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The PLAAF continues to fly the obsolescent H-6 bomber, and as of around 2006 had resumed production of an upgraded variant. As of 2011 there were no confirmed bomber replacement development programs. Attempts to purchase the Tu-22M from Russia led nowhere, and it remains unclear what plane will replace H-6 bomber, and when.

According to some reports a new fighter/bomber project was started in 1995, following Russia's refusal to sell advance bombers to China, and at least a decade would be required for it to enter service. As of 2011 there had been no public reports concerning this program, which may be in abeyance. This H-9 was said to be similar to the American F-117 in terms of overall performance, and perhaps even physical configuration.

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