Aerial bombardments weighed heavy on the minds of Chinese military planners in the taut decades of the Cold War, and protecting their fledgling jet fleet was of paramount importance.To keep their planes and equipment from the prying eyes of satellites, and the earth shattering bombs of an aerial attack, China built an elaborate set of underground bunkers.
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 military might.
Attacking anything like this requires a unique approach.
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
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.
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