Meet the Chinese Xian H-20 Stealth Fighter Bomber

Meet the Chinese Xian H-20 Stealth Fighter Bomber

Meet the Chinese Xian H-20 Stealth Fighter Bomber

China’s stealthy Xian H-20 strategic stealth bomber is apparently undergoing final tests at its Hotan airstrip in eastern Ladakh. The H-20 bomber, according to some sources, is a critical asset in shifting the balance of power in China’s favor near the Sino-Indian border, although it is uncertain when the aircraft will be fully operational.

Meet the Chinese Xian H-20 Stealth Fighter Bomber
Meet the Chinese Xian H-20 Stealth Fighter Bomber

The trials are said to have started on June 8 and would go until June 22, which is also the 100th anniversary of China’s ruling Communist Party (CPC).

The H-20 bomber’s specifications have been kept secret by China, therefore nothing is known about it. The first claims that China was working on a strategic bomber surfaced in 2016, while other reports claim that mass manufacturing will begin in the mid-2020s.

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It’s still unclear what China plans to do with its H-20 bomber. According to the South China Morning Post, the H-20 will have a payload capacity of 45 tones, which is significantly more than the B-52H Stratofortress’ 35 tones and the B-2 Spirit’s 20 tones. According to the report, unnamed sources believe that the bomber will have a range of at least 12,000 kilometers, putting Hawaii within reach. All 50 US states would be within flying range if the bomber used an Arctic route.

It’s still unclear what China plans to do with its H-20 bomber. According to the South China Morning Post, the H-20 will have a payload capacity of 45 tones, which is significantly more than the B-52H Stratofortress’ 35 tones and the B-2 Spirit’s 20 tones. According to the report, unnamed sources believe that the bomber will have a range of at least 12,000 kilometers, putting Hawaii within reach. All 50 US states would be within flying range if the bomber used an Arctic route.

The H-20 will have a flying wing with a range of at least 8,500 kilometers, allowing China to “reliable threaten US targets inside and beyond the Second Island Chain, including critical US military bases in Guam and Hawaii.” A payload of at least 10 tonnes of conventional or nuclear warheads is expected.

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