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Western press: American Air Force is not ready for war with an equal adversary

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Columnist David Ax, in an article for Forbes magazine, argues that over the past few years, the United States Air Force has been busy bombing the bases of poorly armed insurgents in the Middle East and is already accustomed to this format of hostilities. As a result, this led to the fact that today the American Air Force has become too weak, they are not ready for a war with an equal adversary.


If Chinese or Russian forces are on the move and missiles are already flying, American squadrons probably cannot count on a large, cozy base specially prepared for them.

- says David Ax.

Where exactly Russian and Chinese missiles are flying and what kind of movement the forces of China and the Russian Federation have entered, the author does not specify.

The Western press writes that American pilots are losing their skills, participating in hostilities in the Middle East region, where there is no need to act quickly. And now they are absolutely unprepared to face an equal rival in the conditions of modern war, where the time is often counted by seconds.

The observer notes that although the Pentagon plans to restructure its Air Force, it will have to take into account that limited funds will be allocated from the budget.

Earlier it was reported that the US Air Force is working on the issue of how to simultaneously concentrate maximum firepower in order to overcome the air defenses of such a high-tech enemy as China.

Usually, such publications in the press of the United States and other Western countries ultimately boil down to one thing: the need to again increase the volume of the military budget, which in the United States is already colossal.
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  1. Thrifty
    Thrifty 19 May 2021 11: 49
    +9
    To begin with, the Yankees are creating problems for themselves without us! To set up half the world against yourself, and wonder why they are not liked, to put it mildly, this is not given to everyone!
    1. Peak
      Peak 19 May 2021 12: 04
      -1
      The US Air Force is not ready for war with an equal adversary


      Really, "Shock and Awe"inside out?
      1. Shurik70
        Shurik70 19 May 2021 12: 31
        +5
        What can I say.
        The United States also has its own couch troops.
        1. mojohed2012
          mojohed2012 19 May 2021 13: 46
          0
          They value their fifth point too much to fight on an equal footing with equal strengths, and, God forbid, suffer losses while doing so.
        2. Runoway
          Runoway 19 May 2021 14: 05
          +1
          I support, let the author read it
          The most experienced pilots are Israel, the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada, where the number of raids per pilot reaches 200 hours. The Taiwan Air Force maintains an average of 180 hours due to an increase in the level of training of Chinese military pilots. Some elite Chinese fighter squadrons already have 180 flying hours per year. The level of South Korea is 120 hours per year, which is much more than that of its rival, the North Korean Air Force.

          And the bad experience of the Americans in the Middle East, is it better for the PRC without taking part in combat missions?
    2. And Us Rat
      And Us Rat 19 May 2021 18: 13
      0
      Quote: Thrifty
      Set up half the world against yourself

      Well, they are not alone, to be honest. Everyone who has geopolitical weight has a similar set of ill-wishers who stepped on mazol.
      And if you look objectively - NONE of the Air Forces in the world today are ready for a full-fledged war with an equal enemy. At least in the area of ​​loss replacement. It was in the Second World War that a fighter was produced in a week, from ore to a finished machine. Today it will not work out that way, the technologies for the production of high technologies have hopelessly lagged behind the technologies of the manufactured product. request
      1. Anachoret
        Anachoret 20 May 2021 11: 52
        0
        just a large number of real combat casualties leads to the Vietnamese syndrome)) the states really do not want to repeat it because they have not recovered from the first)
  2. Invoce
    Invoce 19 May 2021 11: 50
    0
    I am 100% sure that the Americans will pay off or cheat when they meet with an equal adversary. US military personnel are spoiled for attention and comfortable conditions of service. They serve because ... unlike the military personnel of the RF Armed Forces, where they serve in spite of everything ... Back in the 70s they said that where there are no boots, there is no fighting spirit ... in part it was true ... But now boots are not are also worn in our army. But we do not have gays and tolerance in the Armed Forces, and this compensates for a lot.
    1. Trapp1st
      Trapp1st 19 May 2021 11: 56
      -5
      I am 100% sure that the Americans will pay off or cheat when they meet with an equal adversary.
      It remains only to find such an enemy.
      1. Invoce
        Invoce 19 May 2021 12: 05
        -1
        those. Are you trying to say that the US Armed Forces have no equal? lol The US Armed Forces is a publicized organization, like $ .... it keeps afloat until the first collapses .. and is designed to support each other ... One of them will fall down - the other will also collapse yes
        1. Trapp1st
          Trapp1st 19 May 2021 12: 15
          -1
          $ .... keeps afloat until the first landslides .. and is designed to support each other ... One of them will fall down - the other will also collapse yes
          Yes, this is a long story for the Russian audience, about how soon the dollar will collapse ... have heard. Only few people ask why it is only growing and what will happen to the Russian economy if the world economy collapses, well, this is not the essence of the article.
          US Armed Forces publicized organization
          Maybe, but moreover, they are many times larger, more modern in percentage terms and the same amount of plaque. Therefore, our spherical horse in a vacuum is not like their horse, simply in view of objective and obvious reasons.
        2. abrakadabre
          abrakadabre 19 May 2021 12: 43
          +2
          those. Are you trying to say that the US Armed Forces have no equal?
          Unfortunately, this is so.
          US Armed Forces publicized organization
          Uh-huh. And also the number of aircraft is huge and the flight hours of combat pilots are ogogo. Another thing is that their motivation is not to fight thickly until their last breath. But here, too, there are excellent examples: in WWII after Pearl Harbor, the Americans were quite inflamed with a military spirit. And they regularly demonstrated heroic behavior. In modern conditions, this may be repeated.
          Do not underestimate here. In the current situation, yes - they are watery. Despite all the equipment and high training. Therefore, it is important, on occasion, "kick their ass", so as not to drive them into a corner. They learn quite quickly.
    2. Devyatomayets
      Devyatomayets 19 May 2021 14: 01
      -7
      Quote: Invoce
      But we do not have gays and tolerance in the Armed Forces, and this compensates for a lot.


      The Soviet army was still swarming with gay aids. But that tolerance was not instilled in them - that's right.

      1. Doliva63
        Doliva63 19 May 2021 18: 38
        +1
        Quote: Devyatomayets
        Quote: Invoce
        But we do not have gays and tolerance in the Armed Forces, and this compensates for a lot.


        The Soviet army was still swarming with gay aids. But that tolerance was not instilled in them - that's right.


        Brad.
        1. akarfoxhound
          akarfoxhound 20 May 2021 08: 01
          -1
          Unfortunately, no, I heard about this "translator" even in my first year of military school, from a still Soviet, normal, military doctor who traveled with his family through the forest garrisons of the country.
          1. Doliva63
            Doliva63 21 May 2021 15: 57
            0
            Quote: akarfoxhound
            Unfortunately, no, I heard about this "translator" even in my first year of military school, from a still Soviet, normal, military doctor who traveled with his family through the forest garrisons of the country.

            Nonsense that "the Soviet army was swarming with gay aids."
            1. akarfoxhound
              akarfoxhound 21 May 2021 22: 37
              -1
              Of course not, the story of our doctor was only about one military mudaka-translator. About 10 years ago, in the Far East, one such rear-wheel drive in lieutenant colonel's shoulder straps was calculated, in 3 days they calculated a naxep from the army
              1. Doliva63
                Doliva63 22 May 2021 20: 34
                0
                Quote: akarfoxhound
                Of course not, the story of our doctor was only about one military mudaka-translator. About 10 years ago, in the Far East, one such rear-wheel drive in lieutenant colonel's shoulder straps was calculated, in 3 days they calculated a naxep from the army

                In 96, I had employees, graduates of the 94th, immediately after Chechnya they quit, according to them, they had quite a lot of "rear-wheel drive" cadets among the cadets, because Yeltsin canceled the article for homosexuality, so yes, in the Russian army, they should be, not a little. And in the SA it was strict with this. In any case, I never heard it while I served in 81-91.
                1. akarfoxhound
                  akarfoxhound 22 May 2021 22: 02
                  0
                  We are not keeping these even now, although without an article, not a single sane commander will tolerate such a thing. And to find for what it is legal to briskly get out of such a "sweet" is not a question at all, he will sign everything himself
                  So there are no more of them now than in SA
                  P..S. someone from the "back" tolerasts "minus" laughing
                  1. Doliva63
                    Doliva63 23 May 2021 17: 40
                    0
                    Quote: akarfoxhound
                    We are not keeping these even now, although without an article, not a single sane commander will tolerate such a thing. And to find for what it is legal to briskly get out of such a "sweet" is not a question at all, he will sign everything himself
                    So there are no more of them now than in SA
                    P..S. someone from the "back" tolerasts "minus" laughing

                    I have not served in the RA for a day (and would not want to), I cannot judge. And there are both "ideological" and "personal" minusers, so there are many options laughing
    3. And Us Rat
      And Us Rat 19 May 2021 18: 21
      0
      Quote: Invoce
      But we have no gay and no tolerance in the sun

      I remembered an anecdote (obscene, I can't put it out) about the Spartans.
      laughing laughing laughing

      https://tar0tman.livejournal.com/168498.html
  3. Shimshon
    Shimshon 19 May 2021 11: 54
    +3
    And who is their equal opponent?
  4. Zaurbek
    Zaurbek 19 May 2021 12: 01
    +1
    Such a task is not worth it. They have a large aircraft fleet. The war with the Russian Federation and China is a very specific war. to prepare for. If you remove nuclear weapons, the war with the Russian Federation is quite a feasible task for them ...
    1. Invoce
      Invoce 19 May 2021 12: 09
      -1
      Quote: Zaurbek
      Such a task is not worth it. They have a large aircraft fleet. The war with the Russian Federation and China is a very specific war. to prepare for. If you remove nuclear weapons, the war with the Russian Federation is quite a feasible task for them ...

      Yeah ... let's remember history ... Cuba, Korea, Vietnam, an attempt to rescue hostages in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan ... An attempt to catch fear again in Korea ...
      And such conflicts as in Panama ... where the US Armed Forces showed themselves in full combat power ... lol
      1. Zaurbek
        Zaurbek 19 May 2021 12: 11
        +5
        The West has always been at the forefront of military thought and technology. At present, the Russian Federation does not have a "deep rear" and human resources for such wars.
    2. And Us Rat
      And Us Rat 19 May 2021 18: 35
      -1
      Quote: Zaurbek
      If you remove nuclear weapons, the war with the Russian Federation is quite a feasible task for them ...

      Removing nuclear weapons is not enough, Western society is morally sensitive to human losses.
      So the task would be feasible if a dictatorship reigned in them, able to lead their own people to slavish obedience.
      This is exactly what the ultra-left circles behind the "democrats" are trying to achieve. But the founders of the United States were sagacious and foresaw something like that, while there is a second amendment to the US Constitution - the chances of the ultralists to enslave the people of the United States are illusory.
      If the United States becomes a dictatorship in the likeness of Hitler's Reich, the latter will seem like a cute rascal. sad
  5. Retvizan 8
    Retvizan 8 19 May 2021 12: 08
    -2
    A fresh example of the flight of Americans from Afghanistan. Twenty years of presence, the results are, frankly, not impressive.
    But their Sotelites were also present there.
  6. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 19 May 2021 12: 09
    -2
    today the US Air Force has become too weak, unprepared for a war with an equal adversary.
    But ambition and conceit are rife. It's one thing to bomb those who don't even have air defense, and it's another to face a serious enemy. These are not videos about tolerant Air Force crews to shoot.
    1. abrakadabre
      abrakadabre 19 May 2021 12: 44
      +1
      But ambition and conceit are rife.
      To the greatest extent, this concerns the highest command and political staff.
  7. BIABIA
    BIABIA 19 May 2021 12: 09
    +1
    Quote: Trapp1st
    I am 100% sure that the Americans will pay off or cheat when they meet with an equal adversary.
    It remains only to find such an enemy.


    Well, if Russia and China form a military alliance and act as a united front, it is a completely equal adversary. Only this cinematic version will be: Star Wars + showdowns of the 90s. They scored an arrow over the Pacific Ocean and flew at each other))
  8. kill the fascist
    kill the fascist 19 May 2021 12: 13
    0
    Some independent Western experts, specialists and the military have already expressed similar thoughts. I had to read the opinion of the military SSh P, it seems that a retired pilot, that despite all the long-range missiles, radars, invisible planes in the air, everything will roll with a dog fight at short distances. And in this dump, the training of the pilot and the performance characteristics of the aircraft will be of decisive importance. This is a stone in the Air Force garden, not only of sherkhan and his tobaccos, but also in ours. The combat use of aviation in recent years was conducted only in Syria, and there the aircraft worked on the ground. The helicopter pilots had a good skill development.
  9. rocket757
    rocket757 19 May 2021 12: 28
    0
    Usually, publications of this kind in the press of the United States and other Western countries ultimately boil down to one thing: the need to again increase the volume of the military budget, which in the United States is already colossal
    ... It is truth too. Although few people have real combat experience at all, and even the one that is, there are isolated incidents.
    1. cniza
      cniza 19 May 2021 13: 19
      +1
      Good time! hi

      Experience that is, but with the wrong opponent, if it starts, everyone will be approximately equal, and then practice and experience ...
      1. rocket757
        rocket757 19 May 2021 13: 28
        +1
        Welcome soldier
        Further, everything is like a textbook!
        The quality of training and the morale of the host should be shown. There is no other way.
        1. cniza
          cniza 19 May 2021 13: 35
          +2
          Yes, everything else is only in Hollywood ...
          1. rocket757
            rocket757 19 May 2021 19: 05
            +1
            If you watch only Hollywood movies, you can learn everything. But who will teach you how to properly filter what you see and hear.
            Factory of dreams, deception and cinematic heroes, including.
            1. cniza
              cniza 19 May 2021 20: 06
              +2
              So they created heroes for themselves there, but how in life no one shows ...
              1. rocket757
                rocket757 19 May 2021 20: 08
                +1
                As in life, an important person can go out and look!
                1. cniza
                  cniza 19 May 2021 20: 10
                  +2
                  Many people look at life through a computer monitor and toys ...
                  1. rocket757
                    rocket757 19 May 2021 20: 12
                    +1
                    Whenever everything ends .... and the current in the outlet, too!
                    1. cniza
                      cniza 19 May 2021 20: 13
                      +2
                      Only then it will be very difficult to make out all the porridge ...
  10. Ros 56
    Ros 56 19 May 2021 12: 30
    0
    Let it be better to sit at home, and do not have to overcome anything and they themselves will be more whole. Otherwise, sorry what you fought for ...
  11. kventinasd
    kventinasd 19 May 2021 12: 53
    +1
    American warriors generally have no equal, especially in the movies, but this is not yet seriously kicked in the ass. The Vietnamese have already proven this.
    1. Doliva63
      Doliva63 19 May 2021 18: 52
      +1
      Quote: kventinasd
      American warriors generally have no equal, especially in the movies, but this is not yet seriously kicked in the ass. The Vietnamese have already proven this.

      What does the Vietnamese have to do with it? This was proved by the ideology focused on the USSR, Soviet weapons and Soviet instructors. Now the Vietnamese will be able to repeat? Not. Because the social trend is personal enrichment, personal happiness; because Russian weapons were not like the Soviet ones at the time; because the RF will not send any instructors to Vietnam.
      1. kventinasd
        kventinasd 19 May 2021 18: 57
        0
        Quote: Doliva63
        Now the Vietnamese will be able to repeat?

        They can! Moreover, and with great disgrace for the United States, therefore they will not stick their heads.
        1. Doliva63
          Doliva63 19 May 2021 19: 17
          +1
          Quote: kventinasd
          Quote: Doliva63
          Now the Vietnamese will be able to repeat?

          They can! Moreover, and with great disgrace for the United States, therefore they will not stick their heads.

          Not. Because they are morally unprepared, there are no allies, outdated weapons.
  12. Bshkaus
    Bshkaus 19 May 2021 12: 54
    +1
    Yes, no one is ready for air battles, at least for the reason that all modern tactics are based on theory and single training fights with the participation of enemy aircraft, and for the most part their own, but of a different color. And how the cars and pilots will behave there, what strengths and weaknesses will immediately surface, who will use what tactics and how all participants will adapt to the rapidly changing environment of real databases, God alone knows (thoughtfully looking at the Israeli aviation helmet lying next to it on the table DASH-4 and our ZSH-10).
    It is clear that the United States is at war with the Russian Federation or China, it is not the Arabs to drive across the Syrian desert. Both those and others will go astray, and massively. And how without it? (
  13. cniza
    cniza 19 May 2021 13: 17
    +1
    Usually, publications of this kind in the press of the United States and other Western countries ultimately boil down to one thing: the need to again increase the military budget


    The ultimate goal is to get more money ...
  14. Narak-zempo
    Narak-zempo 19 May 2021 13: 34
    0
    The US Air Force is not ready for war with an equal adversary

    And never in history have they been capable of such a thing. Only beat the weakest.
  15. Devyatomayets
    Devyatomayets 19 May 2021 14: 10
    -1
    The US Air Force is not ready for war with an equal adversary


    Whose are you ready?

    The United States managed to fight with large regional armies of the Soviet type, such as the Yugoslavs and Saddam's Iraq. And we have the Taliban and the Chechens in our piggy bank. Well, perhaps the most technically equipped enemy was Georgia. So I do not understand the illusion of local couch riders that mattresses did not fight "with a serious enemy" when everything is much thinner with us.
    1. kventinasd
      kventinasd 19 May 2021 19: 06
      0
      Quote: Devyatomayets
      The United States managed to fight with large regional armies of the Soviet type, such as the Yugoslavs and Saddam's Iraq.

      Bad example! The small Serbian army was hammered by the whole of Europe along with the states, the same with Iraq and Libya. But with Venezuela and Syria, they broke off. Now they even from the North. Korea cannot be controlled, where is Russia and China? In fact, NATO has never had a serious adversary, and if there is any mess, they will quickly sign their own death warrant. Russia in Syria dealt with the barmaley much faster than their entire vaunted coalition.
      1. zlinn
        zlinn 23 May 2021 17: 56
        -1
        Well, Russia coped quickly because ... not quickly and did not do it (the Russian Federation apparently did not have such a task, Assad sat, the bases are standing, but the fact that some barmaleevs were replaced by others is so ...), and here the coalition quite coped with part of the task, in Iraq and eastern Syria there are no ISIS members at all, the stump is clear that a large part of them were squeezed out just beyond the river and made them a headache for Assad, but this suited the Amers, and apparently Russia too
  16. iouris
    iouris 19 May 2021 14: 49
    0
    Do you have equal opponents?
  17. Luty
    Luty 19 May 2021 17: 27
    +1
    And the Yankees were never ready to fight on equal terms. This is not their method)))))))