Brazilian Ministry of Defense prospects new markets for the defense industry in Japan

By Carolina Militão – Special Advisory of Social Communication (Ascom)

The Ministry of Defense (MD), through a delegation of the Secretariat of Defense Products (SEPROD), participates in the Defense and Security Equipment International (DSEI), between March 15 and 17, in Chiba, Japan. The international fair promotes exhibitions, lectures, and bilateral meetings about the defense and security sector. On the occasion, SEPROD will foster defense partnerships in the international market, promote bilateral trade dialogues with the authorities and companies present, and seek foreign investments for Brazil.

The Secretary of Defense Products, Rui Chagas Mesquita, emphasized the relevance, for the MD, of the meetings that are taking place. “We are here at DSEI with the objective of establishing fruitful partnerships for the Brazilian defense industry. We see in Japan an important ally for commercial relations that will bring significant developments to our industrial park, advancing more and more on the path of development and technological autonomy of our country,” he said.

Programming – Invited by the hosts, on the 14th the delegation visited the Japanese Ministry of Defense, the Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA), SEPROD’s counterpart in Japan. On the occasion, the Brazilian representatives watched a presentation made by the ATLA commissioner, Tsuchimoto Hideki, who approached the main projects in progress and the areas of action in defense in the country. The Brazilian delegation presented the most relevant Strategic Defense Projects (PED). Visits to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, and to the Japanese Research Center for Ground Equipment and Systems are also scheduled for the 17th.

Among the possibilities of agreement is the possibility of starting negotiations for the preparation of a Memorandum of Understanding on Defense Products between SEPROD and ATLA, in which one of the purposes is to increase research and the development of projects of common interest to the signatory countries. Still in this sphere, there is a predisposition to deal with Japan’s proposal to form a cooperation group of countries that own the Caterpillar Amphibious Car (CLAnf) – an amphibious vehicle AAV-7 operated in Brazil by the Navy – for maintenance, supply, and acquisition of components.

The second edition of DSEI is expecting the participation of approximately 200 exhibitors from 15 countries and about 10 thousand visitors from all over the world. The fair will present state-of-the-art systems and technologies, as well as a range of international companies. Visitors can participate in conferences, seminars and bilateral meetings, sharing experiences with members of industry, government, academia and the military.

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