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China's New Stealth Bomber: H-X / H-20

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  1. cirr

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    The model airplanes that could one day change the global balance of power.

    BY JOHN REED | JUNE 11, 2013

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    Is This China's New Design for a Stealth Bomber? - An FP Slideshow | Foreign Policy

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    A crude mockup of the structural design for what could be China's first stealth bomber.

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    A front view of the structural model for the possible Chinese stealth bomber design.

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    Another front view of the possible model for a Chinese stealth bomber design.

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    A front view of a blueprint-style drawing for a Chinese stealth bomber.

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    The top view of a blueprint-style drawingt for a possible Chinese stealth bomber design. Notice how the wings shown in these sketches are shorter than those shown in the photos of the model.

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    An artist's rendering of the bottom view of what might be a Chinese stealth bomber. Notice the difference in the wings and rear half of the airplane shown in these drawings versus those shown in the blueprint-style images. The model shown earlier has the longer wings shown in the drawing above but the rear fuselage depicted in the blueprints-like sketches. The tail of the model is slightly different than is depicted either set of drawings.

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    A side and top-view of the artist's rendering of what might be China's design for a stealth bomber.


    You're looking at what some people are speculating is China's design for a stealth bomber. It may look like a simple model right now. But these Chinese models have a habit of turning into working airplanes. And if that happens in this case, watch out. Because it could potential give these Chinese the ability to penetrate deep, deep into enemy territory without the opponents ever knowing what hit them.

    Remember, designs very similar to China's J-31 stealth fighter and its Li Jian stealthy-ish drone appeared as trade show models only two years before full-size versions of the planes were revealed in the past year.

    The latest plane resembles a cross between Russia's PAK DA stealth bomber design, it's T-50 PAK FA stealth fighter and Northrop's YF-23 Black Widow -- the stealth jet that lost the contest to be the world's first fifth-generation fighter to Lockheed Martin's YF-22 Raptor. (The cockpit also resembles this fictional monstrosity.)

    What could such a plane be used for? It would likely serve as a penetrating bomber designed to keep an enemy far from China's shores by sneaking past enemy radar and attacking enemy bases and ships with cruise missiles. Some have speculated that China's J-20, which is huge for a fighter, was meant to fulfill this role; similar to a stealthy version of the F-111 Aardvark or F-15E Strike Eagle. However, we're seeing the J-20 conducting flight tests with air-to-air missiles; a possible indication that it may be a high-speed interceptor -- similar to the Soviet Union's giant MiG-25 Foxbat and MiG-31 Foxhound interceptors -- designed to steak out and shoot down approaching bombers.

    Chinese Web forums claim the new stealth bomber might have a length of 91-feet and a wingspan of 72-feet. This is smaller than all of the U.S. and Russia's strategic bombers such as the B-1 Lancer or Tu-22M but slightly larger than the U.S.'s F-15E Strike Eagle tactical bomber. The jet is also rumored to have an operational radius of just under 2000-miles.

    It should be pointed out that earlier rumors about China investing in a fleet of Russian-designed Tu-22M supersonic bombers were reportedly untrue. Rather than field the supersonic jets, China is developing a new version of its H-6 bomber -- which is based on the Soviet Tu-16 Badger that was designed in the 1950s and retired by Russia in the early 1990s.

    Chinese military officials have even said that buying a 1970s-design like the Tu-22M makes little sense given the fact that U.S. radars could spot the planes coming from a long way off. This could be taken as a hint that the PLA navy or air force recognizes the need for a stealthy-bomber capable of keeping adversaries at bay.

    It costs a ton of money and time to develop and field an effective bomber force. It's not just the cost of building and buying stealth planes. The Chinese will need to develop an entire support network of maintenance crews, basing infrastructure capable of handling the planes, a large aerial tanker fleet to refuel them and perhaps most importantly, learn how to effectively use them.

    One interesting thing to note about the design shown above is that its engine exhaust outlets appear to be square -- a stealthier design than the traditional round nozzles seen on China's current version of stealthy planes. This could be a sign that China is making progress in the extremely challenging art of jet engine design. This could also be an indication that it will be a long time before China gets the technological knowhow to develop this aircraft. Current reports indicate that China has a long way to go when it comes to engine-making.

    Still, the image above might just be a model. Even if real, it will take a long time to produce an fleet of potent bombers.

    "The internet really likes airframe models and drawings," Richard Aboulafia, vice president of analysis at the aviation consulting firm Teal Group tells us. "The real world doesn't think too much of them. Coming up with concept illustrations is vastly different from building and testing a design, let alone putting it into production. But most of all the aerospace world is increasingly concerned with what's beneath the surface of a plane. Even if China did produce this aircraft, if it had to use Chinese engines and systems, and was integrated with their current level of technology, I'm not sure it would mean very much. It's all a bit of a stretch, for the next few decades at least."

    Here's what Aboulafia told us in January when discussing the Tu-22M story about China's need for modern bombers.


    "It would make sense, given China's strategy and power-projection ambitions, but one thing to consider is that building a long range bomber/maritime strike fleet isn't a standalone development," Aboulafia tells Killer Apps. "The up-front costs in terms of training, doctrine, and general fleet bed-down are very large. Even larger is the cost of support aircraft, particularly tankers, that would be useful, if not essential, in making these new bombers effective."

    Such investments may be too much for a Chinese military that is buying a number of other, newer weapons systems that range from stealth fighters to anti satellite and cyber weapons.

    "Unless the Chinese military budget grows at a near-breakneck pace, a development like this would likely impact other equipment procurement and systems development priorities, including ones that are less conventional and more asymmetric," said Aboulafia.

    Even if China manages to get a bomber airborne in the next few years, it will be a while before it has an effective combat fleet. Still, Beijing isn't afraid of embarking on complex strategic weapons programs. The most notable of these being its fleet of aircraft carriers; another expensive strategic weapon system that takes lots of time and money to develop (even with stolen designs), maintain and figure out how to use effectively.
     
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    the yellow one is similar to Russian Tu-160 supersonic bomber

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    its only a model made by a student
     
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    Two things need be borne in mind:

    (1)Yes,China is working on a stealthy tactical bomber,the prototype of which is expected in 1-2,3 max,years。
    (2)Yes,China has started on the initial works for a B2 type of wing-shaped stealthy strategic bomber,the arrival of which needs more time than the above does。

    The rest is,as the Chinese would habitually say these days,floating clouds。:coffee:
     
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    will china sell those bomber to Pakistan and Bangladesh ? :ashamed:
     
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    To be honest, I never even see why China would develop a Strategic Bomber, tactical bomber maybe, but I honestly do not see why China will need long range Strategic bomber in this stage of the air force progress.

    Strategic bomber have 1 sole purpose only, that is to bomb a target that far away from you. Except that maybe you want to start a nuclear war with bomber, but we hardly do this anymore as we now got the ICBM.

    So, by building a stealth strategic bomber fleet, Chinese Military are declaring an intention of bombing inter-continental strategic target, which does not make sense, especially after the Chinese are very keen on making their 2nd Arty corp. sharper.

    However, when you come down and look at Chinese enemy list, almost all her enemy are near or even neighbour to China, then why would you need a Strategic bomber to begin with.

    And if the bomber intended target is the United States, which mean a total thermonuclear war, then China again, don't need those bomber

    So, is this a warning that China will now starting to **** off small country far away from China like the US now or it's just they **** their money off to something that do not have much of a use again??

    If China are to build a air transport fleet or auxiliary air fleet, I would understand, but building a Strategic bomber at this stage, I don't really understand why
     
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    yes yes , why not... But what will u do with these bombers??? Planning to invade USA?? @Topic: Bombers are outdated concept. that why USA and Russia are not investing in it. USA is operating 60s design (B52) and few B2s...
     
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    The very first picture is actually a design for the "Next Generation Bomber" proposed by Boeing and Lockheed so that isn't it.

    Next-Generation Bomber - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    What is interesting is that the yellow mock up in the following series of pictures actually bears a striking resemblance to the "Long-Range Strike-B" which was superseded by the "Next Generation Bomber design"

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    I think the last one is the most likely candidate to be the future bomber design.
     
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    Bomber work up to a point you have total reliance of the sky.

    Today battlefield does not spell that anymore, you can of course use a stealth bomber and strike in the heart of enemy risking the bomber or the crew or both, or you can use drone and take over the business.

    Drone can never replace fighter, but drone can be more than capable replace bomber in this day and ages.
     
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    "青年学生科技作品互动展区" in the pic ... young studnet's model airplane :pop:
     
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    Off-coarse not. No nation will sell strategic stealth bomber to even its closest ally.
     
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    Why don't you ask me about the rapid progress that is being made regarding stealth strategic bomber H-XX?:yahoo:
     
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    Ok I will ask you. What is the progress on the stealth strategic bomber?
     
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    XAC is making full progress on it after the Y-20.
     
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    At least one has rolled out.