Japan and Indonesia are discussing the terms of an agreement that would result in closer defence trade and industrial collaboration activities, according to Tomohiro Sasaki, the deputy director of the equipment policy division within the Japanese Ministry of Defense’s (MoD’s) Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency.
Speaking to Jane’s on 7 November at Indo Defence 2018 in Jakarta, Sasaki said the two countries hope to sign an “agreement concerning the transfer of defence equipment and technology” in 2019. He confirmed that both countries are committed to finalising the agreement under a bilateral joint statement made in early 2017 and through a joint defence industry forum inaugurated in August 2017.
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