France to develop SR-SAM with India

Trishul Missiles (Photo:

January 20, 2009 Washington -- France wants to develop a new short-range surface-to-air missile (SR-SAM) in cooperation with India. Negotiations are nearing conclusion, according to Jean-David Levitte, Diplomatic Adviser to French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

This new system may be the Maitri, which may incorporate technology from India's Trishul SAM and MBDA's MICA.

MICA Missile (Photo:

India' state-run Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) released a global RFP for co-development of SR-SAM system. Levitte said the process to secure a foreign partner is underway.

the Akash missile (Photo:

India recently announced orders for the Akash, another indigenously designed missile, and the Israeli-built SPYDER. (

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