China Air Force releases clip appearing to show mock attack on US airbase
China's Air Force has released a video showing nuclear-capable H-6 bombers carrying out a simulated missile strike, destroying what appears to be the United States airbase on the island of Guam.
According to reports, the video, which was released on the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) Weibo account on Saturday, came amid escalated tensions between Washington and Beijing over a range of issues.
The two-minute video clip tilted "The god of war H-6K goes on the attack!" shows the medium-range bombers of the PLAAF launching missiles at what appears to be the US Andersen Air Force Base on the island of Guam.
"We are the defenders of the motherland's aerial security; we have the confidence and ability to always defend the security of the motherland's skies," the PLAAF wrote in a brief description for the video.
The H-6K is the latest model of the H-6 bomber. The upgraded H-6 is equipped with new engines, electronics, sensors and weapons such as long-range land-attack and anti-ship missiles.
The range of the H-6K is around 3,000km, making it capable of targeting US facilities in Guam.
"The H-6K can carry six LACMs (land-attack cruise missiles), giving the PLA a long-range standoff precision strike capability that can range Guam from home airfields in mainland China," a recent US Department of Defense report on China's military capability was quoted as saying by media.
China has been flexing its muscle with ten rounds of drills in various waters including the East China and the South China Sea in what is widely seen as a show of force amid ongoing US military provocations in the region.
A Chinese military observer formerly explained the drills as “routine training.”