So far the reports suggest in-servce from mid-20s, but we won't known until the policy paper is released within the next few weeks.When will they be acquired.
Have seen a Tokyo report that new F-35 order of 100 could be for 60 As and 40 Bs, but, again, we have to wait for the policy paper.How many.
My guess? From about 2025.How long will it take to have an operational capability.
Ski-jump, JPALS (or GLIS plus azimuth combo if former not yet mature), ALIS, thermal non-skid on two spots. They'd be the big ticket items. Worth noting that the B refit for CAVOUR is 74 million euros, but they don't have to fit a ski-jump.What modifications will need to be done to the Izumo Class
Nope.What about the Hyuga class
Beijing has already told Tokyo they "must not" do this. Months ago. Suck it up, I say.......What will the neighbours think.
Seoul government said a few months ago they were looking at it, but no news since. Informed opinion elsewhre has it that it might be do-able, but deck evolutions would, by necessity, be very, very tight.Will South Korea follow with their two ( Almost ) Dokdu Class.
A very good question which I have no possible answer!Will this help drop the price of the F35B?
Singapore's possibility, too, although their defence people are, as per usual, in full delphic silence about all this,.Will the F35B club get bigger - Now US Marines, Uk ,Italy, Japan.
Oh yes..... don't forget Turkey, which is splitting it former all-A order to an A/B mix, with the latter to embark in their Juan Carlos I LHD ANADOLU, seen in the attached pic being built at the Sedef-Navantia yard in Istanbul. Due for launch next year. Severa, credible reports from Turkey state that no matter the LHD tasking - amphibious, sea control, ASW, et al - there will be at least six Bs in the ship. Five ranged aft on the roof, one downstairs for TLC. reports earlier this year state that a second LHD is very likely, as they want one to be available at all times.[/QUOTE]
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