India, France signed MoU earlier to share expertise on Gaganyaan
Besides 'Gaganyaan', Russia and India are currently engaged in talks to establish ground stations for GLONASS, the global positioning system of Russia, and NaVIC, India's home-grown GPS in the other country.
Significantly, India and France signed a memorandum of understanding earlier this month to share French expertise on ISRO's 'Gaganyaan' announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence Day address this year.
'Gaganyaan' envisages sending three Indians to space by 2022.
India's first and, so far, the only astronaut Rakesh Sharma visited the outer space in 1984 on the erstwhile Soviet Union's spacecraft.
In a MoU signed between India and Russia in May'15, ISRO and Russian space agency ROSCOSMOS agreed to work on joint activities in satellite navigation, launch vehicle development, critical technologies for human spaceflight.
Framework agreement on cooperation in peaceful uses of outer space
In 2007, India and Russia signed a framework agreement on cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space, including satellite launches, GLONASS navigation system, remote sensing and other societal applications of outer space.