China’s serial modification of unmanned aerial vehicle CH-5, or “Rainbow 5”, completed its trial flight in north China’s Hebei Province.
That was reported by Ministry of National Defense of the People’s Republic of China.
The CH-5 unmanned aerial vehicle can conduct reconnaissance, surveillance, patrol, target positioning and strike missions, according to its developer. The drone developed by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC). CASC unveiled the larger CH-5 during Airshow China in November 2016 for the first time.
“We’ve made several modifications after its debut, and its comprehensive functions are among the world’s best,” said Shi Wen, chief engineer of the Rainbow drone project at the China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics.
The CH-5 has a wingspan of 21 meters and is capable of carrying up to 1,000 kg of equipment. It can stay in the air for 60 hours with a range of more than 10,000 kilometers, Shi said
The CH-5 can also be used for civilian purposes such as resource surveying, marine environmental protection, disaster survey, marine law enforcement and emergency responses, Shi said.
“We will conduct more trial flights and might add fine changes to meet needs of various customers. We believe it will be a success in domestic and international markets,” he added.