US Marine Corps wants ‘Ukrainian weapons’ to fight China after successfully crushing Russia

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To check China’s continued “misbehavior” in the Western Pacific with Taiwan and other neighbors, the United Marine Corps is determined to “get into the fight”, its deputy commanding general Eric Smith said.

Despite the myriad of logistical issues, basic issues, and disabilities before China’s anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) weapons that Smith and other U.S. military leaders have repeatedly admitted over the years .

The EurAsian Times previously reported that Smith pointed to America’s inability to wage a sustained war due to the “paced challenge” of logistics, a “dirty little secret” no one wants to discuss.

Speaking at an interaction hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the Naval Institute, Gen. Smith said the Marine Corps and other services are also looking at supply chains to overcome these distances in a potential Western Pacific conflict.

Make Marine Littoral Regiment (MLR) units more undetectable; arming them with 200 km ranges High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), anti-ship missiles (Harpoons) and floating munitions like Switchblade are some of the measures updated in the Force Design 2030 guidelines.

Incidentally, HIMARS, Harpoons and Switchblade drones are used by Ukraine to fight Russia.

EurAsian Times had reported how FD-2030 envisioned small mobile U.S. Marine Corps units spread across the First Island Chain and islands controlled by friendly nations in the East and South China Seas to undertake “fires at long range” on the Chinese army and air force. assets.

Faced with a recognized disadvantage in front of its DF-21D and DF-23 missiles which prevent large American combatants like aircraft carriers and other surface combatants from approaching, the FD-2030 also aims to integrate into distributed maritime operations ( DMO) of the US Navy.

File Image: HIMARS MLRS

The US Navy’s DMO requires an expanded fleet of 500 ships with smaller semi-autonomous/unmanned vessels and an expanded logistics force.

It cuts large carriers and top tier surface fighters while stripping routine charges from them to expand, close in and hit China inside the A2/AD bubble. USMC’s Force Design 2030 is part of the larger concept of its Expeditionary Forward Operating Base (EABO).

“What is different today (with the Marines Littoral Regiments compared to the past) is the threat. This unit must be organized to fight tomorrow. You can’t wait until it’s fully cooked” to figure out what might be needed in organization, equipment, and training. Adding that the valuable lessons the Marines learned from his exercises in Luzon, Philippines, can be adopted as the organizing concept spreads through the force.

What do Marines have and what do they need?

The need for equipment and the size of the units are determined by a concept first played out in war and tested in the field. One feedback was that increasing the projected size of an infantry battalion from 730 to 810 would work, which would also require more transport and artillery.

Smith added that the MLRs could “fire and move” without the six to seven minute evacuation window that was available with towed artillery.

Ukrainian harpoon missiles
FILE PHOTO: US Navy Arleigh-Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur launches a Harpoon surface-to-surface missile during Pacific Vanguard Quadrilateral (PACVAN) exercises between Australia, Japan, Republic of Korea and U.S. Naval Forces Philippines Sea May 26, 2019. Photo taken May 26, 2019. US Navy/Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Toni Burton/Handout via REUTERS

“If you’re static, you’re not doing too well,” he added. Smith said floating ammunition like infantry and organic-mounted sniper fire has been field-tested successfully, and now “that’s how much we can source” in future budgets.

Testing Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system as part of its cruise missile and manned and unmanned air defense system was one of the measures.

Smith also hailed the medium-to-high altitude, long-endurance MQ-9A hunter-killer drone as an “airborne quarterback” for sensing and sensing the battlefield image and transmitting that intelligence “to the best-skilled shooter.” for quick action. This is especially useful when space communications are disabled.

“I’m able to pass that data on to everyone,” Smith added. According to Smith, the Army Future Command’s field experience of its Convergence Project to Achieve All Domains Joint Command and Control (JADC2) tested this.

He also referred to the Marines needing tank armor, indicating that “weight” was an issue as the M1-A2 tanks’ advanced protection systems increased it to 74 tons.

Ship-to-shore movement then becomes a problem, given the limited space on an amphibious assault ship, Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) or Landing Platform Dock (LPD).

Smith said his experience in Iraq was that the Joint Task Force commander could always send them in case the Marines needed armor.

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