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In India: China tests Xian H-20 stealth bomber near Indian borders in Ladakh

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The People's Liberation Army of China has tested the Xian H-20 strategic stealth bombers on aviation base Hotan. This statement was made by the Indian side.


Hotan Air Base is located in the south of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Among the Chinese military airfields, it occupies a special place: firstly, it has a good runway that allows it to receive modern bombers and fighters. Second, and more importantly, the distance from the Khotan airbase to the disputed areas on the border with India is only 250-400 kilometers.

Bomber tests began on June 8 and will last until June 22. They are planned to be completed by a significant date for Beijing - the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

The new aircraft will be opposed to the Indian Rafale


The Xian H-20 strategic bomber has a number of impressive characteristics. It is stealth class, it can carry a heavy payload, but most importantly, it can elude the Rafale fighters that the Indian Air Force recently began to receive under contract from France.


China has yet to announce where it plans to deploy the new bombers, but they will most likely also be based at airfields near the Indian border. India is sure of this.

Xian H-20 as a defense of the Chinese economic corridor


The confrontation with India is not the only reason for testing a new bomber in southwestern China. The country's authorities plan to use the aircraft to protect their interests in the region, including to ensure the functioning of the China-Pakistan economic corridor. This is also causing concern for India.

In addition to East Ladakh, bombers will be able to hit targets in Afghanistan and Pakistan. To do this, they do not even have to leave the Chinese airspace. According to the Pentagon's 2020 report on China's military strength, the aircraft will have a range of 5 miles and a payload of 281 tons of ammunition.

Previously, China planned to put bombers into operation in 2025, but now the dates have been pushed back to earlier ones. Indian experts associate this acceleration with the growth of geopolitical tensions in the Indo-Pacific region and in Central Asia.

Xian H-20 allows China to launch nuclear missiles, and in this case, Japan and even Australia, not to mention India, may be in the affected area.

At the same time, India is unlikely to be able to compete with China on an equal footing: nevertheless, the economic and technological potential of the two states is significantly different. While India is looking for foreign suppliers of aircraft, China is successfully coping with the task of creating and producing its own fighters and bombers, and the pace of the build-up of Chinese military power frightens not only Indian but also American experts.
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  1. Doccor18
    Doccor18 14 June 2021 10: 40
    +1
    ... and the pace of the build-up of Chinese military power frightens not only Indian but also American experts.

    Well, they only really scare the Indians, and that's understandable. The gap is widening ...
    The US is not frightened, yet, but it makes it wake up from the "hegemonic greatness" and start working ....
    1. URAL72
      URAL72 14 June 2021 11: 52
      +1
      While India is looking for overseas aircraft suppliers, "

      I really hope so. I think it will be enough to whisper in your ear in confidence that we are ready to sell them an export modification of the PAK DA, and contracts for submarines, fighters, etc. are in our pocket. Well, why not sell, - the Indians have established themselves as an adequate state, which has no claims to us, even in the war of sanctions they do not participate.
      1. Doccor18
        Doccor18 14 June 2021 15: 28
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        Quote: URAL72
        ... that we are ready to sell them an export modification of the PAK DA, and contracts for submarines, fighters, etc.

        I agree, it was very good. It is worth having a close partnership with such an underestimated state. Our weapons would tie the Indians to Russia for decades to come. And bombers, and fighters, and tanks, and nuclear submarines and ... a lot of other things could be sold ...
    2. dauria
      dauria 14 June 2021 12: 26
      +3
      but they make you wake up from the "hegemonic greatness" and start working ...

      The population may not understand ... wink They lived well on the "allowance", and then suddenly "work", and even like in China. Negroes did not forgive Trump for this.
      1. Doccor18
        Doccor18 14 June 2021 15: 23
        0
        Quote: dauria
        They lived well on the "allowance" ...

        Yes, so-so, they have an allowance, not too badly enough.

        Quote: dauria
        and then suddenly "work", and even like in China ...

        Hundreds of thousands of jobs are a huge plus for any politician in a capital country, the electorate will be satisfied, both hard workers and bosses from the military-industrial complex.
        And "like in China" will not work anyway, an African American is not a Chinese ...

        Quote: dauria
        Trump's negroes didn't forgive it

        Are the negroes ..?
        Or bankers with stockists ...
        1. dauria
          dauria 14 June 2021 16: 00
          +1
          Are the negroes ..?
          Or bankers with stockists ...

          Bankers-bankers .... Yes, only without blacks it would hardly have happened. Both parasites ... laughing So their interests coincided. The union is unbreakable, so to speak. This looting and robbery of shops plus a negro, peeping on a police car on a video camera, dramatically changed my idea of ​​their "hardworking" society ...
  2. xorek
    xorek 14 June 2021 10: 46
    +1
    Well done, the Chinese are still .. And the Indians, with their practice of purchasing weapons of different and brilliant, will someday regret it.
  3. bald
    bald 14 June 2021 10: 47
    -2
    Yes, health, thanks purely for the information (no jokes). This information, control without us, and what happens there, or it turned out not for us to decide.
  4. voyaka uh
    voyaka uh 14 June 2021 10: 59
    +2
    If only the Indians took a picture of this bomber, since it dangles near their borders.
    Everyone is interested to take a look.
    1. donavi49
      donavi49 14 June 2021 11: 10
      +3
      I make a bet that a sharp sword or its secret enlarged version was flying, and the Indians have already thought of the rest.


      Well, or in general, they came up with everything, but what kind of N-6 thread flew with CD.
    2. Ratmir_Ryazan
      Ratmir_Ryazan 14 June 2021 12: 03
      0
      If only the Indians took a picture of this bomber, since it dangles near their borders.
      Everyone is interested to take a look.


      They would take a picture if there was something))
    3. dauria
      dauria 14 June 2021 12: 33
      +1
      If only the Indians took a picture of this bomber, since it dangles near their borders.


      So he doesn't hang out so close, but probably at night or in the SMU. If it dangles at all. wink
      Although in the reference book "Jane" for 1978 there was already a satellite photo of the MiG-29. Top, fuzzy and side view drawing, quite bearable. But then, not many people involved in aviation had seen the car in the USSR at that time.
  5. Ratmir_Ryazan
    Ratmir_Ryazan 14 June 2021 11: 58
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    At the same time, India is unlikely to be able to compete with China on an equal footing: nevertheless, the economic and technological potential of the two states is significantly different.


    India could compete with China on an equal footing by joining forces with Russia, but India's shortsighted policy has already led to the withdrawal from the joint FGFA project based on the PAK FA.

    The desire to please the West will result in losses for India.

    And if India did not leave the FGFA project based on the PAK FA, it would be possible to continue cooperation in the creation of a joint stealth bomber based on the PAK-DA and in all other projects.

    Both Russia and India would only benefit from such cooperation. And now we have lost additional funds for our projects, and India is buying Rafali at $ 200 million apiece, which is enough to control the country's airspace in peacetime, but for a war with China / preventing a war with China, this is clearly not enough.
  6. TermNachTer
    TermNachTer 14 June 2021 12: 04
    -1
    can carry a heavy payload - the author himself issued such a "pearl" or is it such a clumsy translation?)))) In general, the Indians should be happy - there is an opportunity to train for real goals.
  7. Gado
    Gado 14 June 2021 12: 04
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    but most importantly, it can elude the Rafale fighters

    How can he elude the fighter? Is he hypersonic?
  8. rocket757
    rocket757 14 June 2021 12: 18
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    The People's Liberation Army of China has tested Xian H-20 strategic stealth bombers at Hotan Air Force Base. This statement was made by the Indian side
    ... Maybe you can't ... but who will take them apart, who has more fantasy played out?
  9. flateric
    flateric 15 June 2021 01: 34
    0
    What do you smoke?