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US to test new tactics against China at exercises with F-35 and F-16 fighters in Guam

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Northwest Field on Guam



Recently, the United States has shown increased attention to the air force bases in the Pacific Ocean. There is no doubt that the reason for this is the growing activity of China in the Asia-Pacific region. It is becoming increasingly difficult for Washington to control the situation in Southeast and East Asia as the power of the Chinese weapons is growing, and today even the famous Andersen Air Force Base in Guam is already vulnerable to Chinese ballistic missiles.

Reanimation of the airfield during the Second World War


The Pentagon concluded that the American aviation new bases are needed in the Asia-Pacific region. After all, if the airfield on Guam is disabled, the United States will not be able to maintain an air presence over the Pacific Ocean. From these considerations, the Pentagon began to expand the capabilities of basing aviation on the Wake and Tinian Islands. It is possible that the February 2021 exercise will aim at testing the capabilities of air bases.

The most interesting thing is that during the upcoming exercises, American aviation will use the Northwest Field - an old military airfield on the island of Guam, which was equipped during World War II, but was closed in 1949. Subsequently, it was used only for auxiliary purposes. Its resuscitation in the current conditions is very interesting in itself.

Brian Everstein of Air Force Magazine was the first to report that F-35 fighters from Eilson Air Force Base and F-16 fighters from Misawa AFB will be deployed in the Northwest Field of the Andersen Air Force Base. It is on their basis that the United States is going to work out tactics to pass China in exercises.

Previously, only Lockheed C-130 Hercules helicopters and transport aircraft were based in the Northwest Field. But quickly adapting the field for fighters is a daunting task, even given the vast financial and technical capabilities of the US Air Force.

Agile Combat Employment Tactics


Nonetheless, the Pentagon expects the Cope North exercise to hone the Agile Combat Employment tactics of less predictability in aviation deployments and more agility achieved by using small groups of aircraft. Within the framework of this tactic, it is planned to create bases with minimal operational requirements, as well as to ensure the possibility of rapid redeployment in order to confuse the enemy and complicate his plans to build defense and attack.

Tyler Rogoway of The Drive writes that before the start of the exercise in February 2021, an emergency braking system will be installed at the airfield to prevent abnormal situations with jet aircraft.

In addition to aviation, the Northwest Field of Andersen Air Force Base also hosts other important military installations, including the THAAD missile battery, which protects the island of Guam from enemy ballistic missiles, and satellite communications stations. However, this is where the infrastructure of the North-West Field ends: Rogoway draws attention to the fact that the field has a minimum of structures common to air bases. Even basic hangars are missing. Therefore, plans to use the Northwest Field as a key base for exercises, according to the analyst, look quite ambitious.

On the other hand, the aircraft participating in Cope North will be able to land, refuel, rearm and take off in conditions similar to those if they operated from remote and poorly equipped locations in real combat. Fulfillment of assigned tasks on a remote runway, without many important support components, will allow American aviation to work out tactics of operations from remote islands.

Thus, the upcoming exercises in the Pacific Ocean will not be called ordinary maneuvers. They promise to teach American aviation many interesting lessons, and if the Pentagon can draw useful lessons from them and reformat its bases in the Pacific Ocean in accordance with the requirements of the time, then its capabilities in terms of confronting the Chinese threat will increase significantly.
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  1. Thrifty
    Thrifty 28 January 2021 12: 48
    +1
    Previously, there were just exercises or maneuvers, but now all the same is being "announced" to the misguided "Russian and Chinese threats to the interests of the United States," as if without such a verbal postscript the US military would not be given money for these exercises! !!!
    1. yehat2
      yehat2 28 January 2021 13: 18
      0
      Americans have done so much already that they feel obligated to explain many of their actions. In other words, these comments are completely empty.
      In the same way, they can explain everything by preparing for the attack of the Martians.
  2. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 28 January 2021 13: 02
    +1
    today even the famous US Andersen Air Force Base in Guam is already vulnerable to Chinese ballistic missiles.
    And so the Americans wanted them to be able to get everyone, and none of them. As the Russian proverb says - "Not all the Shrovetide cat".
    1. Orange bigg
      Orange bigg 28 January 2021 13: 14
      -4
      F-35 rare G.
      American fighter pilots began to complain of very serious control problems with the fifth generation American F-35 combat aircraft. Among the key circumstances are the problems with the control system of these aircraft - during even non-combat missions, numerous problems with on-board computers are recorded, which in the event of a real air battle practically guarantees that the fighter will be destroyed by the enemy.

      “The biggest problem with the F-35 Lightning II touchscreen monitors is the lack of feedback when working with them, especially when overloaded. The pilot assures that about every fifth interaction with a touchscreen monitor leads to an error, "- reports the Russian information resource" Lenta.ru ".

      A similar problem manifests itself on all fifth-generation American fighters, and, apparently, the American manufacturer is well aware of this problem, however, they still cannot solve it.

      https://avia.pro/news/piloty-f-35-massovo-zhaluyutsya-na-sboi-v-sistemah-upravleniya-istrebitelem
      1. kit88
        kit88 28 January 2021 14: 58
        +9
        Would you bypass such "authorities" as avia.pro and lenta.ru
        laughing
    2. Revolver
      Revolver 29 January 2021 02: 26
      -1
      Quote: rotmistr60
      today even the famous US Andersen Air Force Base in Guam is already vulnerable to Chinese ballistic missiles.
      And so the Americans wanted them to be able to get everyone, and none of them. As the Russian proverb says - "Not all the Shrovetide cat".
      The Chinese, if they are not completely wicked, should understand that if they launch missiles at Guam, then whether they will reach the target or not, given the presence of a sea-based missile defense system, is a question. But that the response will fly not to some islands, but to Beijing and Shanghai, and reach the goal, this is not a question, but an objective reality, which will be given to the Chinese in sensations, regardless of the results of their blow or even the complete absence of such.
  3. Lord of the Sith
    Lord of the Sith 28 January 2021 13: 06
    -2
    The Pentagon came to the conclusion that the American aviation in the Asia-Pacific region needs new bases.


    The Yankees are completely crazy wassat

    Well, let's. Diffuse the forces.
    Spend money and resources.
    1. Petro_tut
      Petro_tut 28 January 2021 21: 53
      0
      They will uncover the old Japanese bases that were on the Carrolin Marshall and Mariana Islands and will receive at least five more airfields request
      1. Lord of the Sith
        Lord of the Sith 28 January 2021 22: 07
        0
        It remains only to find denyuzhki for it)))
  4. rocket757
    rocket757 28 January 2021 13: 12
    0
    if the Pentagon can draw useful lessons from them and reformat its bases in the Pacific in accordance with the requirements of the time, then its capabilities in terms of confronting the Chinese threat will significantly increase

    It's always IF or BUT!
  5. askort154
    askort154 28 January 2021 13: 17
    +1
    Thrifty ...... as if without such a verbal postscript the US military would not be given money for these exercises! !!

    And second, you need to constantly voice the name of the enemy. This makes the situation more concrete, not only for the international consumer, but also for the domestic one in the US. Now they have a split and a "glove compartment", and the best way to stop it is to find an external enemy, to connect all the media so that the people forget about their feuds and unite. hi
  6. pytar
    pytar 28 January 2021 13: 20
    +1
    An interesting picture is being drawn! During World War II, the Pacific Ocean was a battlefield between the USA and Japan! Shas is turning into a battlefield between the US and China!
    These are the most beautiful heavenly places!



    1. Ros 56
      Ros 56 28 January 2021 14: 58
      0
      I mean, one rocket and everything in heaven?
      1. pytar
        pytar 28 January 2021 15: 15
        +1
        I mean, one rocket and everything in heaven?

        Nuuu ... if we believe the GDP, not all! laughing And here are some of them, during their lifetime and have long settled in these awesomely beautiful places! Unpatriotic, but nice! wink
  7. Constanty
    Constanty 28 January 2021 13: 20
    -2
    Does the distance between Guam and China make it extremely impractical to use F-16s and F-35s in relation to China?
    How many flying tankers will you have to use?
  8. Bradley
    Bradley 28 January 2021 14: 05
    +2
    The exercises are always conducted against a specific enemy, be it Russia, China or anyone else. It's just that the States are not trying to disguise it, that's all.
    Teachings without specifics are nothing more than a farce, which by themselves do not give any sense. So do not be surprised that exercises are being conducted against a potential enemy.
  9. APASUS
    APASUS 28 January 2021 14: 20
    0
    So I understand these will be the first goals of China in case of conflict, something like the second Pearl Harbor. The Americans just need a provocation and they carefully build it.
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    2. pytar
      pytar 28 January 2021 15: 33
      0
      So I understand these will be the first goals of China in case of conflict, something like the second Pearl Harbor. The Americans just need a provocation and they carefully build it.


      Aha, here they are throwing themselves with thermonuclear charges! laughing The fireworks will be arranged!



      There are no fools sitting there! Neither China nor the United States is drawn to suicide! No.
      1. APASUS
        APASUS 28 January 2021 16: 42
        0
        Quote: pytar
        There are no fools sitting there! Neither China nor the United States is drawn to suicide!

        No suicide. It's just that the Americans need a reason for tougher manipulations with sanctions and other actions. The Chinese will sink a ship or plane, the Americans just need that.
    3. antivirus
      antivirus 28 January 2021 21: 11
      0
      the first should be Taiwan, Okinawa. then ..and the Philippines? too much
      on the coast of the Chinese lives and works.
  10. Ros 56
    Ros 56 28 January 2021 14: 56
    +2
    Do the striped ones want to remember the 40s when they messed with the Japanese? So now is not the time, one missile-bomb and there is no island, and with it the airfield and everyone who was there. Something like this.
  11. kventinasd
    kventinasd 28 January 2021 20: 03
    +2
    as the power of Chinese weapons grows, and today even the famous US Andersen Air Force Base in Guam is already vulnerable to Chinese ballistic missiles.

    I think the Chinese will not only be able to reach Guam, but they can also make the rest of the US bases "famous". And even on the North American mainland.
    The Americans are haunted by their megalomania, the great carriers of their crap.
    Hike their tail was seriously pinched. Interestingly, the European grunts have the same opinion with the owner or hope to sit out in the event of a big nix?