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Defense equipment agency picks key military products for “project management” program

  • 2015-11-18 15:00:00
  • , Sankei
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(Sankei: November 18, 2015 – p. 5)

 

 The Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency decided on November 17 to select 12 types of military equipment to be controlled under a “project management” program from development to disposal in an integrated fashion.

 

 The selected equipment includes V-22 Ospreys for the Ground Self-Defense Force, F-35 fighter jets for the Air Self-Defense Force, Global Hawk unmanned surveillance aircraft, SH-60 patrol helicopters for the Maritime Self-Defense Force, P-1 patrol planes, SM-3 Block 2A interceptors; cutting-edge escort vessels, C-2 transport aircraft for the ASDF, AAV-7 amphibious vehicles for the GSDF, and UH-X next-generation multipurpose helicopters.

 

 The Agency will set up its first project teams for each item as early as November 18. Each team will be manned by about 10 people. The project manager will oversee all the teams.

 

 The project teams will aim to cut costs by efficiently managing the entire lifecycle of equipment from R&D to mass procurement, maintenance and disposal. They will also work closely to standardize parts.

 

 “Since defense budgets are not expected rise significantly, it is essential to improve the efficiency of procurement and management of equipment through the project management program,” said an official with the Ministry of Defense. (Slightly abridged)

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