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.
Note: The above text is EXCLUSIVE to the site www.MilitaryFactory.com. It is the product of many hours of research and work made possible with the help of contributors, veterans, insiders, and topic specialists. If you happen upon this text anywhere else on the internet or in print, please let us know at MilitaryFactory AT gmail DOT com so that we may take appropriate action against the offender / offending site and continue to protect this original work.
October 2018 - Reports indicate that the H-20 prototype is set to make a first-flight in the very near future.
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
✓Ground Attack (Bombing, Strafing)
Ability to conduct aerial bombing of ground targets by way of (but not limited to) guns, bombs, missiles, rockets, and the like.
✓X-Plane (Developmental, Prototype, Technology Demonstrator)
Aircraft developed for the role of prototyping, technology demonstration, or research / data collection.
55.0 ft (16.75 m)
165.0 ft (50.30 m)
16.4 ft (5.00 m)
132,277 lb (60,000 kg)
341,717 lb (155,000 kg)
+209,439 lb (+95,000 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the base Xian H-20 production variant)
2 OR 4 x Turbofan non-afterburning engines of estimated 15,000lb to 20,000lb thrust output (each).
(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the base Xian H-20 production variant. Performance specifications showcased above are subject to environmental factors as well as aircraft configuration. Estimates are made when Real Data not available. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database or View aircraft by powerplant type)
Unknown armament load out. Assumed heavy bomb load consisting of dumb bombs, precision-guided bombs, air-to-surface missiles, and possibly nuclear weapons.
(Not all ordnance types may be represented in the showcase above)
H-20 - Base Series Designation
Ribbon graphics not necessarily indicative of actual historical campaign ribbons. Ribbons are clickable to their respective aerial campaigns / operations / aviation periods.
The "Military Factory" name and MilitaryFactory.com logo are registered ® U.S. trademarks protected by all applicable domestic and international intellectual property laws. All written content, illustrations, and photography are unique to this website (unless where indicated) and not for reuse/reproduction in any form. Material presented throughout this website is for historical and entertainment value only and should not to be construed as usable for hardware restoration, maintenance, or general operation. We do not sell any of the items showcased on this site. Please direct all other inquiries to militaryfactory AT gmail.com.
Part of a network of sites that includes GlobalFirepower, a data-driven property used in ranking the top military powers of the world, WDMMA.org (World Directory of Modern Military Aircraft), WDMMW.org (World Directory of Modern Military Warships), SR71blackbird.org, detailing the history of the world's most iconic spyplane, and MilitaryRibbons.info, cataloguing all American military medals and ribbons.