Japan is expected to submit a proposal to Australia next week to jointly develop and manufacture submarines.
The nation is hoping to sell the submarine to Australia, Nikkei Asian Review reported Tuesday. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will call his National Security Council to finalize the plans that contain classified technical information. Japan will join Germany and France are also expected to make proposals to the Australian government, setting up a three-way competition. Japan will present three options for building the submarines. First option is to build in Australia or in Japan or else in a split arrangement. Australia has mentioned that it seeks the greatest possible Australian involvement in the project.
All eyes are on the Japan bid as this will be the first time since World War II that it will make a pitch to join the international arms market. While its submarines are considered superior to those of its competition, its relative inexperience in selling to international customers is said to be a hindrance.
Japan is planning to deploy the U S THAAD ballistic missile defense system to block North Korean missiles. The decision follows the US and China squaring off over deploying of the anti-missile system in South Korea, Bloomberg reported today
Northrop Grumman has delivered the center fuselage for Japan's first F-35A conventional take-off and landing (CTOL) aircraft designated AX-1. The center fuselage is a core structure of the F-35 aircraft
Germanys ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS), Frances DCNS and Japans Mitsubishi Heavy Industries-Kawasaki Heavy Industries today submitted bids to build Australias new submarines fleet. Australian and Japanese media reported that the bids by the companies were submitted by the November 30 deadline
India and Japan will be finalizing the agreement to jointly produce amphibious military aircraft during the upcoming visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to India. The US 2 amphibious aircraft, that has applications for search and rescue, surveillance as well as intelligence gathering, will be produced in India not only for domestic orders but will also be pitched jointly for exports in the region and beyond, the Economic Times reported Thursday
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