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China's H-6K bomber to be showcased at first public event: Report

The medium- and long-range bomber will be open to the public for the first time this week.

By Geoff Ziezulewicz
China's H-6K bomber to be showcased at first public event: Report
China's H-6K medium- and long-range bomber will be open to the public for the first time this week, the People's Liberation Army Daily reported. The H-6U refueling tanker variant of the aircraft is shown here during a September 2015 parade marking the 70th anniversary of China's victory over Japan in World War II. File photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI | License Photo

BEIJING, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- China's H-6K medium and long range bomber will be open to the public for the first time this week, the official People's Liberation Army Daily reported.

The bomber's availability will take place Thursday during the "Pursuing the Aero Dream" event in Changchun, an event to mark the 70th anniversary of the Old Northeast Aviation School there, PLA Daily quoted People's Liberation Army air force officials as saying.

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The H-6K is the country's indigenously made bomber, largely used for long-range precision strikes and tactical bombing missions, PLA Daily reported.

It joined the country's V-Day military parade in 2015 and conducted South China Sea combat patrols this year.

Other equipment, such as the KJ-500 Airborne Early Warning aircraft and the HQ-9 surface-to-air missile system will also meet the public next month.

The H-6 bomber fleet was originally adapted from the late-1950s Soviet Tu-16 design, a 2015 Pentagon assessment on China's military power states.

The H-6K variant can carry six land attack cruise missiles, a capability that will give PLA a long-range, stand-off offensive air capability with precision-guided munitions, the Pentagon noted in the report.

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