PLAN 2018 Review (Jeff Head)

Discussion in 'Navy' started by Jeff Head, Mar 8, 2018.

  1. asif iqbal
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    asif iqbal Brigadier

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    thats a pretty decent naval fleet and I've heard some say it nothing compared to USN

    however unlike USN the Chinese do not need to forward deploy any assets and thus can concentrate them together in one area

    for example to meet demands of operational commanders USN maintained between 85-100 ships continuously deployed out of 286 ship fleet

    as of July 2018 USN had 89 ships deployed globally, 47 in Western Pacific, 27 in North Atlantic and 14 in the Persian Gulf

    as ships get more sophisticated a 4:1 ratio will be required to forward deploy 1 warship

    even if USN gets the 400-ship fleet by 2039 thats still 100 ships forward deployed with around 1/2 in Pacific even with the "Pacific pivot"

    for USN carriers the situation gets worse it takes 22 days for a Norfolk based carrier strike group to reach Persia Gulf and 18 days for San Diego based carrier strike group to transit South China Sea

    so you can see with China having 6 carriers the situation is favourable for China

    with 28 x DDG and 30 x FFG and growing China again is in a pretty good position
     
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    Well, remember the Invincible Armada? The advantage of the defender is not something you can easily ignore given the ranges involved in a conflict close to China's shoreline. Especially if the Chinese start to deploy a lot of long range SAM systems close to their shores. Let's say you have a 400 km range mobile SAM system. Integrated with an OTH radar network and possibly optical satellite reconnaissance. How large is the combat loaded range of modern US carrier based fighters? Not a lot. Certainly less than a Flanker's.
     
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    Don't forget the US can extend range using tankers. Not only that, they already have a contract on a stealthy drone tanker, which makes detecting and killing such tankers more difficult.
     
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