Xian H-6 (bomber & strike variants)

The Xian H-6 strategic bombers together with the use of air-launched cruise missiles (ALCM) give China another nuclear deterrence vector. These bombers are a license-built version of the Soviet Tupolev Tu-16 “Badger A” twin-engined jet bomber and entered service with the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) in 1969 and with the PLA Navy Air Force (PLANAF) since 1975. From then onwards, many variants have entered service for specific tasks as conventional bomber (H-6/6C/6F/6K), nuclear bomber (H-6A/6E/6N), reconnaissance aircraft (H-6B), maritime strike aircraft (H-6D/6J), EW & C3 aircraft (H-6G), cruise missile carrier (H-6H/6M), air refueler (HY-6/6U/6D/6DU) and electronic warfare aircraft (HD-6). In these more than 50 years of operational life, it is estimated that around 250 H-6 aircraft have been manufactured, of which there are currently (2024) more than 200 in service.

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Country of origin



Xian Aircraft Industrial Corporation


Bomber aircraft

Entered service



4 to 6

Combat weight

Maximum: from 75,800 to 95,000 kg

Dimensions (length x wingspan x height)

34.80 x 33.00 x 10.35 meters

Wing area

164.65 m2

Power plant

H-6A/B/C/D/E/F/G: 2 x Xian Wopen WP8 turbojets, 93.17 kN dry thrust each
H-6H/J/K/M/N: 2 x Soloviev D-30KP-2 turbojets, 117.68 kN dry thrust each

Power, (total)

H-6A/B/C/D/E/F/G: 186.34 kN (99,505 hp)
H-6H/J/K/M/N: 235.36kN (125,682 hp)


Max.: from 992 to 1,050 km/h – Cruise: 768 km/h

Climb rate

1,140 meters per minute

Ceiling, (maximum)

From 12,000 to 12,800 meters


H-6A/B/C/D/E/F/G: 4,300 km – H-6H/J/K/M/N: 6,000 km

Combat radius

H-6A/B/C/D/E/F/G: 1,800 km – H-6H/J/K/M/N: 3,500 km


6 x 23 mm Nudelman-Rikhter NR-23 guns in twin turrets (older variants only)
H-6/6A: 3,000 kg of bombs in a ventral bomb bay
H-6K: 12,000 kg of ordnance in a ventral bomb bay and underwing hardpoints
H-6N: 18,000 kg of ordnance under fuselage and underwing hardpoints


Unguided type – Guided type: GB2A – GB5 – GB6 – CS/BBC5

Air-to-surface missiles

Type: CM-401 (ALBM) – CH-AS-X-13 (ALBM)

Anti-ship missiles

Type: C-101 – C-301 – C-601 – YJ-8 (C-801) – YJ-12 – YJ-62 – YJ-63 – YJ-83 (C-802) – YJ-100

Cruise missiles

type:CJ-100 (ALCM) – C-10K (LACM) – CJ-20 (LACM) – KD-20 (LACM) – KD-63 (LACM) – KD-88 (LACM)


About 250 of all variants