PLAAF JH-XX / H-X bomber concepts

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There is a Chinese Su-34 derivative in the pipeline?

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  1. Deino
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    IMO only an unreliable fan-art, some sort of placeholder at best.
     
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    Without regarding the veracity of the drawing itself, is there anything in the concept of a 3 engine bomber that would make it less efficient than a 2 engine or 4 engine bomber? Usually, one adds more engines if the available engine isn't powerful enough for the requirements.

    With single engine, it has to go in the middle. usually leading to bomb bays on the side of it. With 2/4 engines, the bomb bay can be in the middle. With three engines, one can have them all together, for widely separated bomb bays, or if that's not very good, one can separate the engines a little and put bomb bays between them. With separation distances not really differing from what B2 has.

    On the other hand, the less engines there are, the more fuel efficient the system is. And operational costs may also be a tad lower.

    Basically, if requirement is such that a very large bomber isn't needed (say intercontinental range at 10 tons of weapons not needed) and if available engines are such that 3 of them would be a perfect fit - would it be so unusual to see a three engine design?
     
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    It looks like it could be a concept for a subsonic sixth generation fighter.
     
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    Those CG's have been floating around for a few years already, and academic studies that were leaked, all depict a potential H-20 configuration as being similar to the B-2 or maybe even the B-21.
     
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    There are reports that the prototype of the H-20 rolled out on August 6th. As usual, nobody knows just how credible this is.
     
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    To admit I read that too but I'm very, very much in doubt ! What or who was the source of this rumour?
     
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    I know all of this is speculation right now, but do we know roughly what number of these bombers the PLAAF would be looking to build. Is this going to be like the B-2, in that it is limited in its production run? A sort of first go at building a stealth bomber. Seeing how versitile the H-6 has been, is there a need for a large number of stealth bombers given the likely adversaries the Chinese would face?
     
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    Be a lot of money just to build a tech demonstrator, if it's a full scaled, four engine flying wing.
     
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    Long range bomber is stuff of superpowers

    The capability to send a bomber other side of the world to bomb a target then return

    All that while remaining undectected

    Russian are always detected flying down around Alaska will the Chinese equivalent be seen ? Let's see
     
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