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Chinese Xian H-6N Twin-Engine Jet Bomber Spotted With What Seems To Be Hypersonic Missile

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Chinese Xian H-6N Twin-Engine Jet Bomber Spotted With What Seems To Be Hypersonic Missile

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Chinese Xian H-6N Twin-Engine Jet Bomber Spotted With What Seems To Be Hypersonic Missile

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A video circulating on social networks shows a Chinese Xian H-6N twin-engine jet bomber, with weapons that insiders from military circles claim are new hypersonic cruise missiles.

Footage of a large Xian H-6N bomber landing at the airport with a rocket placed under the fuselage appeared on social networks. Although the video is interesting regardless of the type of weapon of the bomber, since the new type of X-6 bomber debuted only last year, the analysis of the missile came to the conclusion that it is probably a hypersonic missile.

While military analysts have considered numerous possibilities that it could really be a hypersonic, anonymous insiders from the People’s Liberation Army claim that it is a hypersonic cruise missile, modified from the slower Changjian missile.

“Changjian-20 has existed for more than a decade. While other countries are racing to develop increasingly advanced defense systems and other hypersonic weapons, it was time for the Chinese Air Force to have an upgraded missile with an increased range of attack,” said one of the military sources.

“Currently, the Chinese air force is limited by the capabilities of its bombers. Of the H-6 bombers, only the H-6N variant can be refueled with airborne fuel, resulting in an obvious weakness in range. This forced the air force to upgrade the missile in order to alleviate the range problem,” the sources specified.

Another source from the military intelligence circles states that the weapon is “designed to compensate for the shortcomings of other projectiles, which are relatively slow, shorter range and less effective in piercing defensive shields.”

Chinese Xian H-6N Twin-Engine Jet Bomber Spotted With What Seems To Be Hypersonic Missile

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“This new missile can match similar weapons developed by Russia or the United States. But we still have to improve our bombers to reach their full potential.“

Some of the photos are from China’s Modern Ships publication.

Chinese Xian H-6N Twin-Engine Jet Bomber Spotted With What Seems To Be Hypersonic Missile

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