Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) will send its Kawasaki P-1 maritime patrol aircraft to the Malabar naval exercise next year.
This was announced during a Joint Press Statement by Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera and Indian Defence Minister* Arun Jaitley on the sidelines of the India-Japan Annual Defence Ministerial Dialogue held from September 05.
Jaitley is on a two-day visit to Japan to attend the bilateral dialogue.
“The Ministers expressed satisfaction at the success of Japan-India-US Trilateral Maritime Exercise MALABAR 2017 in July 2017 and confirmed their intention to further deepen and advance the objectives of this Exercise. Minister Onodera expressed his intention to have state-of-the-art Japanese assets including P-1 to participate in the MALABAR 2018”, said a statement released by Indian Ministry of Defense (MoD) through Press Information Bureau (PIB). It added that Jaitley welcomed this proposal.
Malabar is a trilateral naval exercise involving the United States, Japan and India as permanent partners.
Originally a bilateral exercise between India and the United States, Japan became a permanent partner in 2015. Past non-permanent participants are Australia and Singapore.
The annual Malabar series began in 1992 and includes diverse activities, ranging from fighter combat operations from aircraft carriers through Maritime Interdiction Operations Exercises.
*Nirmala Sitharaman will take over the post of Indian Minister of Defense on Sept. 7 after Sept. 3 cabinet reshuffle