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Xian H-20

Subsonic Strategic Stealth Bomber Project

China | 2025

"The Xian H-20 Stealth Bomber is planned by China as a replacement for the aging Xian H-6K series of bombers."

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Xian H-20 Subsonic Strategic Stealth Bomber Project.
2 OR 4 x Turbofan non-afterburning engines of estimated 15,000lb to 20,000lb thrust output (each).
600 mph
965 kph | 521 kts
Max Speed
49,213 ft
15,000 m | 9 miles
Service Ceiling
5,282 miles
8,500 km | 4,590 nm
Operational Range
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Xian H-20 Subsonic Strategic Stealth Bomber Project.
55.0 ft
16.75 m
O/A Length
165.0 ft
(50.30 m)
O/A Width
16.4 ft
(5.00 m)
O/A Height
132,277 lb
(60,000 kg)
Empty Weight
341,717 lb
(155,000 kg)
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Xian H-20 Subsonic Strategic Stealth Bomber Project .
Unknown armament load out. Assumed heavy bomb load consisting of dumb bombs, precision-guided bombs, air-to-surface missiles, and possibly nuclear weapons.
Notable series variants as part of the Xian H-20 family line.
H-20 - Base Series Designation
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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.

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October 2018 - Reports indicate that the H-20 prototype is set to make a first-flight in the very near future.

Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Xian H-20. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 0 Units

Contractor(s): Xian Aircraft Industrial Corporation - China
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