Sunday’s Nikkei front-paged a report saying that the GOJ is considering exporting the ASDF’s latest transport aircraft, the C-2, to the United Arab Emirates. In response to a request from the UAE, Japan has been providing specifications and other related information about the aircraft to the Gulf state. Japan and the UAE will begin shortly talks for concluding a treaty regarding the transfer of defense equipment and technology that is essential for the planned export. Since Japan has never exported finished defense equipment to a foreign country, this will be the first such case for Japan. The paper wrote that the C-2, developed by Kawasaki Heavy Industries, has a cruising range of 7,600km, roughly twice that of Lockheed Martin’s C-130 Hercules, which the ASDF also uses. In addition, the C-2 can carry a payload of 20 tons, four times that of the C-130.