India and France conduct joint patrols
Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II – International Relations
- India and France have conducted joint patrols from the Reunion Island for the first time.
- The patrol was conducted by a P-8I aircraft with French Navy personnel on board.
- The surveillance was done in the southern Indian Ocean off Mauritius.
Do you know?
- Réunion Island is a French department in the Indian Ocean.
- It is known for its volcanic, rainforested interior, coral reefs and beaches.
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Important Value Additions:
- France is the first country to deploy a liaison officer at the Indian Navy’s Information Fusion Centre (IFC-IOR) as part of efforts to improve maritime domain awareness (MDA).
- France has steadily emerged as a major strategic partner for India with defence deals and increased military-to-military engagement.
- The Indian Navy is currently inducting French Scorpene conventional submarines, being built in India under technology transfer.
- The Indian Air Force will soon get the first batch of its 36 Rafale fighter jets.