CHINA ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR NEXT-GEN STRATEGIC BOMBER

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Source: Quwa

The People Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF)’s commander, General Ma Xiaotian, confirmed to reporters the existence of a next-generation strategic bomber program (China Military).

“We are now developing a next-generation, long-range strike bomber that you will see some time in the future,” he told media representatives during the PLAAF open day.

It is expected that the next-generation bomber will replace the PLAAF’s legacy H-6s, which are locally built versions of the Soviet-era Tupolev Tu-16 Badger.

According to IHS Jane’s, there are roughly 120 H-6 bombers, of which are 13 of the latest H-6K make, which is longer range and more fuel-efficient than its older counterparts.

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