Making it the third country alongside US and Russia capable of launching nukes from land, sea or air
- Stealth bomber Xian H-20 has been in development for a number of years
- Beijing is considering rolling it out this year amid escalating global tensions
- It would complete China’s nuclear triad and double its strike range
Jack Ryan – Mail Online May 27, 2020
China’s new supersonic stealth bomber could be ready later this year.
The feared Xian H-20, which doubles China’s strike range and completes its nuclear triad, puts Australia, Japan and Korea all within range.
It would mean China would join the US and Russia is possessing a three-pronged military force that can launch nuclear missiles from air, land and sea.
Military sources told the South China Morning Post the bomber could make its first public appearance at this year’s Zhuhai Airshow in November.
The sources said: ‘The Zhuhai Airshow is expected to become a platform to promote China’s image and its success in pandemic control – telling the outside world that the contagion did not have any big impacts on Chinese defence industry enterprises.’
Amid an escalating war of words between Washington and Beijing over COVID-19, the bomber could further ramp up tensions by exposing US bases and fleets in the Pacific.
Both countries have increased naval patrols in the Taiwan Strait and the South and East China seas.
The H-20 is a strategic bomber similar to the B-2 or B-21, according to the US Defense Intelligence Agency.