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Chinese are Using an ECM Variant of their H-6 Bomber

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posted on Jan, 24 2018 @ 03:09 PM
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The People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy's South China Sea Fleet deployed a "new type of electronic warfare aircraft" in its recent combat maneuvers, a move to greatly enhance the navy's capabilities in modern warfare to safeguard the country's sea rights, said Chinese military experts.

The new aircraft is the H-6G bomber developed for 10 years with the Electronic Countermeasures (ECM) pods being equipped underneath its wings. It was the first time the bomber played "a supporting role in the electronic warfare," according to Military Time, a China Central Television CCTV military program on Saturday.

The modified H-6G fitted with ECM pods can engage in combat missions using electronic jamming, suppression, and anti-radiation, the program said.

"The main role of the electronic fighters is to obstruct the enemies' electronic jamming devices - for example, radar, to temporarily or permanently, if powerful enough, cover the surveillance devices and to hide our combat platforms' track," Song Zhongping, a military expert and TV commentator, told the Global Times.

Song added that "the H-6G electronic warfare aircraft boasts of high electronic jamming power and can cover relatively bigger combat areas such as the South China Sea and East China Sea."

China has developed advanced and standardized ECM pods to modify multiple types of fighter jets for such combat requirements, such as the J-15 type fighter jets. Using the ECM pods in fighters is the most efficient and effective way, Song noted.



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This is not unexpected but a bit concerning. The ECM capabilities of the Chinese are growing and by mounting the ECM capabilities on H-6 bombers, this means the Chinese can support (or frustrate) American (and other) militaries much further away than can be done by just tactical aircraft.

Given how the US is lagging behind (big time) in ECM, this is also rather concerning.

Given the US is also becoming more and more dependent on 'network centric warfare'...ummm. yikes.

This is, IMO, also a good use for an old airframe, btw. And didn't we do something similar with the BUFFs back in the 80s?




posted on Jan, 24 2018 @ 03:15 PM
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Given how the US is lagging behind (big time) in ECM, this is also rather concerning.


That we know of.

I'm wondering there isn't a hidden ace up the air forces sleeve.



posted on Jan, 24 2018 @ 03:23 PM
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a reply to: anzha

There was talk and several attempts to make the B-52 into an SOJ platform, but all were too expensive.



posted on Jan, 24 2018 @ 03:25 PM
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a reply to: grey580

While there almost certainly is something in the black world, you don't let the white world fester and die in favor of your black projects. A black program can never build enough of something to truly be that much of a game changer. At some point you cross a threshold and leaks start to occur.
edit on 1/24/2018 by Zaphod58 because: (no reason given)



posted on Jan, 24 2018 @ 03:31 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

huh. I could have sworn I'd read about some great mucking jammers being stuffed into the BUFFs. However, it sounds like it was wrong.

Thinking about it though, it makes a lot of sense to do. OTOH, why do you need people on the BUFFs then?



posted on Jan, 24 2018 @ 03:34 PM
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a reply to: anzha

The problem with upgrading the B-52 is that the TF33 is about at the limit of its power generating capability. New jamming capability comes with s lot of power requirements. They've upgraded their capabilities some over the years, but to make them truly SOJ capable isn't possible until they reengine them.




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