Israel-based Elbit Systems has signed a memorandum of understanding with Nippon Aircraft Supply and Itochu Aviation to cater for the growing defence interest in Japan.
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The signing ceremony took place during the DSEI Japan exhibition with Israel’s Ambassador to Japan Gilad Cohen, Nippon Aircraft Supply (NAS) president Matshushita Osamu, Takita Masahiro of Itochu Aviation, and Elbit international marketing executive vice-president Ran Kril.
Under the new arrangement, Elbit Systems will provide components, technology, and knowledge to NAS and Itochu, while they supply local integration, manufacturing, testing, and marketing.
All three companies will promote mutual cooperation as Elbit Systems explores Japan-based production and qualities.
Ambassador Gilad Cohen said the cooperation shows synergy between the two countries and the integration of Israeli technologies and industrial abilities of Japan.
“The agreement between Elbit Systems, Itochu Aviation, and NAS, demonstrates the recent process of deepening relations between Israel and Japan, relations that are based on mutual interests and shared values,” he said.
NAS president Matsushita Osamu said the signing is a great milestone in the relationship of the three companies.
“It is a true honor to work with great partners, Elbit Systems and Itochu Aviation, where we will act in the role of integration, local production, testing, and maintenance with the most advanced and combat-proven solutions developed by Elbit Systems,” he said.
“We will contribute to international peace and Japan’s defence by providing high-quality, made in Japan products.”
Itochu Aviation defense and aerospace vice-president and executive officer Takita Masahiro said the company looks forward to working with its new partners.
“We are excited to collaborate with Elbit Systems that has advanced technology and combat proven systems especially in terms of autonomous capabilities and communication,” he said.
“Elbit Systems also has flexibilities that would fit with the establishment of a local capability to support Japan’s Ministry of Defense operations.”
Elbit Systems’ Ran Kril said the company is pleased to team up with NAS and Itochu Aviation, two leading Japanese companies, in this important endeavour.
“Elbit Systems is in close contact with our local partners and offers them innovative and cutting-edge technological solutions,” he said.
“We remain committed to the transfer of technology as well as the manufacturing of our solutions in the local market.”