At the beginning of the 90 years, as the world celebrated the end of the East-West bipolarization with the collapse of the Soviet Union, Japan undertook to develop a leading deep-sea fleet capable of defending the whole of the archipelago against a technologically advanced adversary. Has Japan anticipated the meteoric transformation of China, and the threat it would pose for its security only 20 years later?
Be that as it may, the Japanese high-ranking self-defense fleet occupies the third place of the world's navies, sharing, behind the US Navy and the PLA, its podium with the Russian fleet, but far exceeding the European fleets. It now has 18 underwater attack, 4 helicopter carrier destroyers, 8 heavy destroyers, 20 destroyers and 16 frigates and light frigates, backed by 5 auxiliary ships, but aims to increase this format during the decade to come, so as to maintain its dissuasive capabilities against the Sino-Russian couple. In 2030, the Japanese fleet will be composed, according to the programs in progress, as follows:
4 Aircraft Carrier
The two aircraft carrier destroyers of the Izumo class, entered into service in 2015 and 2017, measure 27.000 tons for 248 meters long. Both vessels will be modified to implement the 42 F35B take-off and landing short / vertical ordered in 2019 from the United States, becoming full-fledged aircraft carriers. It is not excluded, according to the number of Chinese aircraft carriers that will come into service in the next decade, that Tokyo decides to build a third unit, so as to ensure a permanent response capability. Japan had no longer had an aircraft carrier since the end of the Second World War.
The rest of this article is for subscribers only
News articles are accessible 24 hours, and Magazine articles are accessible 48 hours. Beyond that, they can only be viewed by subscribers to the Meta-Defense service. Articles dealing with sensitive subjects are reserved for subscribers as soon as they are published.
Personal subscription at 4,95 € per month, 2,50 € per month for students and 18 € per month for professional subscriptions. The annual subscription offers 2 free months.
Download itMobile Meta-Defense app for IOS or Android to be informed of new publications by notification.