U.S. Contains China's New Weapons in Succession "Bucket"   Expert Analysis

The "Ford" aircraft carrier, which was tested at sea.
  China Review Agency, Beijing, June 3 / In the face of the rapid growth of China's military power, the Pentagon's response strategy is still to spend money to develop new weapons. However, a number of foreign media broke the news on the 1st that these "looking beautiful" weapons and equipment have recently encountered development bottlenecks, forcing the US military to make strategic adjustments or complete projects.

  Super carrier is challenged

   As a symbol of the US military's external force deterrence, the status of the "Nimitz" and "Ford" supercarriers has never been shaken. However, this situation is facing challenges. The US "Defense News" said on the 1st that more and more doubts within the US Navy believed that "Ford" class aircraft carriers concentrated tens of thousands of US military officers and soldiers and tens of billions of dollars worth of equipment. When the opponent sank, or a special situation like the "Roosevelt" aircraft carrier encountered a new coronavirus infection, the US military faced a huge loss of "all eggs in one basket."

   Seth Kropsey, director of the U.S. Sea Power Center at the Hudson Institute, believes that the "Roosevelt" suffered a new crown epidemic attack, which may mean the arrival of the era of light aircraft carriers. Under the threat of anti-ship missiles such as China's "Dongfeng-21", the US military must consider light aircraft carriers as one of its development options from the perspective of risk diversification.

   The US Navy also plans to transform the amphibious assault ship into a "Lightning" carrier with the help of the F-35B "Lightning 2" VTOL. The U.S. Navy has signed a contract with BAE Systems to upgrade the amphibious assault ship "Boxer" so that it can carry up to 15 F-35B fighters. However, when the US Defense Secretary Espar publicly announced the budget for the fiscal year 2021, the number and volume of US aircraft carriers will be studied and discussed in the future. Whether it is the development of super aircraft carriers, "lightning" carriers or light aircraft carriers has not been finalized, but This will definitely affect the future fleet design of the US military.

  Uncertainty about the reliability of unmanned boats

   Another report in "Defense News" stated that in the face of the rapid development of the Chinese navy's "dumpling dumplings", the US military tried to develop an unmanned ship to confront it. The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has successively developed "sea hunter" surface unmanned boats, "sea train" distributed medium-sized unmanned ships, and other projects. The US Navy also signed a construction contract with Boeing for the "killer whale" ultra-large underwater unmanned submarine. . US Navy analyst Eric Weatherham believes that one of the benefits of the unmanned fleet is that it can enter dangerous waters, perform high-risk tasks such as anti-submarine warfare, mine clearance and intelligence reconnaissance, and reverse the US Navy’s "human advantage" encountered by the Chinese Navy. Disadvantage.

  However, the idea of ​​the unmanned fleet still faces many technical barriers. Pete Small, the head of the U.S. Navy's unmanned marine system project, publicly questioned that the long-range deployment, communication, and reliability of unmanned ships overseas cannot be compared with manned fleets. A large number of small unmanned boats do have distributed advantages, but if they want to deploy across the ocean, they must develop larger unmanned boats, which will bring new technical upgrade difficulties and increased marginal costs. Moreover, the subtle capabilities of human detection equipment are difficult to replicate by self-detection and repair technology for unmanned ships. The unresolved nature of these problems means that the unmanned fleet is "in the distance."
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