Beijing has seemingly now announced its intent to field a new Stealth Bomber as the state-controlled media has made an official and quite formal announcement that its Hong-20 Stealth Bomber is too make its maiden flight soon. Nonetheless, it would be no hearsay to say that China has embarked on a driven venture following in the strides of USA and Russia with the former already fielding B-2 Spirit Stealth Bombers which has seen combat since two decades in United States Air Force.
H-20 is referred to as the “Strategic Project” by China and USA has clearly announced in its report that H-20 will field both conventional and nuclear weapons to strike beyond Second Island Change which is the second strategic defence line for the United States. Analysts have additionally anticipated that H-20 would have a scope of right around 12,000 kilometers and a payload limit of 20 tons which is quite amazing to state.
Even though H-20 bears an uncanny resemblance to the earlier B-2 design, and it would be no heretic to announce that Chinese designers were at least inspired by it, H-20 brings in a serious threat especially for its immediate neighbours. If we look into the artist’s impression for H-20 then it is shaped like one big wing like a boomerang which reduces drag and increases efficiency and its combat range. This will be a decisive advantage for the H-20 as it would be easily deployable anywhere depending on the mission profile. However the primary threat, the H-20 carries is not its efficiency but its Low Observable nature.
H-20 is designed with Stealth Characteristics so that it can fly in hostile airspaces without invoking enemy sensors and radar detections. The Stealth attributes of H-20 are yet to be examined as Chinese are meaning to assemble a humongous aircraft which lessen to the measure of a creepy crawly on the radar screen. Stealth is made conceivable by numerous methods like acquainting implies with reducing thermal outflow, radar cross-area by utilization of Radar Absorbing Material, decreasing infra-red radiations and more basic changes to enable it to mix it in nature and not get distinguished effortlessly.
The Xi’an Aircraft Industrial Corporation which is developing H-20 has also earlier churned out multiple successful bomber designs, even though they are facing the risk of obsolescence in the 21st Century era as Surface-to-Air Missiles and Interceptors have made them almost useless to be fielded. For Strategic Bombing, PLAAF still depends on its H-6/K Bombers which is an overhauled version of Tu-16 which is a 6-decades old design. The H-20 would apparently supplant these more seasoned H-6 Bombers in administration with PLAAF clearing route for the modernization binge that is going on in Chinese Armed Forces.
Not only China, but also other countries are deciding to field Stealth Bombers. Northrop Grumman is building up the B-21 Raider as a major aspect of the Long Range Strike Bomber program (LRS-B) which will supplant three Bomber Types in administration with US Air Force: B-2, B-52 and B-1. Tupolev is additionally building up the PAK DA for its Next-Generation Strategic Bomber Concept.
India isn’t at present vouching for Bombers as IAF sees Bombers to be futile in the speciality of current fighting with Ballistic Missiles and Strike Aircrafts (having a solid level of Self-Defense Capabilities) taking up the required activity. In any case, India is building up an Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) named AURA which can convey Precision Guided Munitions, Missiles, and Bombs.