Wednesday, 13 May 2015
MAST Asia 2015
YOKOHAMA, 13 May 2015
The large number of Japanese defence equipment manufacturers showcasing their products at MAST Asia 2015 is testament of a new era of Japan's commitment to international cooperation in the field of security. As learned from the community, developers and manufacturers of defence equipment had a different approach in entering international markets; some companies were successful in developing partnerships with fully independent, globally active suppliers like FLIR Systems or Drumgrange Ltd. The latter company is specialising in the development, system engineering, integration, and through life support of military electronic equipment, and has identified Japanese partners to market the Acoustic Hailing Device (AHD) in Japan. Seventy-two devices were recently ordered to equip Japan Coast Guard vessels. A completely different approach is ShinMaywa Industries, Ltd., which seeks to accomplish an agreement with Indian partners over the licence production of its famous US-2 STOL search and rescue amphibian offered for an immediate Indian requirement. However, the talks with Indian partners faced delays in recent months, but the Japanese manufacturer is keen to find a viable solution, said Sushi Kasai, Manager, Amphibious Aircraft Export Project.
This scheme also includes large shipbuilding companies like Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., but their main focus will be to support domestic customers like the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) and the Coast Guard.