Skip to comments.H-6K can strike regional targets without leaving Chinese airspace
Posted on 12/26/2013 8:34:58 PM PST by sukhoi-30mki
The People's Liberation Army's H-6K strategic bomber can attack the Japanese mainland with CJ-10 cruise missiles without even leaving Chinese airspace, reports the Kanwa Defense Review run by Andrei Chang also known as Pinkov, a military analyst based in Canada.
China had no real nuclear projection capability until H-6K entered service with the PLA Air Force, Kanwa's report said. H-6K bombers have already been deployed with the 8th and 10th air divisions of the PLA Air Force. However, strategic bombers alone can not help China penetrate enemy defenses using surface-to-air missiles. For this reason, the long-range cruise missile has become a crucial part of China's nuclear arsenal.
With a range of between 1,500 and 2,000 kilometers, the CJ-10 meets the requirements of the PLA Air Force to possess the capability to launch strategic missile attacks against US military facilities and those of its allies in the Western Pacific. All major cities in India are also within range if the H-6K launches the missile from Tibet.
In a potential war against Southeast Asian neighbors over territories in the South China Sea, the CJ-10 could be launched directly against Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines from the airspace of China's southern island province of Hainan. Although the bomber and cruise missile lack the range to attack Russia's largest cities, they pose a major threat to Russian cities in the Far East. An H-6K taking off from the air base of the PLA's 10th air division in Anqing, Anhui province, would be able to strike at all US military bases in South Korea.
If the bomber were commanded to attack Japan's main island of Honshu, the best choice from which to launch the CJ-10 missile would be the airspace of the Shandong peninsula at a distance of 1,700 kilometers, the article said, while Heilongjiang province in northeastern China is only 1,100 kilometers from the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.
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Why is the Chinese variant slower and much shorter ranged than the Old Russian Badger that it essentially is? Engines? Anyone know?
My guess is the engines. The PRC has long had problems in that area.
Probably because the engines are made in China. China uses russian engines in their stealth fighter because the chinese copies of the same russian engines will not perform as well as the russian made ones.
Makes sense. I was about to make fun of a 1959 design,, then I remembered the B-52. Don’t like communist air forces. But that’s a clean looking airframe. Aesthetically pleasing.
Something about those jet designs from the 50s that really looks good. So many from that era just “look right”. (To paraphrase Kelly Johnson)
That looks like 60’s-70’s technology on the outside
in service in no other country save PRC.
The Brits had one in 1949
I know what you mean. So many designs from the era, as you said, “look right.” Very clean lines and proportions that, on a visceral level, “feel” right.
Something about those jet designs from the 50s that really looks good. So many from that era just look right. (To paraphrase Kelly Johnson) (?)
Yes, They could launch an attack on Japan but what would the Japanese do in responce? I know what Obama would do—Go to the UN and write China a letter—strongly worded. I believe the Japanese naval units would slap a blockcade on China and sink any ships coming in and going out—and blast their rocket stations. The Japanese would go nuclear in a week!
It’s a Russian Tu-16
Do the Japanese have nucs now?
The newer H-6K uses the same Russian made engines used on the IL-76, so it has a combat radius of 3,000-3,500 km.
Yeah, spread all over the pacific and headed our way on the left coast.
Thanks for the information.
LOL, yes, but I was thinking more of the stuff that makes mushroom clouds.