Images have emerged on Chinese social media showing a Xian H-6N strategic bomber featuring a serial number: a confirmation that this aircraft variant is officially in service with China's People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF).
The serial number adheres to the format '55x3x', which corresponds to a new bomber unit operating under the PLA's Central Theatre Command (CTC).
No details were provided as to exactly when and where the images were taken but they are believed to be related to rehearsals for a military parade set to take place on 1 October to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.
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