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Originally posted by Willard856
Thought the forum may be interested in this report:
The Flanker Fleet - The PLA's 'Big Stick'
The article provides an overview of current and future Flanker capability in China, an assessment of the strategic impact of the Flanker, a run down of the competition around the world, and a discussion on the implications of Flanker operation by the PLA, especially for PACRIM countries. Interested to hear any thoughts the forum has!
Originally posted by ch1466
R-77 has dumb GDV tail controls left over from when it was going to be a folding fin weapon.
Originally posted by urmomma158
Lawnmowerman they still need amphibious assault an air assault isn't all that's needed. (amphibious assault)
Hickam may get F-22A Raptor fighters
The Air Force wants to base 18 of its most advanced weapons — the stealthy F-22A Raptor fighter — at Hickam Air Force Base.
Air Force chief of staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley said in a release yesterday that the "preferred alternatives" for the third and fourth F-22 bases are Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico and Hickam.
"Air Force officials have made it clear to me that they definitely favor Hickam as an operational base for this new generation of high-tech jet fighters," Inouye said in a statement.
F-22As currently are based at Langley Air Force Base, Va., while Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, is to get the Air Force’s second batch of Raptors.
The Air Force prefers Holloman for the third operational wing, consisting of two squadrons of 18 Raptors each. Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, would be the fourth site for the F-22As.
While this may be the first appearance of the F-22A in the Alaskan sky, it is also a precursor of things to come. The Air Force has selected Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, as the home for the next operational F-22A wing. The base is preparing for the arrival of 36 Raptors, with the first jet expected to arrive in fall 2007.
The United States has deployed B-2 Spirit bombers at the Andersen Air Force Base in Guam for the first time, to support the Pacific Command's security efforts in the Western Pacific, the Air Force said in a press release on Saturday.
The 393rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron was the first B-2 squadron to deploy in Guam to support the Pacific Command's continuous bomber presence in the Asia-Pacific region. Previously, the Air Force has deployed three B-52 Stratofortress squadrons at the Andersen Air Force in Guam.
In January 2001 the Navy proposed homeporting up to three fast-attack submarines on the Pacific island of Guam to get the ships closer to their operating area. The first of the Pacific Fleet subs would reach their new base sometime in 2002, though the Navy had not decided which subs will move to Guam.
Stationing submarines in Guam allows them to follow a different operating concept, further increasing the number of mission days they can perform. Attack submarines in the United States typically deploy for a 180-day stretch every two years or so. Submarines based in Guam will deploy for periods of up to 56 days, but much more often, so they will spend about 182 days a year at sea and 183 days a year in their home port.
HONOLULU -- The Navy will move six more submarines to the Pacific by 2010 while shrinking its Atlantic-based undersea fleet, officials said Monday.
The move reflects the importance to the U.S. of maintaining a robust military presence in an a region that is home to a growing share of the world's trade and to potential security flashpoints on the Korean peninsula and Taiwan.
The shift will put 60 percent of the Navy's submarine fleet in the Pacific and 40 percent in the Atlantic. Currently, the submarines are evenly divided between the two oceans.
Amid China Threat US To Hold Mammoth Naval Operations In Pacific
Amid persistent warnings about China's growing military clout, the US military said Tuesday it would hold one of its biggest naval exercises in the Asia Pacific this summer. The large-scale operations will involve several carrier strike groups, each of which includes at least three warships, an attack submarine and a support ship.
Four carriers would be involved in three military maritime exercises -- one of them touted as the world's largest -- between June and August in the region, Commander of the US Pacific Fleet Admiral Gary Roughead said in Washington.
Two of the exercises are expected to be largely confined to US forces and held in the Western Pacific while the third involving navies from at least eight countries, including Australia, Chile, Japan, South Korea and Peru, would occur near the Hawaiian Islands.
Exercise Operation Northern Edge 2006
Northern Edge is the largest military training exercise scheduled in Alaska this year, with approximately 5,000 U.S. active-duty and reserve-component military members participating.
"Northern Edge is designed to prepare joint forces to respond to crises in the Asia-Pacific region," said Col. John Marselus, chief of Alaskan Command's joint exercise division. "The exercise is intended to sharpen skills; to practice operations, techniques and procedures; to improve command, control and communication relationships; and to develop interoperable plans and programs."
The commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific said May 15 he has invited his Chinese counterparts to observe U.S.-led military exercises in the Pacific Ocean next month in a move to improve relations.
Adm. William Fallon, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, told journalists he had invited his counterparts from the navy of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to observe the Valiant Shield exercises near the U.S. territory of Guam.