According to a study by Rick Joe at The Diplomat, Chinese publications began speculating about the H-20 in the early 2010s. Postulated characteristics include four non-afterburning WS-10A Taihang turbofans sunk into the top of the wing surface with S-shaped saw-toothed inlets for stealth. It’s worth noting that the WS-10 has been plagued by major problems, but that hasn’t stopped China from manufacturing fighters using WS-10s, with predictably troubled results.
China's newest supersonic stealth bomber -- which doubles the country's strike range and completes its nuclear triad -- could be ready for rollout later this year but Beijing has purportedly been weighing the step and what it could mean for escalating regional tensions brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, reports Fox News.
China’s long-range Xian H-20 stealth bomber could make its debut this year https://t.co/kvfLshkCvc— SCMP News (@SCMPNews) May 3, 2020
Artist's conception of China's new H-20 stealth bomber! pic.twitter.com/hK3sEUCB5w— ☠️☠️☠️Warren Platts☠️☠️☠️ (@WarrenPlatts) May 4, 2020
For a nation that boasts of developing an advanced stealth fighter, it seems strange that China would need to buy warplanes from its former rival Russia.https://t.co/pCPTee7uzw— GlobalDefence.net (@globaldefence) May 3, 2020