Air supremacy will be a decisive factor in a major war against the great powers, such as Russia and China. About this writes The National Interest.
The need for aerial combat and the destruction of modern air defense systems will be crucial in a conflict against a country capable of projecting great destructive power from the sky, the article says.
The ability to successfully refuel aircraft in the air for longer bombing operations, fighter attacks, and data from space will be part of “dominating the sky.
At the same time, the article notes that modern war in the air will have a completely different character, different from the conflicts in Iraq or Afghanistan. In such a war, the U.S. will face a high-tech adversary.
“Our memory is focused on experience in a technologically backward environment. Only recently have we begun to focus on how to deter a high-tech adversary and how the principles of air power should change,” notes Lt. Gen. Joseph Gastella, deputy chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force.
Despite the importance of long-range ground systems, air raids will be essential to any success, according to the military.
“You can’t conduct a regional operation using missiles alone. In Operation Desert Storm, 60 targets were identified, but we can easily identify a hundred targets in the case of an operation in Europe or in the South China Sea,” Gastella said.
He also stressed the need to protect airfields from enemy strikes.
The author of the article also specifies that complete victory in any major conflict will depend on the ability to dominate and win both on the ground and in the air through coordinated joint actions of all kinds of troops.
The intensity of aggressive actions by the U.S. and other NATO countries toward Russia, especially near its western borders, has increased significantly over the past few years. At the end of the summer of this year, the number of interceptions of Alliance warplanes near Russia’s borders increased, with the Defense Ministry reporting several incidents at once on some days.
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that NATO’s actions often have an “open anti-Russian character. Along with this, he stressed that the ministry is taking measures to neutralize threats and improve combat capabilities of Russian army units. Russia has a complex and multi-level defense system. The country’s air and space forces have the necessary military tools to repel aggressive actions of any plausible enemy and to deliver a crushing retaliatory strike.