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War and Peace: The F-22 and the future of American Air Power

Posted in ADA, army training, guns, politcs, rankers, tech pron, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 20, June 2009 by chockblock

It seems that the press and the left are having a conniption fit over the F-22. We need to upgrade our air power. While we enjoy an edge now, our air power is rapidly aging, the air force and navy have planes that will become unflyable in a few years..

F-22 pic

F-22 pic

“It means a step down from air dominance,” Richard Aboulafia, an air-warfare analyst for the Teal Group, which conducts assessments for the defense industry, told me. “The decision not to replace the F‑15 fleet with the F‑22 ultimately means that we will accept air casualties. We will lose more pilots. We will still achieve air superiority, but we will get hurt achieving it.”
The Last Ace
by Mark Bowden

It gets worse:

Fleet age v.s New Purchases

Fleet age v.s New Purchases

The age of our current fight fleets int he Air Force and Navy is going up as purchases of new jets go down.

Chinese FT-2000 Missile

Chinese FT-2000 Missile

Advanced Surface to Air Missiles are a particular concern since they are relatively cheap, often highly effective, and unchallenging in personnel training demands. Russia has exported large numbers of the S-300PMU / SA-10C, S-300PMU1 and PMU2 Favorit / SA-20, and is set to export the new S-400 Triumf / SA-21, which includes a 200 nautical mile range missile built to kill AWACS, JSTARS and jamming aircraft like the EA-6B Prowler and EA-18G Growler. These missile systems are often described as “Patriot class” and are similar to the US Patriot in basic design, but employ more refined radar designs, longer ranging missiles, and are much more mobile than the Patriot, making them vastly more difficult to kill compared to legacy Soviet era or Patriot SAM batteries. An opponent operating SA-10C/12/20/21/23 SAM systems can play the same “shoot and scoot” game even better than Saddam did with Scud launchers in 1991, or Serbia did with SA-6 SAM batteries in 1999, and evade US fighters most if not all of the time.

Deployed HQ-9 battery

Deployed HQ-9 battery

While Russia remains the global leader in producing and exporting sophisticated “anti-access” weapons, China is now entering this market with a range of indigenous products, and derivatives of Russian products. This year China announced the export of the HQ-9/LD-2000, an improved Chinese derivative of the Russian S-300PMU/SA-10C SAM system, which includes the option of the FT-2000 passive anti-radar missile, designed to home on the radar emissions from an AWACS, JSTARS, U-2 or Global Hawk surveillance aircraft, or on emissions from jamming aircraft like the EA-6B Prowler and EA-18G Growler. To defeat US smart munitions in flight, the LD-2000 is on offer, a clone of the European Goalkeeper radar directed Gatling gun, carried on a high mobility truck. Other Chinese built anti-access products include Missile Approach Warning Systems for SAM batteries, and jammers, as well as a wide range of modern digital radars including low band designs with some counter-stealth capability, and phased arrays derived from the Russian S-300P series.
— “F-22 Termination: America’s Self-Induced Strategic Death Spiral” Air Power Australia

The answer should be obvious, build more F-22’s and F-35’s. Wrong according to many in the media. One journo tried to downplay the Chinese threat. His article boiled down to China makes junk, so their jets are crap and nothing to be afraid of. He forgets to add that China, while having help, built the J-10 on it’s own and has export orders for it. Another, writing for Time, argues we should build more F-15”s and F-16’s.

F-16 Block 50/60

F-16 Block 50/60

Any additional funds saved by killing off major programs could be diverted into less glamorous programs the military needs more: cargo and tanker aircraft, Stryker combat vehicles and small littoral ships designed for coastal warfare. Today’s weapons can be radically improved with new electronics, engines and other components without having to build whole new ships, planes or tanks. The F-16’s builder says the latest version of that warplane rolling off Lockheed Martin’s assembly line in Fort Worth, Texas, yields “the most advanced multirole fighter available today.” In fact, the hottest F-16 now in the skies is flown not by the U.S. Air Force but by the oil-rich United Arab Emirates.– Mark Thompson: Can Robert Gates Tame the Pentagon?

So what? The F-15 Silent Eagle has been rolled out. Touted by Warisboring.com(when they are not advocating disbanding the air force), among others. The Congressional Budget Office put out a proposal to a proposal to deal with the future fighter gap. Out of four solutions, one was to buy 2,000 F-16E (block50/60). That is highly unlikely due to our commitment to F-35 partner nations. The other proposals called for increased funding of the F-35.

Boeing F-15SE Silent Eagle

Boeing F-15SE Silent Eagle

Faced with upgrading enemies and a hostile world, 20+ year old designs can’t pass muster. We fight dirty small wars now, but the future is not set. Our allies in the middle east are upgrading their missile defense with our latest weapons. Shouldn’t we upgrade our air force with the best and the latest air craft? Even Boeing does not believe that it’s Silent Eagle has a future.

War and Peace: Why we upgrade….UPDATED

Posted in ADA, comp, guns, HOOAH!, politcs, rankers, tech pron, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 12, February 2009 by chockblock

The Return of the Fair Fight

The Air Force fears that the dominance of U.S. airpower has been so complete for so long that it is taken for granted. The ability of the United States to own the skies over any battlefield has transformed the way we fight. The last American soldier killed on the ground by an enemy air attack died in Korea, on April 15, 1953.

Russia, China, Iran, India, North Korea, Pakistan, and others are now flying fourth-generation fighters with avionics that match or exceed the F‑15’s. Ideally, from the standpoint of the U.S. Air Force, the F‑22 would gradually replace most of the F‑15s in the U.S. fleet over the next 15 years, and two or three more generations of American pilots, soldiers, and marines would fight without worrying about attacks from the sky. But that isn’t going to happen.

“It means a step down from air dominance,” Richard Aboulafia, an air-warfare analyst for the Teal Group, which conducts assessments for the defense industry, told me. “The decision not to replace the F‑15 fleet with the F‑22 ultimately means that we will accept air casualties. We will lose more pilots. We will still achieve air superiority, but we will get hurt achieving it.”
The Last Ace
by Mark Bowden

That is not a quote from some right wing nobody, he is the author of “Blackhawk Down.” The point of the article is that cheap, low-cost aircraft that are not “gold-plated” are roadkill. The U.S. advantage in technology is in danger. Our current aircraft fleet is wearing out. Metal fatigue and outdated technology (many contractors went out of business years ago) threaten our Air Force and Navy.

Old legacy Hornets will not last for anything close to 10,000 hours of airframe life no matter what anyone says.

Boeing and the Super Hornet Multi-Year Buy:World Wide War Pigs.

As the Russian S-300 and derivatives come on line in China, Iran and other nations that want to kill us, our aging fighter fleet is being outclassed. Su-27/30 derivatives are also cropping up. China has produced a fight on its own, the J-10, that is just as modern as the F-16. They want to even the odds in a fight with the US. If you want US pilots to come home, you don’t want a fair fight.

Not just fighters, ballistic missiles are becoming even more worrisome. I should know, I am an ADA soldier. Patroit and THAAD work. So does national missile defense. national missile defense faces the budget axe.

Update: it seems that many in Washington have just now caught on to Iran’s nuclear program.

“Little more than a year after U.S. spy agencies concluded that Iran had halted work on a nuclear weapon, the Obama administration has made it clear that it believes there is no question that Tehran is seeking the bomb.”– LA Times

Quite the change from 2008, when Democrats complained that the Bush Administration was “saber rattling“. Iran’s leader wants to wipe out Israel. He wishes to dominate the middle east AND stirke Europe and North America (the U.S. is in North America for those of you on the left).

And for those of you on the left, who voted for and attended rallies for hope and change? HA HA! Expect more wars. From WarIsBoring.com:

But the dramatic flurry of orders masks deeper truths. Those hoping for fewer wars under Obama might be disappointed. In fact, Obama’s plans could result in greater U.S. military involvement across the globe.

As the world burns, several countries will start to see war as a great way to solve their finicial crisis. Armed with newer weapons, they will seriously hurt American interests and kill many Americans unless we modernize. Every year pundits say that our weapons are too expensive and wasteful. every year the same song and dance. Keep our exisiting systems. The money could be spent on the environment/schools/the welfare state etc. Despite what some critics try to sell the American public, we need to upgrade, regardless of the global finicial situation.

The crash of 1929 led to 1939. WWII came from WWI, the fascists rose to power because of the Great Depression. The world right now is on a similar cliff. Or worse fanatics might simply use war to wreak havoc as part of bigger plan.

Yet cuts continue a pace:

D.C. leadership is not taking this issue seriously. This puts at risk the defense posture of the U.S. and her allies. The F-22 is an air domination machine. The F-35 can not be and is so far nothing more than a marketing gimmick for the purpose of having an export fighter market. The USAF needs at least 500-600 F-22s as a minimum to help maintain global security.Report, 500-600 F-22s Needed For USAF:World Wide War Pigs.

In the 1930’s the US military was underfunded and lacking strength. Many campaigned against US involvement in the war in Europe. After pearl harbor, the U.S.. was forced to expand and isolationist groups fell silent, but it took the loss of American lives to reveal the scope of the problem.

Sadly history may repeat itself.