Japan and Indonesia have agreed to start negotiations on defence trade and technology transfers, it was announced on 17 December.
The pact, which was made during meetings in Tokyo between the country's defence and foreign ministers, is geared towards supporting Japanese sales to Indonesia. A platform identified for potential export is ShinMaywa Industries US-2i amphibious search-and-rescue aircraft.
The Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) said in a statement that the talks will provide a framework for a deeper collaboration in defence and security including Japan's provision of equipment and co-operation on related technologies.
Japan's defence minister Gen Nakatani was quoted as saying, "We agreed to start negotiation on the transfer of defence technology, which is a great achievement." Nakatani's counterpart, Ryamizard Ryacudu, reiterated Indonesia's interest in acquiring the US-2i aircraft to support the country's efforts to improve maritime surveillance and security.