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  • The equation China must contend with in the South China Sea for air capable ships keeps expanding.
    Japan with the JS Izumo and Kaga, clearly being prepared for F35B use.
    Australia with HMAS Canberra and Adelaide, air capable but the debate on F35B continues.
    Singapore buying F35Bs, though the RSN has no large air capable ships.
    Now the ROK building a dedicated F-35B air capable ship.

    The sentence at the end of the article that references Marine Attack Helicopters is interesting:
    "The LPX-II vessel will also deploy future Marine Attack Helicopters of the ROK Marine Corps, for which there is an upcoming competition between local company KAI (with the Surion MAH), Bell Helicopters with the AH-1Z and Boeing with the AH-64 Apache."

    The Version 6 AH-64Es will have expanded over water capabilities, but that is not the same as the changes needed to routinely operate in a Maritime environment. Though the requirement for extended "at sea" use by South Korea may be limited enough that the requirement for a navalised AH 64 isn't necessary.
    Last edited by looking4NSFS; 11 Aug 20,, 23:04.

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    • And...................

      Right up front: The South Korean Ministry of National Defense (MND) has decided in August to double its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets. A total of forty additional “Joint Strike Fighters” will be procured, including 20 F-35B short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) variant for its light aircraft carrier project known as LPX-II.

      https://news.usni.org/2020/09/07/sou...lpx-ii-carrier


      PS: the BOLD button works like a charm!

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      • Somewhere, the ghost of the Sea Harrier watches all these new light carriers and nods in approval...

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        • An article about USMC B’s serving in the UK.
          https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zon...-there-to-stay

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