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American general: F-35A fighters are unlikely to get the opportunity to refuel in the air during the operation against China

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In the American press, material was released, which tells about the training war games that are being played by the US military and the scenarios of which are being prepared at the moment. This is a variant of the staff development of possible operations with the use of one or another equipment and units in a virtual version, typical for the Pentagon and NATO.


The American edition of Defense News cites a statement by the US Air Force Lieutenant General Clint Hinote, who proposed not to include the existing versions of F-35A fighters in the scenario of this kind of war games. In particular, they talked about the scenario actually being developed by American generals for a possible operation "to support Taiwan in the face of Chinese military aggression." It is this version of the war game that the Pentagon is developing.

General Hinough noted that he expresses doubts about the appropriateness of the use of the F-35A in the conduct of hostilities over the territory adjacent to the air borders of "practically equal in military terms of the enemy." This statement was made against the background of doubts in the US Congress about the advisability of further development of the F-35 program.

According to the American general, in Taiwan, such a victory will turn out to be "Pyrrhic", since to achieve it, military equipment will be needed, which, in fact, is not yet used - for example, the F-35A Block 4 with the latest radar, electronic warfare and weapons systems. This variant of the fighter with this kind of upgrades is under development in the United States.

The general also mentioned the limited range of the F-35A, and the use of additional fuel tanks could affect maneuverability and stealth. The general also emphasized that the F-35A is unlikely to receive the ability to refuel in the air during the operation against China "in support of Taiwan."

It is noteworthy that in the material of American journalists it is reported that in the scenario of a training war game, the US command is considering “the possible use of a biological weapons in the event of a war in the Indo-Pacific region. " It is noted that this factor should be considered "in the light of recent events." Against this background, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that the coronavirus pandemic is associated with "China's irresponsibility." Blinken accused Beijing of concealing the origin of the covid.
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  1. Sofa batyr
    Sofa batyr April 13 2021 06: 24
    +5
    The American edition of Defense News cites a statement by the US Air Force Lieutenant General Clint Hinote, who proposed not to include the existing versions of F-35A fighters in the scenario of this kind of war games. In particular, they talked about the scenario actually being developed by American generals for a possible operation "to support Taiwan in the face of Chinese military aggression." It is this version of the war game that the Pentagon is developing.

    General Hinough noted that he expresses doubts about the appropriateness of the use of the F-35A when conducting hostilities over the territory adjacent to the air borders of "practically equal in military terms of the enemy.".


    The statement is not an expert, or an "expert", not a retirement, but whatever is - an acting general.

    What else is needed, apart from everything else that has become known earlier, to understand the fact that the F-35 program is a failure, and the plane is only suitable for a war with countries that do not have countermeasures - modern air defense and fighter aircraft?
    1. figwam
      figwam April 13 2021 06: 49
      +2
      The next modernization of the underplane requires more than $ 2 billion. Interestingly, they will even accept it?
      1. Sofa batyr
        Sofa batyr April 13 2021 07: 06
        +8
        Quote: figvam
        The next modernization of the underplane requires more than $ 2 billion. Interestingly, they will even accept it?

        And he is in service fellow Moreover, it is actively exported to satellite countries

        As of March 2020, there were about 500 aircraft of this type.
        Of these: - 35 aircraft belong to the F-354A modification;
        - for modification of the F-35B - 108 aircraft;
        - to modification F-35C - 38 aircraft.
        1. figwam
          figwam April 13 2021 08: 28
          +2
          Quote: Divan-batyr
          And he is in service

          The status of initial operational readiness with a bunch of limitations and shortcomings, this is not accepted into service, this is a shame.
  2. rocket757
    rocket757 April 13 2021 06: 27
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    General Hinough noted that he expressed doubts about the appropriateness of the use of the F-35A in the conduct of hostilities over the territory adjacent to the air borders of "practically equal in military terms of the enemy
    ... It is clear that smashing a weak enemy is somehow more fun ... safer.
    It is noteworthy that in the material of American journalists it is reported that in the scenario of a training war game, the US command is considering "the possible use of biological weapons by China in the event of a war in the Indo-Pacific region." It is noted that this factor should be considered "in the light of recent events." Against this background, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that the coronavirus pandemic is associated with "China's irresponsibility." Blinken accused Beijing of hiding data on the origin of covid
    ... Well, yes, someone else is always to blame, even if he is not to blame!
    At least NOBODY PROVED ANYTHING!
    1. paul3390
      paul3390 April 13 2021 07: 01
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      NOBODY PROVED NOTHING!

      Nowadays, the domination of highley likely and photos of some utyrk in the muzzle book as decisive and main arguments - the requirement to prove something there sounds at least somewhat old-fashioned ..
      1. rocket757
        rocket757 April 13 2021 07: 40
        0
        I'd rather be the old-fashioned normal than the newfangled jerk!
    2. Ren
      Ren April 13 2021 07: 23
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      Quote: rocket757
      Against this background, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that the coronavirus pandemic is associated with "China's irresponsibility." Blinken accused Beijing of hiding data on the origin of covid

      BEIJING, March 31. / TASS /. The World Health Organization should study versions of the coronavirus leak from the US military laboratory in Fort Detrick and in similar institutions in other countries. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said this on Wednesday at a regular briefing.
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      “Regarding the continued likelihood of the virus leaking from a laboratory incident, the panel members said they would conduct research in laboratories around the world if necessary. As you know, such research in laboratories in Wuhan has already taken place. But when will Fort Detrick open to experts? ", - she said.
      "I would like to ask you why the foreign media does not report on the Fort Detrick laboratory. There was news about it in June 2019, but then they disappeared. <...> Why are you silent?" - noted the diplomat.
      As she noted, the Chinese government is ready for further cooperation with WHO in the framework of research on the origin of the coronavirus. "This is not an investigation, but a scientific study. It should be global in nature and not be limited to any region of the world," added Hua Chunying.
      The Walter Reed Army Research Institute is located in Fort Detrick, Maryland. It is run by the Pentagon and conducts biomedical research, including infectious diseases.

      link https://tass.ru/mezhdunarodnaya-panorama/11035213
      1. rocket757
        rocket757 April 13 2021 07: 41
        +1
        Yes, the minke whales, even in the eyes of us with ... will still say that God's dew, if it is FAVORABLE for them!
  3. Thrifty
    Thrifty April 13 2021 06: 56
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    Is it not destiny to use suspended fuel tanks, at least at the initial stage of the operation, to patrol the airspace? They can then be easily discarded. am
    1. Volodin
      Volodin April 13 2021 07: 04
      +3
      Quote: Thrifty
      Is it not destiny to use suspended fuel tanks, at least at the initial stage of the operation, to patrol the airspace?

      While "patrolling", perhaps, and "fate", but they are considering the option of war, and therefore want to approach the borders of China to inflict "unnoticed." This is what the material says.
      1. Thrifty
        Thrifty April 13 2021 07: 18
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        Volodin, to fly to Taiwan from somewhere you need to take off! So, and use it from the moment of takeoff from somewhere and until the PTB fuel is depleted in them. This is the same for anyone and saving time for refueling and refueling, and increasing the time of patrolling and conducting hostilities.
        1. Volodin
          Volodin April 13 2021 07: 31
          +1
          Quote: Thrifty
          ... This is the same for anyone and saving time for refueling and refueling, and increasing the time of patrolling and conducting hostilities.

          Apparently, you know something more about the F-35A than Lieutenant General of the US Air Force Hinough))) He is there and talking about the outboard tanks
          1. zlinn
            zlinn April 13 2021 13: 00
            -1
            but the genial did not say anything like that, he just spoke exactly the opposite of what was written in this article, he said that air refueling would be required, and in general this whole hat has nothing to do with the original article, and the authors of VO know their readers and we are sure that no one will read the original, which is what happened
  4. Prisoner
    Prisoner April 13 2021 07: 50
    +1
    He is unlikely to get the opportunity to fly for a long time.
  5. aszzz888
    aszzz888 April 13 2021 08: 40
    +1
    This is a variant of the staff development of possible operations with the use of one or another equipment and units in a virtual version, typical for the Pentagon and NATO.
    Merikatos himself has long been living in a "virtual version". laughing
  6. voyaka uh
    voyaka uh April 13 2021 09: 09
    0
    What is new here?
    The F-35 is not a strategist. It has a limited flight radius.
    Like any fighter-bomber.
    Additional tanks will also be required (which are dumped before
    air defense zone), and refueling in the air. In which we began to participate
    stealth drones based on aircraft carriers.
    And, of course, in the war against China one cannot do without losses.
    1. zlinn
      zlinn April 13 2021 13: 03
      -2
      but the shit in the original article, it was generally about something else, and what was written in this article, if I may say so, is generally bileberd, and judging by the comments, no one went to read the original source