The CH-92 is a fixed-wing Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) originating from China and developed by Chinese Aerospace Science & Technology (CASC). As U.S. drone technology remains quite restrictive on the global selling front, and the Chinese reach into Europe is limited, the country has looked to buyers across Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe with some success. The CH-92 is just one UAS in a long line of drone produced by CASC that includes CH-1 through CH-10 and additional offerings in the CH-91, CH-802, CH-803, and CH-901.
The CH-92 was originally developed to fulfill general Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR) roles and artillery-spotting but has since been featured sporting two underwing hardpoints and supporting precision-guided / air-launched weapons. Operational range is out to 155 miles with an operating ceiling near 16,000 feet.
The aircraft showcases a conventional design arrange for a low-to-medium altitude UAS. The mainplanes are straight in their general shape and shoulder-mounted along the sides of the fuselage. The fuselage itself is well-streamlined and houses pertinent operational systems, fuel stores, and the powerplant. The powerplant consists of a conventional engine seated at the rear of the airframe driving a multi-bladed propeller unit in "pusher" configuration. Twin booms emerge from under and aft of the mainplanes and are joined by a shared horizontal plane. This structure is straddled by a pair of vertical planes. The undercarriage consists of a fixed, wheeled tricycle arrangement for ground-running. An optics / sensor turret is positioned at the "chin" of the airframe in the usual way.
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July 2020 - Serbia officials have revealed their new fleet of UAVs consisting of Chinese CH-92A drones which can be utilized for the ISR role or armed through precision-guided weapons (namely the FT-8 missile).
(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.
Aircraft inherently designed (or later developed) with an unmanned capability to cover a variety of over-battlefield roles.
1 x Conventional engine arranged in pusher configuration driving propeller unit at rear of fuselage.
16,404 ft (5,000 m | 3 mi)
155 mi (250 km | 463 nm)
(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the base CASC CH-92 production variant. Performance specifications showcased above are subject to environmental factors as well as aircraft configuration. Estimates are made when Real Data not available. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database or View aircraft by powerplant type)
If armed, supporting 2 x Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGMs), precision-guided ordnance or similar across two hardpoints.
(Not all ordnance types may be represented in the showcase above)
Hardpoint Mountings: 2
CH-92 - Base Series Designation.
CH-92A - Production Variant.
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