It will be in the Western Pacific, where the Air Force of the North American country will deploy an unusually high number of F-22s. It is a strong message for the Beijing regime and its expansionist claims in the region.
The United States Air Force will send approximately F-25 F-22 stealth jets for an exercise in the western Pacific this month. Experts say a broader deployment represents a strong message for China.
Hawaii-based units reported this week that about 25 F-22 Raptors from the islands Air National Guard and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, will be deployed to Guam and the three islands this month for Operation Pacific Iron 2021.
We've never had so many raptors deployed together in Pacific Air Force areas," General Ken Wilsbach, commander of the Pacific Air Force, told CNN.
The F-22s are fifth-generation fighter jets, the most advanced globally, incorporating stealth technologies and connecting onboard sensor systems with external information systems to give their pilots a detailed view of the battlespace.
The deployment of the F-22 for military exercises sends a strong message to China at a time when relations are strained in the Pacific Ocean at warmer Pacific hotspots such as Taiwan and South China.
said Carl Schuster, a defense analyst with Headquartered in Hawaii and former director of operations at the United States Pacific Command's Joint Intelligence Center, according to CNN. Regular F-22 deployments consist of six to 12 aircraft, it added.
The Pacific Air Force is showing that it can deploy at most fifth-generation aircraft in theaters on short notice because (China) is currently in full inventory. He told the US network.
The Chinese air forces have between 20 and 24 operational fifth-generation aircraft, Schuster said but said Beijing's capabilities are improving rapidly.
The United States Air Force has about 180 F-22s in its fleet. However, only half are capable of simultaneous missions due to maintenance needs. Therefore, the United States will send about 25% of mission F-22s to exercise Pacific Iron.
Due to their ability to evade radar detection, the F-22s are expected to be among the first weapons used in any conflict, tasked with eliminating the adversary's air defenses, among other missions.
"USA. If there is a major crisis or war, you are actively pursuing your deployment. The United States is taking China very seriously and is developing its strength posture and training its forces to be able to rush into a position, " said Peter Layton, a former Australian Air Force officer and current Griffith Institute analyst. From Asia, according to CNN.
The exercise is in support of the 2018 National Defense Strategy, "which called on the military to be a more lethal, adaptable and, resilient force.