From anti-submarine warfare to robotics, India and Japan to crank up defence cooperation
- The two countries decided to begin technical discussions for joint research on unmanned ground vehicles and robotics.
- India and Japan will also work towards including anti-submarine warfare training in their expanding military-to-military ties.
- The ramp come at a time when Chinese submarines have been making regular forays into the Indian Ocean Region.
Arun Jaitley with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Abe’s official residence in Tokyo. (AP Photo)
India and Japan, which is now a permanent part of the trilateral Malabar naval exercise with the US+ , will now also work towards including anti-submarine warfare training in their expanding military-to-military ties at a time when Chinese submarines have been making regular forays into the Indian Ocean Region.
All this was decided at the meeting between Arun Jaitley, in his last engagement as the defence minister before Nirmala Sitharaman takes over the portfolio on Thursday, and his Japanese counterpart Itsunori Onodera during the bilateral annual defence ministerial dialogue+ in Tokyo, ahead of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to India later this month.
Jaitley welcomed Japan’s proposal to field its state-of-art military assets, including the P-1 maritime patrol aircraft with potent anti-submarine warfare capabilities, for the Malabar exercise next year. The two nations will also enhance their cooperation on counter-terrorism, which will include a joint field exercise between the armies of the two countries in 2018.
Both India and Japan are wary of China’s assertiveness in Asia-Pacific, with North Korea’s nuclear test on Sunday triggering further tension in the region.