▲ The U.S. commander warned the PLA to deploy or disrupt the U.S. air supremacy (Photos, with film)
After U.S. President Joe Biden took office, the Sino-U.S. geopolitical struggle has not eased, and the atmosphere of competition and confrontation between the two countries has become more intense. US Air Combat Command Commander Kelly (Mark Kelly) recently warned that the People’s Liberation Army may deploy sixth-generation fighter jets before the United States. If this happens, the United States may lose its air superiority.
According to reports in Military Watch Magazine and Defense News, Kelly revealed on one occasion that the U.S. Air Force is expected to deploy one or two sixth-generation fighters currently under development. The development of one of them is called “Next Generation Air Dominance (NGAD)”.
But he also pointed out, “What I don’t know is whether our country has the courage and energy to develop and deploy sixth-generation fighter jets before rivals like China.”
In fact, Kelly would not disclose the specific time or number of NGAD deployments by the Air Force, which is exactly the Air Force’s consistent position on the plan.
U.S. commander worries that China’s sixth-generation fighters were born earlier than the U.S.
The report pointed out that with the rapid decline of the Russian economy, China has become the world’s largest emerging economy, which has led to changes in the United States’ main competitor in the development of new-generation fighter jets, and China has become the United States’ number one competitor.
In fact, for more than two decades, analysts have emphasized that the U.S. military is not fully prepared for the war. In this war, the U.S. military may not be able to conduct air combat with enemy fighters because it cannot compete with the enemy’s air superiority. Fighters contend, and the ensuing consequences will be even worse.
Photos: The imagination of the US’s sixth-generation fighter plan.
Kelly pointed out that the current problems of the U.S. F-35 fifth-generation fighter jet project are likely to fail to achieve the goal of reducing combat costs to US$25,000 per hour by 2025.
It is understood that the F-35 fighter is the only fifth-generation fighter currently being produced in the Western world. Although it was originally planned to have a low design cost and mass production like the F-16 fighter, its maintenance and operating costs are currently low. Very high, about four times that of F-16.
China’s fifth-generation fighter production still lags behind the U.S. F-35
This makes the US Air Force consider a plan to cut orders for F-35 fighters by more than 45%. Although the F-35 fighter has been in service with the U.S. Air Force since 2015, it is still far from the level of high-intensity operations.
But by contrast, China has expanded the production scale of the J-20 stealth fighter. This fighter joined the Chinese Air Force in 2017. In the same year, the United States began to deploy F-35 fighters in Japan. The current production number of J-20 has reached 60-70, but there is still a certain gap compared with the number of F-35 fighters deployed by the US military.
The imagination of the US military’s sixth-generation fighter planes.
Editor in charge: Deng Guoqiang