2012年4月16日月曜日

装備品 日英共同開発

日英は、装備品を共同開発するようだ。
 キャメロン英首相は、初訪日を前に共同通信の書面インタビューに答え、
日本との武器(防衛装備品)の共同開発について「ヘリコプターなど多くの
防衛分野で協力できる」と述べた。
 キャメロン氏は今回の訪日で野田佳彦首相と会談、武器の共同開発に
合意する見通し。日本が米国以外の国と共同開発に乗り出す初のケース
となる。

日本は、欧州とのEPAを控え民生品だけでなく、軍需製品も関税を無くす
方針とのこと。
英軍需産業とは、ライセンス生産で多くの装備品を輸入し、納入している。

英国では、以前、海洋の石油プラント整備のために、ヘリコプタを多用。
結果、事故が多発。そのため、ヘリコプタの予防整備が進んだ時期が
あった。軍事ヘリに適用されたかは不明。

米国政府の工程では、F35Aは、契約どおりに日本に納入するのは難しい
ようなので、お父ちゃんが言う様に、FXは、再選定になり、工程どおり
進めば、関税が無くなったFA18とEurofighter Typhoonsの値引き合戦と
なりそうだ。

日本が、米国の植民地から、米英の植民地になるのか、英国びいきになり
米国と距離をおくのだろうか。
どちらにしても中国への対応となる。

BAES幹部 サウジ裏金疑惑で一時拘束
F35 設計情報流出
F35 調達見直し
BAES タラニス初公開
F35調達先送り


---日英のヘリ共同開発に意欲 英首相、書面インタビュー---
2012/4/10
http://www.chugoku-np.co.jp/News/Sp201204100110.html

 【ロンドン共同=半沢隆実、黒崎正也】キャメロン英首相は9日、10日の初訪日を前に共同通信の書面インタビューに答え、日本との武器(防衛装備品)の共同開発について「ヘリコプターなど多くの防衛分野で協力できる」と述べた。
 キャメロン氏は今回の訪日で野田佳彦首相と会談、武器の共同開発に合意する見通し。日本が米国以外の国と共同開発に乗り出す初のケースとなる。
 具体的な武器の品目について英政府側が公に言及するのは初めてで、キャメロン氏の強い意欲を示したといえる。
 キャメロン氏は「防衛分野での英日協力の強化は、雇用や投資の面で恩恵をもたらし、両国の防衛装備のコスト低下にも役立つ」と述べた。
 欧州連合(EU)と日本の経済連携協定(EPA)については「年内に正式な交渉に入りたい」と明言。その一方で「非関税障壁の撤廃に向け、日本がその用意と決意を示すべきだ」と指摘した。
 昨年の東日本大震災については、復旧に向け日本人が「多大な困難を克服」したことを「尊敬する」と称賛。東京電力福島第1原発事故の今後の対応については「これまでに19の原子力施設で廃炉作業に取り組んできた英国の経験を踏まえ、日本に協力したい」と表明した。


---David Cameron to arrive in Japan for start of Asia tour---
10 April 2012 Last updated at 01:37 GMT
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17661004

The prime minister is shortly to arrive in Tokyo, Japan, on the first stop of a visit to South East Asia aimed at encouraging trade deals with the UK.

David Cameron is expected to agree a new defence deal with Japan which would see both countries develop weapons together for the first time.

The 40-strong business delegation he is travelling with also includes several large defence contractors.

Mr Cameron is also set to praise Nissan for creating 1,000 jobs in Sunderland.

BBC deputy political editor James Landale, who is travelling with the prime minister, said Japan is slowly lifting its historic ban on defence trade and Mr Cameron will want the UK to be among the first to benefit.

Mr Cameron was due to visit Japan last year but the trip was postponed due to the eurozone crisis.

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Science Minister David Willetts, Chief Scientist Sir John Beddington and representatives from BAE Systems, the Nuclear Industry Association and Rolls Royce are among the delegates taking part in the trade visit.

Mr Cameron is due to engage in discussions with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on a variety of issues, including ways to deal with the global economy, any danger posed by North Korea and British expertise on nuclear decomissioning following the 9.0 Japanese earthquake last year.
'Skilled workforce'

Mr Cameron is also set to visit Nissan's head office in Yokohama, along with the company's chief operating officer Toshiyuki Shiga.

He is expected to say Nissan's decision to build its new hatchback model in the UK is "proof of the strength and vitality of the British manufacturing industry".

He will add: "Nissan's investment in the UK is a huge vote of confidence in the skills and flexibility of the UK workforce."

He is due to also say that the government wants to attract more investment and is encouraging overseas companies with a variety of incentives to invest in the UK.

The government hopes it will see deals reached on more than L200m worth of Japanese investment in the UK.

Other announcements expected during the trip include Panasonic choosing to set up a fuel research centre in Cardiff and Mitsubishi using Edinburgh as a base for a project on wind turbine generators.

The government has said that when the prime minister embarks on foreign business trips, exports rise by 20% in the countries he visits.


---David Cameron seeks slice of Japanese defence contracts on Tokyo trip---
Nicholas Watt, chief political correspondent
The Guardian, Tuesday 10 April 2012
http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/apr/10/david-cameron-japan-defence-contracts

Prime minister accompanied by executives from six defence firms after Japan relaxes postwar procurement rules

David Cameron is flying to Tokyo with some of Britain's leading defence manufacturers as Downing Street seeks to exploit a multibillion-pound market after a liberalising of Japan's procurement rules.

The prime minister is taking executives from six defence contractors, including BAE Systems and AgustaWestland, as Britain prepares to embark on developing weapons jointly with Japan. Tokyo has agreed to name Britain as its first overseas defence trading partner after the US.

Downing Street - acutely sensitive to charges that the prime minister drums up business for defence manufacturers on his overseas tours - will hope that the focus of Tuesday's visit will be on Nissan's Yokohama headquarters, where the carmaker will announce a L127m investment in its Sunderland plant to produce its new hatchback, expected to create 225 jobs.

The prime minister also hopes to hail the role of Professor Sir John Beddington, the government's chief scientific adviser, who said the British embassy in Tokyo should remain open after the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant in March last year. Beddington, whose advice was read avidly in Japan after the disaster, will also be accompanying the prime minister.

But Cameron's talks in Tokyo with Yoshihiko Noda, his Japanese counterpart, will be dominated by expected deals on defence co-operation and Britain's role in helping Japan with its nuclear decommissioning. These could eventually dwarf the relatively modest Japanese inward investment deals, worth L200m, that will be signed on the trip.

The prime minister is taking representatives of the defence manufacturers, which also include Babcock, MBDA, Rolls Royce and Thales, because officials believe there is a major opportunity as Japan opens up its multibillion-pound defence market. Britain hopes to win a share of the market, which had been open only to Japanese and US companies since 1967.

A blanket ban came into force in 1976, although this did not apply to the US.

In December last year Japan lifted the ban - a move technically outside the terms of the postwar constitution, enacted in 1947, which banned "land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential". Japan has traditionally circumvented the ban by building up its armed forces with the help of the most formidable of the allied powers in 1945, the US.

The Mainichi newspaper last week quoted defence ministry officials in Tokyo as saying that Cameron and Noda would formally agree to begin defence co-operation talks. The officials said it could take a year to decide on areas where the two countries would co-operate, but they are expected to start initially with the joint development of military equipment.

Britain says progress has already been made in highly technical preliminary negotiations. This has involved persuading the Japanese that UK defence equipment is "interoperable" and meets the security requirements of both sides.

Cameron will work hard to press British interests after Japan recently chose US-made Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets over the Eurofighter Typhoon manufactured by a consortium of European companies, including BAE Systems.

Cameron faced embarrassment in February last year over the promotion of Britain's defence industry when he took a delegation of manufacturers to the Gulf. He began the trip by hailing democracy in Cairo's Tahrir Square - before flying to Kuwait with eight defence manufacturers. The prime minister will argue that this trip is different because Japan is a democracy.

Downing Street believes in recent years Britain has overlooked its relationship with Japan, which is the world's third largest economy and whose investments in the UK come to more than L26bn, accounting for 130,000 jobs. Japan is only the 14th largest export market for UK goods, though this grew by 7% last year.

Tony Blair paid the last bilateral visit by a British prime minister to Japan in 2003. Cameron was due to visit Japan last October on his way to the Commonwealth heads of government meeting in Australia. But by then he had already visited China, India and the US. The prime minister will be accompanied on his trip to Japan and south-east Asia by executives from 33 companies and four universities.

In an interview with the Japanese daily Yomiuri, the world's largest newspaper, Cameron said he hoped to revive ties with an old ally. "We do have very good relations between Britain and Japan. We're old friends, we're old allies, we're partners in many senses. But I think we can take the relationship even further."

Cameron paid tribute to the way the Japanese people had responded to the twin disasters of the tsunami and the subsequent nuclear disaster at Fukushima last year. "I greatly admire and respect the way the Japanese have overcome the enormous challenges of recovery following last year's earthquake. The UK stood by Japan in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake when we kept our embassy open in Tokyo and through the reassuring advice of our chief scientific adviser, Sir John Beddington, who will be joining me on this trip.

"Looking to the future, we want to continue to support the Japanese as they reconstruct the Tohoku region and tackle the challenges of the nuclear clean-up. British companies have significant expertise in nuclear decommissioning and clean-up, with 19 nuclear sites in the UK currently being managed through the process."

Ends


---日英で防衛装備品を共同開発…首脳会談で合意へ---
2012年4月5日02時13分 読売新聞
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/politics/news/20120404-OYT1T00597.htm

 政府は、英国と防衛装備品の共同開発に乗り出す方針を固めた。
 昨年12月に武器や関連技術の輸出を原則として禁じる武器輸出3原則を緩和したことに伴うもので、10日に首相官邸で行われる野田首相とキャメロン英首相との首脳会談で合意する見通しだ。共同開発の相手国を米国以外に拡大するのは初めて。
 政府が英国を選んだのは、ともに米国の同盟国で安全保障面での関係が深く、装備品の開発で先端的な技術力を持っているためだ。共同開発を通じて安全保障協力を強化するとともに、装備品の高性能化や開発コストの抑制を図る狙いがある。
 共同開発の対象については当面、化学防護服や地雷探査機などの防御的な装備品にする方向だ。


---藤村氏:方針固めた事実ない-日英の武器共同開発報道---
更新日時: 2012/04/04 16:16 JST
http://www.bloomberg.co.jp/news/123-M1Y1J96JTSE801.html

 4月4日(ブルームバーグ):藤村修官房長官は4日午後の会見で、日英両政府が武器(防衛装備品)の共同開発に着手する方針を固めたとの報道について、 固めたという事実はないと述べた。また、英国と防衛協力促進の議論を進めているが具体的やり取りの紹介は控えるとも語った。


---Britain and Japan to agree lucrative defence deal---
By Julian Ryall, Tokyo and Thomas Harding, Defence Correspondent
3:45PM BST 04 Apr 2012
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/defence/9185947/Britain-and-Japan-to-agree-lucrative-defence-deal.html

Britain and Japan are to sign an agreement to jointly develop systems for both nations' military forces that could be worth billions to the defence industry.

It is understood that part of the pact could lead to the more regular deployment of a Royal Navy hunter killer submarine in the region joining America's build up in the region.

Stronger ties could lead to Japan investing in several major defence projects in including the purchase of more than a dozen of the British-designed Future Combat Ships at L300 million each and a large order for Merlin helicopters.

There is a also a chance that despite coming to an agreement with the US on the purchase of about 100 F35 Joint Strike fighters Japan could revert to buying Eurofighter Typhoons that would provide millions for British industry.

Britain will also share in the development of non-lethal equipment, sources in Tokyo told The Daily Telegraph.

The joint projects are also likely to include technology to disable and destroy land and sea mines.

David Cameron will hold talks with his Japanese counterpart, Yoshihiko Noda, during a visit to Tokyo next Tuesday, with the two leaders expected to agree to begin talks on the joint development of a number of defence projects.

It is hoped the visit will lead to a Defence Cooperation Memorandum that will be signed by defence ministers later this year.

Japan relaxed a ban on the export of domestically produced military equipment late last year, but has previously only worked with defence equipment manufacturers in the United States.

British defence expertise is ahead of Japan's, according to military sources, but major Japanese technology firms are world-leaders and there are hopes that the British defence industry will be able to forge a closer relationship with these companies for future military systems.

"We already have a strong relationship in the economic field and building that relationship in another field can only lead to yet more opportunities," said an official at the British Embassy in Tokyo.

The agreement on defence projects is initially focusing on non-lethal systems to be more acceptable to the Japanese public and to avoid provoking fears in neighbouring nations.

It also comes at a time when China is expanding its navy with submarines and aircraft carriers.

Francis Tusa, a military analyst, said: "With a defence budget similar to Britain's this is an untapped market that could provide very big business for the UK."

An MoD spokesman said: "Britain will continue to work with the Japanese MOD to identify where the best opportunities exist for cooperating on new equipment projects. This follows the announcement of changes to the Japanese policy on overseas transfer of defence equipment."

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