Japan and Italy have agreed to start negotiations on a defence equipment and technology partnership as part of Tokyo’s efforts to expand defence industrial ties across Europe.
A spokesperson from the Japan Ministry of Defense’s Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) told Jane’s on 16 May that a commitment to start discussions on the partnership was agreed during a Japan-Italy summit in Rome in March this year.
The ATLA spokesperson did not reveal any details about the potential partnership but it is thought it will feature collaboration on naval systems including guns, radars, combat systems, and communications. The agreement would position Italy’s Leonardo for expansion in these areas in the Asian country.
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