no, they'll be stand-off but smaller & cheaper LRCMs. Many airworthy old C-130s in storage &/ near retirement could be converted to drones & carry ALCMs, & so their loss won't matter much.
Such long range cruise missiles could be shot down with S-125s and would not be an enormous challenge really.
The loss of C-130s might matter to their crews.
The airfields they launched from would probably be nuked too.
China can assemble a huge invasion force to swarm Taiwanese waters, so ships & subs won't be enough to deal with it.
China does not have more ships than the US Navy has missile tubes... considering the shift in US focus they could move some of their fleets operating in different locations to the Pacific if there were any real expectations of a conflict.
C-130s still have to operate from airfields so any airfields these C-130s are taking off from will likely be targeted by China with ballistic or cruise missile attack to stop the flow of subsonic cruise missiles.
; a good lesson learned doesn't come cheap.
Pissing more money into the F-35 programme is the opposite of learned a lesson.... in actual fact, what it teaches US aircraft makers is that you can **** up, and make the worst dog of a plane the USAF has ever put in service and make it in such a way that congress wont cancel it for selfish political reasons rather than good reasons like the US needs such excellent fighters, and those dumb idiots at the Pentagon will still buy your bullshit and smile and say it tastes great.
The more F-35s the west buys the closer the west will get to its economic end... that is how expensive they are.
perhaps not by putting back into production, but by modernizing the existing airframes so they can control drones &
But the current airframes are buggered... they were supposed to be replaced years ago and the extra work from all the wars the US keeps getting involved in means they are about to drop... modernising simply isn't a practical option... which is why they are spending big money putting the F-15 back into production... a plane... I remember a congressman saying that he was disgusted at the price of the F-15 and that never again will America ever spend 20 million dollars on a fighter plane.... HAHAHAHAHA... he was of course right... because they have never been that cheap since... but he meant it was too expensive for what it was... which led to the F-16 and F-18 programmes of lighter cheaper fighters... except they weren't cheaper at all.
Take for example the S-400 - was initiated much later than the F-35, but entered service much faster and has already replaced the Cold war S-300s as the mainstay of the Russian strategic SAM arsenal.
70 regiments in service, and five more on their way in 2022... and excellent value for money.
The USA already has around 700 F 35 and in a decade it will be 1500.
I hope they get 10,000 of the things... they are awful.
FYI, they r all being upgraded; drones & CM will be targeting S-400s.
Most of Americas drones are more expensive than their cruise missiles and if they want to launch drones and cruise missiles at Russia then they need to expect hypersonic manouvering missiles are coming back towards them.
Russia is in a much better position to deal with drones and cruise missiles than all of HATO is ready to deal with hypersonic manouvering missiles from Russia.
From the video in the link I posted, the F-22s would be upgraded & kept till 2060.
They can pour more money into failed products all they please...
Ask the Indians why they opted out of the Su-57 program.
India was never part of the Su-57 programme. It was part of a programme to create a new heavy stealth fighter based on the Su-57, but when they realised all the changes and modifications they wanted made to the Su-57 like better stealth and two seats... they would have to pay for themselves... they suddenly decided to drop out of the programme and to wait for the Su-57 export model to become available to buy off the shelf... and save some money.
even Finland ordered 64 F-35s for $9.4B , & Morocco Wants F-35 Fighters To ‘Ward Off’ Algeria That Plans To Acquire Russian Su-57 Jets.
And lets see how wonderful these two countries think these planes are after 10 years of service... I am sure the French will be ready to sell them Rafales... they wont be cheaper to buy but will be much cheaper to operate... and they will own them... unlike American planes which despite purchase prices are actually rented.
if all else fails, tactical nukes could be used against "the mainstay of the Russian strategic SAM arsenal." It could happen even more likely in a war with S-400 importers.
The obvious problem there is that S-400 can shoot down ballistic tactical nuke delivery platforms, and crossing the nuclear threshold against S-400 users like China and India and Turkey and Russia means they can then respond in kind... considering US SAMs can't deal with Iranian BMs, what are their chances against BMs and other weapons from other countries?
If the Su-57 was that good, China would be buying them to complement the J-20s, like they got the Su-35s.
Who said they are not negotiating to buy a batch?
Yeah right. Blow up the planetwide taboo on nuclear weapons and become a pariah even worse than NK and all over some missile battalion.
Good job. Great plan
They should include that in the advert to sell S-400s... so powerful that the US would resort to nuclear weapons in their presence... because all the other systems and weapons of that super power are impotent...
Note how the NATzO fanbois trot out the F-35 as some epic win that will crush all opposition. The
retardation is cringe dialed to max.
To be fair when they are making the 3,000th plane they might find time to get around to fixing a few of their problems... maybe...