Izumo class helicopter destroyers to turn into aircraft carrier
- November 29, 2018
Japan will transform a helicopter destroyer into an aircraft carrier.
Japan is considering turning one of its two Izumo-class helicopter destroyers into a “multi-purpose aircraft carrier” as part of a review of the country’s National Defense Program Guidelines, Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya announced at a press conference on Tuesday.
The Minister also said the retrofitted carriers would carry US-made F-35B stealth fighter jets capable of short take-offs and vertical landings.
Japan will order 100 more F-35 fighter jets, including both the F-35A and the F-35B, from Lockheed Martin.
The Japan Maritime Self Defense Forces’ two Izumo-class helicopter destroyers measure 248 meters in length and currently operate 9 helicopters.