Successful Maiden Flight of China’s Mass-produced CH-5 Drone


Maiden flight of China’s mass-produced CH-5 drone. Beijing Daily’s photo

In the afternoon of July 14, China successfully completed maiden flight of its mass-produced Caihong-5 (CH-5) drone at an airport in Hebei Province. It marks the beginning of formal mass production of CH-5 world-first-class advanced drones for both military and civilian purposes.

Since its first appearance in Zhuhai Airshow last year, CH-5 has undergone quite a few improvements. It is now a large reconnaissance-strike drone characterized with long range and duration and heavy fire power.

It has a wingspan of 21 meters with a maximum takeoff weight of 3,300 kg. It can carry a maximum load of 1,000 kg on its wings so that it can carry 8 AR-1 missiles. Its maximum range and duration are respectively 10,000 km and 60 hours with a ceiling of 7,600 m. It can stay in air for 30 hours even when it carries 8 AR-1 missiles.
With such wonderful functions, CH-5 can be used for 24-hour reconnaissance, monitoring, inspection, patrol, accurate positioning and strike of targets and assessment of the results of attack. It is, therefore, a real heavy sniper able to detect and immediately attack ground or sea targets within 2,000 km.

For civilian use, it is able to conduct resources exploration, marine ecology and environment protection, disaster monitoring and relief, inspection of activities in sea areas and islands, marine rights maintenance and law enforcement, etc.

Due to such wonderful functions and performance, users in lots of countries are interested in CH-5 even before the commencement of its mass production.

Source: Beijing Daily “Maiden flight of China’s mass-produced Caihong-5 drone: How advanced are its functions and performance?” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)

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3 Comments on “Successful Maiden Flight of China’s Mass-produced CH-5 Drone”

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  2. Fre Okin says:

    Congratulations China. Very well done! I hope China quickly made a dozen of these drones to demo them running a network of aerial ‘pack of wolves’ to guard her borders against India and also to patrol the SCS and ECS. Nowhere for her enemies to hide!

    For comparison Caihong-5 (CH-5) drone
    It has a wingspan of 21 meters with a maximum takeoff weight of 3,300 kg. It can carry a maximum load of 1,000 kg on its wings so that it can carry 8 AR-1 missiles. Its maximum range and duration are respectively 10,000 km and 60 hours with a ceiling of 7,600 m. It can stay in air for 30 hours even when it carries 8 AR-1 missiles.

    Compared to US Guardian drone which India is buying, the Chinese CH-5 drone have longer duration 30 hour vs US 14 hours, so more area covered and of course much much cheaper. Each Indian drone cost at least $100 million US dollars! This Chinese drone probably $5 million based on a less than $2 million I read somewhere for the WIng Loong 1

    Plus the range of 10,000 km give her very good coverage!

    Wing Loong I has been sold to countries in Africa and the Middle East including Nigeria, Egypt and the UAE at an estimated USD 1 million per unit, the daily quoted foreign media reports.

    In June 2017, the US State Department approved the sale of 22 drones to India, costing around 2-3 billion USD.[136] General_Atomics_MQ-9_Reaper Predator B Guardian drone

    Performance
    Maximum speed: 300 mph; 260 kn (482 km/h)
    Cruise speed: 194 mph; 169 kn (313 km/h) [166]
    Range: 1,151 mi; 1,852 km (1,000 nmi)
    Endurance: 14 hours fully loaded[167]
    Service ceiling: 50,000 ft (15,000 m)
    Operational altitude: 25,000 ft (7.5 km)[168]
    General characteristics
    Crew: 0 onboard, 2 in ground station
    Length: 36 ft 1 in (11 m).
    Wingspan: 65 ft 7 in (20 m)
    Height: 12 ft 6 in (3.81 m)
    Empty weight: 4,901 lb (2,223 kg)
    Max takeoff weight: 10,494 lb (4,760 kg)
    Fuel capacity: 4,000 lb (1,800 kg)
    Payload: 3,800 lb (1,700 kg)
    Internal: 800 lb (360 kg)
    External: 3,000 lb (1,400 kg)
    Powerplant: 1 × Honeywell TPE331-10 turboprop, 900 hp (671 kW) with Digital Electronic Engine Control (DEEC)[165]
    Armament
    7 hardpoints
    Up to 1,500 lb (680 kg) on the two inboard weapons stations[169]
    Up to 750 lb (340 kg) on the two middle stations[169]
    Up to 150 lb (68 kg) on the outboard stations[169]
    Center station not used
    Up to 4 AGM-114 Hellfire air to ground missiles can be carried or four Hellfire missiles and two 500 lb (230 kg) GBU-12 Paveway II laser-guided bombs. The 500 lb (230 kg) GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) can also be carried.

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  3. Steve says:

    China’s Drone Masterclass – Chinese Ingenuity.

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