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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2013
Maiden Flight: January 2007
Total Production: ?
Origin: China
Corporations: Xian Aircraft Company (XAC)
Parent System: Tu-16
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1954
Maiden Flight: 27 April 1952
Total Production: 1,800
Family Members: H-6, H-6N and Tu-16
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Description: The Tupolev Tu-16 was a subsonic, twin-engine, turbojet-powered medium bomber developed in the 1950s by the extinct Soviet Union as a replacement to Tu-4 bomber. Nicknamed Badger by Western intelligence it was mass produced totaling between 1,500 to 1,800 aircraft including more than 100 license built aircraft in China under H-6 designation. Powered by two AM-3 turbojets each rated at 21,000-lb was able to develop a top speed of Mach 0.95. The Tu-16 Badger was introduced as a tactical and nuclear bomber but soon thereafter new variants were developed to serve as tanker, maritime patrol, reconnaissance, electronic intelligence and jammer aircraft. The Tu-16 medium bomber first flew in 1952 and its deployment within the Soviet Union Air Force began in 1954. It was actively used by the Soviets in Afghanistan. These aircraft are provided with AM-23 23mm cannon at the rear fuselage for self-defense purposes only. The surviving Tu-16 aircraft were retired from service in the early 2000s.

The H-6K is an outstanding upgraded version incorporating composite materials and state-of-the-art avionics which first flew in 2007 and entered service in 2013, some claim earlier in 2009. The H-6K bomber is powered by two Russian-made D-30KP turbofan engines and features longer range compared with previous H-6 aircraft. Besides, the K model features a full glass cockpit, a more powerful radar, larger air intakes, extra fuel capacity and six underwing pylons. The newest Chinese bombers are being equipped with CJ-10 nuclear-capable cruise missiles, YJ-100 long-range subsonic anti-ship missiles and YJ-12 supersonic anti-ship missiles. The H-6K is deemed by the People's Liberation Army (PLA) as a truly strategic bomber comparable to those operated by the United States and Russia.

H-6K Specifications

Crew: 4
External Stations: 6
Number of Engines: 2
Wing Area: 165 square meter (1,773 square foot)
Height: 10.4 meter (34.0 foot)
Length: 34.8 meter (114 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 23 millimeter
Wingspan: 33 meter (108 foot)
Ceiling: 12,800 meter (41,995 foot)
Max Range: 3,100 nautical mile (3,568 mile)
Radius of Operation: 3,500 kilometer (1,890 nautical mile)
Cruise Speed: 850 kph (459 KTAS)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 1,050 kph (567 KTAS)
Empty Weight: 37,200 kilogram (82,011 pound)
Max Takeoff Thrust: 52,896 pound (23,994 kilogram)
Max Takeoff Weight: 90,000 kilogram (198,413 pound)
Payload: 12,000 kilogram (26,455 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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H-6K News

There are 13 news between
4 Feb 2015 and 8 Nov 2019
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Friday, November 8, 2019Chinese H-6N Bomber ALBM Capability in Doubt
Tuesday, November 5, 2019China Developing Kinzhal Hypersonic Cruise Missile Analogue
Friday, January 4, 2019Chinese H-6K Bomber Drops Massive Bomb
Wednesday, October 10, 2018Chinese H-20 Bomber to Perform First Flight Soon
Thursday, August 2, 2018Chinese H-6K Bomber Testing New Hypersonic Anti-Ship Missile
Monday, May 21, 2018Chinese Air Force H-6K Bomber Lands on South China Sea Island
Wednesday, March 28, 2018PLAAF Deploys 12 H-6K Bombers for Remote Deployment
Tuesday, January 23, 2018Chinese J-20 Stealth Fighter Completes First Air Combat Exercise
Friday, February 17, 2017China Unveils Some Features of the H-20 Long Range Strike Bomber
Friday, September 9, 2016Aero Engine Corp of China To Develop Avanced Aviation Engines

Operators & Related Equipment

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Offensive Weapons
YJ-12 ARMx7
YJ-12 ASMx7
Propulsion Systems
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