China To Deploy Long Range, Strategic, Low Level Bombers To Counter U.S. Navy
David Cenciotti and Richard Clements
January 23rd, 2013
ChineseÂ websites are again reporting that Russia has agreed to sell Beijing the production line for the Tupolev Tu-22M3 bomber at a cost of $1.5 billion.
Once in service with the Chinese Naval Air Forces the Tu-22M3 will be known as the âH-10â³.
The deal struck with Russia includes 36 aircraft: a batch of 12 followed by a second batch of 24 additional bombers.
The Tu-22 will be employed in the maritime attack role and used to attack targets from low levels to avoid radar detection.
The Tu-22 is a SovietÂ supersonic, swing-wing, long-range strategic and maritime strike bomber. It was developed during the Cold War and is among the closest things to a modern stealth bomber. However, it will get updated with indigenous systems and an extended range making it a significant threat to many latest generations weapon systems.
The Tu-22 bombers will give China anotherÂ tool to pursue theÂ area denialÂ strategy in the South China Sea and the Pacific theatre; a fast platform to launch cruise missiles, conventional or nuclear weapons in various regional war scenarios.
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Contributed by David Cenciotti and Richard Clements of Business Insider.
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