CH-6 HALE UAV unveiled at Airshow China 2021

Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) unveils the CH-6 high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) remotely piloted UAV at China AIrshow 2021, held in Zhuhai from September 28 to October 3, 2021.

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CH 6 HALE UAV unveiled at China Airshow 2021 01 CH-6 (also known as Rainbow-6, or Cai Hong-6) (Picture source: 太湖啥个)

The CH-6 is considered to be a high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) unmanned system designed for intelligence gathering, support, and strike roles.

With a wingspan of 20.5 meters, CH-6 has a maximum takeoff weight of 7.8 tons and can carry a large range of payloads including electro-optic systems, synthetic aperture radar, early warning radars, electronic reconnaissance systems, air-to-ground missiles and bombs, anti-radiation missiles and loitering munitions, up to 450 kilograms.

The drone will be offered in two configurations: an ISR variant with a 120 kg payload capacity and 21-hour flight endurance, as well as a strike variant with a 450 kg payload capacity and 18-hour flight endurance.

CH 6 HALE UAV unveiled at China Airshow 2021 02 CH-6 can be fitted with up to 450 kilograms of payloads, including different ammunitions, as showcased on the ground (Picture source: 太湖啥个)

CH 6 HALE UAV unveiled at China Airshow 2021 03 CH-6 side view, showing UAV's winglets (Picture source: 太湖啥个)