H-6 Bomber Aircraft Discussions


by78

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Where did you find this pic from? I don't think it is a bomb/missile, it doesn't have any kind of fins to guide it or anything. Space isn't an issue either so I don't think there would be any popout fins.

The attached cables make me think its some kind of EW pod or research/data gathering equipment, but that doesn't explain what the pointy thing coming out the end is. Maybe some kind of measurement probe? If only we had a pic from the backside...

I think you are onto something. It could be a device that simulates a munition, and the 'probe' in the back could actually be a data antenna that beams data back to the bomber or a ground station. By the way, the image is from 81.cn.
 

Deino

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I think you are onto something. It could be a device that simulates a munition, and the 'probe' in the back could actually be a data antenna that beams data back to the bomber or a ground station. By the way, the image is from 81.cn.


IMO a practice pod to simulate the KD-63B
 

xyqq

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After take-off, an H-6h started to retract its main landing gears quite some time after nose wheels were stored.

H-6H-gear.jpg

Almost all the planes retract/lower nose and main gears simultaneously, but H-6 is an exception. Once in the air, an H-6 retracts its nose gear but leaves the main gears in the landing position for another 10-15 seconds.

h-6k-gear-up.jpg
 

xyqq

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This is probably for safety purposes (e.g., the plane hits a bird and needs to make an emergency landing), as it takes much longer for an H-6 to retract and lower its main gears than the nose gear. The following screenshots of a video showing an H-6K taking off from a Russian airport during Aviadarts 2019 delineate the timeline.

5:19 The plane got off the ground

H-6K-gear0.jpg

5:20 It started to retract the nose gear

H-6K-gear1.jpg

5:23 Nose wheels stored

H-6K-gear2.jpg

5:33 Main gears still in the landing position

H-6K-gear4.jpg

5:38 Main gears moving

H-6K-gear3.jpg

5:53 Main wheels stored

H-6K-gear5.jpg

It took the H-6K about 3 seconds to retract its nose gear. Then, the plane waited for around 15 seconds before retracting its main gears, which took another 15 seconds or so. This led to a 30-second interval between nose wheel storage and main wheel storage.

In case something happened during the take-off, the pilots would just have to lower the nose gear quickly for an emergency landing. When the plane gained enough altitude after retracting its main gears, it would have enough time to lower them again and return to the airport.

Nevertheless, it is not clear whether the pilots controlled the nose and main gears separately, or the procedure is automatically programmed into the control system based on the lessons learned from previous incidents.
 
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"The air forces of China and Russia held their 2nd joint aerial strategic patrol in the Asia-Pacific region on December 22...China sent four H-6K bombers to form a joint formation with two Tu-95 bombers from the Russian side to conduct the joint patrol in relevant airspace over the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea"

H-6K-joint.jpg
 

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"The air forces of China and Russia held their 2nd joint aerial strategic patrol in the Asia-Pacific region on December 22...China sent four H-6K bombers to form a joint formation with two Tu-95 bombers from the Russian side to conduct the joint patrol in relevant airspace over the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea"

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We need pictures of the planes together !
 

asif iqbal

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2021 I hope to see H20

however it will be towards the end of the decade by the time China truly masters the force like the global strike command

night time refuelling over the sea H20 and Y20U will show China has achieved it

and keeping a force of 4-6 x H20 in the air for 24 hours around the clock with Y20U tankers taking turns to refuel days/night

it will be a long few years before that happens

China needs to work hard in this area
 

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