ShinMaywa US-2i Aircraft for Indian Navy to be purchased during the 13th India-Japan Annual Meet

ShinMaywa US-2i Aircraft for Indian Navy to be purchased during the 13th India-Japan Annual Meet

Indian Naval news

As per the sources, purchase of 12 ShinMaywa US-2i Amphibious and Rescue (SAR) aircraft for the Indian Navy would be discussed during the India-Japan annual meet.

Though the discussion has been continuing since 2011, several issues like export technicalities and transfer of technology have delayed the deal closure.

The two-day visit to Japan starting October 28, 2018, would be very crucial for both the countries. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would be proposing a government to government (G2G) deal for these amphibious aircraft to ensure zero delay and complete transparency.

The total amount is estimated to be $1.65 billion, though both the sides would be negotiating via G2G. ShinMaywa US-2i is expected to be manufactured in India under the Make in India initiative.

Mahindra Defence System has also signed a pact with the Japan-based ShinMaywa Industries for the assembling and manufacturing of the amphibious planes.

These aircraft can transfer 30 combat-ready soldiers to hot zones during any emergency. Approximately 12-18 search and rescue aircraft (SAR) would be required by the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard to increase their reach and capability.

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