Japan set for first arms export under new rules: report

Jul 06, 2014

Japan is set to approve its first arms export following relaxation of its self-imposed ban, as the nation aims to boost its global military and economic presence, a report said Sunday.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries plans to export a high-performance sensor to the United States, which will use it in the Patriot Advanced Capability-2 (PAC-2) defence system to be exported to Qatar, the Nikkei business daily said without citing sources.

Tokyo's decision, likely to become official later this month, comes after Japan in April amended its traditional strict ban on arms exports, particularly in cases where the products might be re-exported to countries engaged in conflict.

The government under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe eased the rules to allow exports of military products in a move aimed at letting Japan join international joint programmes to develop weapons and to grow its defence industry.

Japan has concluded that the planned US transfer of the missile to Qatar was unlikely to escalate any conflicts, the Nikkei said.

Mitsubishi Heavy produces the PAC-2 sensor for Japan's Self Defense Forces under licence from Raytheon, the Nikkei said.

The US company however is scaling back production of PAC-2 components, as it is focusing on the next-generation PAC-3 missile interceptor system, it said.

The sensor is a key component of the infrared seeker set into the tip of the missile to identify and track incoming targets, the Nikkei said.

Explore further: Japan OKs easing of military-related exports

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Japan OKs easing of military-related exports

Apr 01, 2014

Japan relaxed a decades-old ban on military-related exports Tuesday in a bid to expand joint arms development with allies and equipment sales to Southeast Asia and elsewhere.

Second successful PAC-3 MSE intercept flight test conducted

Mar 03, 2011

Lockheed Martin’s enhanced version of the combat-proven PAC-3 Missile, the PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement, successfully intercepted a threat representative tactical ballistic missile target in the MSE battlespace ...

Japan 'plans carbon offset scheme with India'

Jun 17, 2014

Japan is set to offer India a carbon offset scheme that would see Tokyo's environmental technology used by the rising Asian giant to help reduce its emissions, a report said.

Japanese car giants team up on green engines

May 18, 2014

Japan's eight carmakers have joined forces to develop environmentally friendly engines to stave off fierce competition from foreign rivals, a press report said Sunday.

'Japan plans $16 bn aid package for greenhouse-gas cuts'

Nov 12, 2013

Japan's public and private sectors will supply an aid package worth $16 billion over three years to help developing nations cut greenhouse-gas emissions, a report said Tuesday, as climate talks get underway ...

Recommended for you

Nokia profits rise after sale of handset division

20 hours ago

(AP)—Telecommunications and wireless equipment maker Nokia Corp. saw its shares surge on Thursday after it reported higher profits and an improved earnings outlook in the wake of its sale to Microsoft of its troubled handset ...

Swiss drug maker Roche posts 7 percent profit drop

23 hours ago

(AP)—Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding AG on Thursday posted a net profit drop of 7 percent compared with a year ago, weighed down by a strong Swiss franc and charges from one of its diagnostic units.

Cheaper wireless plans cut into AT&T 2Q profit

Jul 23, 2014

(AP)—AT&T Inc. on Wednesday posted lower net income for the latest quarter due to cheaper cellphone plans it introduced as a response to aggressive pricing from smaller competitor T-Mobile US.

User comments : 0