Japan Faces Challenging Task With Izumo-Class F-35B Conversion Ambitions

Japan Faces Challenging Task With Izumo-Class F-35B Conversion Ambitions
Analysis<br />Japan has indicated its intention to modify its two Izumo-class helicopter carriers to operate the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) strike fighter.<br />However, the task of adapting the 27,000-tonne full-load displacement Izumo-class ships for fixed-wing STOVL operations and re-establishing a...
Analysis

Japan has indicated its intention to modify its two Izumo-class helicopter carriers to operate the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) strike fighter.

However, the task of adapting the 27,000-tonne full-load displacement Izumo-class ships for fixed-wing STOVL operations and re-establishing a fixed-wing aviation element in the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) will present several challenges. Furthermore, Japan will need to establish a new doctrine for carrier operations that is consistent with its stated non-offensive posture and be convinced that such a move represents a cost-effective use of defence resources.

Japan has not operated aircraft carriers since the end of the Second World War.

Source: www.janes.com