Japan and India’s Warming Defense Ties

A response to China’s push into the Indian Ocean.

Japan and India’s Warming Defense Ties

From defense sales to joint exercises, Tokyo and New Delhi are expanding the scope of military cooperation.

By Mina Pollmann

The assertiveness of China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy in the Indian Ocean is forcing the government of Narenda Modi to look to modernize India’s naval forces as quickly as possible. This venture, as would be expected, includes overtures to the U.S. (for example, to share technology for India’s next aircraft carrier), but India is increasingly seeking cooperation with Japan as well. India has asked Japan to consider working with India to build submarines and recently announced its plans to purchase Japanese amphibious search and rescue (SAR) aircraft.

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Source: thediplomat.com

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