STATUS: Active, In-Service
MANUFACTURER(S): China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) - China
OPERATORS: China; Saudi Arabia
LENGTH: 36.75 feet (11.2 meters)
WIDTH: 68.90 feet (21 meters)
HEIGHT: 12.47 feet (3.8 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 4,905 pounds (2,225 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 5,997 pounds (2,720 kilograms)
ENGINE: 1 x Turbocharged conventional engine driving a multi-bladed propeller unit at the rear of the fuselage in pusher arrangement.
SPEED (MAX): 298 miles-per-hour (480 kilometers-per-hour; 259 knots)
RANGE: 6,214 miles (10,000 kilometers; 5,400 nautical miles)
CEILING: 29,528 feet (9,000 meters; 5.59 miles)
Detailing the development and operational history of the CASC CH-5 Rainbow Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV).
Entry last updated on 1/2/2018.
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The CASC CH-5 Rainbow is one of the newer additions to the indigenous Chinese Rainbow line of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). The type has been developed for the Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) meaning it can carry (and deliver with a level of precision) munitions of various types. The CH-5 more or less follows the American MQ-9 Reaper UCAV in both its form and function.
The aircraft exhibits a straight wing mainplane configuration and seats its conventional turbocharged piston-driven engine (of about 450 horsepower output) at the rear of the fuselage driving a multi-bladed propeller unit in "pusher" fashion. The vehicle is fully integrated into the existing CH-3 and CH-4 framework due to a shared data link infrastructure. The CH-5 has a reported mission endurance window of up to sixty hours, can fly at alttiudes nearing 30,000 feet and can carry a mission payload up to 2,205lb. The structure includes a wingspan of 68.8 feet and a Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) of 6,000lb.
Planned future revisions to the series will include extended loitering times, improved operational ranges and broadened support for more potent munitions options.
Saudi industry is making plans to produce the CH-5 locally for the Royal Saudi Air Force.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
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