reply to post by Krono
Naive? This isn't guess work. I have been in the US military since 1999 and I keep up with reports on PLA hardware and equipment.
I'm not real good at sarcasm though, so forgive me if that was your intentions.
Anyway here is a brief look at China's "modern" forces, with a comparison to US forces.
People's Liberation Army Main Battle Tanks:
5,000 Type 59: PLA version of the Soviet T-54/55, 1st gen
200 Type 69/79: Upgraded Type 59s, 1st gen
450 Type 88: Upgraded Type 79, 2nd gen
2,000+ Type 96: (Primary Main Battle Tank), 3rd gen
800 Type 99: Designed after the Gulf War to take on M1 Abrams, 3rd gen
US Main Battle Tanks:
4,796 M1A1 Abrams, they have annihilated Type 59s toType 88s in Iraq and elsewhere, 3rd gen
1,547 M1A2 Abrams, considered one of the top 3 tanks in the world (Challenger 2 and Leopard 2A6 being the other two), 3rd gen
That is 6,343 3rd generation main battle tanks in the US arsenal. The PLA only have 800 tanks that are designed to be able to fight the M1 Abrams. The
US would blitz the PLA GF on the battlefield.
People's Liberation Army, Combat Aircraft: (Navy and Air Force combined)
290 Q-5: Based on the Mig-19, 2nd Gen
114 JH-7: Designed to replace the Q-5, compete with the F-111, 3rd gen
220 J-7: Based on the Mig-21, 3rd gen
180 J-8: Designed to compete with the F-105, 3rd gen
69 Su-27(Russian): Designed to compete with the F-15, 4th gen
120 J-11: Based on the Su-27. Designed to compete with F-16s and and F-15s, 4th gen
97 Su-30MKK(Russian): Designed to compete with F-15s, 4th gen
190 J-10: Designed to compete with the Su-27 and Mig-29, 4th gen
US Combat Aircraft:
335 A-10, 3rd gen
1,789 F-16, 4th gen
647 F/A-18 Hornets, 4th gen
391 F/A-18 Super Hornets, 4th gen
734 F-15C/D Eagles, 4th gen
220+ F-15E, 4th gen
173 F-22, 5th gen
We have more F-16s then they have of total combat aircraft. It should be noted that the US has more combat airpower than Russia and China combined,
this is intentional in order for the US to have air supremacy in the event we had to fight both nations at the same time.
People's Liberation Army, Strategic Bombers:
110 H-6, Chinese version of the Tu-16, each carries 20,000 lbs of ordnance
US Strategic Bombers:
94 B-52, each carries 70,000 lbs of ordnance
65 B-1B, each can carry 125,000 lbs of ordnance
20 B-2, each can hold 50,000 lbs of ordnance
That combines to almost 16 million lbs. in one sortie. It would take less than 500 sorties to drop the same level of ordnance that allied forces
dropped on Europe in World War II from 1939-1945.
I shouldn't even go into the naval aspect since the PLA navy is frankly a complete joke, but for amusement here it is.
PLA Navy Warships:
1 Aircraft Carrier
12 Nuclear Subs
48 Conventional Subs
US Navy Warships:
11 Super Carriers (Note the US is the only nation that uses massive Super Carriers, each with 70 F/A-Hornets.)
10 Amphibious Assault Ships (Similar in size to China's single carrier, each carries thousands of US Marines, amphibious assault vehicles, gunships,
73 Nuclear Subs
Like I said before this isn't naive. I can go into the number of heavy lift aircraft China has compared to the US and their actual logistic
capability. They don't have the capability to project very far beyond their borders. They don't even have the air or sea lift capability to threaten
Guam, much less fight a global war against the US.
I have to repeat, the US military is currently designed to fight Russia and China at the same time and win, by maintaining naval and air supremacy,
while using overwhelming combined arms tactics on the ground to neutralize their armor and mechanized forces, leaving only a rag tag guerilla force
which would only be useful in defending against occupation, which we would not do. Instead we would isolate and blockade them, bombing them into a pre
industrial state until we deemed them no longer a threat.