India to purchase Japanese amphibious rescue aircraft

A US-2 amphibious rescue aircraft participates in a rescue drill in the sea off Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture, on Jan. 7.

NEW DELHI - India's defence ministry intends to purchase the Maritime Self-Defence Force's US-2 amphibious rescue aircraft from Japan, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. According to the ministry's sources, the ministry is expected to decide on the purchase officially at a meeting of a committee on defence procurement on Saturday at the earliest.

If this export will be realised, this will be the first full-scale export based on the new three principles on transferring defence equipment, which the Cabinet approved last April.

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