China already has the Chengdu J-20 stealth fighter, and the Xian H-20 stealth bomber will soon be added. The video teaser of the new aircraft has already been declassified.
The new stealthy strategic bomber Xian H-20, being developed by the Xi’an Aviation Industry Corporation (XAS), was planned to be shown in 2020 at the Zhuhai Air Show, but the premiere did not take place. Now, the Air Force of the People’s Liberation Army of the People’s Republic of China, in its official video, showed the first teaser of the new stealth bomber.
The video highlights the career of a young Chinese Air Force pilot and his professional development through training and military service. At the end of the video, the protagonist, who is piloting a Chengdu J-20 stealth fighter, meets an aircraft covered with a cover in the hangar – at the moment when the Chinese pilot begins to pull off the cape, in the visor of his helmet for a moment the silhouette of an aircraft resembling an Xian H-20 flashes.
There is no official information about the new product, but judging by the available data, the new bomber will be very similar to the American B-2, made according to the “flying wing” scheme, and will be designed using technologies to reduce radar signature. It is planned that the bomber will receive a cruising range of about 8,500 kilometers and will be capable of carrying 10 tons of weapons, including hypersonic cruise missiles.
The rest of the characteristics of the H-20 are kept secret. It is expected that the new Chinese strategic stealth bomber may enter service with the PLA Air Force as early as 2025, replacing the outdated H-6 aircraft. The Xian H-20 has every chance of becoming the world‘s second stealthy strategic bomber, executed on a “flying wing” and outstripping the Russian counterpart – the promising bomber of the PAK DA project, work on which is in its very early stages.
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