Air-Launched Weapons

Chinese air-launched ballistic missile may enter service soon

06 November 2019

An article published in the Chinese bi-monthly magazine Modern Ships illustrating how a Xian H-6N strategic bomber would carry an air-launched ballistic missile (ALBM) may indicate that this capability is in the final stages of development, or may even have entered service.

The 1 November issue of the magazine shows on its cover a high-quality computer-generated (CG) image of an H-6N, the latest variant of the H-6 bomber, carrying an underslung missile. The cover features the headline ‘Bombers rule the waves’ and more CG images of the ALBM-carrying bomber are included inside the magazine.

Modern Ships is published by the Shipbuilding Information Centre, also known as the 714 Institute, under the state-owned shipbuilding conglomerate, China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC).

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