CHINA is almost ready to unleash its fearsome Hong-20 nuclear bomber.
The state-of-the-art war machine can carry 20-tonnes of nuclear weapons and fly 5,000 miles without refuelling.
China Defence Online China’s fearsome Hong-20 nuclear bomber is almost ready to take to the skies, Beijing has announced
It has been in development for more than a decade, during which China has poured billions into its air force.
The wings have been modelled on the US Northrop Gruman B-2 Spirit stealth bomber.
That “strategic bomber” was designed to penetrate anti-aircraft defences and drop devastating nuclear payloads.
The trial date for the Hong-20 has not been announced but its unveiling is a huge milestone for the Chinese Air Force.
Getty The jet’s wings have been modelled on the US Northrop Gruman B-2 Spirit stealth bomber
Little information is available but it will carry CJ-10K air-launched cruise missiles, according to experts at The Drive.
They believe the jet will give China a new “strategic capability to deter potential opponents”.
Importantly, the Hong-20 also completes the country’s so-called “nuclear triad”.
This consists of ground-based ballistic missiles, submarine-launched ballistic missiles and the long-range nuclear-capable bombers.
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This comes at a time of unprecedented diplomatic tension between China and the United States.
Last month, Donald Trump escalated his bitter trade war with China by imposing £152 of tariffs on goods arriving from the country.
In recent months, the US has also sent its warships to the South China Sea where Beijing has laid claim to dozens of islands.