U.S. to deploy Aegis system experts in Guam

 U.S. to deploy Aegis system experts in Guam

According to the report, U.S. defense experts believe that Guam is crucial to U.S. military operations in the Pacific Ocean and must be protected at all costs.. U.S. admiral Phil Davidson, who is in charge of the India Pacific Command, said: bombers and other heavy fighters can be deployed on Guam, but the Chinese attack may erase this important US air base from the map.. He advocated that the United States should deploy a land-based Aegis system in Guam as the backbone of the homeland defense system..

According to reports, Guam is 1800 miles away from China and is located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The U.S. military believes that the island is close enough to the Asian continent to serve as a base for US bombers, tankers and intelligence aircraft; at the same time, it is far enough for other opponents to attack the island except for the most powerful attacker. Chinese military planners are well aware of the value of the base to the United States. If a war breaks out between China and the United States, China can use the dongfeng-26 ballistic missile, the long sword-10 cruise missile carried by the H-6 bomber and the Eagle strike-18 cruise missile launched by naval vessels to attack Guam. Thousands of Americans, billions of dollars worth of fighter planes, and a key US military advantage, long-range air power, will be in danger. .

In order to protect the security of Guam, the United States has deployed the Sade anti missile system on the ground, and is considering the deployment of patriot-3 anti missile system. However, both Sade and Patriot are terminal defense systems. In contrast, the standard-3 interceptor launched by the land-based Aegis system can hit ballistic missiles still in the middle of flight at a long distance.

The report specifically mentioned that although the U.S. Navy has deployed nine aegis destroyers in the Western Pacific, the Pacific Fleet opposes the use of these important vessels for long-term missile defense patrols. In 2018, John Richardson, then director of naval operations, also said that in terms of anti missile effect, the effectiveness of land-based Aegis system is better than that of destroyers.

Zhang Xuefeng believes that the most critical component of the land-based Aegis system is radar. The US military may adopt advanced an / spy-6 active phased array radar or the SSR solid-state active phased array radar planned by Japan previously, which are more advanced than the similar systems deployed by the US military in Europe. At the same time, the land-based Aegis system may also be equipped with the standard-6 air defense missile, which can be used for long-range air defense and terminal interception of ballistic missile, equivalent to adding a layer of interception network. Zhang Xuefeng believes that the U.S. move means that the strategic position of Guam will be further enhanced. However, the land-based Aegis system is a midcourse interception system, which has limited interception capability against the hypersonic missiles being developed by various countries, because the midcourse flight path of the latter usually varies greatly. This will also increase the variables in the deployment of the U.S. land-based aegis in Guam.

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