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XAC (Xian) H-6 Badger strategic bomber
« on: August 14, 2017, 12:01:17 AM »
From: ausairpower.net

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Strike Variant Background
The PLA's principal strategic strike aircraft is the Xian H-6/B-6 Badger, which compares closely in size and performance to the long retired RAF V-bombers. It is credited with a combat radius of 1,300 to 1,800 NMI (2,400 - 3,300 km).

China has had a long love affair with this Tupolev designed offspring of Boeing's B-29. During the 1960s Xian (Harbin) reverse engineered the Tu-16K Badger A/B [More ...] to provide a nuclear strike force, with most of the currently cited inventory of around 120 PLA-AF H-6E/I and 30 PLA-N H-6D Badgers built between 1968 and 1990.


Xian H-6K Turbofan Badger cruise missile carrier (Xian).
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New build Xian H-6M Badger cruise missile carrier (Xian).

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Re: XAC (Xian) H-6 Badger strategic bomber
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2017, 12:01:59 AM »
Can China’s New Strategic Bomber Reach Hawaii? | The Diplomat - August 13, 2013

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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.”

http://thediplomat.com/2013/08/can-chinas-new-strategic-bomber-reach-hawaii/

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Re: XAC (Xian) H-6 Badger strategic bomber
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2017, 12:04:11 AM »
From IHS Jane's 360

China's H-6K bomber shows new strike capabilities - 09 January 2017
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Images posted in Chinese online forums in late December 2016 show for the first time a Xian Aircraft Corporation (XAC) H-6K bomber carrying what appear to be six 250 kg bombs on each of its six under-wing pylons for a total of 36 bombs: a new demonstration of the aircraft's strike capabilities.

First revealed in 2007, the Aviadvigatel D-30KP turbofan-powered H-6K was developed to primarily carry under its wings six nuclear/non-nuclear CJ-10A (KD-20) land-attack cruise missiles, each of which has a maximum range of 2,200 km, according to IHS Jane's Weapons: Air-Launched.

Although it is not clear whether the bombs shown in the recently published images are precision guided, IHS Jane's understands that the H-6K's optical targeting system could support such weapons.


A Chinese air force H-6K bomber carrying what appear to be six bombs on each of its six under-wing pylons. (Via Weibo)

Images indicate possible precision-guided version of China's KD-20 LACM - 10 August 2017

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In mid-July the 'Blue Sky' web page, sponsored by the Society of the People's Liberation Army Air Force, featured an image of a Xian Aircraft Corporation H-6K bomber being loaded with two KD-20 and two YJ-63/KD-63 LACMs in which the KD-20s appear to have a protective cover partially covering their nose. This feature is used on some missiles to protect their optical or infrared (IR) seeker windows while in storage or being loaded.

The PLAAF's possible use of a new terminally guided version of the KD-20, perhaps designated the KD-20A, was first suggested by PLAAF analyst Hui Tong in his English- and Chinese-language blogs. He has also noted that as early as 2013, the PLAAF had upgraded the original 180-200 km-range KD-63 TV-based terminal guidance system with a model based on an imaging IR (IIR) seeker.


An image appearing on the PLAAF-affiliated 'Blue Sky' website showing a Xian H-6K bomber being loaded with two KD-20 LACMs with nose covers: an indication it uses an optical seeker. Source: Blue Sky web page

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Re: XAC (Xian) H-6 Badger strategic bomber
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2018, 01:02:04 PM »
PLAN deploys H-6G bomber in electronic warfare configuration | Janes - 25 January 2018
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Equipped with an electronic countermeasure (ECM) pod underneath each of its wings, the aircraft was despatched by the PLAN’s South China Sea Fleet on exercises in December 2017, marking the first time that the bomber played a supporting electronic warfare role, the state-owned Global Times newspaper reported on 21 January, citing a China Central Television (CCTV) programme.

“The modified H-6G fitted with ECM pods can engage in combat missions using electronic jamming, suppression, and anti-radiation [measures],” the paper quoted the CCTV programme as saying, adding that China’s JH-7 fighter-bomber has also been seen carrying such ECM pods in PLA Air Force exercises.

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Re: XAC (Xian) H-6 Badger strategic bomber
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2018, 08:08:41 PM »
Show of force? China lands bombers on South China Sea airfield | Defense news
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In a media release, the Chinese Ministry of National Defense said several bombers of various types, including the improved Xian H-6K, carried out landing and take offs at an island airfield following simulated strikes on targets at sea.

Video released by the ministry showed the bombers from the 36th Bomber Division of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force or PLAAF carrying out touch and go landings as well as missed approaches on the airfield. Based on the runway orientation and other infrastructure seen in the video, Defense News has verified that airfield is at Woody Island in the Paracels chain, and not the airfields China has built on the reclaimed islands in the disputed Spratly Islands further south.

The 36th Bomber Division is assigned to the Northern Theater Command and is based at airfields in northern Shaanxi Province although the ministry said that the aircraft operated out of an airfield in southern China for this exercise. The division’s home bases are approximately 1,200 miles from Woody Island, within the reported 2,200-mile combat radius of the H-6K.

The H-6K is an upgraded variant of the H-6, which is itself originally a Chinese-built version of the 1950s-era Soviet Tupolev Tu-16 Badger. The H-6K has been re-engined with Chinese-built versions of the Russian D-30KP low-bypass turbofans and improved avionics that include a new indigenously-developed radar and is used primarily as a cruise missile carrier in PLAAF service, utilizing the KD-20 or KD-63 cruise missiles on six wing hardpoints.

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The new variant, known as the H-6N, will be an improved H-6K fitted with air-to-air refuelling capability. Flight tests of the H-6N are currently said to be in progress, with unverified photos posted on the Chinese internet showing prototype aircraft in flight. Taken together, an air-refuellable bomber and a nuclear capable air-launched ballistic missile will significantly improve China’s modest nuclear capability, which is built around a retaliatory doctrine backed by a longstanding pledge of no-first-use.

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From: Air Recognition - 21 May 2018
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Several H-6Ks from an unidentified aviation division, headed by division commander Hao Jianke, took off from an undisclosed air base in South China and made a simulated strike against sea targets before landing on an island in the South China Sea, according to a statement published by the Air Force on Friday.

The aircraft then conducted takeoff drills using the island's airport, the statement said. It noted the operation provided experience for Air Force bomber units to use islands as their bases. The division involved in the exercise has taken part in patrols over the western Pacific Ocean, South China Sea and plateaus, according to the Air Force.

The statement quoted Wang Mingliang, a researcher at the PLA Air Force Command College, as saying that takeoff and landing exercises on islands in the South China Sea will help the Air Force strengthen its combat capability to deal with marine security threats.

Wang Yanan, editor of Aerospace Knowledge, told China Daily that after the Air Force's bombers are able to be deployed on islands in the South China Sea, their operational range as well as China's maritime defense parameters will be tremendously extended, adding to existing prowess to deter any plots to compromise China's territorial integrity from the sea.


A PLAAF H-6K bomber during an exercise (Credit: Xinhua)
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Re: XAC (Xian) H-6 Badger strategic bomber
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2018, 10:31:35 AM »
China’s PLANAF acquires new variant of H-6 strategic bomber | Janes - 11 October 2018
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A new variant of the Xian Aircraft Corporation (XAC) H-6 long-range, anti-ship cruise missile (ASCM)-carrying bomber appears to have entered service with the People’s Liberation Army Navy Air Force (PLANAF).

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Although the design of the H-6 is derived from the Soviet-era Tupolev Tu-16 ‘Badger’, which China started to licence-build in 1959, new airframes of the bomber continue to be built by XAC.