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  • It's the Zoomies versus the Squids, the United States Air Force versus the US Navy, two of

  • the most powerful- if not the most powerful forces on earth, in a head-to-head matchup

  • to determine just which branch is the best at their primary purpose: killing bad guys

  • and breaking their stuff.

  • For the sake of this thought exercise, we're going to ignore the normal realities of warfare

  • and focus solely on firepower and assets.

  • After all, in a realistic war scenario the US Navy could do something the US Air Force

  • could never do: blockade ports and stop the shipments of supplies.

  • So we're going to be pitting man and machine in a straight up deathmatch, and find out

  • which of the two services comes out on top.

  • Despite their close partnership with the US Navy, for this fight the Marines are out-

  • sorry sailors, but you're fighting this one on your own.

  • Likewise, US Army forces which typically help provide ground security for Air Force assets

  • are also out, leaving the Zoomies to fend for themselves.

  • Most of this war will naturally happen in the air, though without the support of their

  • sister services, the US Air Force does have one advantage that the Navy doesn't- the ability

  • to deploy a moderate ground force against Navy targets.

  • The Navy after all isn't just about ships, there's a long link of resupply, repair and

  • resupply centers that are vital for keeping America's fleets out at sea.

  • US Air Force Security Forces personnel are traditionally speaking, military police no

  • different than their counterparts in the other branches.

  • However, during the Vietnam War, the Air Force realized that it couldn't always rely on the

  • other services for protection of its air fields in hostile territory, and quickly established

  • a training program to convert their military police personnel into a small, but competent

  • infantry force.

  • Today, Security Forces personnel are all trained in air base defense, and receive qualification

  • training with heavy squad weapons such as the .50 caliber machine gun and the Mark-19

  • automatic grenade launcher.

  • Some of these personnel are even qualified for air assault operations.

  • Numbers are hard to pin down, but there's an estimated 25,000 US Air Force Security

  • Forces personnel currently on active duty, giving the Air Force a sizable ground assault

  • element that the Navy can't match.

  • While US Navy Masters-at-Arms are trained in protecting ships and shore installations,

  • their focus and training isn't as exhaustive in ground combat roles as Air Force Security

  • Forces personnel.

  • With the focus shifting from protecting air fields from unsophisticated terror and insurgent

  • threats, to a potential showdown against regular Chinese or Russian infantry units, US Air

  • Force Security Forces personnel have recently begun a program to seriously upgrade their

  • standards, training, and equipment to meet these near-peer competitor threats.

  • The stated goal of the US Air Force is to produce a force comparable to US Army light

  • infantry, powerful enough to repel a coordinated attack from near-peer competitors.

  • This means new tools such as anti-tank and anti-air man portable weapon systems and fire

  • support platforms such as mortars, as well as a stronger emphasis on assault and defense

  • operations.

  • On the ground, it's clear that the Air Force has a serious advantage, being able to deploy

  • a sizable force to seize vital US Navy ground installations and repel any assaults against

  • its facilities, but the primary combatants in this showdown are going to be aircraft

  • and ships, so how do they measure up and what can they add to this fight?

  • The first step in this battle between the services will be in establishing air superiority,

  • as the primary armament of both services are going to be its aircraft.

  • In the Navy's corner we have the F/A-18 Superhornet, an aircraft developed to counter advances

  • in Soviet fighter design.

  • Turns out, the Navy completely overcompensated and created one of the most formidable fighter

  • aircraft ever built.

  • Responding to the Navy's Superhornet threat is going to be the F-15 Strike Eagle, another

  • development created in response to the advancements made in Soviet fighter design.

  • Both aircraft come from the same manufacturer, meaning they share many of the same strengths,

  • making this a difficult matchup to determine.

  • The F-15 is an air superiority fighter, but it is primarily geared for a ground-attack

  • role.

  • The Hornet is instead a jack-of-all-trades, doing everything from air superiority to suppression

  • of enemy air defenses, recon, and even aerial refueling.

  • That versatility gives the Navy greater flexibility, and makes sense for a service which has limited

  • space on its aircraft carriers- the better buy for your money is the aircraft that can

  • do multiple things well, rather than a single specialized task.

  • But, in this fight, which is better?

  • The F-15 is powered by dual Pratt & Whitney F100 turbofan engines producing twenty nine

  • thousand pounds of thrust at full afterburner, versus the Hornet's General Electric F414

  • engines putting out twenty two thousand pounds of thrust at full afterburner.

  • This gives the F15 a whopping speed advantage of 700 miles an hour, with the F15 clocking

  • in at 1,875 mph (3018 kph), versus the F18 at 1,190 mph (1915 kph).

  • F-15s are going to get to the fight first, every time, and if they get in trouble, they'll

  • easily outrun any pursuing F18s, leaving them in the dust.

  • By comparison, F18s trying to flee from the Air Force's Strike Eagles, are going to

  • wind up getting splashed.

  • The Eagle also has a greater fuel and weapons capacity than the Hornet, with the F15 carrying

  • up to 23,000 pounds of fuel and weapons versus the F18's 17,759.

  • More fuel and more missiles means the Air Force's fighter can stay in the fight longer,

  • and shoot more- and gives the F15 nearly double the range of the Navy's F18.

  • However, the Navy's f18 can carry the AGM-88 High-speed Anti-radiation missile, giving

  • it a robust capability in destroying enemy ground and even airborne radar, while the

  • F-15 cannot.

  • Conversely, the F-15 can carry the GBU-28 bunker buster bomb, while the F-18 can't.

  • The F-18 is slightly more agile than the F-15 however, which would give it the advantage

  • in close-quarters dogfighting, although as many enemy combatants around the world have

  • found out, the F-15 is an absolutely terrifying dogfighter itself.

  • Targeting and tracking systems on both aircraft are nearly identical, given that both aircraft

  • operate for the same country.

  • When it comes to long range detection, the APG-82 radar has greater capabilities than

  • the APG-79 radar used by the Hornet, though just how much greater capabilities is a mystery

  • as the data is a closely guarded secret.

  • What's clear is that Air Force Strike Eagles will get to the fight first, see their targets

  • first, and fire first, putting the Navy's Superhornet at a disadvantage.

  • However, the F-18 is equipped with infrared search and tracking capabilities, giving it

  • a chance to take on stealth aircraft at close range.

  • With 769 Hornets versus the Air Force's 454 Eagles, the numbers advantage may seem to

  • be in favor of the Navy- except the 769 Hornets the Navy possesses represents the entirety

  • of its air-attack and air superiority forces.

  • By comparison, the US Air Force can call on an additional 1,017 F-16 Fighting Falcons,

  • and 229 operational F-35 Lightnings.

  • The Navy's own F-35s only number at 21, and are currently still only used for training.

  • However, the absolute silver-bullet in the sky for the Air Force, is its fleet of F-22

  • Raptors, numbering at 186.

  • While low in number, the Raptor is without comparison the world's most advanced air superiority

  • fighter, featuring a radar cross section the size of a marble.

  • Its armament may be limited as it's forced to carry its weapons internally, but its powerful

  • radar allows it to detect enemy aircraft and engage them at beyond visual range.

  • While the Air Force initially wanted a fleet of almost a thousand of these incredible aircraft,

  • the extreme pricetag upwards of $220 million dollars per aircraft, as well as a lack of

  • a realistic threat to face off against by any other nation, shelved the original production

  • run and limited it to the number the Air Force currently operates.

  • Simply put, in an air battle the US Navy is going to come out losing badly.

  • Not only is it completely dwarfed by the numbers of Air Force air superiority fighters, the

  • Air Force's F-22 presents a threat that an F-18 pilot is unlikely to survive.

  • Luckily, the number of these airborne assassins is relatively low.

  • However, the Navy can call upon support from its large fleet of warships, who thanks to

  • modern battle networks, can add their firepower to an air battle.

  • While its fleet of dozens of attack submarines may seem like an odd fish out on this fight,

  • many of these are capable of taking on land-attack roles thanks to the addition of cruise missiles

  • to their magazines.

  • With a range of 1,550 miles (2,500 km), Navy subs could deliver crippling blows to US Air

  • Force installations- with little if any warning.

  • Likewise, its fleet of 91 destroyers and 19 corvettes could all strike at Air Force airfields.

  • A vast inventory of anti-air missiles such as the RIM-174 and the RIM-162 Evolved Sea

  • Sparrow can project serious anti-aircraft firepower into a fight, leaving US Air Force

  • planes at risk in any air battle within range of US Navy ships.

  • The US Air Force is not the primary service for neutralizing an enemy fleet, that task

  • falls on the US Navy, but it is still very well equipped to deal with hostile vessels.

  • The AGM-158 JASSM (jassam) and the AGM-86 are both extremely long range stand-off attack

  • air-launched cruise missiles, packing a thousand pound warhead capable of sinking enemy ships.

  • The AGM-158C is the latest iteration of these anti-ship missiles, and features greatly improved

  • technology allowing it to locate, track, and target hostile vessels independently while

  • ignoring civilian shipping.

  • These missiles are all low-observable, making them difficult to spot on radar, and are programmed

  • to fly extremely close to the ocean's surface, which makes them even more difficult to spot

  • and target by a ship's anti-missile defense systems.

  • However, none of these weapons are supersonic, as the US is currently coming far behind Russia

  • and China in developing supersonic weapons.

  • This means the individual success rate of each missile is dramatically lowered when

  • pitted up against the Navy's sophisticated anti-missile defense systems, though the AGM-158C

  • is capable of coordinating with other missiles to conduct swarm attacks, approaching a target

  • from multiple directions in overwhelming numbers.

  • Increasingly, this fight is turning bad for the US Navy.

  • With an air superiority fleet that's less than half the size of the US Air Force, and

  • with aircraft outmatched technologically by the Air Force, the Navy will never be able

  • to establish air superiority.

  • Even more importantly though, the Navy's Hornets will never be able to establish air superiority

  • at the stand-off attack distances required to stop Air Force bomber aircraft from launching

  • anti-ship attacks.

  • While Navy fleet defenses are likely capable of chewing up most of the Air Force's surface-attack

  • aircraft, the Air Force's ability to attack with long-range precision weapons means their

  • vulnerable bomber aircraft can target and fire from well outside of the air-defense

  • envelope of the Navy.

  • One way the Navy plans on protecting its surface fleets from this threat against a near-peer

  • competitor such as China or Russia, is to simply establish Combat Air Patrols at greatly

  • extended ranges, using F-18s in tanker mode, or new tanker drones, to refuel F-18s assigned

  • to long-range air patrols.

  • However, no other nation can bring to bear against the US Navy the sheer numbers and

  • capabilities of the US Air Force, and in a real-world situation, the Navy would always

  • rely on Air Force help to protect its ships.

  • Airpower will determine this battle, and the Navy loses in that arena.

  • While Navy ships would be able to launch attacks against Air Force airfields and ground installations,

  • they won't last long against coordinated Air Force attacks by fleets of B1 Lancers and

  • B52s equipped with stand-off long range munitions and protected by fleets of F-16s, F-15s, F-35s,

  • and F-22s.

  • Air Force planes would always be able to redeploy to civilian or even improvised air fields,

  • but Navy fighters will find that their only safe landing site- their aircraft carriers-

  • will very quickly end up at the bottom of the sea.

  • With complete and total air superiority, the US Air Force is without a doubt the victor

  • of this conflict, though in reality, this conclusion is no surprise.

  • Air power has been the single most important weapon in modern war since World War II, leaving

  • any foe without suitable air power at the absolute mercy of even an inferior army that

  • is supported by a competent air force.

  • However, it's also a matter of different mission sets that sees the Air Force declared a winner.

  • The US Navy is indeed tasked with air superiority, but its vessels are also designed for a wide

  • range of different responsibilities from surface warfare to subsurface warfare, and the escort

  • and deployment of ground combat troops to beaches around the world.

  • The Air Force however has a far more limited scope of missions- air superiority, recon,

  • and ground-attack- and its equipment is thus far more capable in these arenas than the

  • Navy's.

  • In truth, neither service could win a war without the other, and the two are equal and

  • vital partners in ensuring the United States military remains the most powerful on earth.

  • Buuuutttt, squids would totally get their butt kicked by zoomies any day of the week.

  • Now for how the Navy would fare against a competitor like China go watchUS Navy

  • must do this to defeat China in a war.”

  • Or if you're ready for a change of pace, click this other video instead!

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