Along with North Korea shooting missiles overhead as so-called tests, China and Russia have had increased incursions into Japanese waters, breaching past international boundaries as a means of testing Japanese determination to hold on to the disputed southern Senkaku Islands (by China) and the Kuril Islands (by Russia).
To help it against Chinese aggression, India and Japan have teamed up yet again.
India and Japan are now a permanent part of the trilateral Malabar naval exercises with the United States as of July of 2017, and are now decided to combine their own combat military exercises, per Japan defense minister Onodera Itsunori (surname first) and the last official act of India defense minister Arun Jaitley before he is replaced on Thursday, September 7, 2017 by Nirmala Sitharaman.
|India Defense minister Arun Jaitley (left) shaking hands with his Japanese counterpart Onodera Itsunori (surname first) at the Japan-India bilateral defense ministry talks in Tokyo, on September 6, 2017.|
The two sides also agreed to commence technical discussions for research collaboration in the areas of unmanned ground vehicles, robotics, and Japan’s US-2i amphibious aircraft (see photo at top of blog). Designed and built by Japan's ShinMaywa Industries, Ltd. (新明和工業株式会社, Shin-Meiwa Kōgyō Kabushiki-gaisha), the US-2i is a STOL (short takeoff and landing) aircraft designed for air-sea rescue operation.
India is interested in seeing the US-2i aircraft in action, as it is considering purchasing 12 of them. Okay… it’s been thinking about buying them since 2013… and so far nothing, so maybe they are just being polite. The price tag is rumored to be around US$113-million PER aircraft.
For a country without a military, Japan sure has some neat-o killing tech.
The agreement between India and Japan was done during scheduled annual bilateral defense ministry talks in Tokyo, ahead of Japan prime minister Abe Shinzo (surname first)’s visit to India later this September.
India defense minister Jaitley was thrilled with Japan’s offer of military might, including P-1 maritime patrol aircraft with anti-submarine war tech, built by the Kawasaki Heavy Industries Aerospace Company (川崎重工業航空宇宙カンパニー, Kawasaki Jūkōgyō Kōkūuchū Kanpanii).
|The Kawasaki P-1 maritime patrol aircraft.|
As well, India and Japan agreed to conduct a joint field exercise with their armies (or whatever the hell Japan has now) as part of a counter-terrorism game, to be held in 2018.
I recently reported on Japan backing India against Chinese aggression in Bhutan - HERE.