China’s H-6K bomber ex­pected to be armed with hy­per­sonic weapons

Global Times US Edition - - TOPNEWS - By Liu Xuanzun Page Ed­i­tor: dengx­i­[email protected]­al­times.com.cn

The main mis­sion ob­jec­tive of China’s H-6K bomber is to strike key strate­gic points deep within en­emy territorie­s, the state broad­caster re­vealed, lead­ing ex­perts to pre­dict that the war­plane could even­tu­ally be armed with hy­per­sonic weapons that can destroy hos­tile mil­i­tary hubs 3,000 kilo­me­ters away within min­utes.

To­gether with J-20 stealth fight­ers, H-6KS could dev­as­tate the en­emy’s fight­ing ca­pa­bil­ity even be­fore a war gets fully un­der­way, an­a­lysts said.

“In a war, our main ob­jec­tive is to launch at­tacks on an en­emy’s deep and vi­tal po­si­tions, par­a­lyz­ing their fa­cil­i­ties. This is what we es­pe­cially ex­cel at,” said H-6K pi­lot Li Ping, China Cen­tral Tele­vi­sion (CCTV) re­ported on Tuesday.

While the H-6K is not a stealth war­plane, nor does it have out­stand­ing speed to pen­e­trate deep into hos­tile ter­ri­tory, it is equipped with very ad­vanced weapons in­clud­ing air-launched cruise mis­siles, en­abling it to at­tack tar­gets far away, Wang Ya’nan, chief ed­i­tor of Aero­space Knowl­edge mag­a­zine, told the Global Times on Tuesday.

“The H-6K can re­main within a safe zone, launch its mis­siles that can reach tar­gets 2,000 kilo­me­ters away,” Wang said, not­ing that these mis­siles are dif­fi­cult to in­ter­cept due to their stealth ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

“With China de­vel­op­ing hy­per­sonic weapons [mis­siles that fly at least five times the speed of sound] in re­cent years, its at­tack range and speed could be­come even greater than a con­ven­tional cruise mis­sile, po­ten­tially ca­pa­ble of tak­ing out tar­gets deep within hos­tile territorie­s 3,000 kilo­me­ters away within just a few min­utes,” Wang pre­dicted.

As­sum­ing each H-6K can carry six mis­siles, 10 bombers can at­tack as many as 60 vi­tal mil­i­tary hubs, which could destroy the en­emy, he said.

The J-20 could part­ner with the H-6K and clear the sky by shoot­ing down hos­tile aerial hubs such as early warn­ing air­craft and tanker air­craft, while the H-6K will scorch land hubs such as com­mand cen­ters and mis­sile po­si­tions, ac­cord­ing to Wang.

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