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France and India talk submarines as Rafale fighters are delivered

European and South Asian nations share security concerns as China advances

The INS Kalvari is escorted by tugboats off the coast of Mumbai. Having already concluded a deal for six submarines, India is talking to France about purchasing another half dozen.   © Reuters

BHUBANESWAR, India -- India received three more French fighter jets on Wednesday, and a deal for French submarines might not be far behind as the European and South Asian nations find they share a commitment to Indian Ocean security.

The submarines would come from French shipbuilder Naval Group, which "will formulate an offer that goes very far in the Make in India direction," said a source familiar with the company's preparation for the submarine procurement tender under the Indian Navy's P75I category.

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