China’s CASC Unveils Prototype of CH-7 Stealth Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle at AirShow China 2018

The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) has unveiled a full-size prototype of its new CH-7 stealth unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) at the biennial AirShow China 2018 exhibition being held from Nov. 6-11 in Zhuhai.

CASC CH-7 UCAV at AirShow China 2018
A prototype of the new CH-7 stealth unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) developed by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) at the AirShow China 2018 exhibition in Zhuhai.

The drone is developed by the China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics (CAAA), a division of CASC.

With a wingspan of 22m, a length of 10m and a maximum take-off weight of 13 tonnes, the CH-7 (Rainbow-7) can fly up to 13,000m metres (42,650ft) and has a top speed of 919 km/h (571mph). The drone is comparable to American X-47B drone and is capable of conductiong long-endurance reconnaissance, ground attack and air combat missions.

The manufacturer claims that the high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) drone can stay in air for 15 hours and can carry anti-radiation missiles (ARM) and long-range precision guidance munitions (PGM).

The maiden flight of the UCAV is expected in 2019 and the mass production by 2022, according to local media reports.



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