France’s Safran (Sagem) will supply a crucial internal guidance technology for India’s BrahMos missiles, various media reported today.
France has agreed 'in principle' to India's request for the technology. The issue was discussed in a bilateral meeting between the French Minister of Defence Jean-Yves Le Drian and visiting Indian Minister of State for Defence Production Rao Inderjit Singh at a meeting in Paris on Wednesday.
Singh told Media India Group in an interview in Paris that he had already discussed the issue with the Sagem's senior management. The management had agreed to provide the technology, if the French government permitted, he added.
Following this, when Singh raised the issue with the French minister. The French minister told that he did find any issue in this technology being given to BrahMos, Singh added.
Now Sagem will have to apply for the permission to the French government for the technology transfer to happen, Singh added.
The Sagem would not transfer the technology to the Indian government but to BrahMos, which is an Indo-Russian joint venture, even though the navigation system is for missiles of below 300 km range.
"The governments on both sides have agreed on the broad terms of the deal and now it is up to the negotiating teams on both sides to finalise all the details. I am confident that the final deal will be reached within three months," Singh said.
Le Drian is expected to visit New Delhi shortly in relation to Rafale deal. Singh also held discussions with the Israeli delegation, which has a big presence at the 51st edition of the world's largest air show.