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Japan to build fleet’s biggest helicopter destroyer to fend off China

Danielle Demetriou
London Telegraph [1]
Monday, Nov 23rd, 2009

Japan is set to commission the largest destroyer to join its fleet in response to a Chinese military buildup.

The nation’s Maritime Self-Defence Force is reportedly planning to construct a new 284 metre long destroyer capable of transporting 14 helicopters, 4,000 people and 50 trucks.

The purchase is part of a wider military build up in which the Defence Ministry has sought funds to purchase around 40 F-35 fighter jets which will become the future mainstay of the nation’s air force, according to Kyodo News.

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), is projected to cost around £61 million (nine billion yen) and is currently being developed by the United States, with Britain and Australia as founding partners.

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