The F-35 can make China’s carrier killer missiles ‘irrelevant’

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As China builds out its network of militarized islands in the South China Sea and expands a sphere of influence designed to keep the U.S. out, the U.S. Marine Corps is putting the finishing touches on a weapon to burst its bubble: the F-35B. China’s People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force has turned out a massive number of so-called carrier-killer missiles, ballistic missiles that can target ships up to about 800 miles out at sea, even testing them against models of U.S. aircraft carriers. With the U.S. Navy’s longest-range platform — aircraft carriers — maxing out at a range of about 550 miles, this means China could theoretically use the missiles to shut the U.S. out of a battle for the South China Sea. But theories and lines drawn on paper won’t beat the U.S. military in a battle. A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121, conducts a vertical landing at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Nov. 15 2017. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Carlos Jimenez) In pursuing the strategy of anti-access/area denial, known as A2AD, China assumes that the U.S. must launch aircraft from bases or aircraft carriers. But the F-35B, the U.S. Marine Corps’ variant of the most expensive weapons system of all time, doesn’t work that way. “You can fly the F-35B literally anywhere,” David Berke, a retired U.S. Marine Corps lieutenant colonel, told Business Insider. “If your traditional places of operation are unavailable” — perhaps because Chinese missile fire cratered them, a likely tactic in a war — “the F-35B can be there.” By taking off in just a few hundred feet or so and landing from a vertical drop, the F-35B frees up the Marine Corps from worrying about large, obvious bases. If China targets carriers, the U.S. won’t use carriers Marines have been training for this operating concept in the Pacific as well. In mid-January 2018, they lan…
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7 thoughts on “The F-35 can make China’s carrier killer missiles ‘irrelevant’

  1. Start to drop the bomb in china the world becoming peaceful, if not china thieving continue making trouble around the world,

  2. F-35 is costing too much money to build and weapons are too expensive. Only a few are built can't protect the Super Carrier.

  3. BULLSHIT…TOO MUCH BLUFF PROPAGANDA. BUILD YOUR JET ENGINE AND OWN MILITARY HARDWARE B4 YOU TALK TOO MUCH. CHINA GOT TOO HEADACHE FROM JAPAN/ U.S.

  4. F35b can be detected and China sends J20 and fly under the belly of the slow F35 Band finish off in no time.
    F35b would not even know!

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