China's CH-5 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), also known as ‘Rainbow 5’ and claimed to be its biggest UAV so far, made its maiden flight in Gansu province, state media reported on Monday.
With a wingspan of 20 meters, a maximum take-off weight of 3 tons, maximum payload of around 900 kilograms and an endurance of more than 30 hours at low- and medium-altitude, the UAV is twice the size of previous Chinese –made military UAV, the Beijing Times claimed.
The maiden flight, scheduled in the early morning to avoid rush hour for civil flights, took 20 minutes before it landed smoothly as programmed, according to CCTV.
The CH-5 is the largest reconnaissance and strike drone developed by the country according to the Chinese Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC).
The UAV will affect the way of dealing with anti-terrorist attacks in future, since its heavier loading capacity enables it to accommodate perspective radar to detect terrorists inside buildings or woods and communication-command devices to lead a drone fleet, said Ou Zhongming, head of the UAV project at the CASC.
"It will increase the range of reconnaissance from 30 kilometers to 80 kilometers, which will discover targets over a longer distance and prevent any danger," Lan Wenbo, an official at the CASC told CCTV.
The drone is designed to perform reconnaissance, surveillance, targeting, intelligence gathering, electronic warfare, border patrol, island defense and anti-terrorism missions.
The Pentagon's annual report on the People's Liberation Army (PLA) revealed China's plan to produce nearly 42,000 land-based and sea-based unmanned weapons and sensor platforms. The report released on Friday added that apart from operating many armed and unarmed China drone aircraft, China is also developing long-range unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for intelligence gathering as well as bombing attacks
A prototype of the Chinese Caihong-7 (CH-7) or Rainbow 7 advanced stealth drone will be unveiled in the Zhuhai Airshow starting on Tuesday, said Global Times in a report on Monday. Made by the Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), the CH-7 is said to be the latest and the most technologically advanced drone in Chinas arsenal
The Chinese Academy of Aerospace and Aerodynamics (CAAA) on Wednesday revealed the CH-10 tilt-rotor unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that will be featured at the Airshow China 2018 in Zhuhai next week. The CH-10 is a new unmanned aerial vehicle integrating helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft technology, Global Times reported quoting a CAAA statement
China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp (CASC) will display a new generation attack and reconnaissance UAV dubbed as the CH-X at the Airshow China 2018 later this year. "A new generation CH series UAVs, the CH-X which is the most advanced in the CH series, will be displayed at Airshow China 2018 in Zhuhai this year," Shi Wen, the chief engineer and designer of China's Caihong (CH), or Rainbow UAV made by CASC said at the press conference in Beijing Monday
Chinas unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) attack and reconnaissance drone designated CH-5, completed a live-fire exercise earlier this month. The CH-5 also called “Caihong (Rainbow) 5,” is the latest drone developed by the Chinese Academy of Aerospace and Aerodynamics
The export version of Chinas CH-5 drone, considered a competitor to the US-made MQ-9 Reaper, completed its trial flight Saturday making it ready for mass production and international sales. The long endurance drone, said to be one of the worlds most powerful unmanned aerial vehicles, was airborne for more than 20 minutes, at an airport in Hebei province on Friday afternoon, Xinhua and other Chinese media reported
Chinas Chengdu Aircraft Corporation has introduced its second-generation Wing Loong II unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) at the Beijing Air Show earlier this month. The system is similar to the MQ-9 Reaper high-altitude long-endurance UCAV, which is manufactured by General Atomics primarily for the US Air Force, Sputnik International reported Friday
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