Indian Military in Talks with Japanese Aircraft Manufacturer
Indian Military in Talks with Japanese Aircraft Manufacturer

Indian Military in Talks with Japanese Defense Manufacturer

The Indian military is in talks with ShinMaywa industries for a deal that would reassert Japanese manufacturers in foreign defense markets.

For the First time since World War II, a nation is considering the purchase of military aircraft from Japan. The Indian military is in talks with ShinMaywa industries for a deal that would help Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dismantle a ban on weapons exports and reassert Japanese defense manufacturers in foreign markets.

New Delhi is likely to buy at least 15 of the planes, which are priced at about $110 million each, the officials said.

“Its a strategic imperative for both sides, and it has been cleared at the highest levels of the two governments,” said an Indian military source.

For the moment, a stripped-down civilian version of the US-2i plane is being offered to India, to get around Japan’s self-imposed ban on arms exports. A friend or foe identification system will be removed from the aircraft, another defence official said.

Read more at http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/01/28/india-japan-idINDEEA0R07S20140128.

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