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Japan faces headwinds in aircraft exports

15th February 2017 - 20:28 GMT | by Koji Miyake in Tokyo

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The Japanese government wishes to reduce development and production costs by exporting defence equipment to foreign nations. While this would boost Japan's domestic defence industry, the nation is finding it very hard competing against foreign makers that have consistently been achieving exports for years.

One example is the Kawasaki P-1 maritime patrol aircraft operated by the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF). The Japanese government offered it as a replacement for the RAF's Nimrod MR.2, and even despatched one to the International Air Tattoo in 2015. However, the RAF subsequently adopted the Boeing P-8 Poseidon.

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Koji Miyake is a Tokyo-based writer.

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