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Friday, February 20, 2015

Xi Jinping visit reveals H-6 bomber details

H-6K bomberOn 17 February a visit by Chinese Communist Party and People's Liberation Army (PLA) leader Xi Jinping to a bomber unit of the PLA Air Force (PLAAF) revealed new details of its latest Xian Aircraft Corporation (XAC) H-6K bomber.

As did his predecessors, Xi makes frequent visits to PLA units that are well covered by the Chinese media to stress the Party's control over the PLA. This visit occurred on the eve of the official Chinese New Year.

Xi visited a bomber unit outside the city of Xi'an operating three variants of the H-6 that have been in production since the late 1990s. They included the H-6H, which entered service in the late 1990s and is armed with two optically guided YJ-63/KD-63 land-attack cruise missiles (LACMs).

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