The U.S. Air Force trains to deploy an F-35 stealth fighter on the jungle runway in Guam next month. This is a countermeasure that came when China had long-range missiles capable of hitting Guam directly. North Korea also threatened to strike Guam.
Chinese’Guam Killer’ missile… North Korean’siege fire’ threat
Arrangement of several simple bases, strategy to induce confusion
According to Air Force Magazine on the 26th (local time), the U.S. Air Force plans to deploy F-35 and F-16 fighters on the northwest runway in February at Cape North, a multinational exercise held at the Anderson Air Force Base in Guam. Cape North is a combined exercise of the three air forces of the United States, Australia, and Japan. Each year, 100 fighters and 2,500 personnel participate.
Guam’s Anderson base is at the heart of the US Pacific strategy. When reinforcing bombers or reconnaissance aircraft in the Indo-Pacific region in the US mainland, they are always deployed in Guam. Anderson Base’s Northwest Field is a simple runway built in the jungle. It is about 2.4km long and the packaging is not good. It was built for temporary use by transport aircraft and helicopters such as the C-130. There is no control tower.
However, putting the F-35s and F-16s here is related to the US Air Force’s Rapid Combat Deployment (ACE) tactics. Rapid combat deployment is a tactic of the US Air Force that confuses the enemy by setting up several simple bases, causing small units to move between these bases frequently.
“China and Russia are developing their ability to threaten US bases overseas,” said Brigadier General Jeremy Sloan of the US Air Force 38th Fighter Wing stationed in Guam. “To respond to this, the US Air Force is a well-equipped base. You should not rely on it.”
China has developed the DF-26 medium-range ballistic missile (IRBM) that flies from China to Guam. The missile’s nickname is’Guam Killer’. In September of last year, the Air Force of the People’s Liberation Army released a video of a bomber attacking Guam. North Korea also threatened to besiege Guam with missiles in August 2017. At the time, the North Korean state media revealed that Chairman Kim Jong-un received a report from the Strategic Command with a satellite image of the Anderson Air Force Base in Guam next to it.
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