SEA has announced the commencement of a strategic partnership with Cornes Technologies, which will see the companies collaborate to expand the maritime domain capabilities of Japan through technology solutions for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and torpedo launcher systems. 

The partnership will allow the Japanese maritime sector to benefit as it will be exposed to SEA’s ASW solutions, which are designed for smaller platforms such as offshore patrol vessels and uncrewed autonomous vessels, speeding up the development of its capabilities as it attempts to catch up with other nations in the region.

GlobalData holds various data in its Global Underwater Warfare System (UWS) Market report. China is the largest forecasted procurer of torpedoes for 2023 – out of countries in and around Asia – spending $49.5m. Taiwan follows, with $36.3m.

Other significant market players are South Korea with $19.3m and Japan with $16.8m, showing that this agreement between SEA and Cornes Technologies is much needed for Japan if it is to keep up with the capabilities of other nations as China grows its military presence exponentially in Asia.

The data shows the level of demand that Asian countries have for stockpiling naval weapon systems as they prepare for the possibility of future conflict with China.

Signed at DSEI Japan, the partnership will introduce the Torpedo Launcher System of SEA to the Japanese Navy. The launcher is used by the UK Royal Navy and several navies in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region.

The partnership between the two companies will expand the market for both solutions.

Japan and the UK’s ties in military collaboration for procurement are strengthening, as the UK, Japan, and Italy are working on a new sixth-generation fighter jet. 

UK Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace, made a speech at DSEI Japan. His speech focused on the importance of collaboration between the three nations.