As the war of words over the Coronavirus between the US and China continues to heat up, China has now upped the ante and is set to unveil a brand new, long range, stealth bomber which could potentially reach the US West Coast.
As The Sun reports:
And now, observers say the Xian H-20 could make its first public appearance at this year’s Zhuhai Airshow in November, as long as the Covid-19 pandemic remains contained.
The Xi’an Aviation Industrial Corporation went so far as to release a promotional video in May 2018 that parodied Northrop Grumman’s own Superbowl ad for the B-21 Raider. The H-20 is rumoured to be similar in size and general layout to the B-21, but there are no confirmed images of the nuclear-capable aircraft.
The H-20 reportedly has four non-afterburning WS-10A Taihang turbofan engines sunk into the top of the wing surface with inlets that are in an S-shaped saw-toothed configuration to minimise radar visibility…
With an operational rage of 12,000 m (about 7500 miles) the Xian H-20 could potentially change the balance of military power in the Pacific theatre.
Will the coming unveiling be merely a bluff for unproven technology on China’s part, or does it signal a significant new stage in China’s threat to the US?