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Defense Minister Iwaya hints at upgrading Izumo into aircraft carrier

  • November 27, 2018
  • , Sankei digital
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Sankei reported online that Defense Minister Iwaya hinted at a press conference today that the MSDF’s destroyer/escort ship Izumo will be upgraded into an aircraft carrier that can accommodate F-35Bs. The paper said the GOJ is expected to stipulate this in the National Defense Program Guidelines that will be updated in December. Iwaya reportedly said: “It is desirable to use the ship’s facilities for as many purposes as possible.” On the introduction of F-35Bs, the defense chief reportedly said: “The aircraft can take off from a short runway. We are considering this as part of our overall aircraft organization.”

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