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Xian H-20

Subsonic Strategic Stealth Bomber Project

Xian H-20

Subsonic Strategic Stealth Bomber Project

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OVERVIEW



The Xian H-20 Stealth Bomber is planned by China as a replacement for the aging Xian H-6K series of bombers.
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ORIGIN: China
YEAR: 2025
STATUS: In-Development
MANUFACTURER(S): Xian Aircraft Industrial Corporation - China
PRODUCTION: 0
OPERATORS: China (planned)
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Xian H-20 model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 2
LENGTH: 54.95 feet (16.75 meters)
WIDTH: 165.03 feet (50.3 meters)
HEIGHT: 16.40 feet (5 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 132,277 pounds (60,000 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 341,717 pounds (155,000 kilograms)
ENGINE: 2 OR 4 x Turbofan non-afterburning engines of estimated 15,000lb to 20,000lb thrust output (each).
SPEED (MAX): 600 miles-per-hour (965 kilometers-per-hour; 521 knots)
RANGE: 5,282 miles (8,500 kilometers; 4,590 nautical miles)
CEILING: 49,213 feet (15,000 meters; 9.32 miles)




ARMAMENT



Unknown armament load out. Assumed heavy bomb load consisting of dumb bombs, precision-guided bombs, air-to-surface missiles, and possibly nuclear weapons.
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• H-20 - Base Series Designation


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the Xian H-20 Subsonic Strategic Stealth Bomber Project.  Entry last updated on 10/24/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
In an effort to keep pace with the United States and other leading military powers, China is advancing a strategic stealth bomber program under the designation of Xian "H-20". The type is expected to become a subsonic performer centered around a flying wing planform. Artist concepts showcase an aircraft not unlike the USAF's Northrop Grumman B-2 "Spirit" stealth bomber (detailed elsewhere on this site) featuring no vertical protrusions and well-contoured engine intakes and forward cockpit section. It is assumed that a crew of two will be used and the bombload will range up to heavy-class loads. Naturally many questions remain about this ambitious bomber design - especially considering the Chinese history with in-house large aircraft design and development and engine development.

The bomber will be manufactured by the Xi'an Aircraft Industrial Corporation for the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF). It is expected to fly sometime in the 2020s. The project goal is mainly to supply the PLAAF with an indigenous long-range bombing platform and the design is likely to succeed the aging line of H-6 bombers still in service (also produced by Xian). This new attack platform will give the PLAAF a reach away from the Chinese coast, particularly as the South China Sea becomes a focal point of regional powers.

This article will be updated as new information allows.




PROGRAM UPDATES

October 2018 - Reports indicate that the H-20 prototype is set to make a first-flight in the very near future.
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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 750mph
Lo: 375mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (600mph).

    Graph average of 562.5 miles-per-hour.
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