MQ-9 Reaper vs CH-5 Rainbow Drone Specifications

The largest drone of China is now the headline in the international arms market. It is not just because it’s the largest drone built by China, but the drone is the first drone to be equipped with the advanced weapons system that may rival other existing drones especially drones from the U.S., it is planned to be sold or might be already purchased by Egypt, Iraq and Saudi Arabia.


CH-5 Rainbow (source:Internet photo)

On the other hand the most famous and the deadliest drone by the U.S, the MQ-9 Reaper known to have successfully assassinated several high profile terrorist including the recent annihilation of Jihadi John.

A fully armed MQ-9 Reaper taxis down an Afghanistan runway Nov. 4. The Reaper has flown 49 combat sorties since it first began operating in Afghanistan Sept. 25. It completed its first combat strike Oct. 27, when it fired a Hellfire missile over Deh Rawod, Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson)

A fully armed MQ-9 Reaper

As usual analyst says that the CH-5 Rainbow drone of China is a clear copycat of the MQ-9 Reaper, saying that the company China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation copied the blueprint of the MQ-9. We can’t deny the fact that CH-5 Rainbow has a striking resemblance to the MQ-9 Reaper even the wingspan is the same. But the question is how about the performance as well as the features, some says that the CH-5 Rainbow has much better features. Ok let’s compare the specifications of the MQ-9 Reaper vs the CH-5 Rainbow of China.

MQ-9 Reaper vs CH-5 Rainbow Drone Specifications

Specs MQ-9 Reaper CH-5 Rainbow
Country U.S China
Wingspan 20 meters 20 meters
Take-Off Weight 4,760 KG 3,000 KG
Flight Hours 14 hours 30 hours
Ceiling 50,000 ft 29, 527 ft
Range 1,852 KM 900 KM with Payload
Engine HoneyWell TPE331-10 TurboProp WJ-9 TurboProp
Payload 1,700 kg 900 kg maximum 1,000
Armament 4 AGM -114 Hellfire Missiles, GBU-12 Paveway II, GBU-38 JDAM, possible AIM-92 Stinger 8 AR-1. FT-7
Manufacturer General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Aerospace Science and technology Corporation

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  1. richard October 2, 2016