30 May '13, 4pm

India, Japan Discuss Cooperation on Amphibious Aircraft

NEW DELHI — India and Japan will establish a joint working group to explore cooperation on the US-2 amphibious aircraft made by Japan’s ShinMaywa. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe, agreed to the plan during May 29 talks in Tokyo. A ShinMaywa executive said the joint working group will decide terms of the cooperation, but said it could possibly include joint production, operation and training on the US-2 amphibious aircraft. “Cooperation on the long-range US-2 amphibious aircraft between India and Japan is more an expression of strategic cooperation than a defense cooperation,” said Nitin Mehta, New Delhi-based defense analyst. The aircraft has a range of 4,500 kilometers and can be used for strategic interests in the Asia-Pacific, added Mehta. The Indian Navy and Air Force had earlier issued a request for information for the pur...

Full article: http://www.defensenews.com/article/20130530/DEFREG03/3053...

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