F-35s to strike from rough jungle airstrips in Pacific

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Guam's Andersen Air Force Base's rough Northwest Field airstrip is currently being upgraded to handle F-35 fighters from Alaska and F-16s from Japan.

In the past, only C-130 cargo planes and helicopters sometimes operated from the field.


RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Map view showing airfields, zoom out to regional, Chinese weapons flying from China, hitting Guam
2. View of rough airfield in operation as bombs destroy big airfield in background
3. Map view of Guam, bombs falling on new field, not old field, F35s taking off from old field
4. F35s relocating from ALaska to Guam, F16s from Japan to Guam - old field
5. Workers paving, upgrading old field, damaged smoking F35 approaching
6. Damaged F35 landing, jet arresting device catches jet before it over-runs

VOICEOVER (in English):
The US military is preparing for what could happen if China launches military strikes to take out its major runway facilities in the Pacific region.

The Drive reports that the Pentagon is speeding up efforts to create rough jungle airfields that would be capable of launching and receiving fighter jets if big airfields, like Guam's Andersen Air Force Base, were attacked by swarms of ballistic missiles or by more conventional weapons.

That's why Andersen's rough Northwest Field airstrip is currently being upgraded to handle F-35 fighters from Alaska and F-16s from Japan.

In the past, only C-130 cargo planes and helicopters sometimes operated from the field.

This field has now been lengthened and fitted with an emergency arresting system, to catch damaged jets that can't stop in time.

The airstrip and fighters will also form part of the yearly multi-national Cope North airpower exercise that focuses primarily on Guam. The exercise will test the US' ability to launch less predictable missions of small groups of aircraft from jungle airstrips.

SOURCES: The Drive, Air Force Magazine, Breaking Defense
https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/38971/f-35s-and-f-16s-set-to-operate-from-austere-jungle-airfield-during-major-exercise-on-guam
https://www.airforcemag.com/f-35s-f-16s-to-operate-from-austere-airfield-on-guam-during-cope-north/
https://breakingdefense.com/2021/01/trilateral-cope-north-exercise-to-test-agile-air-ops-on-austere-airfields/