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Japan mulls deploying F-35 jets on helicopter carriers

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November 29, 2018 -- Japan is looking to introduce its first aircraft carriers since World War II, in a move seen as a major departure from the country’s defence-oriented policy amid growing concerns over China’s naval expansion.

Japanese Defence Minister Takeshi Iwaya said that Tokyo is considering buying the U.S.-made F-35B short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) stealth fighter, and converting its two Izumo-class helicopter carriers to facilitate F-35B operations, according to Jane’s Defence Weekly.

Separately, the Nikkei business newspaper reported that the government is preparing to order another 100 F-35s from the U.S. to replace some of its ageing F-15 fighters, adding to the 42 F-35A jets already planned. The additional 100 aircraft would include both F-35As and F-35Bs.

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