The following is the gist of the new National Defense Program Guidelines and the fiscal 2019-2023 midterm defense buildup program approved by the Cabinet on Tuesday.
— will upgrade Izumo-class helicopter carriers so that they can transport and launch fighter jets.
— will newly buy 18 F-35B fighter jets capable of short takeoffs and vertical landings.
— will beef up defense in new domains of warfare such as cyber and outer space.
— aims to build “multidimensional” defense abilities for operations across various domains.
— expresses “strong concern” over China’s military activities.
— will install two land-based Aegis missile systems.
— will spend a record over 27 trillion yen in the five-year period.