The Defense Ministry is considering the export of the Maritime Self-Defense Force's US-2 sea rescue aircraft to India for civilian use, it was learned Sunday.
In view of India's long history of border disputes with China, the Japanese initiative may be aimed in part at China's aggressive maritime activity.
The US-2 is an amphibious plane internationally acclaimed for its ability to land in water in bad weather.
The ministry believes that shipping the aircraft to India would not violate Japan's ban on arms exports. The US-2 is not a weapon, a senior ministry official said