The Japanese government intends to convert the 'Izumo' helicopter carrier into an aircraft carrier. For observers who are concerned about the development of Japanese sea power, Japan has an aircraft carrier. This boots have finally landed. According to a report by the Kyodo News Agency on the 27th, Japan plans to write this into the new version of the Defense Plan and equip it with the F-35B stealth fighter imported from the United States.
The report said that the relevant person revealed on the 27th that the Japanese government is considering modifying the Maritime Self-Defense Force Izumo helicopter carrier (known as the frigate in Japan) and plans to write in the new version of the defense plan that it can carry and use the aircraft. The policy has been developed and coordination has begun. The Japanese government believes that aircraft carriers are indispensable in strengthening the air defense and the defense forces of the southwestern islands in the Pacific Ocean without bases.
Nippon Defense Phase Rock House Yi made a clear statement at the press conference on the 27th that the cloud number was converted into an aircraft carrier. This is a rare piece of equipment. It is ideal for multi-purpose use. According to the report, the rock house also mentioned that the modified aircraft carrier can be equipped with the US-developed F-35B stealth fighter. It can take off on a short runway, which is being studied by Japan, suggesting that Japan may introduce this type of fighter. It is reported that the Japanese Defense Ministry has investigated whether the F-35B can take off and land and store on the Izumo. In April this year, it was reported that if the modification was implemented, it could take off and land.
The Nihon Keizai Shimbun website revealed on the 27th that the Japanese government has begun to discuss the purchase of up to 100 F-35 fighters from the United States, with a purchase amount of more than 10 billion yen per unit, totaling more than 1 trillion yen. Together with the 42 F-35A currently scheduled to be introduced, the Guard will be equipped with more than 140 aircraft of this type.
The Japanese Liberal Democratic Party demanded that multi-purpose aircraft carriers be equipped as early as May. Kyodo said that Japan had previously worried that changing the cloud number to the aircraft carrier would break away from the special defense policy and trigger opposition from neighboring countries. Therefore, it was once ready to abandon its application in the new version of the defense plan, but ultimately sought to enrich the defense capability. The reason is still decided to join.