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.