India and Japan have agreed to “accelerate” defence co-operation to support Japanese defence companies’ access into the Indian defence market.
A joint statement by the two countries on 3 September, following defence ministerial meetings in Tokyo, said the collaboration will be focused on defence equipment and technologies.
The statement said the two countries’ defence ministers – Japan’s Takeshi Iwaya and India’s Rajnath Singh – outlined an intention in meetings to support co-operation through “deepened” talks between Japan’s Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency (ATLA) and India’s Department of Defence Production (DDP).
“The ministers reaffirmed their intention to deepen discussion between ATLA and the DDP on measures to promote active entry of [the] Japanese defence industry into the market of [the] Indian defence industry,” said the statement.
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