French Chief of Defence Staff to visit India

In a bid to enhance military ties between the two countries, French Chief of Defence Staff Admiral Edouard Guillaud will be on a four-day visit to India starting Saturday.

Last Updated: Oct 14, 2010, 16:14 PM IST

New Delhi: In a bid to enhance military
ties between the two countries, French Chief of Defence Staff
Admiral Edouard Guillaud will be on a four-day visit to India
starting Saturday.

The French Admiral is scheduled to hold meetings with
top brass of Indian military including his counterpart
Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee Air Chief Marshal P
V Naik, Navy chief Admiral Nirmal Verma and Army chief General
V K Singh, a French Embassy release said here.

Admiral Guillaud will also hold high-level discussions
with National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon along with
other senior officials.

He is also scheduled to go to Mumbai and meet Western
Naval Commander Vice Admiral Sanjeev Bhasin there, it added.

Admiral Guillaud will also visit the Mazagon Dockyards
Limited, where India is building its six conventional
submarines with French shipbuilding company DCNS.

The visit of the French defence chief comes at a time
when the two countries are going to sign a deal expected to
be worth over USD two billion for upgrading the 50 Mirage-2000
aircraft of the Indian Air Force.

France, which won the over Rs 18,000-crore deal for
building six Scorpene submarines in 2005, is also one of the
contenders for the Rs 30,000-crore contract for building
another six submarines.

French aircraft manufacturer Dassault is also in the
race for the deal for supplying 126 multi-role combat aircraft
to the IAF and has offered its Rafale fighters.

PTI