Tokyo / Tel Aviv: Elbit Systems, Nippon Aircraft Supply (NAS) and Itochu Aviation have signed a strategic cooperation memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote mutual cooperation for a range of solutions between the companies.
As part of the MoU, Elbit Systems will provide the main components, technology and knowledge to NAS and Itochu. NAS will provide the capabilities for local integration, manufacturing, test and maintenance and Itochu will lead the marketing of the products in Japan. This cooperation will address the growing Japanese interest in the field of defence while fully aligned with the local requirements that Elbit Systems provides Japan-based production and qualities.
The MoU signing ceremony took place during the DSEI Japan exhibition with Israel’s Ambassador to Japan Gilad Cohen, Osamu Matshushita, President and COO of NAS, Mashahiro Takita of Itochu Aviation and Ran Kril Executive Vice President International Marketing and Business Development of Elbit Systems in attendance.
Gilad Cohen, Ambassador of Israel to Japan said, “The agreement between Elbit Systems, Itochu Aviation and NAS, demonstrates the recent process of deepening relations between Israel and Japan, relations that are based on mutual interests and shared values. This cooperation shows the unique synergy between the two countries and the integration of cutting-edge Israeli technologies and the impressive industrial abilities of Japan.”
Osamu Matsushita, President and COO of Nippon Aircraft Supply commented, “It is a true honour to work with great partners, Elbit Systems and Itochu Aviation, were we will act in the role of integration, local production, testing and maintenance with the most advanced and combat-proven solutions developed by Elbit Systems. We will contribute to international peace and Japan’s defence by providing high-quality made-in Japan products. This achievement is a great milestone in our relationship.”
Masahiro Takita, Executive Officer, Vice President Defence and Aerospace of Itochu Aviation remarked, “We are excited to collaborate with Elbit Systems, that has advanced technology and combat proven systems especially in terms of autonomous capabilities and communication. Elbit Systems also has flexibilities that would fit with the establishment of a local capability to support Japan’s Ministry of Defence operations. I look forward to working with our partners.”
Ran Kril, Executive Vice President International Marketing & Business Development of Elbit Systems said, “We are pleased to team up with NAS and Itochu Aviation, two leading Japanese companies, in this important endeavour. Elbit Systems is in close contact with our local partners and offers them innovative and cutting-edge technological solutions. We remain committed to the transfer of technology as well as the manufacturing of our solutions in the local market.”