Japan and France have agreed to increase military technology collaboration as part of expanding defence ties, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Tokyo has announced.
A statement issued after meetings in Tokyo on 26 January between the two countries’ defence and foreign ministers said an initial area of focus will be the joint development of mine-detecting technologies.
The MoD did not elaborate but Jane’s understands that this programme is expected to lead to the co-development and potential co-production of an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) used in minesweeping operations.
The MoD also said the two countries would also engage to identify additional areas of defence technology collaboration.
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