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Naval Group, the renowned French defense contractor specializing in naval defense and marine renewable energy, recently played host to General Anil Chauhan, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) of the Indian Armed Forces, at its headquarters in Paris. This visit marked a significant milestone in the ongoing collaboration between France and India in the defense sector, reflecting the shared commitment to bolstering strategic partnerships and fostering technological advancement.

The meeting provided a platform for both parties to reaffirm their longstanding cooperation and explore avenues for further collaboration in line with India’s vision of Aatmanirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India). With a focus on leveraging the latest generation of technologies, Naval Group expressed its readiness to offer cutting-edge solutions to enhance the capabilities of the Indian Navy.

Naval Group’s commitment to supporting India’s defense modernization efforts was underscored by discussions regarding the procurement of three additional Scorpène-class submarines. These submarines, equipped with enhancements over the six already procured under Project-75 for the Indian Navy, are poised to bolster India’s maritime capabilities significantly.

One of the key highlights of the proposed procurement is the emphasis on indigenous manufacturing, aligning with India’s strategic imperative to strengthen its domestic defense industrial base. The three Scorpène-class submarines are slated to be manufactured by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL), a premier Indian shipyard, further contributing to the country’s self-reliance in defense production.

The Scorpène-class submarines, renowned for their stealth, versatility, and lethality, represent a cornerstone of India’s submarine fleet modernization program. With advanced capabilities tailored to meet the evolving challenges of modern maritime warfare, these submarines play a pivotal role in safeguarding India’s maritime interests and maintaining regional stability.

Naval Group’s collaboration with India extends beyond submarine procurement, encompassing a wide range of defense projects and technology transfers. Through joint ventures and strategic partnerships, both countries have embarked on initiatives aimed at enhancing maritime security, fostering innovation, and promoting industrial cooperation.