(MENAFN- KNN India) Jaipur, Jan 27 (KNN)
New Delhi and Paris are set to bolster their strategic partnership as French defence major Thales announces plans to establish an avionics Maintenance, Repair, and Operations (MRO) facility in Delhi.
This move aims to provide world-class services to airline customers in India. Thales, known for its high-tech capabilities, is committed to supporting India's ongoing efforts in modernisation and indigenisation in the aerospace and defence sector.
During talks in Jaipur, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron highlighted the intention to strengthen bilateral cooperation, particularly in defence, security, trade, and clean energy.
Macron, the chief guest at India's Republic Day celebrations on January 26, emphasised the importance of the growing India-France partnership.
Thales India's Vice President and Country Director, Ashish Saraf, described the avionics MRO facility in Delhi as a "key initiative," reinforcing the company's commitment to supporting India's domestic defence manufacturing.
Saraf affirmed Thales' role as a proud member of the Rafale team, supplying state-of-the-art equipment and systems for the Rafale fighter jets, previously procured by India.
Saraf highlighted Thales' active engagement with the Indian military over seven decades and its commitment to expanding local services capacity to support Indian defence customers.
Thales has been taking initiatives to expand its local footprint, including the recent inauguration of a state-of-the-art facility in Bengaluru.
Saraf emphasised the immense business potential in India, citing the country's engineering talent as a valuable asset for research and development.
Thales anticipates exciting opportunities in the fast-growing partnership, particularly in areas like defence, security, space, and cyberspace.
The planned avionics MRO facility in Delhi, along with Thales' initiatives in Bengaluru and Noida, reflects the company's commitment to advancing technological capabilities in collaboration with India.
The defence and strategic ties between India and France continue to flourish, with a shared commitment to co-developing and co-producing advanced defence technologies for mutual benefit and for third countries.
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