WEIBEI China: Russia's Kh-29L semi-active laser guided air-to-surface missiles were successfully launched Thursday during the final stage of the active phase of the first Russian-Chinese joint military exercises.
Chinese Su-30 fighter-bombers (Flankers) and Russian Su-24 tactical bombers (Fencers) launched the missiles.
China's J-8D fighters were the first to appear in the skies. Their task was to win air supremacy and cover the bombers. Then two Chinese H-6H bombers dropped missiles and bombs on the mock enemy's antiaircraft defense control post.
China's two J-11 fighters were also sent to cover the bombers over the assault area, the final exercise in Thursday's operation.
Two Russian Tu-95MS heavy bombers (Bears) approached the assault area. They made an hour-long flight from Russia to launch the cruise missiles to hit mock terrorist bases. The missiles can be launched at a distance of up to 1,000 km from a target without entering the enemy's air defense zone.
Russia's four Tu-22M3 (Backfire) long-range bombers, Su-24M2 and Su-27 bombers launched an air strike on the mock enemy's air defenses and airfield to prevent it from sending aircraft to thwart the landing operation.
Russia's A-50 (Mainstay) long-range reconnaissance plane conducted a reconnaissance check of aerial and surface targets before the assault. The aircraft's onboard systems are capable of locating and tracking up to 50 targets at the height of 50m to 12,000m.