H-6N Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2020 Maiden Flight: September 2019 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-6K 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-6N is a further development of the H-6K medium bomber modified to support firing of air-launched ballistic missiles (ALBMs). The H-6N internal weapons bay has been removed and the weaponry is carried utilizing external stations underneath its wings (six hard points) and belly (one hard point). Besides, the medium bomber might be intended to launch the DR-8 hypersonic reconnaissance drone as well as the new CH-AS-X-13 hypersonic cruise missile. The H-6N bomber existence was made public in September 2019 and will serve within the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) as a missile and drone launch platform starting in 2020 or 2021.
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Number of Engines: 2 Performance Radius of Operation: 4,000 kilometer (2,160 nautical mile)
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