China’s bomber could reach Malacca Strait, says ex­pert

Global Times - Weekend - - NATION - By Deng Xiaoci

Chi­nese bombers in­clud­ing the H-6K have the ca­pa­bil­ity to cruise Malacca Strait, mil­i­tary an­a­lysts said af­ter re­ports stat­ing that China’s Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army Air Force car­ried out land­ing and tak­ing-off drills on some is­lands in the South China Sea.

Lan Shun­zheng, a mil­i­tary re­searcher, made the state­ment in an in­ter­view with the Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Daily pub­lished on Fri­day.

“It will be no prob­lem for H-6K to cruise the Malacca Strait, if tak­ing off from Chi­nese air­ports in South China,” Lan said.

The PLA air force an­nounced on Sina Weibo on May 18 that it had de­ployed sev­eral bombers in­clud­ing H-6K, and car­ried out land­ing and tak­ing-off drills at an uniden­ti­fied is­land air­field in “south­ern sea area” af­ter car­ry­ing out sim­u­lated strike train­ing on tar­gets at sea.

“PLA air force’s drills sig­nify that it al­ready has the ca­pa­bil­ity to cover the whole South China Sea, in­clud­ing ev­ery na­tion in the re­gion, way be­yond merely the Malacca Strait,” Song Zhong­ping, a mil­i­tary ex­pert and TV com­men­ta­tor, told the Global Times.

Min­istry of Na­tional De­fense spokesper­son Ren Guo­qiang said at a rou­tine press con­fer­ence on Thurs­day that the PLA air force will con­tinue to de­ploy planes to cir­cle Tai­wan, com­ment­ing on a re­cent de­ploy­ment of H-6K bombers to cruise the is­land at night on May 25.

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