Sunday, October 18, 2015

Iraq deploys Chinese UAVs

(Baghdad) The Iraqi military has released video of the first combat mission of its CH-4B Rainbow UAV – the design which was heavily copied from the US MQ-1 Reaper developed by General Atomics, entered service with the PLA Air Force in 2013 – as purchased from China. The UAV (of which there are two versions) has been developed by China’s Aerospace Long-March International Trade Company (ALIT). The CH-4A is designed for reconnaissance (3,500 - 5,000 km range), with the CH-4B as the attack variant with its main armament being the AR-1/HJ-10 anti-tank missile – the Chinese equivalent to the American-made Hellfire missile.

Chinese UAVs are now finding homes across the world, with Iraq following in the steps of Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE.