Japan, France to expand defence technology ties

28 January 2018

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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