For its leaders, the US Air Force must move quickly or lose to China

If anyone still had doubts, the United States, and its armies, are actively preparing for a possible confrontation, and only one, against China. And to do so, the US Air Force will not only have to mobilize all its means, but also rapidly evolve, otherwise it may not be able to give the American and allied forces the advantage essential to stand up to the Beijing armies. At the very least, this is what several of the chiefs of the first world air force declared, with remarkable synchronicity, on the occasion of the annual edition of the Air Force Association's Air, Space & Cyber ​​conference as well as at the US Congress in recent days.

Two major axes emerge from this new push in the communication of the US Air Force. First, it would now become urgent to withdraw from service devices which consume budgetary and human resources, and which no longer provide significant added value to keep the Chinese military forces under control. Thereby, for the new Secretary of the Air Force, Frank Kendall, it is now urgent that American parliamentarians agree to put their personal visions and objectives, and the potential local implications of these changes, to the background, in order to allow the United States Air Force to prepare for the confrontation that looms. , and which seems, in the words of American officials, sometimes just plain inevitable.

Despite the wing modernization and replacement phase started on many A-10s, the US Air Force is once again pushing for the aircraft to be withdrawn from service, and stops consuming human and budgetary resources that would be more useful elsewhere.

In the USAF's viewfinder, are notably the U2 spy plane, the RQ-4 drone, and especially the close support aircraft A-10 Thunderbolt II, a device acclaimed by the US Army for its firepower and its ability to provide fire support which has often proved decisive in operation, but which is now, according to the heads of the air force, far too vulnerable to opposing air defenses to represent a decisive advantage. The device is all the more in the crosshairs as it sees its implementation costs grow rapidly because of its advanced age. Other devices, like KC-135 and KC-10 tankers are also considered too old and too vulnerable to be able to be effectively employed in a modern high intensity theater. It will be noted, in this respect, that the famous "4 + 1" format previously mentioned by General Brown, Chief of Staff of the US Air Force, to define the composition of the American fighter fleet in 2030, and whose "+1" precisely represented the A-10, tends to change, in the mouths of officials of the Pentagon, in "4" format, which would only be composed of the NGAD replacing the F22, the F-15EX, the F-35A and the modernized F-16, or its replacement more and more awaited by the US Air Force , but of which the A-10 would be absent.


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