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United States Marine Corps general: F-35Bs give us the ability to dominate the air and sea

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The United States Marine Corps has issued a release stating an increase in calls for the United States and allies in the Indo-Pacific. China with its growing economic and military power is seen as the main challenge. The United States makes it clear that they are ready to spend enormous efforts and resources to contain the PRC.


The ILC release states that a second squadron of fifth-generation F-35 fighters is being created in the Indo-Pacific region.
The message indicates that the F-35 universal stealth aircraft will replace the F-18 carrier-based fighter-bombers, as well as the AV-8B attack aircraft.

From the release:

In this regard, the 242nd naval assault squadron of all-weather fighters was reorganized into the 242nd naval fighter-assault squadron, which will be based exclusively on the F-35B multipurpose carrier-based fighters.

The first squadron was created in 2017 based in Iwakuni, Japan.

According to some reports, the second F-35 squadron will also be deployed on Japanese territory.

Brigadier General of the United States Chris McPhillips, Commander of the 1st Air Wing, Marine Corps (Okinawa, Japan):

F-35Bs give us the ability to dominate the air and sea. It is an expeditionary platform that literally opens the door to the Marines and the combined forces. The basing of the F-35B in Japan is not accidental, it happened here faster than in other parts of the world, which testifies to our commitment to the alliance of Japan and security in the Indo-Pacific region.
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  1. Sergey39
    Sergey39 25 October 2020 18: 06
    0
    In the Indo-Pacific region, they can dominate where they have no enemies. China has the S-400 for such a case.
    1. Lexus
      Lexus 25 October 2020 18: 08
      0
      "Penguin", nevertheless, despite the bile of the skakuas urya, flies and successfully "works".
      1. rocket757
        rocket757 25 October 2020 18: 29
        +9
        "Penguin" will continue to dominate, where there is no air defense and modern aviation, no question. And he "works" in such places.
        Are there other examples for comparison?
        1. Lexus
          Lexus 25 October 2020 18: 48
          0
          Maybe we can figure out the main one? To start. Is there no air defense in Syria? "Pantsiri", "Buki", S-300, etc. Not enough? By the way, the saturation per unit of territory is orders of magnitude higher than in Russia. At the same time, even "Khmeimim" only comments on another object bombed by Israel. Or a PR in the form of a meeting in the sky of the Aerospace Forces fighters with the "Penguins" flying to the bombing would be superfluous to promote our aircraft on the market? No! It means that they sit like blind kittens and can't even see the "netels" at close range.
          1. rocket757
            rocket757 25 October 2020 18: 54
            +2
            Do not rush my slippers ....., of course, they will "put me in a corner again" for this, I will repeat it anyway .... there is air defense, normal, full-fledged, in only one place. The rest is all ..... about nothing and nothing.
            Yes, I will add, there are so many CONTRACTS, NON-GODS, that any ... anyone will drive you crazy.
            Everything, there is nothing further to discuss, NOT AN INDICATOR, for nothing.
            PS .... there is an indicator! Comprehensive protection of one specific object!
            1. Lexus
              Lexus 25 October 2020 19: 06
              0
              Victor, you got up on the wrong foot? I don’t sculpt Mendel for you, but I don’t agree either. Constantly substituting your "fifth point" is not an agreement. It - π, "rainbow". Or have you forgotten about the Russian Mi-2016/24 destroyed in 35 at the T-4 airbase (Tiyas)? In "cheburnet", of course, they prudently cleaned up the information, but still I will refresh and remind you. Broadcast someone else's nonsense does not suit you. My regards. hi

              1. poquello
                poquello 25 October 2020 19: 38
                +2
                Quote: lexus
                cheburnete ", of course, they prudently cleared the info,

                nothing was tweaked there, what are you talking about? there is it on bibisi, rbk and so on. , only in the presentation what kind of chatter is there
              2. rocket757
                rocket757 25 October 2020 19: 40
                +1
                What do you have to do with it? all the more the assessments do not interest me for a long time ..... "in the corner" corner here on the site who puts?
                About the air defense there, people expressed their opinion more informed, I just agree with them, because it corresponds to what was taught earlier.
                About the quality of their own air defense and the contingent that controls everything there, I have my own idea, albeit from those distant times, but judging by the reviews of our specialists, nothing has changed, in general.
                It is always worth remembering that air defense is a whole complex of means and measures that ensure its effectiveness !!! There, and a third is not necessary, not done .... for objective or some other reasons! That's why they fly, bomb and .......
                In general, this is not an option for assessing what really needs to be done and is being done where no one dares to fly, no "invisible people" will dare there.
          2. Fungus
            Fungus 25 October 2020 19: 41
            -1
            They see everything. The F 35 has long been seen as other aircraft. They'll have to be shot down. While they do not interfere with our base. F 35 is a flaw in many respects. The Americans have learned to shake off their trash with threats long ago.
            1. Lexus
              Lexus 25 October 2020 19: 55
              0
              Go to Wagner. And when the "partners" are bombed again, comfort yourself with this thought.
              1. Fungus
                Fungus 25 October 2020 21: 05
                +4
                The fake about 300 bombed Wagnerians has long been dispelled.
                1. Lexus
                  Lexus 25 October 2020 21: 13
                  0
                  The same ones as Erdogan for the Su-24M "were not trimmed with tomatoes" ... In response - "draft".
                2. the Saint
                  the Saint 25 October 2020 22: 08
                  -4
                  Quote: Fungus
                  The fake about 300 bombed Wagnerians has long been dispelled.

                  Since you have finally switched to the American language, I will also call the Russian word lie a fake to make it clearer.
                  But what a fake it is, if about the destruction of several hundred Assad and Russian mercenaries (not counting which of them died more), the CIA director and future Secretary of State M. Pompeo first officially declared, after which the Kremlin (very reluctantly and through clenched teeth, in the face of D. Peskov with M. Zakharova) acknowledged the death of Russian citizens near Deir Ez-Zor, carefully emphasizing that they were not servicemen of the Russian Ministry of Defense, that is, they were either tourists, or private security guards or PMCs, or someone else.
                  1. Fungus
                    Fungus 26 October 2020 07: 30
                    +5
                    9 people died there. Not 300, 400, 500, etc. how the chepushils crowed from the fifth column. German journalists went to the scene of the battle and found out everything.
                    1. the Saint
                      the Saint 26 October 2020 09: 06
                      -5
                      Quote: Fungus
                      9 people died there.

                      Their bodies were brought to Russia and buried, unable to hide from the media.
                      And that hundreds of fighters were killed by Assad (in unknown proportions of citizens of the SAR and the Russian Federation) and without a single loss from the United States,
                      Quote: Fungus
                      German journalists went to the scene of the battle and found out everything.

                      and confirmed (citing Assad) that at least 250 people had been killed.

                      Der Spiegel sources among the pro-government military say that between 10 and 20 Russian mercenaries have died.
                      An interlocutor at the Deir ez-Zor hospital told Der Spiegel that about a dozen bodies of Russians were brought there, and a source at the military airfield said that the bodies of the dead Russians were brought there in two cars.
                      In total, according to the newspaper, more than 250 people died. 80 of them were Syrian military personnel, about 100 were from Iraq and Afghanistan, and about 70 were members of tribal groups. "
                      1. Fungus
                        Fungus 26 October 2020 10: 11
                        +2
                        Nobody hid it. Troshev said this as soon as they called him from Vzglyad. Fakecomet with you so-so. The third time you screw up ... It would be better to think about your country. She is ushatana.
                      2. the Saint
                        the Saint 26 October 2020 13: 40
                        -3
                        Quote: Fungus
                        It would be better to think about my country. She is ushatana.

                        The way it is. Having thought well (on your advice), I would also add that it is reset to zero and it does not have much time left. After all, as a certain knowledgeable Volodin said: “There is Putin - there is Russia, there is no Putin - there is no Russia”. wink
                      3. Fungus
                        Fungus 26 October 2020 15: 19
                        +1
                        Yours is short. Russia will be forever. You fell apart and became the world's beggars thanks to the horses. This is your destiny.
                      4. the Saint
                        the Saint 26 October 2020 16: 10
                        -4
                        Do not make me laugh. If I were Ukrainian, Belarusian or an immigrant to the USA, EU, Israel, Ecuador ... etc., I would not hide it.
                        You can consider me a representative of the modern Russian "5th column", a follower of those soldiers and officers who surrendered to the Germans by the millions or voluntarily went over to their side, eluding the cannibalistic and hated Stalinist regime at the beginning of the Soviet-German war, which in the USSR RF is better known as WWII.
                        And the fact that they made a mistake, exchanging an awl for soap - Stalin for Hitler, is not their fault, but their misfortune.
                      5. Fungus
                        Fungus 26 October 2020 16: 23
                        +1
                        Everything is correct. You are a Vlasovite. Less than 1% of you. You cluck slowly. Nobody cares about you)
                      6. the Saint
                        the Saint 26 October 2020 18: 19
                        -2
                        Everything is correct. Since my flag is Vlasov, then Vlasov. As are you, however wink
  2. rocket757
    rocket757 25 October 2020 20: 17
    +2
    No, no, everything is not so obvious, immediately and completely
    The plane was not made fools either, everyone could shoot it down!
    Any complex system, platform, goes its own way of development and is overgrown with everything necessary. So sho you need to prepare for the sun, Kim surprises or go one step ahead !!! Then there will be all types of top and wings will fly into different axes!
    This is an illustrative example of underestimating a conventional, well-known technique when its development corresponds to the tactics used! Unmanned aerial vehicles that seriously "hooligan" on the battlefield, as long as they are not seriously indignant with the application of appropriate countermeasures! Only in this way, it will not resolve itself!
  3. the Saint
    the Saint 25 October 2020 21: 54
    -4
    Quote: Fungus
    F 35 is a flaw in many respects. The Americans have learned to shake off their trash with threats long ago.

    The F-35, created by the most powerful and technologically advanced country in the world is "bad", but was mass-produced six months ago in the amount of 500 pieces (now, probably, much more), and having orders in the USA and around the world still by thousands.
    And the Su-57, created by a poor developing country, is very "good", but it does not seem to exist, and the very first production copy crashed. And even the Indians, who spent a lot of their own money on the development of this airplane, refused it.
    1. Gardener
      Gardener 25 October 2020 22: 36
      +3
      The most advanced country in the world has already created the "world's best" fighter. And it replicated it in an amount of nearly 3 thousand units, "persuading" almost all NATO countries to adopt it. Lockheed F-104 Starfighter is called. He's the Widowmaker or Flying Coffin.
      The name of the developer's company looks like something, doesn't it?
      This is her business.
  • Ka-52
    Ka-52 26 October 2020 06: 10
    +6
    Lexus (Alex)

    To start. Is there no air defense in Syria? "Armor", "Buki", S-300, etc. Not enough?

    when do the talkers writing this nonsense come to an end ??? Firstly, in Syria, air defense is not echeloned, but on-site, and, moreover, does not have early warning systems. This allows Israeli planes to easily stay in the shadow of the Lebanese mountains. Second, the Israelis in all cases carried out attacks from the airspace of either Lebanon or Iraq.
    At the same time, even "Khmeimim" comments only on the next object bombed by Israel.

    already every more or less reading person knows that the Russian air defense around the Khmeimim and Tartus bases protects only Russian objects. It is not concerned with protecting the Syrian military infrastructure. But the balabolians with the flags of the USSR on their avatar continue to carry nonsense about "our air defense systems in Syria are powerless"
    No! It means that they sit like blind kittens and can't even see the "netels" at close range.

    the favorite pastime of the communists and liberals is to throw a spoonful of homne on Russian equipment and lick the American one. After all, this is the best manifestation of love for the Motherland in their opinion.
  • frruc
    frruc 25 October 2020 18: 52
    +1
    Let yourself dominate 200 miles from the USA. What are they going to do off the coast of China and in Europe ?. Lost?
  • Machete
    Machete 25 October 2020 18: 46
    +2
    Azeri drones work too. So far, the air defense has not been delivered to the Armenians. And no F-35s are needed.
    1. rocket757
      rocket757 25 October 2020 18: 57
      +4
      What do they have a ride?
      1. poquello
        poquello 25 October 2020 19: 05
        +4
        Quote: rocket757
        What do they have a ride?

        yes they even write - suddenly they began to fall, maybe lie, maybe not
        1. rocket757
          rocket757 25 October 2020 19: 46
          +1
          Drones, easy target, for any modern air defense system, medium range!
          But there were no reports that the local multi-vector took care of that in advance.
          However, they don't tell us everything, so everything can be.
  • VO3A
    VO3A 25 October 2020 18: 47
    +8
    He successfully works for Jews in terrorist operations. And besides, no one touches them until ... So petty, in the back, from an ambush ... And so they can be demolished with airfields at once, their whole country is under fire without problems ... There would be a desire ...
    1. rocket757
      rocket757 25 October 2020 18: 58
      +3
      The one who can, there is no reason for that.
      And those who cannot, it makes no sense to talk about it.
    2. The eye of the crying
      The eye of the crying 25 October 2020 19: 05
      -4
      Quote: VO3A
      ..And so they can be demolished with airfields at once


      Only no one has succeeded yet.

      Quote: VO3A
      their whole country is shot without problems ... There would be a desire ...


      The desire was more than once.
      1. VO3A
        VO3A 25 October 2020 19: 06
        +5
        The Palestinians with machine guns and firecrackers ... There was a desire ...
        1. The eye of the crying
          The eye of the crying 25 October 2020 19: 07
          -7
          The Palestinians with machine guns, the Syrians with tanks, the Egyptians with guns ... a lot of people. Learn history.
          1. VO3A
            VO3A 25 October 2020 19: 10
            +3
            He taught ... Who attacked whom? The Israelis are invaders, they were the first to seize territory that does not belong to them ... Others only defend themselves!
            1. The eye of the crying
              The eye of the crying 25 October 2020 19: 12
              -4
              Quote: VO3A
              Taught ...


              Judging by the "Palestinians with machine guns andиtards "- hardly.

              Quote: VO3A
              Who attacked whom?


              It happened in different ways. But the fact remains - "to demolish them" never succeeded.
              1. VO3A
                VO3A 25 October 2020 19: 15
                +2
                Don't lie! The UN determined the border of their state at once ... Vaughn pi_ndosy only this year recognized illegal settlements as legal ...
                1. The eye of the crying
                  The eye of the crying 25 October 2020 19: 16
                  -7
                  Quote: VO3A
                  Don't lie!


                  Point out where I lied.
                  1. VO3A
                    VO3A 25 October 2020 19: 16
                    +2
                    Who attacked first ...
                  2. The eye of the crying
                    The eye of the crying 25 October 2020 19: 17
                    -5
                    I said that it happened in different ways, and it is true.
                  3. Vitaly gusin
                    Vitaly gusin 25 October 2020 23: 08
                    -9
                    Quote: VO3A
                    Who attacked first ...

                    1 War for independence
                    On May 14, 1948, Israel declared its independence. Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Transjordan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Yemen did not agree with the UN decision on the partition, sent regular troops into Palestine and started a war. The ultimate goal of the Arab League countries' actions was the destruction of the newly formed Jewish state How it ended and what we lost is known.
                    2 Six Day War
                    On May 18, after the rapid withdrawal - in fact, the flight - of UN forces from the Sinai, Cairo radio broadcasted an official statement: "As of today, there is no international force defending Israel. We will no longer exercise restraint. The only method will be total war, the result of which will be the destruction of the Zionist state. "
                    "Our forces are fully prepared for the destruction of the Zionist presence on Arab soil. I, as a military man, am sure that the time has come to join war of annihilation"- said the Minister of Defense of Syria and the future president of the country Hafez Assad. (papa)
                    On May 30 and 31, King Hussein of Jordan signed military pacts with Egypt and Iraq, and their troops began to arrive in the country, including 155-mm long-range Iraqi Long Tom howitzers, from which Tel Aviv could be fired from the West Bank.
                    The Israelites spoke little these days, but did a lot.
                    AND IT WAS ENOUGH SIX DAYS TO SOOTHE THEM!
                    How it ended and what we lost is known.
                    3 Doomsday war
                    Saturday 6th October 1973. At 14:00, the armies of Syria and Egypt simultaneously attacked the Israeli positions.
                    They repeated what Nazi Germany did, but even more refined.
                    On Judgment Day when NOTHING works in Israel
                    communications, transport, the country is paralyzed and at 14 o'clock the sun is in the south and blinded the pilots, they LOVELY attacked.
                    How it ended and what you lost know
                    29 years as there is no USSR and lies live and pleases the soul of the ignorant!
                  4. VO3A
                    VO3A 26 October 2020 00: 12
                    +4
                    On May 14, 1948, Israel declared independence.

                    Sharpie tells a story.
                    In what boundaries did Israel proclaim a state and how did they coincide with the UN decision? How did he recognize the neighboring state? Will you tell your children your fairy tales in the manger ... We don't need military songs !!!
                  5. Vitaly gusin
                    Vitaly gusin 26 October 2020 07: 01
                    -5
                    Quote: VO3A
                    Sharpie tells a story.

                    Quote: VO3A
                    You will have your fairy tales in the manger for children

                    Not only are you not an educated person, but also not cultured, which follows from the first.
                    Continue to live in your rotten little world.
                  6. aszzz888
                    aszzz888 26 October 2020 09: 54
                    0

                    VO3A (Andrey)
                    Today, 00: 12

                    +1
                    On May 14, 1948, Israel declared independence.

                    Sharpie tells a story.
                    In what boundaries did Israel proclaim a state and how did they coincide with the UN decision? How did he recognize the neighboring state? Will you tell your children your fairy tales in the manger ... We don't need military songs !!!
                    And how they stomped in response with their legs, waved their little hands, let their drooling bubbles go! They began to tell their tales, trying to "learn their history, remember", etc. wink Hold on, VO3A (Andrey)!
      2. Vitaly gusin
        Vitaly gusin 25 October 2020 22: 38
        -7
        Quote: VO3A
        He taught.

        Either the student is unimportant or the wrong teachers.
        This is not the first time I am writing, but it will be seen many, many times.

        http://www.vko.ru/voyny-i-konflikty/mir-galilee-razgrom-dlya-rtv
        In June 1982, during the First Lebanon War, during Operation Artsav-19, a the largest air battle since the Second World War, in which the Israelis using UAVs AQM-34, Tadiran Mastiff and IAI Scout defeated the air defenses of Syria and Lebanon. Syria has lost 86 combat aircraft and 18 air defense systems. This was achieved thanks to the combination of UAVs with on-board television cameras and missiles guided with their help.
        Tel Aviv made a decision - to destroy the Syrian air defenses in the Bekaa Valley. 9 June 1982. In 14.00, the Israeli Air Force exposed its positions ZRV and RTV with surprise air strikes. In just two hours, 19 spy has been completely destroyed. Another 4 srdn were seriously damaged. Heavy losses suffered and units of PTB. Not a single Israeli aircraft was hit during a massive attack of air defense weapons.
        Peter Moiseenko
        Colonel, Head of the Tactics Department
        and weapons of radio engineering troops
        Military Academy of Aerospace Defense,
        Candidate of Military Sciences

        Valentin TARASOV
        Major General, Associate Professor, Department of Tactics
        and armament of radio engineering troops of the Military
        Academy of Aerospace Defense,
        Candidate of Military Sciences, Professor

        Read, teach and remember!
        1. VO3A
          VO3A 26 October 2020 00: 14
          +3
          In June 1982,

          Why not in June 2014 .. What are you talking about ... are you talking about? Have you checked for a long time?
  • Lexus
    Lexus 25 October 2020 19: 18
    0
    So despicable, in the back, from an ambush ...

    In war, all methods are good. Did you hear anything about the partisans? In the Kremlin, half are from "there". Relatives won't understand.
  • poquello
    poquello 25 October 2020 19: 02
    +3
    Quote: lexus
    "Penguin", nevertheless, despite the bile of the skakuas urya, flies and successfully "works".

    in, and where?
  • Prisoner
    Prisoner 27 October 2020 12: 49
    0
    I wonder how this US Brigadier General Chris McPhillips will react when reality kicks in his "scowl-patriotic" head? hi
  • Well done
    Well done 25 October 2020 18: 09
    +9
    The general is out of business. Advertising. He, however, also fell. "It's not personal, it's business." We need to sell it.
    1. voyaka uh
      voyaka uh 25 October 2020 18: 21
      0
      The general is active, not retired.
      It took the Marines time to get used to the F-35.
      The plane is complex, it is not a Harrier with a primitive radar and manual control.
      Conducted exercises, appreciated the benefits. Accustomed to more complex service.
      1. rocket757
        rocket757 25 October 2020 18: 32
        10
        Accustomed and accustomed, no question. And where is the general going to dominate? The question, how can he prove it, is probably not worth asking?
        1. voyaka uh
          voyaka uh 25 October 2020 19: 47
          0
          Generals are always optimistic, aren't they? smile All countries.
          Especially the great powers.
          And they always hope that their weapon is the most formidable. fellow
          And there, how it goes. recourse
          1. rocket757
            rocket757 25 October 2020 20: 09
            +4
            Excessive optimism of generals may come out sideways when faced with realities.
            Reasonable balance of wishes and possibilities! But it seems to be a rare rare in the modern world, which is a pity.
      2. Klingon
        Klingon 25 October 2020 22: 48
        0
        But what about the green glow in the helmet and other clumsy virtual crap like an oblique attitude indicator? And the oxygen supply system has been brought to mind ?? wassat
  • Dzafdet
    Dzafdet 25 October 2020 18: 26
    +5
    He will dominate until the arrival of tactical ammunition. And then everything will be over and quickly ...
    1. Pechkin
      Pechkin 25 October 2020 19: 13
      +5
      And then everything will be over and quickly ... for everyone. When I read about the use of nuclear weapons (and for any reason, some even wrote about Ukraine). I can’t understand whether the Internet was connected to the madhouse or people don’t understand how it could end.
  • belui
    belui 25 October 2020 18: 40
    +9
    Why don't they fly at their advantage in the area of ​​operation of normal air defense systems? They praise, praise, tell how invisible he is, but fly on it either at home or over the Papuans ... That's all invisible.
    1. rocket757
      rocket757 25 October 2020 19: 01
      +7
      Elusive Joe!
      Who can, he doesn't need him, and who can't ... so he frolic where they can't. The correct solution, by the way, for the elusive one.
  • Thrifty
    Thrifty 25 October 2020 18: 51
    +3
    Now this airfetish is trying to find its place in the us aviation. A fighter, in fact, no, an attack aircraft, without armor, so they will soon test it for the role of a strategic bomber! For Ф35, a tanker will fly forever so that there is enough fuel, and this tandem will be considered one aircraft - a strategic bomber!
    1. The eye of the crying
      The eye of the crying 25 October 2020 19: 04
      -4
      Quote: Thrifty
      attack aircraft - no armor


      A stormtrooper, even with armor, is not a tenant over a modern battlefield. Su-25 in Syria from what heights do they work?
  • deniso
    deniso 25 October 2020 18: 52
    +6
    The advantage is visible only in combat. And nothing else. Dot.
    1. the Saint
      the Saint 25 October 2020 22: 21
      -9
      Quote: denis obuckov
      The advantage is visible only in combat. And nothing else. Dot.

      But as for Russian weapons, this point of view, of course, is wrong)
      "The Su-57 is the best aircraft in the world in terms of all tactical and technical data, in terms of weapons. So no one can fly like our fighter," said Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • Soko
    Soko 25 October 2020 19: 41
    16
    Brigadier General of the United States Chris McPhillips, Commander of the 1st Air Wing, Marine Corps (Okinawa, Japan):
    F-35Bs give us the ability to dominate the air and sea

    A sort of "dominant male" ...
  • Reserve buildbat
    Reserve buildbat 25 October 2020 19: 59
    +2
    The penguin, of course, is better than the Harrier, but the F-18 is superior in all respects. And talking about "domination" with two squadrons of barely flying logs is somehow unconvincing)))
    1. Avior
      Avior 25 October 2020 23: 35
      0
      Is there a version of the F-18 VTOL aircraft, like the Harrier or the F-35?
  • Alien From
    Alien From 25 October 2020 20: 46
    +2
    I do not argue that this is a high-tech aircraft, but the amount of PR smells like vaping .......
  • APASUS
    APASUS 25 October 2020 21: 01
    +4
    F-35Bs give us the ability to dominate the air and sea. It is an expeditionary platform that literally opens the door to the Marines and the combined forces. The basing of the F-35B in Japan is not accidental, it happened here faster than in other parts of the world, which testifies to our commitment to the alliance of Japan and security in the Indo-Pacific region.

    That this platform for air domination did not help the Americans, and under the brave cries of victory, the invincible flee from Afghanistan and Iraq.
    A commitment to alliance, only words! She did not play with the American protege of Pashinyan and 080808 in Georgia, and it is not a fact that she will play in Japan. The Americans are taking a fight with a deliberately weak opponent