As noted by the columnist of the publication Lauren Thompson, in the event of the outbreak of hostilities, the United States will send aircraft capable of carrying nuclear charges to China’s airspace.
In particular, this was demonstrated during the exercises held at the end of last year. So, the US military modeled its actions in the event of a possible Chinese attack on Taiwan in 2030, writes Defense News.
According to media reports, they involved a promising American strategic bomber of the new generation B-21, as well as the B-52, which has been in service since 1955.
It is reported that the hypothetical invasion was stopped without the use of nuclear weapons, but the strategic warning system of the PRC is not yet able to quickly distinguish between a nuclear and non-nuclear attack.
“The Chinese command may not want to wait that long before responding,” Thompson said.
The leadership of the republic cannot without reason assume that the American stealth bombers are sent to track intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the territory of the United States or to destroy strategic military control systems, the author of the article added.
In his opinion, the designers of the US Air Force did not think much about the fact that their future heavy bombers would be completely represented by aircraft whose conventional or nuclear combat load is indistinguishable from the enemy.
“It did not matter much when the enemy was Serbia or Iraq, but when the other side is itself a nuclear power with a long-range strategic arsenal, it makes a big difference,” the observer believes. The Pentagon should consider how to use these aircraft in the event of war to prevent a possible nuclear conflict, Thompson concluded.