China's airborne ballistic missile launch

China's airborne ballistic missile launch

The images appeared in a popular Chinese military magazine for the first time revealed the type of air launched ballistic missiles (ALBM) of the country.

The new issue of the Modern Ships magazine appeared on the cover of a photo of a Chinese H-6N bomber carrying an ALBM rocket mounted below the abdomen.

China's airborne ballistic missile launch
China's airborne ballistic missile launch
Photo: Sputnik

The images show that the aircraft's central tower could be equipped with "large outer objects". But observers have found an incredible similarity between this weapon and the Dong Feng-15 ballistic missile that has been in service with the Chinese military's missile force (PLARF).

Around the world, only one other ALBM model is being used: Russia's Kinzhal supersonic missile, launched in 2017 and equipped with MiG-31 interceptors.

According to Sputnik, the United States and Britain have tried to develop an ALBM rocket that works on the Bold Orion project and the GAM-87 Skybolt rocket. Although the program led to the launch of Polaris submarine ballistic missiles, used by the Royal Navy for nuclear shields at sea for decades, the Pentagon abandoned the project. ALBMs due to intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) become a more viable option for nuclear response.

A rare video of a US Air Force B-58 Hustler bomber testing an ALBM rocket in the late 1950s.

Four years after the US on its nuclear program, the Soviet Union never considered developing ALBM but immediately developed ICBM.

When the new H-6N refining version of China's H-6K bomber was launched in September, experts quickly realized that the fighter's bomb bay seemed to be removed for partial replacement. External hard drive compatible with aircraft configuration.

China's airborne ballistic missile launch
China's airborne ballistic missile launch
Photo: Huitong's CMA-Blog

Another possible feature for the external attachment could be the lifting of a new supersonic drone that emerged during the 70th anniversary of China's Independence Day on October 1.

China's nuclear stockpiles have never been as large as those of Russia and the United States. The US Defense Intelligence Agency estimates that Beijing owns only 290 nuclear warheads and has 90 ICBM missiles on the PLARF payroll. Meanwhile, Washington has up to 6,185 nuclear weapons, although more than half are not ready for immediate use, according to statistics of the American Association of Scientists.

In the Pentagon's China Power report last year, the Office of the Secretary of Defense noted that an ALBM test code codenamed CH-AS-X-13 in January 2018 could use a modified version of the Dong Feng-21 medium-range ballistic missile, with an increased range of 3,057 – 4,023km. Among other customized versions of the DF-21 is an anti-ship ballistic missile, serving Beijing's strategy to counter US naval power with effective and effective "anti-ship killer" weapons. cheaper.

The Pentagon's China Strength Report last May emphasized that China may be developing a second ALBM missile to have a nuclear warhead. US authorities believe, it is likely that Beijing is refining both DF-15 and DF-21 missiles to be able to launch from H-6N bombers.

Tuấn Anh

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