Friday, April 12, 2024

Chinese bomber spotted carrying new air launched ballistic missile

A photo has emerged on social media offering the clearest look yet of a People’s Liberation Army Central Military Command Xian H-6N bomber with what seems to be an air-launched ballistic missile (ALBM) under the fuselage.

The new ALBM missile system, reportedly called the YJ-21, renowned for its hypersonic capabilities and maneuverability, is purportedly designed to engage both land targets and surface warships.

Part of a formidable family of Chinese missiles known colloquially as ‘carrier killers,’ the YJ-21 underscores China’s focus on countering American aircraft carrier groups, viewed as potent symbols of naval dominance and global projection of power.

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With an impressive range of up to 1,500 kilometers (930 miles), the YJ-21 boasts the ability to deliver a substantial warhead at extraordinary speeds, capable of penetrating the formidable defenses of aircraft carriers and inflicting devastating damage upon impact.

While the origins of the YJ-21 remain somewhat elusive, it is speculated to be based on the CM-401 ballistic missile, albeit with enhanced features and capabilities.

Reports from the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLA Navy) suggest that the YJ-21 shares lineage with the DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missile, boasting an impressive flight speed of Mach 6 and a terminal velocity of Mach 10.

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Dylan Malyasov
Dylan Malyasov
Dylan Malyasov is the editor-in-chief of Defence Blog. He is a journalist, an accredited defense advisor, and a consultant. His background as a defense advisor and consultant adds a unique perspective to his journalistic endeavors, ensuring that his reporting is well-informed and authoritative. read more

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