China's long range drone, CH-5 can carry at least eight AR-1 missiles and FT-7 small diameter bombs.
The low-mid altitude drone, developed by the China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), is capable of both reconnaissance and strike missions, the WantChinaTimes reported today.
Made with composite materials, the CH-5 has completed its maiden flight last month. It has a wingspan of 20 meters, an endurance of more than 30 hours, a maximum take-off weight reaching three tons and a payload of around 900 kilometers.
The CH-5 is also capable of carrying more warheads and heavier weapons, including equip weapons weighing around 130kg that means it can carry the FT-7 precision-guided bomb that has a range of up to 90km.
The CH-5 can also carry eight or more AR-1 missiles. The UAV might be weighing 1.3 tons for fuel and weapons.
The CH-5 carries eight AR-1s and would leave around 700kg of space for fuel. This will provide the UAV with a combat radius of 1,500km. The CH-5 when loaded to maximum capacity with eight AR-1s and two FT-7s, it would still have room for around 400kg of fuel, equivalent to a combat radius of 1,000km.
The CH-5 is equipped with a domestic WJ-9 turboprop engine. The UAV is more likely powered by a piston engine. The CH-5 could be matched with a Lycoming O-540 engine that has around 300 horsepower, though this would make difficult for the drone to top speeds of more than 300 km per hour.