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China lifted strategic bomber aviation into the air: practicing the destruction of conventional targets at sea


China has raised strategic Aviation PLA Air Force. According to recent reports, Chinese strategic bombers H-6K (a modernized copy of the Soviet Tu-16) took off from the Guangzhong airfield, located in central China. It is known that several such combat aircraft of the Chinese Air Force headed towards the East China and South China Seas.

The PLA Air Force command declares that flights of strategic bombers are included in the program of the launched summer period of combat training of the aviation corps of the Central Military Theater of the country's air force.
It is noted that the H-6K aircraft, having covered several thousand kilometers, attacked conditional targets at sea.

It is reported that the pilots practice destroying targets at different times of the day and in different weather conditions. In particular, difficult courses are deliberately selected for pilots in order to develop additional experience related to the operation of strategic bombers and their missile and bomb weapons in conditions of increased complexity.

The Chinese media report that the combat groups take off in a rotational version - several aircraft, having completed their combat training mission, return to the home base, and at that moment another group of strategic missile carriers is already in the air. It is noted that this was done in connection with several goals: the withdrawal of strategic aviation assets from strikes at home airfields, as well as in connection with the development of actions for incessant attacks on targets.

Trainings of this kind will take place within a few days. Experts believe that aircraft carrier strike groups are designated as conditional targets in the PRC Air Force.

For reference: H-6K aircraft are the backbone of the PLA Air Force's strategic aviation. They are powered by WS-18 engines. In fact, this is a Chinese version of the Soviet-developed D-30KP-2 engine. The combat load of the aircraft is about 12 tons, the combat radius is about 3 thousand km. According to some reports, several of these aircraft have recently been armed with aircraft-based DF-21 missiles.
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  1. svp67
    svp67 April 14 2021 16: 16
    Strong "hint" to Americans and Taiwanese
    1. tralflot1832
      tralflot1832 April 14 2021 16: 29
      There will be no "meenie strong answer" from Psaki that these flights pose a threat to democracy, and then I will completely agree with her! But I just don't understand when the "exceptional" are afraid, are they immortal? Or three days later, Muhamar and Comrade Xi will call about an offer of two-way meetings?
      1. Egoza
        Egoza April 14 2021 16: 58
        Quote: tralflot1832
        when the "exceptional" start to fear, are they immortal?

        Just in the remnants of the brain the signal "Caution! Danger! You will die!" atrophied. And the power button is jammed.
      2. nnm
        nnm April 14 2021 17: 23
        Yes, they just do not really understand what a war near home is. All the time they managed to avoid wars on their territory, so they consider themselves unattainable for everyone. We only got used to kindling wars on the territory of other states. And if they had their own Dresden or Hiroshima, you see, they would value the lives of other people more.
      3. Ryusey
        Ryusey April 15 2021 08: 59
        And what are they afraid of, a nation that has not won a single significant war in its history, is it ridiculous?
    2. xorek
      xorek April 14 2021 17: 47
      Quote: svp67
      Strong "hint" to Americans and Taiwanese

      It is for them that all this is designed .. They behave impudently there. hi
    3. Ryusey
      Ryusey April 15 2021 08: 58
      Smiled ...
  2. TerraSandera
    TerraSandera April 14 2021 16: 34
    Only old men go into battle. Well, maybe they will still solve the problem in engine building, but riveting new ones, in a short time, is not a problem for them.
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  4. Thrifty
    Thrifty April 14 2021 16: 42
    The Chinese need planes "more serious" since they do not rule out a war with Taiwan and the United States.
    1. donavi49
      donavi49 April 14 2021 18: 12
      Their PAK-DA is under development. And this is just a platform for weapons. As well as B-52 / Tu95.

      1. Marconi41
        Marconi41 April 14 2021 18: 21
        And their great-grandfather is all of them Tu-16.
        1. Piramidon
          Piramidon April 14 2021 20: 04
          Quote: Marconi41
          And their great-grandfather is all of them Tu-16.

          Good car. The Chinese have squeezed the maximum possible out of her. Enough for a war with Taiwan.
  5. rocket757
    rocket757 April 14 2021 17: 12
    They train, at the same time they send hints to the one who needs it.
    1. Ryusey
      Ryusey April 15 2021 09: 01
      Another "last Chinese" ...
      1. rocket757
        rocket757 April 15 2021 09: 13
        The game is going big, but China has time and patience, and they have everything in order with resources.
  6. faterdom
    faterdom April 14 2021 17: 26
    Simultaneously with Shoigu, that's what is funny for the chief executives.
    The nightmare of the Pentagon commanders is coming true.
  7. Andrey Korotkov
    Andrey Korotkov April 14 2021 17: 42
    Apparently, the aircraft were not badly modernized, the DF-21D missile ~ weight 15 tons, length 12 meters, diameter ~ 1,5 meters, range from 100 to 1450 km, ballistic.
    1. donavi49
      donavi49 April 14 2021 18: 16
      There is a separate version a la Dagger in the future with hypersound and other buns.

      1. OgnennyiKotik
        OgnennyiKotik April 14 2021 18: 21
        Interesting news appeared:

        The US Air Force "showed" the sixth generation fighter.

        In a public procurement report, the US Air Force showed a conceptual image of a sixth-generation fighter under the Next Generation Air Dominance program, United States Marine Corps (ILC) veteran Alex Hollings writes on the Sandboxx blog.

        The author notes that such a design is typical for aircraft created by Northrop Grumman, which, in particular, developed a prototype of the first fifth-generation fighter YF-23, which lost in the competition to the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor, and has now practically completed the creation of an unobtrusive strategic bomber B-21 Raider.

        The publication notes that the new images are slightly different from those published in September 2020, in particular the "more triangular" shape of the fighter.
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      3. Andrey Korotkov
        Andrey Korotkov April 14 2021 18: 51
        Quote: donavi49
        There is a separate version a la Dagger in the future with hypersound and other buns.

        hi ATP for the photo. Exactly yes both our and Chinese missiles have land parents, DF21D continued Dongfeng21 range, although the anti-ship missiles have decreased, I think it is due to the complexity of guidance (sea targets).
  8. iouris
    iouris April 14 2021 22: 06
    This is naval aviation, not strategic.
  9. NF68
    NF68 April 16 2021 16: 12
    Nice hint.