From: Jacksonville, FL, USA
Am I the only one wondering abut the PLA(AF)/PLA(N)(AF) choices of aircraft testing the ROC ADIZ? I noted several stories where MPA and AEW aircraft are part of the mix and then also Su-27s. Now to my thoughts..............
1. If I'm the PLAAF I have a LOT of older J-6s, J-7s etc., airframes that are of marginal value, but would be great to fly a mission, say every other day per airframe, and if you had six (6) or eight (8) regiments/squadrons, challenging the ROC ADIZ say three (3) or four (4) times per day, Morning, Noon, evening and overnight challenges with enough aircraft to cause an ROC scramble for each sortie. I'm thinking then they are really doing something to stress ROC airframes, maintenance cycles and pilot fatigue, with little stress to front line units.
2. So IMHO, the mix of airframes/type currently being used kind of tells me this isn't really meant to pressure the ROC as much as it is a PR stunt to gain international media attention.
3. Of course their primary aircrews are also gaining experience as well but still...
Thoughts? What am I missing here?
I was thinking of creating a scenario with a few ROC aircraft on surge (1 or 2 F-16 squadrons) but most sustained ops and seeing how long it takes to wear down the ROC air force's response.
< Message edited by BeirutDude -- 10/16/2021 3:44:09 PM >
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