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I will not argue with you if what we're talkin' 'bout is the series from the 60's and 70's... But, there was a reason for us to rejected Russia's offer of the Tu-22 when they waved it in our face during the joint Sino-Rusky military exercise of a couple or so years back: it was because feature for feature, the H-6 ["K" series] which wasn't declassified at the time meet or supersede Russia's Tu-22 and hence, reasonably speaking, also meet or superseded the B-1 Lancer because both the Tu-22 and the Lancer was of the exact same class. Yes, it may not have this threatening Darth Vader look to it, but, it's as deadly and as competitive in every aspect with the exception of a dash board in Chinese instead of in English ...
And yes, it's not what you think, it's not what I think, it's also not what Mr. Fumanchu think which makes it something to be respected... It's what world recognized and respected personalities says which truly tells the story and these people are definitely worried if not panicky over the H-6K... :)
China’s “New” Bomber
by Richard Fisher, Jr.
Published on February 7th, 2007
From the vague internet image that appeared during the first week of January, it appears that the "H-6K," as it is called, would constitute the most ambitious H-6 derivative to date. One Chinese source suggests this variant began development in 2000. Its new larger engine intake would indicate the presence of a new and more powerful engine, the first such successful modification for the H-6 since the attempts of the 1970s. Some internet reports speculate that the new engine may be the 12,000kg (26,445lbs) thrust Aviadvigatel D-30KP turbofan, which also powers the Ilyushin Il-76 transport, compared to H-6’s the existing 9,500kg thrust Wopen WP-8 turbojet. If true, the higher thrust and fuel efficiency of this turbofan engine would enable both greater payload and greater range performance. The H-6 is now credited with a 1,800 to 2,200km combat radius. While the new engine remains as yet unknown, it is reasonable to speculate that D-30 class engines, aerodynamic refinements, plus added fuel in the weapons bay could easily extend the new H-6’s combat radius to 3,000km, or more.