India, Japan look at collaborating on dual-use technologies

Both countries satisfied with continued deepening and diversification of bilateral defence ties

GN Bureau | September 6, 2017


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India and Japan are keen to further strengthen defence and security cooperation under the framework of the “Japan-lndia Special Strategic and Global Partnership”.
 
Arun Jaitley met his Japanese counterpart Itsunori Onodera during the September 5 – 6, India-Japan Annual Defence Ministerial Dialogue. The defence ministry is now headed by Nirmala Sitharaman.
 
A joint press statement said: “The ministers endorsed the importance of enhancing interaction between governments and defence industries of the two countries to encourage equipment collaboration including defence and dual-use technologies. They commended the progress made in discussions to identify specific areas of collaboration in the field of defence equipment and technology cooperation including in the framework of the Joint Working Group on Defence Equipment and Technology Cooperation.”
 
Dual use technology is normally used for civilian purposes but which may have military applications.
 
It was also decided in the meeting that Japan Ground Self Defence Force (JGSDF) would invite Indian armed forces personnel to participate in an exercise conducted by JGSDF as observers.
 
In the context of enhanced co-operation between the two ground forces, the ministers decided to explore a joint field exercise in the field of counter-terrorism between the Indian Army and the JGSDF in 2018.
 
The ministers noted the importance of bilateral training interactions between Indian Navy and Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF). The two sides will consider inclusion of Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) training to expand cooperation. In addition the ministers agreed to pursue exchanges and training by ASW aviation units such as P-3C. The Japanese side proposed to invite Indian Navy personnel to mine-countermeasures training held by JMSDF.
 
Japan’s defence minister will visit lndia in 2018.
 
 

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