Japan-India Defence Industry Dialogue

Research, Technology, Equipment Cooperation


This year marks the 70th anniversary of political relations between Japan and India in the modern era. Trade and diplomatic ties have grown substantially since the foundational “Global Partnership between Japan and India” in the year 2000.

More recently this momentum has been driven by security issues facing democracies in the Indo-Pacific region. These initiatives are currently in progress:

  • Agreement concerning the Defense Equipment and Technology Transfer
  • Joint Working Group on Defense Equipment and Technology Cooperation (JWG-DETC)
  • Cooperative Research on Augmentation Technology for UGV / Robotics
  • Japan-India Cyber Dialogue to review policy and strategic planning for security
  • MOU’s regarding space cooperation for surveillance and situational awareness

Notably, a unique agreement for reciprocal provision of supplies and services between Japan and India will drive closer military cooperation and contribute to security in the Indo-Pacific. The Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA) between Japan’s Self-Defense Forces and India’s military was signed in September 2020.

As India encourages the private sector to engage in the defense sector, primed by public support and government programs, Japan is revising its National Security Strategy to stimulate the industrial base and focus on emerging technologies. The challenge is to align projects and people, build trust and partnerships for mutual benefit.

Both countries are determined to build local capacity, but the challenge is how they can manage to work together. This Defense Industry Dialogue will explore B2B commercial opportunities, introduce the decision-makers, and foster partnerships in co-development and co-production of defense equipment in both countries.


Time (IST)Speaker

Pradeep Chauhan
Director General, National Maritime Foundation
10:30-10:35Mr Neeraj Gupta
Chairman, SIDM International and Exports Committee
10:35-10:45H.E Sanjay Kumar Verma
Ambassador of India to Japan
10:45-10:55H.E Satoshi Suzuki
Ambassador of Japan to India
10:55-11:00Mr Anurag Bajpai
Joint Secretary (Defense Industries Production), Ministry of Defense
11:00Change over to Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion


Prof Taniguchi Tomohiko
Former Special Advisor, Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
11:00-11:30Takahiro Araki
Head of International Cooperation Office, ATLA, Japan Ministry of Defense
11:30-11:45Cmde Mukesh Bhargava
Former, Chairman, SIDM Naval Systems Committee
11:45-12:00Junichi Nishiyama
Former Deputy Manager, MHI Aerospace, Senior Fellow Institute Future Engineering
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