2014年07月30日

Japan asks France to stop Mistral sale to Russia

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Japan asks France to stop Mistral sale to Russia

Kosuke Takahashi, Tokyo and James Hardy, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
29 July 2014

Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera on 29 July expressed "strong concerns" over France's plan to sell two Mistral-class landing helicopter dock (LHD) ships to Moscow, citing the ongoing Ukraine crisis and Russia's recent military buildup in the Asia-Pacific region.

In his fourth meeting with French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, Onodera said Russia had been strengthening its capabilities and stepping up military operations and training in the region.

Asked about the reason why Japan just expressed deep concerns, instead of requesting the cancellation of France's plan to sell the ships to Russia, Onodera said: "To express our concerns is the same as saying, 'Can't you cancel the plan?'."

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2014年07月22日

Japan announces basing plan for Ospreys

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Japan announces basing plan for Ospreys

Kosuke Takahashi, Tokyo - IHS Jane's Navy International

20 July 2014

Tokyo plans to deploy 17 Bell-Boeing MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft at Saga Airport on Kyushu island during the next five years starting from fiscal year 2015, according to Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera.

Onodera's first public disclosure of the expected deployment site for the Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF)-operated Ospreys came as the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is preparing a budget request for FY15 that includes funds to buy five MV-22s.

Onodera said the MoD is looking into the possibility of the SDF sharing Saga Airport with civilian airlines. "Considering future maintenance and training, it will be appropriate to deploy them in one place," he told reporters on 20 July.

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2014年07月19日

Japan approves Meteor research JV between MBDA, Mitsubishi

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Japan approves Meteor research JV between MBDA, Mitsubishi

Kosuke Takahashi, Tokyo and James Hardy, London - IHS Jane's Defence Industry

17 July 2014

The Japanese government has approved the overseas transfer of missile seeker technology to allow joint research on air-to-air missiles for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II.

Officials at the Japanese Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) told IHS Jane's on 18 July that Mitsubishi Electric and European missile house MBDA will conduct a joint project to research whether Mitsubishi Electric's missile seeker technology could enhance the accuracy of MBDA's Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) for use on the F-35.

The newly established National Security Council (NSC) approved the missile technology transfer on 17 July, the same day as approving the export of a gyro sensor built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for the Raytheon Patriot Advanced Capability-2 (PAC-2) air-defence system.

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