CH-5 UAV. Impressive payload



the Caihong drone, CH-5, as it is called, which has been designed by the state-run China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics in Beijing.
The 1,000kg drone can carry between 16 and 24 air-to-surface missiles in a single flight.
"Several foreign nations have expressed intentions to purchase the CH-5, and we are in talks with them," said Shi Wen, chief designer of the Caihong, or Rainbow, at CAAA. Shi said the CH-5 is better than MQ-9 Reaper, a hunter-killer drone of the US, because it "can perform whatever operations the MQ-9 Reaper can, and is even better than the US vehicle when it comes to flight duration and operational efficiency," Shi said
"Another advantage is that the CH-5 is capable of making a joint strike together with its predecessors, the CH-3 and CH-4, because they can share the same data link and control system. Therefore, it is very easy for current users of the CH-3 and CH-4 to introduce and integrate the CH-5 into their drone network," Shi said.
 It is made of composite materials and has a wingspan of 21 meters. Twice as big as its predecessors in the CH family, the drone can stay in the air for about 60 hours and operate at an altitude of up to 10 km, Shi said.
Its current maximum range is 6,500 km, and a future upgrade will enable it to fly as far as 10,000 km, he added.


CH-5 UAV wingspan: 21 m, max take-off weight: 3.3 ton, max suspension weight: 1 ton
Plan is obviously afoot to up CH-5's endurance from present day 40 hours to 100-120 hours.
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