A video showing a Chinese H-6N strategic bomber landing while purportedly carrying an air-launched ballistic missile (ALBM) was released on the social media.
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The new H-6N is the latest entry to China’s H-6 bomber family, with many improvements compared to its predecessor H-6K. The major structural differences are the nose-mounted in-flight refueling (IFR) probe and the elimination of the under-side bomb bay to accommodate large missiles, such as ALBMs, externally.
The new missile, referred to as CH-AS-X-13 by the U.S. intelligence agencies, is an anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBM) intended to provide a capability to attack a moving aircraft carrier strike group or even land-based mobile launchers from a standoff distance. The Chinese designation of the new missile is not known.
The solid fuel air-to-surface missile (ASM) will have an operational range of around 3,500-4,500 kilometers and is reportedly capable of reaching Mach 5+ speeds at high altitudes.
China started the development of the new missile in 2016 and it is expected to enter service with the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) by 2025.