Media February 2015

Tokyo pitches jet to London

Japan has asked Britain to buy its P-1 submarine hunting jet in what would be Tokyo’s first major military deal outside the Asia-Pacific region, The Telegraph reported on 7 January.

Part of steps by the government to develop arms exports, officials raised the issue of London buying the aircraft to replace the maritime patrol, search and rescue Hawker Siddeley Nimrod—developed in the UK and retired in 2011—at a meeting in July with their British counterparts to discuss defence-equipment cooperation.

A Ministry of Defence spokesperson said they would continue to consider future requirements ahead of the next Strategic Defence and Security Review this year.

The P-1 submarine hunting jet

The P-1 submarine hunting jet