India and Japan will soon expand logistics support for each other’s navies when the Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA) begins later this year. The agreement is expected to further deepen defense cooperation between the two countries.
Top diplomatic sources have confirmed that “the discussion concerning ACSA is almost complete and the draft of the forthcoming, first 2 + 2 India-Japan Foreign and Defense Ministerial Dialogue will be finalized.”
Sources have also confirmed that before the India-Japan annual summit, which is scheduled for December, the Defense and Foreign Ministers will complete and finalize the draft agreement in the presence of top leaders of both countries.
Besides, in negotiations before the summit level talks, the Japanese side is expected to talk about the $ 1.65 billion deal that the Shinmaiwa US-2I amphibious aircraft. This was also in the news when Singh recently met his Defense Minister, Japan’s Defense Minister Takeshi Ivey.
As stated earlier, these amphibious aircraft are of interest to both the Indian Navy and the Coast Guard as it would increase their strength and be of immense use in the operation of Search and Rescue Aircraft (SAR). Although the Japanese side has agreed to manufacture these aircraft in India and transfer the technology, the project has not moved forward.
The agenda of the first 2 + 2 dialogue between the two countries will focus on India-Pacific, defense cooperation, and joint exercises as well as the strategic environment to participate in joint projects in the defense sector under the Make in India initiative.
They are also responding to various defense requests specifically for requests for information and proposals in naval projects. “
Both countries are Japan-India-U.S. Are also preparing for Tripartite Marine Practice “Malabar 2019”. It is scheduled for September at the end of October.
Besides, the Indian Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) plan to participate in multilateral exercises as observers, with both countries also planning regular bilateral exercises.
In 1992, X Malabar began as a bilateral naval engagement between India and India. Gradually the scope of practice expanded and in 2015 it was expanded to a trilateral level to include Japan. Even Australia wanted to join this format, but India has not yet accepted their request.
Source: Financial Express