Monday, July 4, 2022

China tested its most powerful non-nuclear weapon

China has tested the most powerful non-nuclear bomb in its arsenal, Chinese state media reported on 4 January. 

Accodring to a media reports, a large-yield bomb was airdropped by an H-6K bomber and causes a gigantic explosion at an unknown location.

Xinhua News Agency reported on Wednesday, that the
a new type of massive aerial bomb, which it dubbed the Chinese version of the “Mother of All Bombs” was developed by the China North Industries Corporation (Norinco), the primary supplier of combat platforms and weapons to the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).


The bomb was airdropped by an H-6K bomber and caused a gigantic explosion, a promotional video China North Industries Group Corporation Limited (NORINCO) released on its website in December shows.

Calling the several-ton-weapon a Chinese version of the “Mother of All Bombs,” the report said that it is China’s most powerful non-nuclear bomb, and that the H-6K bomber could only carry one at a time due to its size.

Judging from the video and the size of the H-6K’s bomb bay, this bomb is approximately five to six meters long, Wei Dongxu, a Beijing-based military analyst, told the Global Times on Thursday.

“The massive blast can easily and completely wipe out fortified ground targets such as reinforced buildings, bastions and defense shelters,” Wei said.

It can also be used to clear a landing zone for troops on helicopters to rappel down, in case the area is covered by obstacles such as forests, Wei noted.

The weapon will also spread fear among enemies if a weapon of this caliber is deployed, military observers noted.

The US wields a similar weapon, the Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB,) which was first to dubbed the “Mother of All Bombs” because of its acronym and power.

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