Steel is cheap, and air is free.That sort of leads to another thread. Turkey intended to purchase the F-35B (until Erdogan upset the US) and was considering the purchase of AV-8B in the interim. Now that they have upset their only possible source of V/STOL aircraft, they have three options for their carrier/LHD Anadolu:
1. Operate her purely as an LHD.
2. Add UAVs/UCAVs/RPVs (whatever we call them today) to her helicopters.
3. Try to operate a homegrown jet - STOBAR perhaps? At 24 000 tonnes the Anadolu is on the small side for safe carrier landings, even if she was given an angled deck.
Studies being carried out as to whether HURJET could be adapted to be carrier launched-landed
Carrier design lesson 101 - build them as large as possible.