Charlotte Mountain, who used to serve in the U.S. military for more than 10 years, was interviewed by E.T. She said the U.S. is using bulky, slow-moving transport planes to carry out strikes against enemy targets.
Mountain said that this may sound far-fetched, but the U.S. is taking this new method of warfare seriously. It is preparing to deploy it in the Indo-Pacific, where China is increasing its military activities.
For this plan, the U.S. military will use transport aircraft such as C-130 Hercules or C-17 Globemaster, or 70-year-old B-52. These aircraft will use cruise missiles with relatively low cost and risk but allow the U.S. Air Force to achieve great attack power quickly.
The B-52 Stratofortress fighter can only carry a maximum of 20 cruise missiles. However, the Boeing 747 transport plane can carry three times as many cruise missiles and at one-third the cost per flight hour of the B-52.
The missiles are housed in specially designed “deployment boxes.” These boxes can be easily disassembled and installed on transport aircraft. Meanwhile, the aircraft hardly have to make additional changes to carry these boxes.
The “deployment boxes” operation is the same as the Self-propelled artillery. The aircraft takes on the role of an armored vehicle, providing high maneuverability.
These canisters function like howitzers, except that they fire long-range cruise missiles with precision guidance instead of firing shells.
Once the target is identified and ordered to attack, the crew will drop the deployment boxes. The position of the deployment box will be stable and controlled under the action of the parachute. When ready, the missiles will be fired one by one out of the deployment box.
Using a transport aircraft to carry and launch missiles is not new. In the 1970s, the United States tested the launch of an 87,000 mm, 57-foot rocket from a C-5 Galaxy transport aircraft.
The U.S. halted this idea’s implementation after proving it was completely feasible. Some analysts say that the U.S. has made such a decision because Washington does not want to provoke a more fierce arms race.
The U.S. Air Force can send more than 400 C-130s and more than 200 C-17s into combat through the “Raptor” program. These planes can carry thousands of deployment boxes. Each of these boxes is capable of firing six or more missiles.
In fact, military transport aircraft have shallow requirements for airfields and runways.
China’s most advanced long-range air defense system cannot deal with targets more than 200 miles away.
This allows the US C-130 transport aircraft with long-range anti-ship missiles to pose a serious threat to any Chinese warship in the Pacific at a distance of 500 miles.
Mountain concluded that in the event of a conflict in the Taiwan Strait, the Chinese naval fleet deployed in the Pacific Ocean might not be able to withstand even an hour when facing the ferocious attack from American transport planes’ missiles.