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South Korea’s Flattop Plans

F-35B Joint Strike Fighter (thrust vectoring nozzle and lift fan).PNG

F-35B with thrust vectoring nozzle highlighted. By Tosaka – Own work, CC BY 3.0, Link

Apropos of nothing, South Korea has decided that it needs aircraft carriers…

South Korea announced its intention to include a medium-sized aircraft carrier in its naval expansion plans. The decision to construct the ships comes at a time of high tension with Japan, and takes place more generally in context of accelerated Japanese and Chinese aircraft carrier construction. Reportedly, the ship will displace 30,000 tons, making it somewhat larger than the Japanese Izumos. Designing the ship from the keel up to operate the F-35B may also remedy the need for the compromises that required extensive refitting in the Japanese ships.

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