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Amid rising tensions USAF Deploys more F-22's and AESA F-15's to Okinawa

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posted on Jun, 2 2010 @ 07:17 PM
A couple of weeks back AWST had an article about how the USAF was going to team the F-22's with the AESA equiped F-15's and this may be an first deployment using this strategy.

Also interesting is that they will be testing a new air launched anti ballistic missile made by Ratheon. It is based on an AIM-120 body and has the range for boost phase intercept.

Lockheed Martin F-22s from the 7th Fighter Sqdn. at Holloman AFB, N.M., will join the specially modified Boeing F-15Cs of the 44th Fighter Sqdn. and the 67th Fighter Sqdn. already at Kadena AB. Another four F-15Cs equipped with active, electronically scanned array (AESA) radars from the disbanding 71st Fighter Sqdn. at Langley AFB, Va., have been tapped for transfer as well.

Unofficially, U.S. military planners say that even more ­AESA-equipped F-15s will be sent to Okinawa to further increase the anti-missile forces already there. The first upgraded F-15 units worked out tactics for cruise missile defense while stationed in Alaska. About two years ago, they made the shift to Japan’s southern most air base, which has responsibility for an area of operations that extends to within about 20 mi. of China. Japan apparently joined in the preparations by sending its Mitsubishi F-4Js to mainland bases and replacing them with Mitsubishi F-15Js. Japan is considering a similar AESA radar upgrade to a portion of its F-15 fleet, but the proposition will have to be approved in the next round of Japanese defense budget negotiations.

The newest twist is that the U.S. Air National Guard (ANG) and Raytheon are planning demonstrations of a Raytheon air-launched, hit-to-kill missile called the network-centric airborne defense element (NCADE) for a boost-phase, ballistic missile defense mission. It uses a Raytheon AIM-120 Amraam body and extends the range far enough to support boost-phase, anti-ballistic missile operations. st_xml/2010/05/31/AW_05_31_2010_p30-229847.xml&headline=More+Upgraded+F-15s+Headed+To+Okinawa

posted on Jun, 2 2010 @ 07:43 PM
Nice find.

So is this to counter the overwhelming number of Chinese and NK IRBM/MRBMs pointed at Taiwan and Japan resp. or towards ICBM defense?

posted on Jun, 2 2010 @ 08:02 PM
Heres a video for anyone interested in AESA radar, watch this sweet vid.

It's a F-35 vid focusing on APG-81 AESA radar, man this radar system is decked out.

And a link to the Wiki on it.

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