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Kosuke Takahashi, Tokyo - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
01 May 2018
The Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Tokyo has released a report that looks at the possible conversion of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force’s (JMSDF’s) two Izumo-class helicopter carriers into fully fledged aircraft carriers in case the country is required to support US military operations.
Released on 27 April, the report, which had been submitted in March by shipbuilder Japan Marine United (JMU) Corporation, focuses on how the capabilities of the vessels can be enhanced; especially on whether the short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) variant of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) can be operated from the ships.
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