Japan preparing first aircraft carrier since World War II

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Japan preparing first aircraft carrier since World War II



Japan is planning to upgrade at least on of its ships to an aircraft carrier in preparation for a procurement of around 100 U.S. F-35 stealth fighter jets to counter Chinese military expansion in the Pacific.

According to the Guardian, Japan plans to upgrade its two Izumo-class helicopter carriers to transport and launch fighter jets.

The Nikkei News Service reported that Japan was set to purchase 100 F-35s from the U.S. in a deal worth more than US$8.8 billion.

According to CNN, the package includes F-35 A and B models. F-35As are similar to conventional fighter jets that use a runway for take off and landing.

F-35Bs have short take off and vertical landing capability, meaning they can be used at smaller airports or operate from flattop warships.

Japan's Izumo-class carrier is 814 meters long and can carry up to 14 helicopters.

According to former US Navy captain and current Hawaii Pacific University Professor Carl Schuster telling CNN, a refitted Japanese carrier would only be able to carry six to eight F-35Bs.

According to Mainichi Shimbun, the carriers would be used to defend Japan's remote south-western islands. (Next Animation via Reuters)



Japan is planning to upgrade at least on of its ships to an aircraft carrier in preparation for a procurement of around 100 U.S. F-35 stealth fighter jets to counter Chinese military expansion in the Pacific.

According to the Guardian, Japan plans to upgrade its two Izumo-class helicopter carriers to transport and launch fighter jets.

The Nikkei News Service reported that Japan was set to purchase 100 F-35s from the U.S. in a deal worth more than US$8.8 billion.

According to CNN, the package includes F-35 A and B models. F-35As are similar to conventional fighter jets that use a runway for take off and landing.

F-35Bs have short take off and vertical landing capability, meaning they can be used at smaller airports or operate from flattop warships.

Japan's Izumo-class carrier is 814 meters long and can carry up to 14 helicopters.

According to former US Navy captain and current Hawaii Pacific University Professor Carl Schuster telling CNN, a refitted Japanese carrier would only be able to carry six to eight F-35Bs.

According to Mainichi Shimbun, the carriers would be used to defend Japan's remote south-western islands. (Next Animation via Reuters)


Choi Won-suk wschoi@koreatimes.co.kr
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