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.
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.
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|
|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|