Australia-Japan could deepen military ties with cooperation on new subs

AUSTRALIA and Japan could deepen defence ties by co-operating on Australia’s next generation of submarines, a think tank says.

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) says Japan’s expertise in building submarines suited to Pacific operations could be of interest to Australia as it looks to replace its six Collins boats.

Australia and Japan could also co-operate on ballistic missile defence, with Japan already fielding SM-3 missiles on its Kongo-class warships – a capability Australia is considering for its air warfare destroyers.

“In particular, Japan and Australia could increase their defence industry co-operation and ease export controls, a move that Japan has recently taken with the United Kingdom,” ASPI says in a paper released on Monday.

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