And now it becomes even more clear why the CCP will continue its push to solidify the Asia-Pacific with artificial islands.
The ADIZ is the minimum requirement to be able to destroy strategic U.S. defenses on the periphery, enabling further airstrikes an exposed American mainland.
PLAN nuclear submarines will have already been on the American coastline hitting high priority targets (anti-aircraft defenses, nuclear deterrent, etc…) within minutes from California to Mississippi (or further), laying the groundwork for airstrikes on American soil.
China is in the process of updating its fleet of long-range heavy bombers and its newest H-6K should make the United States nervous, military expert David Axe argues.
The H-6K boasting nuclear strike capabilities made its maiden flight in 2007 and entered service with the People’s Liberation Army some two years later. At least two regiments of the Chinese Air Force are believed to be operating the H-6Ks at the moment.
“The H-6K is Beijing’s B-52 – a far-flying, fuel-efficient heavy bomber combining a simple, time-tested airframe with modern electronics and powerful, precision weaponry. Although to be fair, the B-52 flies much farther with more bombs and missiles,” he explained.
The strategic bomber could carry “12 tons of weapons, including up to six YJ-12 supersonic anti-ship missiles or CJ-20 subsonic land-attack cruise missiles, capable of striking targets 250 and 1,500 miles away, respectively,” the defense analyst noted. The aircraft’s combat radius is reported to be nearly 2,200 miles and could be significantly extended with mid-air refueling.
The plane is estimated to be capable of hitting targets in Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Guam, Hawaii and Alaska without leaving the air defense zone, the Military Today website reported.
Full article: China’s Newest Long-Range Heavy Bomber Should Unnerve US (Sputnik News)