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Japan, France to study development of new sonar system

  • January 12, 2018
  • , Yomiuri evening edition
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Friday evening’s Yomiuri gave top play to a Japan-France 2+2 foreign and defense ministerial meeting scheduled for Jan. 26 in Tokyo, projecting that the participants are set to agree on the launch of a joint study to upgrade existing sonar systems to detect submarines. The Japanese side is hoping that the MSDF will be able to adopt a new sonar system for detecting sea mines possibly laid by North Korea in the Sea of Japan during a contingency on the Korean Peninsula. The ministers are also expected to agree to accelerate consultations on the proposed signing of a bilateral acquisition and cross-servicing agreement for the two militaries.

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