China probing U.S. defenses with frequent bomber runs against Guam

China probing U.S. defenses with frequent bomber runs against Guam
Chinese H-6K "Badger" bomber in 2015, photo by Japanese Air Defense aircrew. (Image: Wikipedia. By 日本防衛省·統合幕僚監部 -, CC BY 4.0, Link)

[Ed. – These runs are presumably at the distance required for the CJ-10 long-range cruise missile, a Chinese version of the Russian Kh-55 (AS-15 “Kent”).  The CJ-10’s range is about 900 statute miles (1,500 km).  The CJ-10 is the missile we would expect China to menace Guam with using the H-6K (the bomber mentioned in the article).  The H-6K is the Chinese version of thye venerable former-Soviet Tu-16 Badger.]

Over the last year Japan has scrambled 900 sorties to intercept Chinese fighters challenging Japan’s air defense identification zone, or ADIZ. In 2013 China announced borders for its own ADIZ, borders which overlapped Japan’s zone and included the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. Since then, increased interactions between Japanese and Chinese aircraft ultimately resulted in Japan relocating two fighter squadrons to Naha Air Base on Okinawa to more easily meet the incursions, the officials said.

“We now have, on a daily basis, armed Chinese Flankers and Japanese aircraft” coming in close proximity of each other, the officials said, adding that intercepts between the U.S. and China are also increasing. …

Chinese aircraft are also testing U.S. air defense identification zones, the officials said. Chinese H-6K “Badger” bombers upgraded with 1,000 mile range air launched cruise missiles are testing U.S. defense zones around Guam.

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