China Has More Than 40 Of These Underground Air Bases And They're Nearly Impossible To Destroy

China Bunkers

Photo: Chinese Internet via Aus Air Power

Iran’s subterranean labs have made news lately, but it’s China’s bunkers and reinforced underground hangars that have been on the minds of Western military planners for generations.Sean O’Connor and Dr. Carlo Kopp from Air Power Australia published a monograph on China’s underground air bases, and what it would take to bring them down may surprise you.

China began construction of its 40 or so hidden bases in the 1950s and though some have fallen out of military use and are open the public as museums, many are harboring China’s newest air fleet.

Coming at the bunkers with bombs aimed at “the front door” likely won’t do much to take structures like this out.

China has over 40 of these underground hangars it started building in the 1950s

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The problem with bunker buster bomb delivery is that any good bunker will have a highly reinforced outer lip to detonate the bomb before it penetrates too far into the rock

Because of the way the bunkers are built, the energy from a traditional strike will be absorbed by the roof and the excess load will spill from the sides into the surrounding rock

The shock waves would likely buckle the floor and skew the tensile load, buckling the ceiling as well

Even with doors like this

A Wallis explosion would prevent the aeroplanes form moving across the floor to the exit

But there's no guarantee. And the US has only a handful of MOP bombs. If it uses them it won't likely be on Chinese hangars.

This Iranian bunker is a much likelier target at the moment

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