US B-2 Bombers In Asia Pacific; China Has Countermove
The U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command deployed three B-2 bombers with 225 Airmen from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam on August 7. According to the base, the deployment is done to conduct familiarization training activities in the Pacific region. Such training is part of U.S. commitment to regular, global strategic bomber operations throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region and deterrence against potential adversaries in the region.
B-2 bombers can deliver conventional and nuclear ammunition
“The Air Force Global Strike Command continues to routinely deploy bombers to Andersen, providing commanders from Pacific Air Forces and U.S. Pacific Command a global strike capability and extended deterrence against potential adversaries,” the department said in its announcement.
B-2 spirit, according to the department’s website, is a multi-role bomber capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear munitions. This type of bombers can bring massive firepower “anywhere on the globe through previously impenetrable defenses.”
B-2 spirit are manned aircraft can penetrate an enemy’s most sophisticated defenses and can threaten its most valued, and heavily defended targets, the Command said.
“Its capability to penetrate air defenses and threaten effective retaliation provides a strong, effective deterrent and combat force well into the 21st century.”
China and Russia to supply Iran with fighter jets
Tensions between China and US over the South China Sea had escalated in May when Pentagon’s P8-A Poseidon, surveillance and submarine-hunting aircraft was shooed away by the Chinese Navy’s military aircraft over the South China Sea.
Since then, Morning News USA had consistently reported of the escalated friction between U.S. and China. There had also been reports of China and Russia forming an alliance against U.S.
The deployment of B-2 bombers in the region coincided with report from WantChinaTimes saying that China and Russia are negotiating deals to supply Iran with fighter jets and defense system. The move, the report said, were done by both parties as a counter move against U.S.
Citing insiders from Beijing-based Sina Military Network, WantChinaTimes said China wants to retaliate against U.S. efforts of encouraging its allies “to gang up on China” over the South China Sea dispute. Russia, on the other hand, would want to strike back with NATO and U.S.’ continued push for sanctions against it. Both countries reportedly perceived Iran as a “tricky issue” for U.S., hence a strategic point of retaliation.
Russia is offering Iran an upgraded version of its S-300 air defense system, WantChinaTimes said. China, on the other hand, is closing a deal to sell Iran 150 J-10 fighter jets.