In the eyes of American think tanks, China’s anti-access campaign is not just about attacking aircraft carriers. No wonder the US is so afraid
How China implements its “anti-access/regional denial” strategy has always been the focus of debate among US strategic think tanks.Among them, the RAND Corporation provides the most detailed and authoritative research report, and the U.S. military also considers its report as an important reference.According to RAND, China’s “anti-access/area-denial” strategy would be twofold, not just aircraft carriers and air bases.According to RAND, the PLA will first focus on attacking the enemy’s key points through pre-emptive strikes.The other is to ensure the continuous weakening of the people and the destruction of their will to fight.Here’s a closer look at the RAND report.The RAND Corporation believes that as the U.S. military increasingly relies on C4SIR, it will lead the PLA to attack the system first.If the system is destroyed, the integrated command, communication and control systems of the U.S. military will be paralyzed and its combat effectiveness will be greatly weakened.For now, the PLA will focus on the C4SIR system’s network and space satellites.According to RAND corporation, the PLA has developed a relatively complete network attack capability, and professional hackers carry out multiple network attacks on US military networks almost every day, with a high success rate.In wartime, Chinese hackers would take the lead in attacking American military networks, stealing classified information and using various technical means to cripple American communications networks.In addition, the PLA’s attacks on US military satellites are much more harmful than cyber attacks. Almost all us precision-guided munitions need the support of satellite navigation, and the loss of navigation systems means the loss of combat capability.As early as 2007, China conducted a successful anti-satellite test.Today, the PLA has developed a certain anti-satellite capability. In wartime, it can attack the HIGH-orbit GPS navigation satellites, communications satellites and low-orbit reconnaissance satellites, paralyzing the SPACE force of the US military.Anti-carrier combat aircraft carrier is the key to the combat effectiveness of the United States, but also the most critical link in China’s anti-access combat.Generally speaking, us aircraft carriers provide 80% of the air force of the entire battlefield. Once the US aircraft carriers are attacked, the US military will lose most of its air power.At present, the PLA has three layers of long, medium and near anti-ship firing networks, among which the land-based DF-26 and DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missiles and air-launched anti-ship ballistic missiles pose the greatest threat to US aircraft carriers.The maximum range of the DF-21D is more than 1,700km, which can keep us aircraft carriers out of the first island chain, while the range of the DF-26 anti-ship ballistic missile is more than 4,000km, which can strike aircraft carrier formations above the second island chain, both of which can launch saturation attacks outside the firing circle of US aircraft carriers.In addition, the PLA’s improved H-6 bombers currently in service can carry the Yingji-12 supersonic anti-ship missile with a range of 400 kilometers and the hypersonic anti-ship ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 kilometers, which can strike maritime targets up to 5,000 kilometers away, posing great threat.Finally, the overall technical level of the Type 093 nuclear submarine currently in service of the PLA has been greatly improved. It can stealthily approach the US aircraft carrier battle group, launch yingji-18 anti-ship missiles from hundreds of kilometers away, and launch stealthily strikes against the US aircraft carrier from underwater.The PLA’s land, air and sea-based anti-carrier forces have upended the traditional naval warfare model, rendering the previously highly effective carrier groups obsolete.Attacking air Bases Rand argues that the PLA has been working for years on pre-emptive strikes against enemy air bases, which would minimize the enemy’s air power and would be the most effective way to gain air supremacy.Destroy enemy airbases by striking airstrips, supply facilities, high-value combat aircraft, etc.The PLA already has a variety of strike options, including ballistic and cruise missiles, as well as fighters and bombers equipped with precision-guided munitions that can effectively strike local airfields.At present, the PLA Rocket Force currently has dF-15, DF-16, DF-21 ballistic missiles and DF-10 cruise missiles capable of blanket strikes against various air bases in Taiwan, Ryukyu and Japan.The DF-26 ballistic missile weakens an opponent’s ability to sustain offensive operations. Rand believes that in addition to striking critical nodes, the PLA will also attack THE US military logistics supply system.One is to use ballistic and cruise missiles to attack the logistics facilities of the U.S. military base. Once the fuel and ammunition depots in the base are hit, the U.S. military will be forced to move.Second, the use of aircraft, surface ships, submarines, port mines, route mines and other ways to intercept the US military supply routes at sea, shaking the confidence of the US military to continue fighting.In addition, RAND believes China will go out of its way to prevent U.S. forces from using allied bases.Relations between the United States and its Allies are not impregnable, and there will still be many political, economic, and military differences.If differences between the US and its Allies are better exploited, they can unravel seemingly strong alliances.In wartime, these differences tend to become rifts between the United States and its Allies, and China can take advantage of these rifts through political and diplomatic means to reduce the risk of the United States and its Allies cooperating in war.Through the high-end think tank of the United States, we can see that China has developed relatively perfect anti-access/regional denial capabilities, which have become the nightmare of American intervention in China’s internal affairs.