Monday, August 12, 2019

Will soon resolve issues over amphibious aircraft: Japanese envoy

Kolkata: Japan is in discussions with India to solve the long drawn impasse over the procurement of US-2 amphibious aircraft by the Indian Navy and hopes that a solution will be found soon, Kenji Hiramatsu, Ambassador of Japan in India said here on Saturday.

ShinMaywa US-2 is a Japanese large STOL amphibious aircraft designed for air-sea rescue work. Indian government is reportedly in talks with Japan to procure about 12 of those aircraft.

"We would like to see more transfer of technology and equipment to India. There have been talks about the procurement of ''US-2'' for a long time. But due to certain budgetary constraints and other issues, the procurement by the Indian Navy has not happened," Hiramatsu said in an event organised by the Bengal Chambers here.

"We are still discussing. Indian Navy is ready to acquire the US-2. Hopefully we will soon find a solution. This is the best amphibian aircraft in the world," he said.

The envoy said no concrete discussions have taken place between the two countries on the procurement of Japanese submarines by the Indian Navy.

Hiramatsu said he is encouraging the defence companies in Japan to engage in more business opportunities with India and said more deals might take place in the near future.
10/08/19 IANS/Outlook

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