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 China’s arsenal.
Caihong-7 is a high-altitude, subsonic, and stealth drone having a wingspan of 22 meters. With a maximum takeoff weight of 13 tons, it can mount more advanced reconnaissance payloads and more combat weapons, performing on-demand missions on high-value targets. It employs a turbofan engine giving it the ability to fly at high altitudes and high speed.
The CH-7 is competing with the United States-made RQ-180 and X-47B. “It will inherit high reliability, high attendance, universal ground station and full automatic control technology of its predecessors CH-4 and CH-5. The drone boasts of a radar invisible shape and is coated with radar absorbing material to be useful for stealth operations,” the report said quoting a local defence expert.
The display of the prototype at the show indicates the Chinese government’s eagerness to offer the drone for export.
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China will unveil its Z-10ME attack helicopter at the Zhuhai Air Show in November, billed as a low-priced alternative to the US-made Apache attack helicopter but with similar firepower and engine thrust. Chinese state-run media reported today that the Z-10ME was an improved version of the Z-10 in use by ground and air forces of the People's Liberation Army
Chinas Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) is showcasing Z-11WB Light Attack Helicopter capable of carrying SW-6 (Sky Wing 6) air deployable tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on the starboard side at the on-going Zhuhai Air Show 2016. AVIC subsidiary Changhe Aircraft Industries Corporation (CAIC) developed Z-11WB helicopter is the weaponised variant of the civilian model Z-11
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
China Central Television (CCTV) broadcast an image from a distance of what was identified as the “Sky Hawk,” high-altitude, long-range and high-speed drone powered by a turbofan engine, a first for Chinas impressive range of military unmanned vehicles. Developed by the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC), the Sky Hawk conducted a test flight at an undisclosed location in China, the CCTV report said
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