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Can mon and pop factory tech be weaponized?

By Tsuru Shingo   The Tokyo Metropolitan Police sent papers to prosecutors on an owner of a small factory in Tokyo’s Shitamachi [old downtown] area on a charge of attempting to export to China a motor device that can be used for military purposes. The owner, a man in his 90’s, has operated the factory for nearly 50 years, exporting….Read more

  • July 29, 2021
  • , Asahi , p. 32
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Japan, UK to jointly develop jet engine for new fighters

Saturday’s Asahi alleged that final coordination is underway between Japan and the UK to jointly develop the engine for a new Japanese fighter that will succeed the aging ASDF F-2. IHI and Rolls Royce will probably be responsible for designing and manufacturing the engine for the jet that is expected to be rolled out by around 2035. Pointing out that….Read more

  • July 3, 2021
  • , Asahi
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Japan bought more defense equipment from U.S. than domestic companies in FY2020

The Defense Ministry’s FY2020 central procurement (weapons and fuel purchases) included 420.2 billion yen contracted under Foreign Military Sales (FMS), which is the U.S. government’s weapons export system. The amount far exceeded contracts awarded to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, which ranked second.   This was revealed in a response recently given by the ministry to a question posed by Upper House….Read more

  • June 29, 2021
  • , Akahata , p. 2
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SECURITY > Defense Industry

Indonesia looks to triple submarine fleet after Chinese incursions

KOYA JIBIKI, Nikkei staff writer   JAKARTA — Indonesia aims to expand its submarine fleet by as much a triple its current line up to 12 vessels, multiple defense sources here say, just a month after one of its subs was determined to be lost, killing its entire crew of 53.   The move comes in response to repeated Chinese incursions into….Read more

  • May 30, 2021
  • , Nikkei Asia , 2:24 a.m.
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F-15 pricey upgrade puts thorn in side of Japan-U.S. alliance

JUNNOSUKE KOBARA, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — The U.S. and Japan showcased the strength and unity of their alliance during last week’s summit, but one particular sentence in the joint leaders’ statement that followed the meeting conceals a sore spot in the relationship.   The document said that Japan “resolved to bolster its own national defense capabilities.” This commitment includes modernizing the Air….Read more

  • April 22, 2021
  • , Nikkei Asia , 7:08 a.m.
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SECURITY > Defense Industry

Mitsubishi Heavy wraps up Mitsui warship deal and hunts for more

ANNU NISHIOKA, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — Mitsubishi Heavy Industries on Monday announced an agreement to acquire the foundering naval and government shipbuilding operations of compatriot Mitsui E&S Holdings, and signaled that it is hungry for more.   The acquisition, estimated at 5 billion yen ($46 million), will give Japan’s largest defense contractor a 54% share of the country’s….Read more

  • March 30, 2021
  • , Nikkei Asia , 6:54 a.m.
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SECURITY > Defense Industry

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries acquires warship business from rival firm

Asahi, Mainichi, and Yomiuri reported that Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has decided to purchase the warship construction and repair division of Mitsui E&S Holdings with the goal of expanding its business dealings with the Defense Ministry. With this acquisition, the leading defense contractor plans to build more supply ships for the MSDF and cutters for the Japan Coast Guard.

  • March 30, 2021
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri
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Kawasaki Heavy and NEC to join Japan fighter jet program

TOKYO — Japanese aerospace equipment maker Kawasaki Heavy Industries and electronics company NEC will join the country’s next-generation fighter jet program, Nikkei has learned. The program, overseen by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and supported by Lockheed Martin, aims to develop multirole fighter jets capable of attacking land and sea targets as well as engaging in aerial combat. The government seeks to….Read more

  • March 10, 2021
  • , Nikkei Asia , 6:50 p.m.
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INTERNATIONAL > U.S.

U.S. MDA pressured Japan to buy Lockheed radar for Aegis Ashore

“Before the Defense Ministry made a decision on the radar for the Aegis Ashore missile defense system, the then-director of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) visited Japan and pressured Japan to purchase a Lockheed Martin radar,” a former senior Defense Ministry official disclosed to Shimbun Akahata. “The then-Parliamentary Senior Minister of Defense has also acknowledged this.”   “Director Samuel….Read more

  • February 25, 2021
  • , Akahata , Lead
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SECURITY

Team of engineers from private companies formed for development of F-2 successor

A team comprised of engineers from several companies has been launched to develop the successor model to the Air Self-Defense Force F-2 fighter jet, government insiders revealed on Jan. 11. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the main developer of the new model, will play a central role in the team. Engineers from Kawasaki Heavy Industries, IHI, and other companies are gathering at….Read more

  • January 12, 2021
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 6
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