U.S. sends large F-22 force to counter China

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CNN reports that the U.S. Air Force is sending an unusually large force of F-22 stealth fighters to the western Pacific this month.

Approximately 25 F-22s will be joined by 10 F-15 fighters and support planes, as part of an exercise that is meant to send a strong message to China, amid growing tensions about China's actions around Taiwan and in the South China Sea.

The exercise is designed to spread U.S. combat planes out among airfields across the region, to increase their chances of surviving enemy missile strikes.

Much of the U.S.'s air power in the western Pacific is concentrated in two large military installations on Okinawa and Guam.

A strike on those bases could cripple the U.S. military's ability to hit back if too much U.S. air power was concentrated there.

The new exercise will see crews practicing from smaller, less developed airfields on Guam and islands like Tinian.

The new strategy would increase the number of targets enemy missiles would need to destroy and give U.S. air power a better chance of being able to fight back.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Map zoom from global US to Marianas, showing planes moving to Marianas
2. Chinese warship sailing on ocean, zoom in to show officer exiting to balcony
3. Same officer looks up to see 26 F-22s and 10 F-15s fly low overhead
4. Show Kadena and Guam bases on map, zoom to Kadena showing many planes close together
5. Zoom out to show regional map, showing jet icons leaving 2 bases to spread out to smaller airstrips over region
6. Map icon view of Chinese cruise missiles approaching US airstrips, jets, most intercepted but some hit, F-22 icons move toward China, followed by B-2s and carriers

VOICEOVER (in English):
"CNN reports that the U.S. Air Force is sending an unusually large force of F-22 stealth fighters to the western Pacific this month."

"Approximately 25 F-22s will be joined by 10 F-15 fighters and support planes, as part of an exercise that is meant to send a strong message to China, amid growing tensions about China's actions around Taiwan and in the South China Sea."

"The exercise is designed to spread U.S. combat planes out among airfields across the region, to increase their chances of surviving enemy missile strikes."

"Much of the U.S.'s air power in the western Pacific is concentrated in two large military installations on Okinawa and Guam."

"A strike on those bases could cripple the U.S. military's ability to hit back if too much U.S. air power was concentrated there."

"The new exercise will see crews practicing from smaller, less developed airfields on Guam and islands like Tinian."

"The new strategy would increase the number of targets enemy missiles would need to destroy and give U.S. air power a better chance of being able to fight back."

SOURCES: CNN, Forbes, UPI
https://edition.cnn.com/2021/07/15/asia/us-air-force-f-22-guam-tinian-exercise-intl-hnk-ml/index.html
https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2021/07/20/the-us-air-force-is-sending-dozens-of-f-22-stealth-fighters-to-practice-for-war-with-china/?sh=498b851afaf9
https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2021/07/16/f22-usaf-guam-marianas-exercise-China/6291626457191/