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Japan Wants USMC F35B's
« on: August 23, 2019, 14:42:24 »
Japan wants the Marine Corps F35B to operate from the largest ships in the Japanese Navy.

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Re: Japan Wants USMC F35B's
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2019, 16:56:28 »
I suspect we see more of this in the future, as some countries can afford the aircraft or the ship, but not both at the same time. Seems that cross decking of aircraft was not uncommon in the Pacific during WWII, so historical practices coming around again.

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Re: Japan Wants USMC F35B's
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2019, 17:04:06 »
South Korea too:

Released on August 14, South Korea’s five year defense plan has some big implications for what the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) will look like in the future. As Xavier Vavasseur notes, the plan offered a glimpse of the overall direction of South Korea’s defense efforts, with special attention to the building plans of the ROKN.

The plan confirmed South Korea’s interest in a light aircraft carrier of roughly the same size as Japan’s JS Izumo. This ship will presumably operate F-35B Joint Strike Fighters, along with an array of helicopters and potentially unmanned vehicles. Joseph Trevithick has additional details [] on the reasoning behind South Korea’s interest in a short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) aircraft carrier. Japan is certainly an important consideration, but North Korea’s vast artillery and conventional ballistic missile capabilities can put stationary airfields across the South at considerable risk...

Ça explique, mais ça n'excuse pas.