There are no hunters without supply vessels! This sentence "No fighters Without Tankers" alone sums up one of the main doctrines of the US Air Force over the past 60 years. Indeed, with the Vietnam War, the United States, and in particular the US Air Force, understood the determining role of these devices, but also of electronic intelligence planes or air watch planes, to employ most effectively. possible air force. Today, the US Air Force alone operates 614 aircraft specially dedicated to in-flight refueling, representing 77% of all aircraft of this type in the world.
But in order to be able to take advantage of its support planes, and in particular its refuellers, it is essential to obtain absolute mastery of the sky, whether vis-à-vis the opposing fighter aircraft, or its ground systems. long range air. However, the arrival of new Russian aircraft such as the Su-35 and Su-57, or Chinese such as the J-16 or J-20, as well as new long-range air-to-air and surface-to-air missiles, constitutes now a very significant threat to American supply ships. And as noted by Will Roper, the "Czar" of US Air Force acquisitions as he is more and more often referred to by the specialist press across the Atlantic, losing a tanker plane also means losing the potential of the tanker. combat devices which had to refuel there. From a force multiplier, a downed supply vessel would then become a force divider, the worst nightmare of military strategies.
The rest of this article is for subscribers only
Every day, at least one article is published on Meta-Defense with a free access from 24 to 48 hours. 3 articles for free consultation are also available in the "Articles not to be missed" section. The other articles are reserved for subscribers. Articles published in the "Watch" section are reserved for professional subscribers.
Monthly subscription at € 5,90 per month - Personal subscription at € 49,5 per year - Professional subscription at € 180 per year - Student subscription at € 25 per year - Excluding promotional code -
Download theMobile Meta-Defense app for IOS or Android to be informed of new publications by notification.