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Can China’s New Strategic Bomber Reach Hawaii?
The Diplomat ^ | August 13, 2013 | Zachary Keck

Posted on 08/13/2013 4:32:30 PM PDT by sukhoi-30mki

Can China’s New Strategic Bomber Reach Hawaii?

The People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) took delivery of 15 of China’s new Xian H-6K strategic bombers, Jane’s Defence Weekly reported back in June. This report has now seemingly been confirmed by Chinese state-run media outlets, which noted that “Jane’s Defence was the first media outlet to confirm that the H-6K had formally entered active service.”

The H-6K nuclear-capable bomber is an upgraded version of the H-6 bomber, which is a locally built version of the Russian Tupolev Tu-16 Badger that Moscow first deployed during the 1950s. The PLAAF first received a TU-16 bomber from the Soviet Union in 1958 and has been modifying it ever since.

According to China’s media, the H-6K “is a medium-sized craft designed for long-range attacks, stand-off attacks and large-area air patrol. Unlike its predecessor, the H-6K can carry cruise missiles under its wings. The H-6K also maneuvers more deftly than the H-6 and requires a smaller crew to operate.”

One of the biggest improvements made to the H-6K is its engine. The new strategic bomber reportedly uses a reverse engineered Russian NPO Saturn D-30KP turbofan engine, which boosts its combat range to 3,500 km. It also packs both the YJ-12 Eagle Strike supersonic anti-ship missile, which has a range of around 400 km, as well as up to six nuclear-capable Changjian-10K (CJ-10k) air-launched cruise missiles, which reportedly each have a range of 1,500-2,000 km.

The CJ-10K is the air variant of the CJ-10 ground attack cruise missile that was supposedly developed from the DH-10 (DongHai-10). The DH-10 itself was reportedly based on the Russian Kh-55 missile. First unveiled at a military parade in 2009, Project 2049 Institute reported earlier this year that, “after more than

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Japan; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: aerospace; bomber; china; h6

1 posted on 08/13/2013 4:32:31 PM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Seriously? How new is the TU-16 Badger design???


2 posted on 08/13/2013 4:33:21 PM PDT by InsidiousMongo
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Did the sequester shut down all our radar sets?


3 posted on 08/13/2013 4:36:39 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I aim to raise a million plus for Gov. Palin. What'll you do?.)
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To: InsidiousMongo
Seriously? How new is the TU-16 Badger design???

First flew in the fifties.

Age-wise, comparable to the B-52.

4 posted on 08/13/2013 4:37:28 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: InsidiousMongo

Gotta get back??


5 posted on 08/13/2013 4:37:48 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Just until the genuine Hawaiian BC records are radioactive dust.


6 posted on 08/13/2013 4:37:48 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Not if it gets shot down first.


7 posted on 08/13/2013 4:38:15 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( ==> sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Ah. The yellow peril...


8 posted on 08/13/2013 4:39:32 PM PDT by null and void (Frequent terrorist attacks OR endless government snooping and oppression? Soon we'll have both!)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

“Flight of the Old Yeller Dog”-by Dalezuki BrownLee


9 posted on 08/13/2013 4:41:30 PM PDT by DCBryan1 (No realli, moose bytes can be quite nasti!!)
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To: BenLurkin

We should sell Hawaii to the Chinese to pay off our debt. Fair trade IMHO.....less Commie house members and 2 less commie Senators


10 posted on 08/13/2013 4:42:24 PM PDT by DCBryan1 (No realli, moose bytes can be quite nasti!!)
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To: InsidiousMongo

The first Badger flew in 1952 in the USSR.

On the other hand, the first B-52 ALSO flew in 1952...


11 posted on 08/13/2013 4:42:30 PM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

I bet you want me to tell you where John Wayne's house is! Dont ya!?

12 posted on 08/13/2013 4:46:47 PM PDT by DCBryan1 (No realli, moose bytes can be quite nasti!!)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Looks like the B1B without the VG...


13 posted on 08/13/2013 4:46:56 PM PDT by freedumb2003 ("Task" is a noun. "Ask" is a verb. "Disconnect" is a noun. "Data" is a plural-not collective-noun.)
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To: DCBryan1

Nicely played!


14 posted on 08/13/2013 4:48:59 PM PDT by null and void (Frequent terrorist attacks OR endless government snooping and oppression? Soon we'll have both!)
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To: DCBryan1
"We should sell Hawaii to the Chinese to pay off our debt. Fair trade IMHO.....less Commie house members and 2 less commie Senators".

From what I hear most of the people there (Hawaii) are Chinese anyway...!

15 posted on 08/13/2013 4:52:08 PM PDT by unread
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To: InsidiousMongo

Not new at all. Difference with this one, a bit, is that its a new airframe so they will be in the picture for sometime more.
And some more range.

The value of these is as anti-shipping strike I would think.

China already has substantial numbers of aircraft with this mission, again this isn’t new, whats interesting is the current fleet with that task is getting old so they are refreshing them, so the strategic thinking is not changing.

That would be a classic weapon of the “jeune ecole” school of naval warfare (along with submarines), as opposed to the “Mahan” school, where the point is not to secure control of the seas but to annoy whoever needs to control them. Pretty useful for interdicting commercial shipping to and from Chinas potential enemies on the Pacific Rim.


16 posted on 08/13/2013 4:58:35 PM PDT by buwaya
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To: null and void
nicely played

Hollis Wood: "Well let me Mr Hiney Kraut, I fought your kind before...in the BIG ONE....and we kicked the ever livin' shit out of ya!....(singing) Over there....Over there....send the troops over there".

17 posted on 08/13/2013 4:58:56 PM PDT by DCBryan1 (No realli, moose bytes can be quite nasti!!)
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To: InsidiousMongo
"How new is the TU-16 Badger design???

Badgers?! We don't need no stinking badgers!

18 posted on 08/13/2013 4:59:05 PM PDT by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: InsidiousMongo

55 to 60 years old. But then, that is the age of our B-52s.


19 posted on 08/13/2013 5:03:25 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Inside every liberal and WOD defender is a totalitarian screaming to get out.)
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To: null and void

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7O-SUEh-54


20 posted on 08/13/2013 5:04:24 PM PDT by DCBryan1 (No realli, moose bytes can be quite nasti!!)
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To: sukhoi-30mki
handley page photo: Handley Page Type O HandleyPageO400.jpg

Next thing you know, they'll be duct taping gas cans to Handley Page 400's.

21 posted on 08/13/2013 5:09:06 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: DCBryan1

Prune juice? A Warrior’s drink!


22 posted on 08/13/2013 5:09:36 PM PDT by null and void (Frequent terrorist attacks OR endless government snooping and oppression? Soon we'll have both!)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Sure, with the help of Obama and Hillary, I am sure they can reach DC itself.


23 posted on 08/13/2013 5:21:38 PM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

If they attack us who will buy their worthless crap? I wouldn’t worry too much about it.

More likely China and Japan are going to mix it up over the Sepeku Islands or whatever they are called.


24 posted on 08/13/2013 5:33:27 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

boy you can always tell a commie airplane.


25 posted on 08/13/2013 5:47:28 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Does it have those business class cubicles? You have to have those now to fly over the Pacific.


26 posted on 08/13/2013 5:48:10 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: sukhoi-30mki

“We all live in a yellow Chinese Bomber
A yellow Chinese Bomber.....a yellow Chinese Bomber”


27 posted on 08/13/2013 5:49:41 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: sukhoi-30mki

“requires a smaller crew” oompa loompa sized?


28 posted on 08/13/2013 5:53:46 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Ahhhhhh....those tricky Chinese. They bought all The Flying Bananas from the old Hughes airline.


29 posted on 08/13/2013 5:54:46 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Yellow camouflage......yes.......works great if the sky was made of Mountain Dew.


30 posted on 08/13/2013 5:57:10 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: blueunicorn6
Yellow camouflage......

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6Pr-7Ra5Os

31 posted on 08/13/2013 6:03:36 PM PDT by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: DCBryan1

Good one!


32 posted on 08/13/2013 6:29:58 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (I'm so conservative I won't even wear progressive bifocals.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Don`t reach Hawaii coz
the Japanese tourists will reach Bejing


33 posted on 08/13/2013 6:31:06 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 (("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.))
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To: InsidiousMongo

“How old is the Tu-16 design?”

Roughly as old as the C-130, which is still in production too.


34 posted on 08/13/2013 6:36:35 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: DCBryan1

Hawaii is in the middle of the pacific and absolutely essential as a forward military base of operations.


35 posted on 08/13/2013 7:13:52 PM PDT by staytrue
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To: staytrue

ya think?


36 posted on 08/13/2013 7:34:25 PM PDT by DCBryan1 (No realli, moose bytes can be quite nasti!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Did the sequester shut down all our radar sets?

Our radar operators would need to wear sunglasses when they painted that aircraft.

Oddly enough that aircraft could be quite effective in a first strike scenario. In peacetime our adversaries, as we, also fly sorties in international airspace toward our potential foes. This is for training and to see the response of our potential foes. We do not shoot them down as they do not shoot ours down in international waters. The TU-16 can carry stand off weapons i.e. cruise missiles.

A group of TU-16s with nuclear armed cruise missiles could take out our Pacific Fleet that is on the surface, in short order. We would not know the difference between a routine sortie and a first strike until they launched their missiles. If their "routine sorties" included low level penetration runs we might not even know until well after the launch of the cruise missiles that will be flying low low low above the ocean.

The Tu-16 is not a sophisticated aircraft. The Tu -16 is cheap. The Tu-16 can carry very sophisticated weapons and release them to do their havoc. Sometimes cheap is good military policy.

37 posted on 08/13/2013 8:40:15 PM PDT by cpdiii (Deckhand, Roughneck, Mud Man, Geologist, Pilot, Pharmacist. THE CONSTITUTION IS WORTH DYING FOR!)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

BTTT


38 posted on 08/16/2013 5:55:57 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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