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In addition to the massive foray of Chinese military aircraft breaching Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) last weekend, China challenged President Biden in more aggressive ways. During the operation of the USS Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (CSG) in the South China Sea at the same time, eight Chinese long-range bombers and five escorts flying near the carrier actually rehearsed attacking the carrier task force in real time.

This is a serious escalation from the traditional norm of flying a pair of bombers near U.S. ships, as Russians and Chinese normally do—and the U.S. does to them as well to them.


As noted by Popular Mechanics (PopMech), “flying eight bombers—with pilots practicing orders to launch missiles—goes beyond trolling and enters the realm of a feasible military mission.”

PopMech adds, the “eight People’s Liberation Army Air Force H-6K bombers, accompanied by four J-16 fighters and a Y-8 anti-submarine warfare aircraft, took off from airfields on China’s central coast and headed south.” There they remained at least 250 nautical miles from the carrier to carry out their anti-carrier strike drills.

One observer Tweeted additional insights about the Chinese mission.

The Financial Times even reported that, “Pilots of H-6 bombers could be heard in cockpit conversations confirming orders for the simulated targeting and release of anti-ship missiles against the carrier.”

The 13 Chinese military aircraft involved in the incident, explains Kyle Mizokami, an established military writer, “represent an anti-carrier strike package. The eight H-6 bombers were the ‘shooters’ meant to target the Roosevelt.” He adds that: “The four J-16 fighters were escorts tasked with protecting the bombers.

Meanwhile, he notes:

The Y-8 anti-submarine aircraft may sound like a curious inclusion, but the unarmed sub hunter’s surface search radar would have made it a useful scout for locating the carrier strike group at sea.

Mizokami continues:

The bombers would have practiced launching a missile like the YJ-12 anti-ship missile, a large anti-ship missile with a top speed of Mach 3 to 4 and a range of 248 miles. The Aviationist says each H-6 can carry up to six YJ-12 missiles, for a theoretical total of 48 anti-ship missiles on this mission alone.

That’s a lot of sea skimming anti-ship firepower from one strike package. However, an E-2D Hawkeye AWACs plane and a dozen F-18 Super Hornet strike fighters sent from the carrier would likely be able to detect and intercept the non-stealthy Chinese planes well beyond their missile standoff range.

The real challenges arise when these Chinese bombers are followed by waves of other attack aircraft and combined with barrages of land based anti-ship ballistic missiles, and even submarine launched cruise missiles.

Either way, this aggressive exercise is certainly another major test of the Biden Team’s resolve and stance toward China – especially following a decisive and forceful Trump administration.




Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Luther
Luther
1 year ago

The old fool probably thinks it’s going to be a salute to him and his commie party

jjofaz
jjofaz
1 year ago
Reply to  Luther

More than he got from the US troops.

Dan
Dan
1 year ago
Reply to  jjofaz

Yes! I liked it when some of the National Guard troops at the Capital turned their backs on him when he went by. Now, the DemoRATS want to purge the military of anyone who doesn’t think like them.

Gale
Gale
1 year ago
Reply to  Dan

Sure looks that way

geneww38
geneww38
1 year ago
Reply to  Dan

IF THEY PURGE THE PATRIOTS, IT WILL BE A MIGHTY SMALL GROUP.

Pissed Off American
Pissed Off American
1 year ago
Reply to  Dan

They can have BLM and Antifa thugs to protect them. Oh, but wait they might burn down D.C. Awe, wouldn’t that be a shame. Hopefully Hollyweird at the same time. Where do I send a crate of matches to them.

Yellowbud
Yellowbud
1 year ago

We are doomed he probly thinks this is a game of sink my battleship!!

Stephen
Stephen
1 year ago

Say adios to Taiwan, China owns Joe Biden and his entire family, and they will threaten to expose all of them, unless Biden backs off on Taiwan….Biden will of course spin it , as this really is a non issue as it belonged to China all along, and it’s important to world peace and the American people….wait for it to happen, film at 11.

David
David
1 year ago
Reply to  Stephen

Taiwan nothin’! Say goodbye to the USA. Biden just gave China access to our power grid by rescinding Trump’s order that no Chinese parts may be used on the American power grid. Think Dominion voting machines being manipulated is dangerous, wait until China can disrupt our utilities!

Wilber Williams
Wilber Williams
1 year ago
Reply to  David

China owns Biden and he is too stupid to know it..

Dan
Dan
1 year ago
Reply to  Stephen

A survey just out shows that 4.6% of those who voted for Biden say they would not have voted for him if they had been made aware of son Hunter Biden’s corruptness. Thanks to MSM and Big Tech for censoring all stories which would have enlightened the public. Even with the rigged election; Biden won by 4.4%. Given that, we know who the rightful President is.

West
West
1 year ago
Reply to  Dan

If they all watched the Mike Lindell video there would be a lot more disenchanted with Biden. It is being censored by many, but can be found. Seek it please. I would give you the http address, but this site will only stop this comment.

West
West
1 year ago
Reply to  Dan

ok here is the video:
Here’s the proof! You would have to be blind or stupid not to believe these experts. See:
https://www.brighteon.com/e8e60473-1452-4a81-
It is very long, but well worth the watch. Towards the end the real time graphs are amazing. This is being censored, but ALL Americans need to know what really happened!

Holy ghost
Holy ghost
1 year ago
Reply to  Stephen

I hope they have in that film how his kid brought the virus here ..why do you think he got all that money. Perfect timing for the old man’s election…