18 septembrie 2019

Japan Will Get F-35Bs on a Flattop With US Cooperation. Will South Korea Follow?

thediplomat.com

A recent report from the Asahi Shimbun confirms what many had surmised ; the light carriers Izumo and Kaga may well operate U.S. Marine Corps F-35Bs well before they carry any Japanese versions of the fighter aircraft. The amphibious assault ships will complete their refit as light carriers well ahead of the planned acquisition of F-35Bs, leaving a gap that the Maritime Self-Defense Force will probably use to hone its flight deck operations. The revelation has been mildly controversial in [...]