Sunday 06/10/2012 13:00
At the Asia Security Conference in Singapore last week, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has revealed some new weapons the U.S. military will deploy in Asia – Pacific in a decade.
New weapons in the Pacific U.S.
Stealth fighter F-35 ultra-modern U.S. military.
According to the strategy of “rebalancing” (force) of President Barack Obama, will focus 60% of U.S. naval forces in the Pacific, including six aircraft carriers, a large number of destroyers, cruisers positive, near-shore ships (LCS), submarine …
According to the New York Times, the Minister stressed Panetta Washington will deploy several new-generation weapons and modernization in the region, despite the state of the U.S. defense budget will decrease.
Mr. Panetta referred to a number of striking weapons such as fighters fifth generation Joint Strike Fighter (F-35 Lightning II), attack submarines Virginia class high-speed, bombers, new generation, air maritime patrol aircraft and anti-modern submarines, bombs orientation, aircraft aerial refueling, communications systems and electronic warfare … “The weapons will help the U.S. freedom of action in areas blocked” – Mr. Panetta said.
Aircraft, submarines money billion
Should first mention stealth fighter F-35, produced by Lockheed Martin. F-35 has a maximum cruising speed of 1900 km / h, capable of aerial refueling, carrying two missiles and two bombs are not oriented in the bomb bay, four bombs and other missiles under the wings . With design and modern materials, the F-35 can avoid radar waves extremely well but also avoid devices with infrared detection. The price of each F-35197-236 million. According to Wired magazine, the U.S. Air Force developing hypersonic missiles to equip the F-35.
The Diplomat magazine said in 2011, the Air Force $ 3.7 billion investment over five years to develop a long-distance bombers new generation to “change the balance of power in the Pacific Ocean “. U.S. expected to bring this aircraft into use from 2018 and 2020 will be about 100 units. Total investment for the bomber program generation can be up to 40-50 billion.
The bomber is capable new generation stealth aircraft with supersonic speed, drop the atom bomb, carrying a total of 12.700kg bombs, special “enough in the daytime bombing territories Universe Page stringent enemy. ” Currently the U.S. military deployments of bomber B-1, B-2 and B-52 over the Pacific Ocean, but only 20 of the B-2 is capable of evading radar waves, B-1 and B- two fighters vulnerable to missiles and not destroy.
Aircraft more noticeable by the U.S. military is Boeing P-8 Poseidon to serve the maritime patrol and anti-submarine in the Pacific. Went into operation in 2013, Boeing P-8 Poseidon aircraft will replace the Lockheed P-3 Orion old. Unit price was approximately $ 220 million. Not only capable of maritime patrol and submarine detection by the floating of sound, Boeing P-8 Poseidon also carry a variety of weapons such as torpedoes, submarines, bombs, anti-ship missiles …
Prominent among the modern American ships brought to the Pacific by a submarine attack Virginia-class high speed, capable of operating in both shallow water and deep water, powered by atomic energy and extreme activities period of silence. Price per unit up to 1.8 to 2.4 billion. Virginia class submarine moving underwater 46km/gio speed, equipped with torpedoes, Tomahawk missiles, Harpoon …
According to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, in mid-May a Virginia-class submarines of the U.S. Navy had landed at Subic Bay in the Philippines in times of relationship Philippines – Chinese stress disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea.
Anti-strategy “prevent access”
In April, U.S. media reported the shock as the U.S. Navy is developing a class stealth frigates Zumwalt, the price to $ 3 billion per unit, capable of operating in the deep sea and near shore . Zumwalt class destroyer capable of carrying helicopters, equipped with at least 80 missiles, electromagnetic guns (firing using magnetic fields to fly several times the speed of sound).
It is expected that the Zumwalt class destroyer will appear first on the Pacific Ocean in 2014. Some U.S. military experts confirmed with ultra-modern vessel, the U.S. will ease restrictions naval strategy of China.
In addition, the U.S. is also focused on the development of bombs and guided by infrared laser. Military.com page strategic research in the fighting does not – the U.S. Marine said the U.S. is developing weapons and forces in Asia – Pacific to in case “happens a major conflict with China” .
It is no coincidence U.S. Defense Secretary Panetta referred to the “blocked area”. According to Asia Times Online, since 1990 the Chinese military has developed strategies “Prevent access” (anti-access/area denial – A2/AD) with Dong Feng missiles capable of destroying aircraft carriers , attack submarines with Polaris satellites.
With this system, China wants to prevent U.S. military access to the Taiwan Strait and South China Sea in the event of conflict. Clearly, Americans have had adequate preparation for a comprehensive confrontation in the Pacific.
- The Youth