The Chinese Xian H-20 subsonic stealth bomber will be ready this year
BEIJING, (BM) – China will introduce the N-20 invisible bomber this year, and not in 2025, as was expected in the United States, learned BugarianMilitary.com citing the South China Morning Post and military sources.
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The stealth-built bomber is planned to be presented in November at the International Aerospace Exhibition in the Chinese city of Zhuhai, according to a Chinese publication. At the same time, Pentagon analysts believed that the release of the N-20 would happen no earlier than 2025.
The advent of the H-20 could complete the creation of China’s “nuclear triad” of intercontinental ballistic missiles, missiles from submarines and weapons launched from the air.
According to the South China Morning Post, the bomber was designed to strike at the second ring of the islands – American bases in Japan, Guam, the Philippines and other countries.
It is expected that the bomber will be armed with four powerful supersonic invisible missiles, and its own speed will be 1,000 kilometers per hour.
A source at the South China Morning Post said Beijing is still considering when to launch a bomber, since its appearance could change the balance of power in the region and cause additional stress, which has already increased due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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What can accelerate the launch of the H-20 is the US supply to all Chinese neighbors of the F-35 fighter jets so that they restrain Beijing’s ambitions, the source said.
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