Cooperation on Defence Equipment
on Agenda at DSEI Japan
The agenda for the second day here at DSEI Japan will include a discussion on the Defense Equipment Transfer Principle and to what extent it should be modified to increase international cooperation on defence equipment and security cooperation.
The discussion, chaired by Hideo Suzuki the former Director General of Trade Policy Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, will evaluate the Principle as it stands today, eight years since it was revised in 2014. Since that time, few cases of equipment transfer from Japan have been made so the focus of the talks will be on the possibility of making revisions to increase international cooperation, including discussions on the experiences of the US and UK on oversea transfers of defence equipment and their expectations for Japan. The meeting will also explore the possibility of international joint development of defence equipment in the future, again taking into account past experiences in the US and UK.
It promises to be an interesting and informative discussion coming as it does just weeks after the signing of the Japan-UK Reciprocal Access Agreement which aims to enhance defence relations by increasing direct cooperation and collaboration in the defence supply chains of both nations. Our International Sales Manager, Michel Renard, will be attending the discussions and, as a company with a successful 30 year track record of supplying the international defence market, we’re looking forward to contributing to the discussions and sharing our experiences of international cooperation and defence equipment development.