Joint Research and Export of Japanese Armaments in the International Market

 Joint Research and Export of Japanese Armaments in the International Market

Reference News Network reported on May 13 that Japan Economic News reported on May 12 that the joint international development and export of military aircraft, submarines and other defense equipment failed to make progress. In 2014, the Japanese government formulated the Three Principles of Defense Equipment Transfer to relax the conditions for the transfer of defense equipment. However, none of the joint development projects initiated according to the new principles, and the export of domestic defense equipment is zero. Japan actively marches into the international market, but encounters grim reality.

The Three Principles of Transfer of Defense Equipment formulated by the Japanese Government in April 2014 stipulates that the threshold of joint development and export can be lowered under such conditions as contributing to Japans security. Japan hopes to further strengthen the Japan-US alliance and deepen cooperation with other friendly countries in the field of security through cooperation in defense equipment.

Reported that Japan also hopes to catch up with the United States, which is leading in the digitization of defense equipment.

In modern warfare, all weapons and equipment such as fighter planes and warships are cooperated through network connection. Digital technologies such as the Internet are usually led by military technologies. Through joint development, it is conducive to upgrading the digital technology level of Japanese official and civilian, and reducing the development cost. However, under the guidance of the new three principles, Japan has not yet been able to initiate joint development.

The report points out that the latest F-35A stealth fighter is developed jointly by nine countries with the United States as the core. Lockheed Martin, a large military enterprise in the United States, is the main body. Since development began before Japan deregulated its arms, Japan was not involved. The transformation and maintenance of F-35A can only depend on the United States. To ascertain the cause of the F-35A crash in April, the cooperation of the U.S. military is indispensable, because it contains confidential information, and it is difficult for Japan to find out the cause alone.

Data maps of the first domestic F-35A stealth fighter lost by Japan.

DATA PICTURE: Japanese Sea Zicanglong class submarine. (Pictures come from the Internet)

According to the report, the export of Japans domestic defense equipment is even colder than joint development. After the implementation of the new three principles, there appear to be at least 10 export negotiation projects on the surface, but all of them are fruitless. The export of Canglong-class new diesel-electric submarines to Australia in 2016 left a painful memory for Japanese personnel. Former Australian Prime Minister Abbott favored Japanese submarines, but after the new leader Turnbull came to power, he turned to domestic industry and chose French submarines, which promised to protect Australias domestic employment.

The United Arab Emirates has also been interested in buying the C-2 transport aircraft manufactured by Kawasaki Heavy Industries. But in 2018, when the cadres of Japans Defense Equipment Department visited the country, they were told that according to the current situation, they cant buy it. The reason is that the C-2 transport aircraft is not able to take off and land on the runway of the field airport.

DATA PICTURE: Sea of Japan from US-2 seaplane. (Pictures come from the Internet)

Japan and India negotiated for more than five years on the US-2 seaplane manufactured by Shinming and Industries, but finally got stuck. India has expressed difficulty with the price of more than 10 billion yen ($91 million) per aircraft and has failed to reach agreement on the production and transfer of technology in India.

Reported that Japan had not envisaged exports at the time of development. Originally thought of as superior technology, unconsciously Galapagos.

Japanese media said that Japan embarked on the path of a peaceful country after the war, and so far it is not allowed to export equipment and sell military products jointly developed with other countries to the countries involved in the conflict. At present, Japan carries out international competition under certain restrictive conditions, but it should formulate a new strategy, focusing on the joint development of the highest-end digital field.