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CASC CH-5 Rainbow


Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV)


China | 2017



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



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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.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the CASC CH-5 Rainbow Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV).
1 x Turbocharged conventional engine driving a multi-bladed propeller unit at the rear of the fuselage in pusher arrangement.
Propulsion
298 mph
480 kph | 259 kts
Max Speed
29,528 ft
9,000 m | 6 miles
Service Ceiling
6,214 miles
10,000 km | 5,400 nm
Operational Range
City-to-City Ranges
Operational range when compared to distances between major cities (in KM).
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Structure
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the CASC CH-5 Rainbow Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV).
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Crew
36.7 ft
11.20 m
O/A Length
68.9 ft
(21.00 m)
O/A Width
12.5 ft
(3.80 m)
O/A Height
4,905 lb
(2,225 kg)
Empty Weight
5,997 lb
(2,720 kg)
MTOW
Design Balance
The three qualities reflected below are altitude, speed, and range. The more full the box, the more balanced the design.
RANGE
ALT
SPEED
Armament
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the CASC CH-5 Rainbow Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) .
Variable: Precision-guided drop and air-launched munitions to include bombs and missiles. Mission payload of up to 2,205lb.
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the CASC CH-5 Rainbow family line.
CH-5 - Base Series Designation
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the CASC CH-5 Rainbow. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 50 Units

Contractor(s): China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) - China
National flag of China National flag of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

[ China; Saudi Arabia ]
Relative Max Speed
Hi: 300mph
Lo: 150mph
Aircraft Max Listed Speed (298mph).

Graph Average of 225 MPH.
Era Crossover
Pie graph section
Showcasing Aircraft Era Crossover (if any)
Max Alt Visualization
Small airplane graphic
Production Comparison
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36183
44000
Entry compared against Ilyushin IL-2 (military) and Cessna 172 (civilian) total production.
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
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Mission Roles
Some designs are single-minded in their approach while others offer a more versatile solution to airborne requirements.
GROUND ATTACK
CLOSE-AIR SUPPORT
RECONNAISSANCE
UNMANNED
Recognition
Some designs stand the test of time while others are doomed to never advance beyond the drawing board; let history be their judge.
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