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China's CH-5 UAV successfully carries out live-fire test

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World Defense & Security News - China
 
 
China's CH-5 UAV successfully carries out live-fire test
 
According to pictures released by the online newspaper People's Daily Online, China’s unmanned aerial vehicle CH-5, or “Caihong (Rainbow) 5,” completed a live-fire exercise earlier this month. The CH-5 is the latest drone developed by the Chinese Academy of Aerospace and Aerodynamics.
     
China CH 5 UAV successfully completes live firing 640 001China’s homemade CH-5 drone carries out live-fire exercise
(Credit: people.cn/Gu Fenghao)
     
These new live-firing test was performed on 21 September at an undisclosed airport in the northwestern province of Gansu. According to the specialized newspaper Jane's, China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation engineers successfully integrated and fired a new 80 kg-class Precision Guided Missile (PGM).

According to deputy chief designer Lan Wenbo, the CH-5 has already completed performance flight testing and entered into small-scale production. It is China’s largest drone for reconnaissance, surveillance, patrols, target positioning, and strike missions.

The CH-5 has a wingspan of 21 meters and is capable of carrying up to 1,000 kg of equipment. It can stay in the air for 60 hours with a range of more than 10,000 kilometers

The mass-production model of China's unmanned aerial vehicle CH-5, or "Rainbow 5", completed its first test flight in north China's Hebei Province Friday. Introduced at Air Show China 2016 in the southern Chinese city of Zhuhai last year, the CH-5 can conduct reconnaissance, surveillance, patrol, target positioning and strike missions, according to its developer.
     
China CH 5 UAV successfully completes live firing 640 002China’s homemade CH-5 drone carries out live-fire exercise
(Credit: people.cn/Gu Fenghao)