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CASC CH-5 Rainbow


Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) (2017)


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The CASC CH-5 Rainbow is a newer, more potent, attack addition to the existing Rainbow UAV line to emerge from China.



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 01/02/2018 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.
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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.
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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.

Specifications



Service Year
2017

Origin
China national flag graphic
China

Status
ACTIVE
In Active Service.
Crew
0
UNMANNED
Production
50
UNITS


China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) - China
National flag of China National flag of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia China; Saudi Arabia
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Ground Attack (Bombing, Strafing)
Ability to conduct aerial bombing of ground targets by way of (but not limited to) guns, bombs, missiles, rockets, and the like.
Close-Air Support (CAS)
Developed to operate in close proximity to active ground elements by way of a broad array of air-to-ground ordnance and munitions options.
Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR), Scout
Surveil ground targets / target areas to assess environmental threat levels, enemy strength, or enemy movement.
Unmanned Capability
Aircraft inherently designed (or later developed) with an unmanned capability to cover a variety of over-battlefield roles.


Length
36.7 ft
(11.20 m)
Width/Span
68.9 ft
(21.00 m)
Height
12.5 ft
(3.80 m)
Empty Wgt
4,905 lb
(2,225 kg)
MTOW
5,997 lb
(2,720 kg)
Wgt Diff
+1,091 lb
(+495 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the base CASC CH-5 Rainbow production variant)
Installed: 1 x Turbocharged conventional engine driving a multi-bladed propeller unit at the rear of the fuselage in pusher arrangement.
Max Speed
298 mph
(480 kph | 259 kts)
Ceiling
29,528 ft
(9,000 m | 6 mi)
Range
6,214 mi
(10,000 km | 18,520 nm)


♦ MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030


(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the base CASC CH-5 Rainbow production variant. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database. View aircraft by powerplant type)
Variable: Precision-guided drop and air-launched munitions to include bombs and missiles. Mission payload of up to 2,205lb.


Supported Types


Graphical image of an aircraft conventional drop bomb munition


(Not all ordnance types may be represented in the showcase above)
Hardpoint Mountings: 6


CH-5 - Base Series Designation


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