Air Force hoist spy drones
Air Force hoist spy drones

U.S. Air Force hoist spy drones in South China Sea

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The United States Air force strikes aggressive posture and China’s power rally in the South China sea by deploying the RQ-4 Global Hawk spy drone.

The Chinese military continued to rally across the South China Sea and to the Taiwan Strait in recent months, from deploying aircraft carriers to launching fighters near Taiwan’s airspace. At that time, the US Air Force also kept track of the movement quite carefully using a combination of airplanes and increasingly using a non-manned (drone) aircraft.

This week FoxNews reported the B-1B Lancer bombers had flown out of Guam to support the Indo-Pacific Command and specifically perform missions in the South China Sea. At the beginning of May 2020, B-1B was deployed to the area to perform operations of bomber Task Force from Andersen Air Base in Guam.

Four bombers and about 200 pilots of the Bomb Squadron, 7th Bomb Wing, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, were deployed to support the Pacific Air Force training efforts with Allied, partners, and combined troops. Bombers have carried out strategic preventive mission to strengthen rules-based international order in the Indo-Pacific region.

The National Interest noted, The US Air Force also rotations against the RQ-4 Global Hawk spy drone from the 319th Reconnaissance Wing Detachment 1 to Yokota Air Base, Japan, to ensure ongoing operation in support of the Indo-Pacific Command reconnaissance requirements.

The high altitude, long-running durability of a remotely controlled, and Ungun drone was moved from the Andersen Air Force Base to Yokota, as the Japanese base was seen providing a more stable location from which unmanned aerial vehicle platforms (UAVS) could operate, especially the inclement weather such as typhoons that could impede their readiness.

“Having an alternative location to carry out our mission during the inclement weather season can ensure our ability to continue executing the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, an alliance reconnaissance requirement in support of Japanese defence, as well as maintaining international peace and security in the region,” said Lieutenant Colonel Ben Craycraft, commander of 319th Operations Group Detachment 1 through a statement by the Indo-

“I was very excited to go back to Yokota Air base and continue to build our partnership with this highly capable base and its supporting community,” Craycraft added. “As at 2019, Yokota Air Base continues to provide the most ideal location for our operations due to the pleasant weather in Kanto plain and our ability to perform operations without causing an impact on the flight operations of Yokota or local communities around the base.”

The U.S. Air Force flew a B-1B bomber and a Global Hawk-manned aircraft in the South China Sea and other areas of the Pacific theatre, as part of a broad strategy to maintain surveillance in the region.

The Hawk Global mission is to support a broad spectrum of U.S. intelligence, surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) gathering capabilities and support joint combatants in peacetime, contingency, and crisis operations around the world.

The Drone can also be used for humanitarian aid and disaster relief operations. The unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVS) are designed to provide high-resolution imaging and all persistent weather, day and night, all weather in a wide geographic area with a set of sensors and an integrated camera.

According to a previous report from The National Interest, The U.S. Air Force operates around 34 high-flying Global Hawks. The Air Force has also announced plans to dismiss as many as 24 of these drones to be replaced with a more sophisticated surveillance UAV platform, possibly the more stealth RQ-180. Meanwhile, the RQ-4 Global Hawk has been regularly robed to Yokota air base.

“Yokota Air base continues to show it is one of the most effective and capable bases for accepting aircraft and personnel safely, during annual rotation or during crisis or contingency,” explains Colonel Otis Jones, commander of the 374th Airlift Wing.

“Whether it’s an invisible enemy like a COVID-19 pandemic or a threat that looks more like a typhoon, Yokota team is ready to make sure our partners and allies can continue their mission from a reliable airfield.”

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