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Images Emerge of #China’s New Air-Launched Ballistic Missile Mounted Under H-6N Bomber - Observers noted its similarity to #China’s Dong Feng-15 missile, as well as #Russia’s Kinzhal…
When the new H-6N modification of China’s H-6K bomber appeared in September, observers quickly noted its bomb bay seemed to be removed in favor of an exterior hardpoint semi-conformed to the plane’s profile.
The images reportedly note only that the plane’s center-line pylon can be equipped with “large external objects,” but observers have noted the weapon’s incredibly similarity to the Dong Feng-15 ballistic missile already employed by China’s People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force.
New Photos Point To #Chinese Bomber Being Able To Carry Huge Anti-Ship Ballistic Missiles - The H-6N missile carrier adds another long-range and very unpredictable layer to #China's already formidable anti-access umbrella.…
The H-6N has a semi-recessed area with a hard point for a very large payload under its fuselage. This is meant to accommodate an air-launched derivative of the DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missile giving the aircraft an impressive stand-off capability against aircraft carriers.
Reports about the H-6N and its ballistic-missile launching mission first began to emerge in 2017. Xi'an Aircraft International Corporation's H-6, a derivative of the Soviet-era Tu-16 Badger, has been the centerpiece of China's bomber force since the 1970s.
In 2009, the H-6K variant, a significant redesign from the original aircraft optimized as a carrier for long-range anti-ship and land-attack cruise missiles, entered service. The H-6N is a further outgrowth of this earlier missile carrier version.
The most notable change between the N and K is the complete elimination of the bomb bay on the N and the addition of semi-recessed area with a hard point for a large missile.
This is similar in some general respects to the ability of Russia's Tu-22M Backfire bombers to carry a single Kh-22 or Kh-32 anti-ship cruise missile in a semi-recessed mount under its central fuselage
An air-launched derivative of the DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missile, reportedly called the CH-AS-X-13, will be the primary weapon for the H-6N. The standard DF-21D has a range of more than 930 miles when ground-launched.
This new missile, which uses lightweight composite materials would have a range of more than 1,860 miles. Air-launching the weapon could also help increase its range by eliminating the need to first boost tens of thousands of feet in the air.
The DF-21D has a maneuverable, conventionally-armed reentry vehicle. The existing ground-launched missile has a limited ability to locate & zero in on a target during the terminal phase of flight using radar, as well as possibly infrared sensors, on the reentry vehicle.
It may also be able to course-correct during the mid-course portion of its flight based on the information it receives from other sources via data link.
#China’s new supersonic arsenal could give H-6N bomber force greater reach, military experts say - Air force source says supersonic cruise missiles first seen on National Day could allow PLA to hit targets 3,700 miles away…
China’s new H-6N strategic bomber could carry CJ-100 supersonic cruise missiles or the WZ-8 supersonic stealth spy drone, increasing its maximum strike range to 6,000km (3,728 miles), military sources said.
“The semi-recessed area under the fuselage of the H-6N is designed to carry either the WZ-8 or the CJ-100,” said the source. The CJ-100, also known as DF-100, is the PLA’s third-generation ground-attack cruise missile.
Aerial refuelling could expand the H-6N’s operational range by 500km over the H-6K to more than 4,000km. So, in theory, the CJ-100 could take the H-6N’s strike range to about 6,000km, the source said.
The H-6 – which is based on the Russian cold war era Tupolev 16 (known to Nato as the Badger) that went into service in 1954 – has been the mainstay of China’s bomber force since the 1970s.
The H-6K have played a key role in the PLA’s “island encirclement” drills over Taiwan since early 2018. The exercises were designed by Beijing to send a warning to the island’s independence-leaning government.
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