An Air Force F-22 Raptor (left) flies with an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter over Florida. USAF Photo by Master Sgt. Jeremy T. Lock
Marcus Weisgerber, Defense One: Air Force Officers Give New Details for F-35 in War With China
For the first time, key officers lay out how they’d deploy the stealth F-35 and F-22 in an all-out war with China.
U.S. Air Force officials for the first time said publicly how they’re planning to use the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in a war with China.
The bottom line: a lot needs to change in the way the Air Force uses its warplanes in battle.
“If you put a fourth-[generation F-15 or F-16 fighter] in there, they’re gonna die,” said Maj. Gen. Jeff Harrigian, who is finishing up a tour at the Pentagon where he has been building the plans for integrating the F-35 throughout the Air Force. He and Col. Max Marosko, the deputy director for air and cyberspace operations at Pacific Air Forces in Hawaii, detail how the F-35 would be unleashed in a new report published Thursday by the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.
“In our minds, what this comes down to is the ability to kill and survive,” Harrigian said.
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Update: US Air Force Speculates on How F-35 Would Be Used in Combat (Sputnik)
WNU Editor: A lot of the details on how the U.S. Air Force will wage war against China that are outlined in this post are just common sense .... but I still cannot help but feel that they are too optimistic in their assessment on what they will be capable of doing. On a side note .... this plan will not work against Russia .... this goes back again to the realisation that any war with Russia will probably escalate to nuclear weapons within a day or two.
Update: This is interesting .... Special Air Force Analysis: 5th Gen Fighters (Scout Warrior).