The US media starts with the property of Japans cloud class aircraft carrier, or carries the F35B fighter.

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 The US media starts with the property of Japans cloud class aircraft carrier, or carries the F35B fighter.


The article said that the out of the cloud can not be called the aircraft carrier, Japan to out of the cloud and its sister ship Kaga (officially in service in 2017) officially called helicopter frigate.

The picture shows the helicopter carrier flying from the sea of Japan.

The article holds that this special term is very vague, and the reason for Japan is that, compared with its predecessor, the day-level equipped with mine and medium-range air defense missiles and anti-submarine missiles, the cloud-level is not equipped with a longer-range weapon system, so it does not have the ability to play the conventional role of destroyers. It is reported that the only weapons on the cloud level are intensive array and Hailam short-range defense system, and the above weapons are designed to shoot down incoming missiles.

But this bizarre statement has been used so far, and there is a consensus in Japan that aircraft carriers belong to offensive weapons systems, and that Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution prohibits the Self-Defense Forces from equipping offensive weapons, at least until recently.

The article commented that it was somewhat arbitrary to determine the difference between offensive and defensive weapons systems, because offensive forces also had to be self-defensive, and defensive forces might also want to be equipped with offensive weapons to deter or counter-attack. Undoubtedly, aircraft carriers can always serve as mobile air bases at sea, and their main purpose is to launch attacks against foreign countries.

In May 2018, the Japanese government published a research report in a summary form. The study determined that the cloud and greeting levels could be used to carry US Marine Corps aircraft to assist Japan in its homeland defense. But Japanese media had previously disclosed that Shinzo Abes government had drawn up plans and made actual cost estimates for the purchase of 40 F-35B fighters, which would replace the aging F-15J fighters of Japans Air Self-Defense Force. The F-35B is considered attractive because its lift system allows the fighter to take off on a civilian runway in a short distance from a remote Japanese island. Nevertheless, Japan is still studying the cost of remodeling the cloud level to achieve a one-time capacity of up to 10 F-35B fighters. This article source: Reference News Net editor: Yao Wenguang _NN1682

In May 2018, the Japanese government published a research report in a summary form. The study determined that the cloud and greeting levels could be used to carry US Marine Corps aircraft to assist Japan in its homeland defense. But Japanese media had previously disclosed that Shinzo Abes government had drawn up plans and made actual cost estimates for the purchase of 40 F-35B fighters, which would replace the aging F-15J fighters of Japans Air Self-Defense Force.

The F-35B is considered attractive because its lift system allows the fighter to take off on a civilian runway in a short distance from a remote Japanese island. Nevertheless, Japan is still studying the cost of remodeling the cloud level to achieve a one-time capacity of up to 10 F-35B fighters.