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You mean like the article I posted about SAAB stating that this is actual more about synergy effects for their Gripen E? Or the Swedish defence minister stating it's about "exploring" and not "committing" to the developement to next gen fighter capabilities in that MoU.

GE and RR all have the overwhelming majority of developement share in new turbines projects.

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In that paper released by the SJAC members, it's clearly stated the big deficit between export and import of engine (parts). Japan, as later comer, did an excellent job of etablishing itself as crucial partner regarding subsystems and components but they lack the system house capabilities regarding aircraft and engines.
This chart gives you a more better idea on the latest(2018) import/export breakdown data.

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It states that Japan exports a total of 393,101,000,000 yen in engine parts and imports 507,112,000,000 yen which includes fully assembled engines.
In terms of other components for aircrafts both fixed wing and rotary wings, Japan exported a total of 435,600,000,000 yen while importing 240,565,000,000 yen.
The gap in import/export is fully assembled aircrafts both fixed wing and rotary in which export 809,000,000 yen while import is 481,195,000,000.
No the only large difference is in the fully assembled aircraft division which is totally understandable but in the engine and other components Japan has a very nice balance.


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US approves sale of SM-3 Block IIA ABM Interceptors to Japan

The U.S. State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Japan of up to 73 Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missiles for an estimated cost of $3.295 billion.

These missiles are likely intended to be fitted on the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Aegis destroyers such as the four Kongo-class, the two Atago-class or the future two Maya-class of destroyers.

These missile could also be deployed from the Aegis Ashore system recently procured by Japan. The U.S. Department of State approved the sale of two such batteries to Japan in January. They will be installed in Akita and Yamaguchi prefectures and are set to be operational from 2025.
The SM-3 Block IIA is designed to destroy SRBM (short range ballistic missile) and IRBM (intermediate-range ballistic missiles). It is a joint development project started in 2006 by Raytheon and Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

Compared to previous variant of the missile (like the SM-3 Block IB), the Block II1 variant features a larger rocket motor and a larger kinetic interceptor.
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Aug 22, 2019
South Korea ends intel-sharing deal with Japan
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not to share info about Charlie doesn't make sense to me
Pentagon Urging South Korea, Japan to Continue Intel-Sharing, Resolve Trade Spat
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Japan and South Korea would be “much better off removing obstacles, rather than making it more difficult” to share critical intelligence about ballistic missiles launched from North Korea and possible cyber and space threats they face from Pyongyang or Beijing, the senior Pentagon official charged with that region’s security said Wednesday.

South Korea has said it would pull out of the trilateral General Security of Military Information Agreement with Japan and the United States by Nov. 22, but Randall Schriver, assistant secretary of defense for Indo-Pacific security affairs, said “there is simply too much at stake” to let that agreement lapse.

“The only winners are competitors,” as most recently demonstrated in July when Russia and China launched joint air patrols with strategic bombers over the East China Sea, he said at an
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in Washington, D.C.

“We will continue to pursue bilateral and trilateral relations where possible.”

The South Korean government’s announcement came in retaliation to Japan removing it from a list of preferred trading partners earlier this summer. In a tit-for-tat response to the trade action, Seoul scratched out Japan from its list of preferred partners.

The trade spat and possible scrapping the intelligence-sharing accord are the latest flashpoints between the two American allies.

Disputes between the two date back to Japan taking control of the Korean peninsula in the early 20th century and were exacerbated by its treatment of Koreans during World War II.

In answer to a question, Schriver said the United States “was not forewarned” by Seoul that it intended to let the agreement lapse.

The short-hand way of looking at the agreement is that it removes the United States as the broker of intelligence between its two allies. He called previous arrangements “cumbersome,” but the endangered pact allows the
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“as fast as technology can move information.”

“We have repeatedly made it clear to the [President Moon Jae-in] administration” that it is in its best interest to resolve the trade dispute amicably by looking forward, not backward, Schriver said. He added that top-level American officials, including Defense Secretary Mark Esper and National Security Adviser John Bolton in their most recent stops in the region, made the same point to Tokyo. He carefully ruled out the word “mediator” as describing the United States’ role now and in the future between the two nations.

“This is truly our priority theater,” Shriver added. Japan and South Korea “need to get back to intelligence sharing and meaningful dialogue” to resolve the trade disputes that threaten the agreement “that have now bled over into security issues.”

“Both bear the costs and both bear the responsibility” if the dispute leads to ending the intelligence-sharing agreement. It also covers enforcement of U.N. sanctions against North Korea’s imports of petroleum products, banned manufacturing goods and products and “the full range of maritime issues.” He specifically mentioned anti-submarine patrols and anti-piracy operations by all three nations in the Indian Ocean.

When asked to assess North Korea’s seven sets of short-range missile tests, Schriver said Pyongyang could be looking for political maneuvering space for any future talks with the United States, but the tests could also be seen “as critical steps in modernization” of weapons that pose a direct threat to forces on the peninsula.

In a follow-up question, he reported “no progress on the key issue – denuclearization” – in dealing with North Korea following the Singapore summit between President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un.

He said the scaled-back military exercises with South Korea have been able to keep American and ROK forces at a high level of readiness. The exercises include high-level joint simulations of crises to work out details of how a dual command must operate in those circumstances.

The regularly scheduled bilateral exercises were scaled back to provide diplomats with space to discuss Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons and missile programs.

Despite their reduced size and scope, “we feel confident” that the forces are being trained in mission-essential tasks if an attack came from North Korea.

On North Korea returning remains of service members killed in the Korean War, Schriver said, “our belief is they hold more,” but so far there has been no more movement in joint discovery than the handover of 55 boxes of remains a year ago.

The return of remains was also part of the agreement between the United States and North Korea reached in Singapore.

“Arguably our best partner has been Vietnam” in joint discovery operations, he said. The United States “certainly would” return to North Korea to find and bring back additional remains of service members through joint discovery work there, much like it does with the Vietnamese, he added.

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Jul 31, 2018
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New JMSDF AEGIS Destroyer “Maya” Starts Sea Trials
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inside are pictures, and these days people don't read anything longer than perhaps a half of a line as all they want is to be wowed, apparently from
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Beuatiful ships. I'd like to see a couple fo SeaRAM and a couopple of lasers on each along with the CIWS.


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155mm Howitzer on a MAN 8x8 this set up appears to be manually operated but in this in this configuration that means it’s speed is only limited by the crew. No word on ammo capacity. A 5 man crew.