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The In­dian Navy is pro­gress­ing its ef­fort to ac­quire 12 Ja­panese-built ShiMaywa US-2i am­phibi­ous air­craft. The $1.65 bil­lion deal for a dozen spe­cialised jets is be­ing pro­gressed as part of the Ser­vices Cap­i­tal Ac­qui­si­tion Plan (SCAP) for 2015 at the MoD. In­dian and Ja­panese teams, part of a work­ing group set up with for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Man­mo­han Singh vis­ited Ja­pan in May 2013, are cur­rently work­ing out the modal­i­ties of what will be Ja­pan’s first de­fence ex­port to In­dia, a mile­stone event for a coun­try that con­sti­tu­tion­ally bars the ex­port of mil­i­tary tech­nol­ogy. It is also un­der­stood that the In­dian Navy’s full re­quire­ment will be a larger num­ber, which will be com­mu­ni­cated once the first deal is fi­nalised and all fi­nan­cial, tech­nol­ogy and as­sem­bly de­tails are fully worked out. Of­fi­cially, the Navy re­quires the air­craft for search and res­cue mis­sions, in­ter-is­land

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