In line with their contract obligations, French major
Dassault Aviation has said it was coordinating between French suppliers and
Indian companies to manufacture Rafale fighter jets in India, according to
Indian Defence News.
Rafale International comprising Dassault Aviation,
Safran and Thales has met over 100 French Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
in Paris. Indian and French Defence Ministry officials, too, were at these
meetings. The French Aerospace Industries Association is the nodal agency
producing systems and sub-systems for Rafale.
French SMEs were being encouraged to set up production
activities in India alongside Dassault Aviation, Safran and Thales as part of
the Rafale programme to help the company meet its obligations, said a Rafale
spokesperson in India. The move comes two days after a US business chamber
expressed its concerns over sharing hi-end technology with Indian
“Encouraging French SMEs to come to India is a key
condition to participate in the ‘Make in India’ initiative of PM Narendra Modi
and will benefit both French and Indian industries,” the spokesperson
Rafale is looking towards creating opportunities for
establishing a full-fledged aero-defence manufacturing eco-system in India,
said Eric Trappier, Dassault Aviation chairman and CEO and GIFAS
The GIFAS is a trade body
of 382 members ranging from major prime contractors and system suppliers to
small specialist companies.