China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has deployed for the first time its Xian Aircraft Corporation H-6G bomber in an electronic warfare configuration as part of recent “combat manoeuvres”, according to Chinese state-owned media.
Equipped with an electronic countermeasure (ECM) pod underneath each of its wings, the aircraft was despatched by the PLAN’s South China Sea Fleet on exercises in December 2017, marking the first time that the bomber played a supporting electronic warfare role, the state-owned Global Times newspaper reported on 21 January, citing a China Central Television (CCTV) programme.
“The modified H-6G fitted with ECM pods can engage in combat missions using electronic jamming, suppression, and anti-radiation [measures],” the paper quoted the CCTV programme as saying, adding that China’s JH-7 fighter-bomber has also been seen carrying such ECM pods in PLA Air Force exercises.
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