France has agreed to increase its defense cooperation with India. This was agreed upon in the meeting between French defense minister Gerard Longuet met his Indian counterpart A K Antony.

French defense minister is in India to increase the chances of French Rafale in the the Indian MMRCA (medium multi-role combat aircraft) contract for 126 fighter jets. 

French Rafale is currently competing against the  Eurofighter Typhoon after the elimination of the  American F/A-18 'Super Hornet' and F-16 'Super Viper', Swedish Gripen (Saab), and Russian MiG-35 last month.

France is also providing Indian navy Scorpene submarines under a contract worth Rs 23,562-crore and is looking to sign a deal for the upgrade of the 51 Mirage-2000 H fighters. This upgrade package will cost India about Rs 11,000 crore.


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