TOKYO, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Mitsubishi Heavy Industries of Japan is integrating its defense- and space-related businesses to strengthen the industrial base of both areas.
The move, effective Jan. 1, unifies in-house defense and space-related businesses through an ad hoc business unit -- the Integrated Defense and Space Systems Planning Department -- under the direct supervision of the company's president.
MHI's defense-related business has operated in the past across three different divisions: Shipbuilding and Ocean Development, for vessels; Aerospace Systems, for fighters, helicopters and guided weapon systems; and General Machinery and Special Vehicles for tanks.
"The integration initiative is aimed at strengthening the industrial base of both fields and establishing a system enabling full support of joint operations of the Ministry of Defense and the Self-Defense Forces by unifying management of all in-house defense and space related operations," MHI said.
"MHI took the decision to unify the management of these three defense-related businesses in order to efficiently support joint operations by the Ground, Maritime and Air Self-Defense Forces, as well as to further enhance security and transparency."
|Additional Security Industry Stories|
TEL AVIV, Israel, May 17 (UPI) --Nobel Energy of Houston, which discovered Israel's big gas fields in the eastern Mediterranean, is pressing the government to decide soon on an energy export policy as the prospect of an undersea pipeline to Turkey gains credibility.