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Reply #3 greendragon's post
The strategic bombers, i.e., the Tu-22 and the B-1, are Jurassic items in an age where high technology precision guided long range ballistic missiles/ICBM's armed with MIRV warheads and, potentially, the prospective space based systems known as assassin mace is concerned.
For this reason, the B-1 actually was ordered into retirement last year. Recently however, an article in Space Daily suggested that instead that it will be refurbished and turned into an air launch cruise missile platform for Boeing's newest cruise missile exactly as how the newer H-6 airframes namely the the H-6M/K &H has been transformed into an air launch platform.
The role of the Tu-22 and B-1 as a nuke strike bomber is long gone. It went by the wayside exactly as how the once mighty and majestic B-58 (a super design) which streaks across the sky at more than Mach 2, too, went by the wayside.
I mean seriously, if as has been proven as to how we (China) can knock a ballistic missile which is speeding across the sky at 10 to 20 times the speed of sound along its mid course trajectory, what chance does a Tu-22 or the B-1 whose maximum altitude speed is at a mere Mach 1.35 for one and Mach 1.42 for another? None what so ever!
Therefore, The Tu-22 and the B-1 will fare no differently from that of the newer H-6M/K & H air frames. In fact, the air frame itself, however awesome it looks from the outside is not what a strategic asset is all about. It is what's inside that matters and, the latter are claimed meet or beat the former two in every aspect of its intended objectives...
But, the F-CK-1 however is a totally different can of worm: Once it get shipped and off loaded in Haiphong, Man!!! Will we Chinese ever be deep and troubled waters...