India and France conduct joint patrols

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  • March 23, 2020
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India and France conduct joint patrols

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II – International Relations

In News: 

  • 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.

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