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Japan Could Deliver 8 Cutting-Edge Frigates to Indonesia

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At the end of March, I reported on the agreement penned between Japan and Indonesia, opening the way to Japanese defense exports to the Indonesian armed forces. The pact was signed during “two plus two” security talks on March 30 between the foreign and defense ministers of the two governments, which are bound by overlapping concerns about China’s burgeoning influence and territorial claims in the East and South China seas.

According to reports this week in the defense press, under the arms export agreement, Japan could deliver up to eight of its new Mogami-class stealth frigates to the Indonesian Navy. Known by the designations 30FFM, 30FF, 30DX, and 30DEX, the first of the cutting-edge, multi-role frigates are currently being built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding at shipyards in Nagasaki and Tamano.

In November, JS Kumano, the first completed Mogami-class vessel, was launched at the Mitsui Tamano Shipyard, while the JS Mogami, the lead ship of the class, rolled out at the Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works at the start of March.

These are two of the 22 that have been ordered for the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force. According to a........

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