New US Drone Project Could Change Asian Warfare Forever | The Diplomat

The MUX project could ultimately render aircraft carriers (and China’s A2/AD strategy) obsolete.

Not only will this system provide the United States with new modes of operation and extended reach, it lends the prospect of its allies working in closer cooperation, and even bringing some much-needed security partners into the picture. With China investing more into the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), the United States could, and does, cooperate with its partners in increasingly interconnected modes. In this regard, Japan has a major role to play. Operating Izumo-class helicopter destroyers, Japan would able to transform its carrier fleet into a more robust unmanned fleet, able to operate an array of UAVs at the same time. This would significantly improve Japan’s aerial capabilities, allowing it to operate beyond traditional security environment currently limited as a result of the use manned planes based on Japanese home territory. It would also mean that it could reduce the burden for U.S. naval operations, freeing up much needed resources for major military actors like the United States.

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New US Drone Project Could Change Asian Warfare Forever | The Diplomat