US Confirms China’s New Xian H-20 Stealth Bomber will Carry Nuclear Weapons
The Pentagon has confirmed persistent reports that China's Xian H-20 stealth strategic bomber currently being developed will be able to launch thermonuclear missiles or drop thermonuclear bombs on targets as far away as the continental United States.
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In its 2017 Report on Chinese Military Affairs, the Pentagon also noted the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) "does not currently have a nuclear mission." This omission will end with the development of the H-20, which will become China's first heavy and long-range strategic bomber.
China is now engaged in "developing a strategic bomber that officials expect to have a nuclear mission," said the Pentagon report. This bomber will fulfill China's aspiration to develop a next generation, long-range strike bomber to replace its ageing Xian H-6 strategic bombers that first flew in 1959.
Rear Admiral Yin Zhuo, Director of the People Liberation Army Navy's (PLAN) Expert Consultation Committee said having the H-20 will become one of the symbols of the PLAAF as a strategic service.
Adm. Yin pointed out that China has never developed such a heavy and long-range strategic bomber before. He said China's current heavy bomber, the Xian H-6, isn't a true strategic bomber because it lacks the necessary long-range.
He praised the H-20, saying this stealth bomber will certainly be on par with the United States' Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit. He confirmed the H-20 will be a stealth strategic bomber and that it might take 10 years to develop.
He noted China has gained some experience in stealth technology from the development of Chengdu J-20 and the Shenyang J-31 stealth fighters, so the materials and designs for the H-20 aren't big problems.
Adm. Yin revealed the cruise missiles, nuclear bombs and other weapons that will arm the H-20 are all in place. This means now is the time for China to develop strategic bombers.