H-6K greatly enhance China’s long-range air strike capability (Figure)
online circulation of the new H-6 long-range bombers Data Figure: Russian D-30KP-2 engines
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H – 6 is active only in the Chinese Air Force long-range bomber, because of its large payload, range far been regarded as China’s most important space-based strategic assault force. According to Canada, “Chinese Defense Review,” recently reported that there are indications that the number of H-6 in recent years to reduce the number of service, which may indicate that the Chinese Air Force is working to reduce the bomber scale.
“by machine efficiency” in progress
“Chinese and” citing U.S. satellite photographs speculation, the Chinese strategic direction bomber division is quietly cutting equipment, some of the H-6 was parked on the airport is now difficult to see their shadow. But accordingly finds that China’s combat air force bombing down probably debatable, because China is more advanced H-6K bombers fitted out. According to “Chinese and” analysis of China’s H-6K is very high regard, its fuselage and nose are often wrapped in canvas, very little truth to it can be seen showing off. According to fragmentary information, Western analysts to determine the H-6K follows the old-fashioned H-6, although the basic layout, but the elimination of the latter the head of a transparent navigation module and replace it with a large radome, the external aerodynamic smoother . H-6K’s cockpit has been redesigned from the original six-member crew was reduced to four units, all located in the nose and cockpit crew members, the use of front-row arrangement, and the United States and Russia Figure B-1B – 160 strategic bombers the same.
more importantly, the H-6K with a large number of new materials and new technology, not only to enhance the body’s life, but also significantly improve the ability of carrying missiles. Allegedly, under the wings of the aircraft on each side have three plug-in points, plug-in capacity of three times the old-fashioned H-6, plus retain the belly tank shells, the maximum payload of up to 10 tons.
“Chinese and” that the H-6K will not continue to mount regular bomb, but the change to long-range cruise missiles as the main means of attack, and attack power have the ability to survive a leap in improvement. Evident that China cut the number of bombers, mainly out of service for many years, old-fashioned H-6C/D aircraft, and gradually to more advanced H-6K to replace; although the number is not “one” to replace, but the performance of the H-6K much stronger, China’s long-range attack bomber falling instead of rising.
buy the engine just in case
of the bombers, the power plant performance to determine their technical and tactical quality is the key. According to Russia’s “military industrial complex” website message, the H-6K’s power plant is no longer the old turbojet engine, but Russia’s Saturn research consortium produced D-30KP-2 turbofan engine. Compared with the former, D-30KP-2 reduce the weight of a ton, “which means that the H-6K can carry more weapons or fuel.” Moreover, D-30KP-2 thrust greater overhaul interval longer (about 3000 hours), the H-6K has received a range of about 8000 km, a true sense of the strategic bombers.
“military industrial complex” web site also said that Russia has so far delivered 36 sets of Chinese D-30KP-2 engines, enough to guarantee the production of the H-6K, “2012, Saturn will also research consortium China delivered 19 units to the engine. ” Some observers believe that, taking into account the production of the H-6K is slow, so many D-30KP-2 engines is clearly impossible, so China may be some of the D-30KP-2 engines as a reserve, just in case.
continuous production H-6, have deep meaning
According to “Chinese and” analysis, the reason why China has maintained 50 years ago, H-6 production line design, is based on many considerations: First, there is no better choice, China has not yet developed a new strategic bomber, to maintain production line to manufacture a modified version of the H-6K, to ensure the continued long-range strike capability file; two by maintaining the production line to ensure the loss of skilled workers do not, or will even developed a new bomber, it is difficult to quickly put into production; third is the accumulation of experience, the training team – only to maintain H-6 production lines in order to develop staff to gain valuable practical experience, to promote the new machine type of development.
the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) previously published a research report that the Chinese Air Force is working to become a strategic force, seeks to have a strong “anti-intervention/Area Denial” capacity. “China’s Air Force that its present equipment JH-7, Su-30MKK attack aircraft flight can only meet the” first island chain ‘within the operational needs, it is difficult to adapt to long-range assault missions. H-6, although with a larger range, but its basic design is too old, even after a substantial improvement of the H-6K can not be comparable to similar U.S. Air Force equipment, so China is pressing for a new generation of strategic bombers. ”