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Different pylon adapters on H-6J suggest some combat tactics:
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.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 question, Deino.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.
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: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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(to be continued due to the limit in the number of images)