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H-6J / H-6KH Maritime Air Strike

Newly emerging aircraft programs are always subject to some confusion, and this program is no exception. The confusion is complicated by the fact that not all illustrations are properly labeled. This new maritime strike bomber is distinguished by eight wing stations - four inboard stations for a large anti-shipping cruise missile, two further outboard for a smaller missile, and the two furthest outboard stations mounting self-defense electronic jamming pods. This configuration has been associated with both the H-6J and H-6KH designations, while photographs of other configurations have also been seen associated with these designations.

The H-6KH bomber is a newly developed and improved H-6K model developed by China. The first modified H-6KH flew for the first time in 2014, but little was subsequently heard of this designation. More recent reports cite an H-6J can carry seven YJ-12 supersonic anti-ship cruise missiles, with six under the wings and one in the weapon bay. The H-6J's weapon capacity is about twice that of the H-6G, with 50 percent gretaer combat radius to about 3,500 kilometers.

As a long-range missile attack aircraft dedicated to the Navy, the H-6KH aircraft carried YJ-12 supersonic long - range anti-ship missiles and its supporting equipment. The fire control system has greatly enhanced the Chinese Navys long-range precision strikes against the sea and other shores. China Aviation Industry Corporation under AVIC Xi'an Aircraft / 603 Shanghai has developed a new long-range missile attack aircraft for the Navy. It showed that XAC/603 was moving towards the development goal of H-6K serialization. It was reported that the main improvement of the H-6KH is the installation of YJ-12 supersonic long - range anti-ship missiles and a matching fire control system. For this reason, the H-6KH airborne fire control radar's sea attack mode has been strengthened, the fire control software has been upgraded, and a new data link had been installed.

Citing commercial satellite images, the Chinese media reported that four H-6Js were first spotted in a PLA Naval base in South China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in September 2018. Two self-defense electronic jamming pods on the wingtips are standard, and the nose chin also adds an identification friend or foe antenna.

New warplanes affiliated with the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy, including H-6G and H-6J bombers, recently conducted intensive round-the-clock drills in the South China Sea, China's Ministry of National Defense announced on 30 July 2020. This was the first time the Chinese military had officially revealed the H-6J bomber. During the drills, the warplanes under the PLA Southern Theater Command Navy Aviation Force successfully completed training exercises including takeoff and landing in daytime and nighttime, long-distance strike and attacks on surface targets, said Senior Colonel Ren Guoqiang, a Defense Ministry spokesperson, at a routine press conference. The drills were a routine arrangement in the annual schedule and contributed to the pilots' technique and tactical ability, as well as the troops' all-weather combat capabilities. The training subjects are very combat-oriented, and showed that the H-6J, which made its first public appearance, already had the capability to conduct all-weather combat missions and is also capable of accurately attacking moving maritime targets.

Wang Ya'nan, a Chinese aviation industry expert and chief editor of Aerospace Knowledge magazine, told the Global Times on 30 July 2020 that the Defense Ministry introduced the H-6 bombers' exercises in detail and demonstrated China's capabilities in safeguarding its national sovereignty and rights. It also showed that China's different variants in the H-6 series bombers have achieved all-weather combat capabilities, Wang said.

The PLA warplane exercises in the South China Sea came at a time when the US military has been stirring up trouble in the region with dual aircraft carrier exercises and frequent close-up reconnaissance with large reconnaissance aircraft on South China's coastal regions from the South China Sea. China did not hold the drills at the same time as the US aircraft carrier exercises, which showed restraint, but revealing the details of the drills showed the PLA's determination to safeguard China's core interests, Wang said, noting that the determination must be demonstrated by actual deeds.

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