posted on Apr, 1 2016 @ 11:24 AM
Everyone's favorite blog to hate has come out to speculate whether or not the reason we have not seen a new Chinese bomber in development is due to
the problems China has had with developing their indigenous jet engines. We all know China has serious metallurgy problems and that this has impacted
their ability to produce their own fighters, etc. of different stripes. The Chinese have, in fact, admitted as such saying until they can build a
better jet engine their J-20 fighter will not perform as well as they desire. They have been getting around their problems by buying Russian engines,
but no one wants to be dependent on Putin...
The question becomes: do we find WiB's conjecture plausible? Are the Chinese so hobbled by the lack of good engines they have postponed developing
their own strategic bomber?
I think WiB's reason to be flawed. The engine problem has not stopped the Chinese from working on the J-20 and engine performance for a fighter is
just as critical for a bomber, if not more so! Engines can be swapped out. Aircraft development takes time and longer than anticipated no matter
who makes the bird. If the Chinese have elected to not start a bomber project, it is likely for other reasons, not the engine problem.
There are rumors of a Chinese flying wing bomber, but no proof and nothing solid. That has never stopped an aircraft from existing, of course, or for
our wildest imaginations to run away with us either. We will just have to wait and see.