After the war between Russia and Ukraine, the second country flicks its tail, and Canada announces that it will purchase F-35 fighter jets

Since Russia and Ukraine went to war on February 24, Germany immediately decided to purchase 35 F-35 fighter jets to replace the Tornado. Yesterday, Canada also changed its attitude since 2012 and announced that it would purchase 88 F-35s to replace the old CF-18A/B. with the F/A-18A/B fighter.

In the F-35 development stage, Canada has invested 150 million US dollars in the JSF program.

However, in 2012, the country cancelled the procurement case because the price was too high, which made the bidding case have to run again. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in 2015 that he would seek fighter jets other than the F-35 as an alternative, so The Canadian fighter jet bidding case has been in operation for many years.

After eliminating the French Rafale and European Typhoon fighters, the Boeing-proposed F/A-18E/F Block III Super Hornet was also eliminated in December last year, leaving the F-35A and the Swedish JAS-39E Griffin. The (Gripen-E) fighter enters the final stage.

Yesterday, Canadian Defense Minister Anita Anand announced that the country will spend 19 billion Canadian dollars (about 15.2 billion U.S. dollars) to purchase 88 F-35As to replace a total of 93 CF-18A/B and F/A-18A/B in active duty. .

Annand said the Canadian and U.S. governments and Lockheed Martin would move to the final stages of the procurement process after “rigorous evaluation and discussion,” while the Canadian military would improve two current major air bases, Cypress in Quebec. Bogotvill and Cold Lake in Alberta to ensure smooth future operations of the F-35A.

In terms of the candidate models of this bidding case, the F-35, as the only fifth-generation stealth fighter, is technically superior to the other four-and-a-half-generation fighters, but considering the JAS-39E in the final selection stage, it is obviously a Considering the budget, it is believed that the JAS-39E with the lowest overall price can meet the needs of Canadian air defense.

After the outbreak of the Russian-Ukrainian war, not only European countries hurriedly rearmed their armaments, but it also quickly shortened the Canadian government’s consideration of choosing a new fighter aircraft. The F-35A’s technological and combat advantages immediately became the most important consideration at this time.

Canada’s largest military investment in three decades is expected to begin receiving its first F-35As in 2025, making it the 17th country to field the Lightning II.

THAAD has achieved victories in the Middle East, and the United States has deployed in South Korea, targeting China, and the threat is not small

THAAD is an important part of the US ballistic missile defense system. THAAD is the English abbreviation of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense. The THAAD system is an anti-missile system developed by the US arms giant Lockheed Martin. Published materials have built 24 sets. 202201339/Global Defense Watch/Ali, the UAE is the first overseas user of the THAAD system. On January 17, 2022, the THAAD anti-missile system deployed by the UAE achieved its first actual combat result, successfully destroying the incoming ballistics on the same day Missiles, according to the news released by the United Arab Emirates, Yemen’s Houthis used ballistic missiles to launch a long-range strike against the United Arab Emirates and caused casualties.

UAE used THAAD 'hit-to-kill approach' against missiles, UAVs

For the first victory of the THAAD system in the Middle East, the United States has made a lot of publicity about it. In addition to being the first anti-missile victory of the THAAD system, it was the first time that the THAAD anti-missile system was in the stage when the United States was actively encircling and containing China. The victory has also boosted the confidence of the United States, because the United States has deployed the THAAD system in the Asia-Pacific region. In addition to the deployment in Guam, it has also deployed a complete THAAD system in South Korea. The deployment of the THAAD system by the United States in South Korea is a strategy aimed directly at China, because the THAAD system can not only counter ballistic missiles at high altitudes in the re-entry stage, but also the equipped AN/TPY-2 radar has powerful detection capabilities, which can be used for the PLA. The ballistic missiles are detected during the ascent stage.

The AN/TPY-2 radar is an active phased array radar with X-band, and the detection range for a radar reflection area of ​​1 square meter is as high as 2,300 kilometers. Small, can seriously weaken the deterrent capability of the PLA’s ballistic missiles, because it may be detected by the AN/TPY-2 radar during the take-off and ascent phase. The purpose of the US deploying the THAAD system in South Korea is quite clear. In addition, although the US has not deployed the THAAD anti-missile system in Japan, it has deployed the AN/TPY-2 radar, which can provide early warning information for the US ballistic missile defense system. , the threat posed by the THAAD system cannot be ignored.

Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) | Missile Threat

The United States has built a complete ballistic missile defense system. In addition to deploying a large number of early warning radars in the mainland, there are also many early warning facilities in the Asia-Pacific region. In addition to the THAAD system deployed in South Korea, various early warning radars deployed in Japan can also be used. Collect relevant information, and at the same time, you can also collect relevant intelligence through the Pave Claw radar deployed on Taiwan Island. The United States also has an X-band early warning radar system deployed at sea, but there is no fixed deployment location. Therefore, it is still necessary to detect the PLA ballistic missile system through a land-based radar system. Now the THAAD system has achieved its first record in the UAE, which shows that the system has certain capabilities.

THAAD Missile Defense System Has Made Its First Combat Kill Defending The  UAE

According to the news released by the United States, the United States will also set up a land-based Aegis anti-missile system in Guam, thereby enhancing the overall anti-missile capability of the United States in the Asia-Pacific region.