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Will Japan Deploy New F-35 Fighter Jets on Aircraft Carriers?

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The Ministry of Defense of Japan is considering the possibility of acquiring fifth-generation F-35 Fighter Jets (Variant B) for placement on Izumo-type Aircraft Carriers (Helicopter Carriers). Acquiring F-35 Fighter Jets (B) and using them on Helicopter or Aircraft Carriers could modify Japan’s Self-Defense Forces and compete with countries in the region which are already having full-fledged aircraft carriers.

The Power of Aircraft Carriers

By the end of 2017, aircraft carriers were owned by only ten countries: the United States, Russia, France, China, Britain, India, Spain, Brazil, Italy, and Thailand. However, not all of these nations can boast of developing own aircraft carriers. For example, the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning (was earlier Soviet Varyag), the Indian Vikramaditya (was heavily modernized from Admiral Gorshkov), the Thai Chakri Naruebet (designed by the Spanish company Bazan) and the Brazilian São Paulo (was earlier French “Foch”).

The United States has the largest number of aircraft carriers (11 carriers), while China and Italy have two operational aircraft carriers. The rest of the countries have one aircraft carrier each. It is also known that the United Kingdom and India will soon operationalize one more aircraft carrier into their respective navies.

“Hyuga” and “Izumo” Carriers

The Marine Self-Defense Forces of Japan do not have aircraft carriers, but there are four helicopter carriers. More precisely they are helicopter carriers of the “Hyuga” and “Izumo” class. Japan later launched “Hyuga” and “Ise” in 2009 and 2011, respectively. Later more modern carriers (“Izumo”) was launched which are distinguished by a smaller displacement and greater engine power.  Up to 28 aircraft can be accommodated on the Izumo-type helicopter carrier while only 18 can be accommodated on the Hyuga.

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At present, none of these helicopter carriers are suitable for placing F-35 Fighter Jets. However, according to the Japanese media, after the strengthening of the deck with the use of heat-resistant materials capable of withstanding heating from the engines of aircraft with a vertical landing, and mounting a ramp for take-off from the deck, the larger Izumo will be able to function as aircraft carriers.

F-35 Fighter Jets (B Variant)

The American F-35 Fighter Jets manufactured by Lockheed Martin until recently remained the only fifth-generation fighter-bomber in the world. US confirmed preliminary talks with UAE on the sale of F-35 fighters jets. The most expensive modification of this fighter-bomber is the F-35B. It is intended primarily for the needs of the Navy and is characterized by the possibility of a short takeoff and vertical landing, which is of great importance for Tokyo, given the small size of Izumo.

The F-35A fighter aircraft are already in service with the Japanese Self-Defense Forces. Five years ago, Tokyo ordered 42 such fighter-bombers for $ 10 billion. Only four of them were assembled in the United States. The remaining 38 were collected under license from Japan by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

New Japanese Strategy

In recent years, regional media often wrote about the revival of the “spirit of militarism” in Japan. In 2017, at least three times, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual gift to the Shinto shrine of Yasukuni in Tokyo, which keeps lists of the names of all Japanese who died on the battlefields since the mid-19th century. Any mention of the temple is perceived in China and South Korea as an excuse for Japanese aggression in World War II.

Prime Minister of Japan sent an offering to the temple of Yasukuni, considered in Asia a symbol of militarism. In addition, last week in Tokyo, approved the budget for the 2018 financial year, assuming a record defense spending ($ 45.7 billion).

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The emergence of an aircraft carrier in the arsenal of Japan’s Self-Defense Forces and fifth-generation F-35 fighter-bombers with the possibility of vertical landing will clearly not be positively perceived by neighbors in the region, mainly by China and North Korea. A special reason for discontent will appear in Beijing. According to the newspaper The Japan Times, F-35 B can be placed on the westernmost island of Japan – Yonaguni. And he, in turn, is only 150 km from Tokyo-controlled but disputed by the Beijing Senkaku (Diaoyu Islands) islands.

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COVID-19: WHO experts in China to probe origins of Coronavirus

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Two World Health Organization (WHO) experts are travelling to China to talk to scientists to investigate the transmission of COVID-19 or coronavirus pandemic from animals to humans, WHO chief said on Friday.

Addressing a webinar, the WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the global health experts will also prepare a scientific plan with their Chinese counterparts to identify the zoonotic source of the COVID-19 virus.

“As we continue to tackle the pandemic, we are also looking into the origins of the virus,” he said.

Adhanom said the scientists want to learn about the progress made in understanding the animal reservoir for COVID-19 and how the disease jumped between animals and humans.

“This will help lay the groundwork for the WHO-led international mission into finding the origins,” he said.

The team comprising an epidemiologist and an animal health specialist are flying to China to try and identify the pandemic’s animal source, WHO spokesperson Margaret Harris said a UN press conference in Geneva.

Harris said the aim is also to examine from which species of animal the virus originated and then transmitted to humans.

On April 20, WHO spokesperson Fadela Chaib had said that so far, all available evidence suggests the virus has an animal origin, and it was not manipulated or manufactured in a lab, or somewhere else. She was responding to allegations that the virus spread from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

“It most probably has its ecological reservoir in bats, but how the virus came from bats to humans is still to be discovered,” she said.

Missing intermediary host

“There was certainly an intermediary host or another animal that transmitted this virus from bats to this other animal, to humans, “she said.

Adhanom told international diplomats on Thursday that the member states at the 73rd World Health Assembly held in May had adopted a landmark resolution urging the WHO to initiate an independent and comprehensive evaluation of the lessons learned from the international health response to COVID-19.

“This is a time for self-reflection, to look at the world we live in and to find ways to strengthen our collaboration as we work together to save lives and bring this pandemic under control,” said the chief of WHO.

“The magnitude of this pandemic, which has touched virtually everyone in the world, clearly deserves a commensurate evaluation,” he said.

The WHO had waited for seven months to investigate the source of the virus and this has led to criticism of the organization and American officials accused Adhanom of being too lenient to China.

An earlier WHO mission led by a Canadian doctor Bruse Aylward that went to China in February was criticized in the US for praising China’s in its fight against COVID-19.

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Indian Rafale Jets Would Have Been Useless Against Chinese Airforce – Russia Experts

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Rafale jets would have been useless against the Chinese Airforce (PLAAF) – Russian aviation experts have claimed. Rafale fighter jets belong to the 4 ++ generation would not have been of much use had an aerial conflict broken out in Ladakh again the PLAAF.

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As reported by EurAsian Times, India and China had been engaged in a brutal conflict in the Himalayan region of Ladakh. Troops of both countries have exchanged blows and even lost soldiers in the conflict that began more than a month ago.

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Keeping in mind the situation in Ladakh, France said that it would accelerate the delivery of Rafale fighter jets to India. Aviation experts believe that the arrival of Rafale fighter jets will significantly boost the combat capability of the Indian Air Force (IAF). However, according to Russian experts, who did not wish to be named, the French fighter would not help India much incase the conflict turns hot.

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The astronomical cost of Rafale fighter jets is one of the reasons the French 4++ fighter jet would not help India. In the deal struck with Paris, New Delhi agreed to purchase 36 Rafale Jets. The total cost of the deal was an estimated Rs 59,000 crore with each jet costing around Rs 1,646 crore.

The cost of a Rafale is about three times higher than the Chinese J-20 stealth fighter jets. In other words, for 36 French-made Rafale fighters that will appear in the Indian Air Force, China can respond with three times as many of its fifth-generation J-20 fighters – for the same money.

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Even if, in some ways, the characteristics of the Chinese combat aircraft lag behind the French 4 ++ fighter jet, then the Indian air force could get overwhelmed by what is called “capable of crushing by quantity”.

And the cost is not the only reason why Rafale jets would not help India much. Compared to another Chinese jet – J-16 (an analogue of the Russian Su-35) which Beijing is also using in its airforce, the Rafale jets will find it extremely challenging to outgun the Russian Su-35s operated by the Chinese.

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The maximum speed of the Rafale jet is about Mach 1.8 and the J-16 is Mach 2.2. The Rafale’s practical ceiling is also lower than the J-16s. Even in engine thrust, the Chinese J-16s aka Russian Su-35s are far superior to the French combat aircraft.

Even if the IAF was to deploy all 36 of its newly acquired jets, the technical superiority would still be on the side of China, claims the Russian expert.

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The IAF has been on high alert in Ladakh and is closely monitoring all Chinese activity near the Line of Control.  As reported by EurAsian Times, New Delhi has inked a deal with Moscow to buy 33 new fighter aircraft including 12 Su-30MKIs and 21 MiG-29s along with up-gradation of 59 MiG-29s. The addition and up-gradation of jets have been approved to strengthen India’s air power.

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The air defence systems of both the Indian Army and the IAF have been deployed in Ladakh to prevent any misadventure by the Chinese Air Force fighter jets or the People’s Liberation Army choppers there.

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China Fighting India With ‘Sticks & Stones’ Cheaper, But Confronting The US Can Bankrupt China: Experts

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The news of relentless India-China border tensions and all other dispute that China has with its neighbours like Taiwan, Japan, ASEAN nations has got the world standing against Beijing, including the US.

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In the east, across the pacific is the raging US-China confrontation. Tensions are running high close to home in Taiwan as the Chinese are stepping up the military action around the region. Muscle flexing in the South China Sea has been ongoing for a while now and tensions are high in Hong Kong, the semi-autonomous region, over the new national security law, confronting Japan over disputed islands and the frequent border skirmishes with India – all of it while fighting the coronavirus outbreak.

According to experts, China’s superpower dreams might not become a reality especially with its ongoing conflict with a global superpower, the US.

“Fighting India with sticks and stones on the high plateau of Ladakh comes cheap, but preparing to confront the United States in the Western Pacific is a very expensive proposition indeed,” wrote Salvatore Babones, an adjunct scholar at the Centre for Independent Studies in Sydney.

“It is likely to prove a luxury that a slow-growth, post-coronavirus China will not be able to afford. China makes a great show of its wealth and its willingness to spend it. In reality, Beijing’s bank balance doesn’t match its bling,” he added.

China’s economic growth had slowed down even before the coronavirus outbreak. China reported the weakest numbers for 2019, in the last 30 years in the wake of the US-China trade war. China’s growth slowed to 6.1% last year, from 6.6% in 2018, according to the official data.

However, Brooking institution suggests that China overestimated Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth by an average of 1.7 percent per year.

“The United States famously spends more on defence than the next 10 countries combined, yet the notion persists that its military is still underfunded and underequipped for its global superpower role,” stated Babones.

He further explained that if the experts are to be believed, the United States will lose its competitive edge without more investment in university research, advanced technologies, foreign aid, diplomacy, the United Nations, clean energy, and, of course, pandemic preparedness.

“The US—with an economy roughly 50 per cent larger than China’s and a GDP per capita more than six times as great—can’t afford to remain a global superpower, how can China possibly afford to become one?” he asked.

Analyses from the Center for Strategic and International Studies suggest that Chinese defence spending may actually fall in real terms in 2020. Given China’s elevated pace of military operations on several borders, spending constraints must be putting pressure on acquisitions budgets.

“China is believed to have built only 50 or so J-20 fifth-generation stealth fighters. The J-20 program now seems to be experiencing serious development problems, limiting production for the foreseeable future. This compares to America’s stock of 195 F-22 and 134 F-35 fifth-generation fighters, with continuing annual production of more than 100 F-35s, even after coronavirus delays,” explained the author.

The author concluded by saying that China’s leaders can at least save face by abandoning their GDP targets and blaming the virus for the inevitable austerity to follow. He predicted that when the coronavirus crisis is over, the US will still be a global superpower while China’s dreams might still remain far fetched.

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