[Strategic Intel] Japan, South Korea considering new aircraft carriers featuring F-35s

The Japanese and South Korean navies are reportedly considering adding new aircraft carriers featuring U.S.-made F-35s with VTOL — vertical take-off and landing — capabilities. Recently, reports emerged that Japan was considering altering its new Izumo-class helicopter carriers to operate F-35Bs, much to the chagrin and consternation of China, which reminded Japan of its constitutional prohibition [...]

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Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.