Preparing for a large-scale conflict between the United States and China in the framework of AUKUS. Tyndall Air Base in focus
Undoubtedly, the optoelectronic monitoring of the fortification work of the PLA engineering units on the islands of the disputed Spratly archipelago, as well as radio-technical reconnaissance of the anti-aircraft detection and targeting radar - missile systems of the Air Defense Forces of the PRC (with direct identification of the types of air defense systems and the frequency modes of operation of their guidance radars) clearly illustrated the implementation of two key tasks formulated deep on the sidelines of the US defense department.
First of all, we are talking about a demonstrative multiple expansion of the presence aviation US Navy and Air Force in neutral airspace above the green "9-dotted" line, filigree framing the vast exclusive economic zone of the Celestial Empire in the South China Sea.
The primary goal of this step is the traditional Pentagon flexing its muscles to demonstrate its readiness to put pressure on Beijing in a territorial dispute with Vietnam, Taiwan and the Philippines over the ownership of the Spratly archipelago and the Paracel Islands.
In light of the gaining stable regularity of transit (with periodic deployment) through the water area of the South China Sea of aircraft carrier strike groups of the Royal Navy of Great Britain and the US Navy, as well as the very successful testing by hydroacoustic operators of multipurpose nuclear submarines of Astute and Virginia classes of detection and tracking of Chinese MAPs of pr. 039B / G Shang, which do not differ in the highest level of acoustic secrecy in comparison with domestic and Western counterparts, the deliberately provocative demonstration by the US Navy command of readiness for force dives in the disputed areas of the exclusive economic zone of the PRC comes to the fore.
The most important details of the construction of the US Air Force strike fist at the Australian air base Tyndall
In the foreseeable future, the level of operational-strategic tension of such dives may well exceed the apogee points observed by us during the recent penetration of the British destroyer D36 HMS Defender into the territorial sea of Russia near the Republic of Crimea, as well as the attempt by surface ships of the Ukrainian Navy to carry out penetration into the water area of the Sea of Azov through the Kerch Strait.
Secondly, the subject of detailed optical-electronic, radio-technical and electronic reconnaissance of PLA forces and means on the disputed islands (including radars for detecting and targeting anti-aircraft missiles, launchers of coastal SCRC, as well as multi-band complexes for the exchange of tactical information and relaying over secure radio communication channels ) is the early and accurate identification of the former, as well as the analysis of the amplitude-frequency parameters of the latter.
Subsequently, the data obtained by the above methods will provide the US Navy command with comprehensive information on the types of anti-ship missiles used by the PLA Naval Forces in this region (be it YJ-12 Eagle Strike or YJ-18), and will also allow simulating the required algorithms of electronic countermeasures with appropriate response amplitude frequency characteristics.
Later, these algorithms will be loaded into the on-board computers of the latest container electronic warfare systems of the AN / ALQ-249 NGJ-LB / MB / HB Increment 1/2/3 line, to be placed on the harnesses of the EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft of the US Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force.
The most remarkable moment against the background of the above-mentioned pre-escalation preparations is the haste formation by Washington, London and Canberra of a new military-political alliance AUKUS, the zone of operational and strategic control of which will be the Indo-Asia-Pacific Region (IATR).
According to competent sources in the defense departments of the three allied states, as part of the formation of the structure of the new bloc on the territory of the Australian continent, an impressive military infrastructure of the United Armed Forces AUKUS will be deployed as part of several large air bases, naval bases (including berthing facilities and unified logistics points and maintenance of MPSS of classes Astute, Virginia, Sea Wolf, Los Angeles, Ohio and Vanguard, destroyers URO of classes Daring, Arleigh Burke and Hobart, cruisers of the Ticonderoga class, etc.), communication and relay centers in operational-tactical and operational strategic links, as well as air defense-missile defense position areas covering these objects.
Meanwhile, the American, British and Australian media are still very superficially covering the details of the formation of the forward AUKUS military grouping on the Australian continent, completely missing out of the focus of attention such a strategically important object as Tyndall Air Base, located in the Northern Territory of Australia.
Back in the first quarter of 2016, the information and military-analytical publication theaviationist.com, referring to the statement of the US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Damien Picart, published information about the upcoming deployment of the aircraft wing (7th or 28th) of strategic bombers-missile carriers B- 1B Lancer from the 8th Army of the US Air Force Global Strike Command, as well as the construction of the corresponding infrastructure for servicing these machines on this AVB.
Given the fact that, according to the same Picart, the wing of strategic air tankers KC-10A Extender will also be redeployed to this airbase, the crews of several B-1B units at the same time will be able to shift combat duty in neutral airspace near the launch lines of stealthy tactical cruise missiles. long-range AGM-158B JASSM-ER, as well as their anti-ship version AGM-158C LRASM (up to 24 ALCMs of this type can be placed on the internal suspension nodes of each Lancer) on strategically important coastal objects of the PLA and naval strike groups of the Chinese Navy, as in the South China and East China seas.
At the same time, the geographical position of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Tyndall airbase itself (in the depths of the Australian continent, at a distance of about 240-270 km from the Timor and Arafur Seas) will ensure the formation of a powerful echeloned anti-missile shield above it, represented by at least 3 Patriot PAC air defense systems. 3MSE and the THAAD anti-missile system, erected in the alleged missile-hazardous northwestern, northern and northeastern air directions.
It is from these directions that a massive strike by supersonic and hypersonic aerospace attack weapons of the Air Force and / or the Chinese Navy can be delivered.
Airbases located near the coast can be covered (by several missile defense belts from the sea / ocean missile-hazardous direction) only by Aegis - carriers of SM-3 anti-missile missiles, as well as ultra-long-range missile defense systems RIM-174 Block II ERAM.
Unlike the super-maneuverable endoatmospheric SAM-interceptors MIM-104PAC-3MSE of the Patriot PAC-3MSE complexes, equipped with gas-dynamic belts of transverse control engines, the RIM-174ERAM missiles have extremely low available overloads of 30-35 G, which do not provide reliable interception of the advanced Chinese maneuvering high-precision weapons; while the RIM-161B / C (SM-3) interceptor missiles are capable of working only against exoatmospheric objects and do not ensure the destruction of supersonic and hypersonic targets in the stratosphere and mesosphere.
As you can see, the operational and strategic advantages of such a location of Avb Tindal are more than obvious.
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