Japanese, Philippine firms to set up defence optics facility

30 May 2019

Key Points

  • The proposed manufacturing plant will focus on supplies of optics for the Philippines' military and police
  • The new agreement represents a milestone for Japanese industry investing in international defence markets

Companies from Japan and the Philippines have agreed to establish a facility in the latter country to manufacture optics equipment for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

The agreement, contained in a list of accords announced during Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's visit to Japan, which ends 31 May, is believed to be the first time a Japanese company has agreed to set up a defence-related production plant in a foreign country.

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