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As previously discussed in C4 Defence publications, hypersonic missile system technologies are advancing rapidly in the world. A new one has been added to these systems, and at the International Aviation and Space Exhibition held in Zhuhai, China on 8-13th November, air-launched versions of the ship-based hypersonic missile and a standoff cruise missile were introduced.

A pair of air-launched hypersonic missiles carried under the wings of the Xi’an H-6K bombardment airplane took part in the demonstration, which began on Tuesday and will last until 13th November. The mock-ups bore the “2PZD-21” template. Chinese media stated that these missiles are air-launched versions of China’s YJ-21 anti-ship hypersonic missile carried on Type 055 cruisers.

Another important system exhibited at the fair held at Zhuhai Jinwan Airport was the AKF-98 standoff cruise missile. It is fitted to the Xi’an JH-7A2 fighter-bombing aircraft and has foldable wings that open after launch.

It is not known whether the systems are already in service or still in development, but the fact that the H-6K at the air show flew to the airport carrying the missile mock-ups indicates that the transport tests have been completed.

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