Japan Decides Against Turkish-Azerbaijan Tank Deal
A couple of months ago this blog, noting discussions on military cooperation between Japan and Turkey, asked "Would Japan Sell Weapons To Azerbaijan?" Now the answer to that appears to be: no.
Reuters on Friday reported that a proposed deal for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to supply tank engines to Turkey has fallen through because of export restrictions:
Mitsubishi Heavy had been under consideration to supply engines for the Altay tank being developed by Turkey's Otokar since last year.
But on Thursday Murad Bayar, Turkey's undersecretary for state-run defense industries, told reporters that the potential deal had been quietly dropped in talks with Tokyo.
"We have agreed with Japanese authorities to leave this topic off the agenda and focus on other areas of co-operation," Bayar said.
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