US Most Advanced Warplanes – F-22 Raptors & F-35 Jets Should Be Deployed Near China As Threat Intensifies – Top Commander
One day after a US spy plane flew over the Taiwan Straits, the US Navy reportedly sent a warship to the South China Sea.
The tensions between the US and China have been rising steadily with no breakthrough in sight. China’s hostility towards Taiwan — the recent intrusion into its Air Defense Identification Zone with its warplanes — has become a catalyst for more tensions between the two bitter rivals.
The head of US Indo-Pacific Command, recently stated that he would like the US Air Force to permanently station its fifth-generation fighter jets to the west of the International ,closer to China.
F-22 and F-35, are critically important to the ability to deliver deterrence.”
F-35 and F-22 aircraft from the US Air Force frequently fly missions deep into the Pacific Ocean from Alaska, Utah, and Hawaii. In contrast, the US Navy has sent aircraft carriers with F-35C into the Indo-Pacific, while the Marine Corps has stationed F-35B at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan.
F-35 are currently operated by Australia, South Korea, and Japan. But up until this point, the Air Force has kept its fifth-generation fighters hundreds of miles away from the east of the International Date Line.
The enhanced presence of the F-35 in the Indo-Pacific by being a part of the fleets of American allies in the region led to an encounter between the F-35 and the Chinese fifth-generation J-20 fighter jet earlier this year.
A combination of F-16, F-15, and A-10 are now stationed at some locations. Recently, the F-22 Raptors from Hawaii joined the F-15 and F-35 of Japan in a demonstration of its Agile Combat Employment capabilities to counter an attack from China in the region.
Additionally, the ability to be expeditionary and move around the theater in places that matter when needed.
It might make sense when viewed alongside China’s growing capabilities and the logistics problem that the US faces in the Asian region despite two staunch allies and Taiwan in the vicinity of the Chinese dragon.