The U.K. and Japan have committed to a future defense cooperation agreement, although specifics are still scant.
The U.K. is aggressively looking for new export markets for its equipment to prop up industry at a time that its own defense spending is in decline. Exactly what programs the two sides may work on remains unspecified. The U.K. notes the agreement was made possible by Japan’s policy change, made late last year, on defense equipment transfers.
Both sides have agreed to sign a memorandum on the issue when their defense ministers next meet. The commitment to push ahead with the cooperation came during British Prime Minister David Cameron’s visit to Japan.
In a statement, U.K. Defense Secretary Philip Hammond says, “I am pleased with the progress made in our defense relationship in recent months and we are keen for the U.K. to become Japan’s partner of choice, alongside the U.S., for defense industrial collaboration.”