Nuclear Bombers Deployed Overseas
(WatchDogReport.org) – The People’s Republic of China (PRC) tends to view the entire South China Sea and Indo-Pacific region as its sandbox, so to speak. So, when the Australian Broadcasting Corporation broke the story that the United States was planning to begin stationing B-52s not far from the city of Darwin, Beijing did not take the news with good graces.
China is condemning plans for the U.S. to deploy up to six B-52 bombers to an airbase in northern Australia, saying the move could spark an arms race in the Indo-Pacific region. https://t.co/LiPgmATZ60
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) November 2, 2022
The venerable B-52 represents one-third of America’s potential nuclear triad, along with submarines and missile silos, although it’s far from a single-role weapons platform. Built between 1955 and 1962, one can arm the “Stratofortress” with a variety of conventional weapons, including racks of “dumb” bombs or cruise missiles.
The United States is planning to expand the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) airbase Tindal, which will include a parking area for six of the behemoths — each airplane is almost 160 feet long with a wingspan of 185 feet to support the eight jet engines needed to get it airborne. Global Times, a news site aligned with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), said this means “Australia will become a battleground once a war occurs between China and the US …”
The Associated Press published an article quoting a spokesperson from the Chinese Foreign Ministry who said the move “may trigger an arms race in the region.” They also accused the United States of maintaining a Cold War mentality and using “narrowminded geopolitical thinking.”
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