posted on Mar, 27 2013 @ 02:49 AM
A Chinese military blog has published a computer image of the potential new strategic bomber being developed in China. It appears to be very similar
to the B-2 design.
This would be the first true strategic bomber capability for China, which currently uses the H-6, which is based on the Tu-16 Badger. It's not
confirmed that this would be the design, but the site saying it most likely will be chosen has a good track record to date. Other designs included a
supersonic delta-wing configuration.
Depending on the range, this aircraft could theoretically put targets within the US at risk from Chinese aircraft for the first time.
The first credible indications that China is looking at developing a true strategic bomber capability are starting to emerge. Currently, the
People's Republic of China operates a small fleet of upgraded Xian H-6 bombers (cruise missile carriers) which are based on the antiquated
Soviet-built Tupolev Tu-16 Badger.
According to the Chinese Military Aviation blog, which tends to be fairly accurate in tracking China's aviation developments, the People's
Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) will likely select a stealthy flying wing configuration for its new strategic bomber program called the H-X.
Among the configurations studied by China's 603rd Institute/Xian Aircraft Company was a supersonic delta wing design and a four-engined flying wing
design, but the flying wing looks like it has won out. That means China is the third country after Russia--whose developmental Tupolev PAK-DA was
recently revealed to be a flying wing--to adopt the configuration, which was first adopted operationally on the Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit.