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CASC CH-3 Rainbow

Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV)

CASC CH-3 Rainbow

Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV)

OVERVIEW
SPECIFICATIONS
ARMAMENT
VARIANTS
HISTORY
MEDIA
OVERVIEW



The CASC CH-3 is just one in a series of UAVs found under the Rainbow name produced by Chinese industry.
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ORIGIN: China
YEAR: 2012
STATUS: Active, In-Service
MANUFACTURER(S): China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) - China
PRODUCTION: 500
OPERATORS: Algeria; Iraq; Nigeria; Pakistan
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the CASC CH-3 Rainbow model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 0
LENGTH: 22.97 feet (7 meters)
WIDTH: 26.25 feet (8 meters)
HEIGHT: 6.56 feet (2 meters)
ENGINE: 1 x Conventional engine driving three-bladed propelled in pusher arrangement.
RANGE: 1,491 miles (2,400 kilometers; 1,296 nautical miles)




ARMAMENT



Two underwing hardpoints for the carrying of guided-missile ordnance. Mission payload of up 60 to 100 kilograms (model dependent - see variants listing).
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• CH-3 "Rainbow" - Base Series Designation; initial production model.
• CH-3A - Increased mission payload; reduced endurance.


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the CASC CH-3 Rainbow Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV).  Entry last updated on 11/22/2017. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
The CH-3 is armed version of the unarmed CH-1/CH-2 drone series. All of the products come from China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) and are part of the CASC "Rainbow" line of UAVs that began with the CH-1 and has since evolved into the CH-901 model. The series has found some global takers to date (2015) and provides modern tactical over-battlefield capabilities at a much reduced cost when compared to contemporary Western UAV products.

Externally, the CH-3 carries swept-back wing mainplanes along a streamlined fuselage that sports forward canards for additional stability and control. The mainplanes showcase large vertical fins ("winglets") at their tips and sport a single hardpoint each for the carrying and delivery of guided-missile ordnance. The undercarriage is wheeled, though fixed, under the aircraft's mass. At the rear of the fuselage is the engine installation which drives a three-bladed propeller unit in a "pusher" arrangement. Specifications include a wingspan of 8 meters while performance displays a 12-hour endurance window with a payload maximum of 80 kilograms. Range is 2,400 kilometers.




The Nigerian and Pakistani armies are confirmed operators of the CH-3 series. CH-3 designates early models while the CH-3A is a follow-up product which increases the line's mission payload (up to 180 kilograms maximum) while reducing the endurance window by half to six hours. This model also features a satellite data link as standard.

In October 2015, the Iraqi government released footage of a CASC Rainbow UAV being deployed operationally - proving its existence within the Iraqi military inventory and showcasing a new willingness by the government to expand beyond its purchases of American-made equipment.




MEDIA







Our Data Modules allow for quick visual reference when comparing a single entry against contemporary designs. Areas covered include general ratings, speed assessments, and relative ranges based on distances between major cities.

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Graph showcases the CASC CH-3 Rainbow's operational range (on internal fuel) when compared to distances between major cities.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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500

  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


Supported Roles
A2A
Interception
UAV
Ground Attack
CAS
Training
ASW
Anti-Ship
AEW
MEDEVAC
EW
Maritime/Navy
SAR
Aerial Tanker
Utility/Transport
VIP
Passenger
Business
Recon
SPECOPS
X-Plane/Development
A2A=Air-to-Air; UAV=Unmanned; CAS=Close Support; ASW=Anti-Submarine; AEW=Airborne Early Warning; MEDEVAC=Medical Evac; EW=Electronic Warfare; SAR=Search-Rescue