Force. The line would also support the production of a low-cost variant of the ‘Falcon’ executive jet for the Indian and Asian markets.

However, the 36 jets ordered India would be supplied by France.

The setting up of the production centres will allow the DRDO to get high-end technologies. This would bolster the process for development of  Light Combat Aircraft (LCA).

Top officials of the French Ministry’s International Directorate of the DGA (General Directorate for Armament) are currently in India to finalise the draft of the agreement which is slated to be sealed when visits India in January, next year. Other deals on the sophistication of defence equipment are also on the anvil.

(With inputs from ET)

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Submarine INS Kalvari Commissioned by PM Modi : Best Example of Make in India

INS Kalvari is the first of the six Scorpene-class submarines handed over by shipbuilder Mazagon Dock Limited, real boost to Make in India project

INS Kalvari, Indian Army
INS Kalvari, Indian Navy (Photo: Twitter/Indian Navy)
  • “INS Kalvari is a great example of ‘ Make in India ‘. I would like to congratulate everyone associated with this submarine,” PM Modi said. PM Modi also thanked France for its co-operation

    In Mumbai PM Modi has commissioned scorpene-class submarine INS Kalvari into the Indian Navy. INS Kalvari has been named after the maritime force’s first-ever underwater craft.

The commissioning ceremony was attended by Prime Minster Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba, Maharasahtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, other senior Indian Navy officers, and delegates from France.

The Scorpenes are being built by the Mazagaon Dockyard Ltd under Project 75 with transfer of technology from a foreign collaborator — DCNS of France.

INS Kalvari
INS Kalvari is named after the dreaded tiger shark (Photos: Twitter/Indian Navy)

INS Kalvari : Proud Moment for Indian Navy and Entire Country

It is a proud moment for the the entire country as the submarine is a prime example of flagship program of PM Modi government’s ‘ Make in India ‘ project. The special combat features of the Scorpenes include superior stealth and ability to launch crippling attacks with precision-guided weapons. The attacks can easily be carried out with torpedoes while submerged or on the surface, making it a deadly weapon.

Facts about INS Kalvari

  • The submarine has a length of 67.5 metre and a height of about 12.3 metres. The hull form, fin and hydroplanes are specifically designed to produce minimum underwater resistance.
  • The boat has 360 battery cells, each weighing 750 kg, to power the extremely silent Permanently Magnetised Propulsion Motor. The stealth of the boat is further enhanced through the mounting of equipment inside the pressure hull on shock absorbing cradles.
  • This is first of the six Scorpene-class submarines to handed over by MDL. The six submarines are being built as part of the Rs 23,652 crore “Project-75” of the Indian Navy.

“The technology utilised in the Scorpene has ensured superior stealth features such as advanced acoustic silencing techniques, low radiated noise levels, hydro-dynamically optimised shape and the ability to launch a crippling attack on the enemy using precision-guided weapons,” an official of the MDL said.

It is really very positive to see Make in India boosting the defence sector. INS Kalvari will surely add more strength to mighty Indian Navy.

– by Shaurya Ritwik, Shaurya is Sub-Editor at NewsGram and writes on Geo-politcs, Culture, Indology and Business. Twitter Handle – @shauryaritwik

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