Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) released a video on Tuesday showcasing a new long-range bomber for the first time to the public during the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the group, local media reports.
Song Zhongping, a military expert and TV commentator, told the Global Times on Tuesday that the aircraft is possibly a new long-range bomber “H-20”, similar to the US B-2 stealth bomber.
A video titled A Major Power Takes Off shows the front outline of the long-range bomber as the video is about to finish. The flying-wing bomber was covered by a blanket, with only its outline visible.
From the video, it's hard to determine the precise parameters of the bomber, but referring to other countries' aircraft, China's long-range bomber should have a range of at least 12,000 kilometers and 20 tons of storecarrying capacity, Fu Qianshao, an air defense expert, told the Global Times.
The bomber likely has prominent stealth defense capability and a better performance than the B-2, Fu said.
The H-20 could improve the air force in both defensive and offensive capabilities, which will "enable the army to possess stronger nuclear and conventional deterrence, China Military online reported in April.