Izumo class helicopter destroyers to turn into aircraft carrier

Izumo class helicopter destroyers to turn into aircraft carrier

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.

Source: www.defenceandtechnology.com
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