H-6 Bomber Aircraft Discussions


Deino

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Guys .. again! We have a dedicated thread for regular bomber mission and operations so please leave this thread for the H-6 only.

By the way, can anyone help with a direct link to this image??
At navy.81.cn I wasn't able to find it and a Google search was also not successful.

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by78

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By the way, can anyone help with a direct link to this image??
At navy.81.cn I wasn't able to find it and a Google search was also not successful.

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You already have the largest version.

81.cn is notorious for tiny, poor quality images. Unfortunately, unlike Sina, many images from 81.cn lack higher-quality originals.
 

Deino

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Two new images showing H-6N '55031' assigned to the Central Theater Command's bomber brigade during take off.

(Images via wuxi757 at the CJDBY-Forum)

H-6N 55031 - CTC bomber brigade - take off - 1.jpgH-6N 55031 - CTC bomber brigade - take off - 2.jpg
 

xyqq

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For the first time a clear and not censored image of a H-6J assigned to the STC Independent Bomber Regiment was revealed.

(Image by saga522_FIA桂系 at Weibo via Huitong's CMA-Blog)


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Different pylon adapters on H-6J suggest some combat tactics:

H-6J-adapters.jpg

Faster and longer-range YJ-12s (with identical pylon adapters on H-6M) are for the first-wave attack:

H-6&YJ-12-1.jpg

Slower and shorter-range missiles like YJ-63s (with heavier warheads) are for the second-wave attack:

YJ-63-XL.jpg
 
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Deino

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Different pylon adapters on H-6J suggest some combat tactics:

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Faster and longer-range YJ-12s (with identical pylon adapters on H-6M) are for the first-wave attack:

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Slower and shorter-range missiles like YJ-63s (with heavier warheads) are for the second-wave attack:

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Good idea... But why the KD-63, which is a land-attack cruise missile? AFAIK the AShM variant YJ-63 has been retired and replaced by the YJ-83K.
 

xyqq

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Good idea... But why the KD-63, which is a land-attack cruise missile? AFAIK the AShM variant YJ-63 has been retired and replaced by the YJ-83K.
Good question, Deino.
In the original post, the air intake on YJ-63(XL) for training is not visible, making it look like its predecessor YJ-6. Yes, the older rocket-powered YJ-6 has been retired a long time ago.
YJ-6.jpg

YJ-6 is heavy with rocket motor and fuel. The first missile-carrier variant H-6D could only carry 2.
H-6D-YJ6.jpg

By the way, YJ-6 was exported to Iraq as C-601 with H-6D (four in total) in the 1980's, which damaged/sunk several supertankers during the Iran-Iraq war.
H-6D-iraq.jpg

YJ-63 is a newer turbojet-powered missile. Longer in range (>200KM) than its predecessor, YJ-63 is actually lighter. It was originally developed for the navy as an anti-ship missile with radar. PLAA likes its heavy warhead for land attack and had it converted into TV-guided KD-63. Here is the training version of it (K/AKD-63):
KD-63-training.jpg

KD-63 is still in service and often seen on H-6K:
H-6K-KD63.jpg

and H-6N:
H-6N-landing.jpg

(to be continued due to the limit in the number of images)
 

xyqq

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Good question, Deino.
In the original post, the air intake on YJ-63(XL) for training is not visible, making it look like its predecessor YJ-6. Yes, the older rocket-powered YJ-6 has been retired a long time ago.
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YJ-6 is heavy with rocket motor and fuel. The first missile-carrier variant H-6D could only carry 2.
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By the way, YJ-6 was exported to Iraq as C-601 with H-6D (four in total) in the 1980's, which damaged/sunk several supertankers during the Iran-Iraq war.
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YJ-63 is a newer turbojet-powered missile. Longer in range (>200KM) than its predecessor, YJ-63 is actually lighter. It was originally developed for the navy as an anti-ship missile with radar. PLAA likes its heavy warhead for land attack and had it converted into TV-guided KD-63. Here is the training version of it (K/AKD-63):
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KD-63 is still in service and often seen on H-6K:
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and H-6N:
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(to be continued due to the limit in the number of images)
For PLAN, YJ-63 is a little bit too bulky for warship and coastal-defense platforms. So YJ-63 was redesigned into the leaner YJ-62, which was used by land-based units:

YJ-62_Anti-ship_missiles.jpg

As well as on 052C destroyers:

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More recently, the navy may have replaced all YJ-63s with YJ-62s ("backward" upgrade) for its H-6 fleets.

H-6H&YJ-62.jpg

So the following is more accurate, thanks to Deino's question:

H-6J-adapters.jpg

H-6J uses faster YJ-12s for the first-wave attack and slower YJ-62s for the second-wave attack.
 
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