Rainbow 3 UAV made its first export overseas to prevent a monopoly of the West
CH-3 medium-range, long-endurance UAV model Photo: doors wide Reserved
CH-3 linked to a UAV wing under the AR-1 ground attack missiles. Photo: doors wide Sina exclusive picture Reserved
CH-3 medium-range, long-endurance UAV belly optoelectronic device special photography: Anjing without license shall not be reproduced
newspaper freelance writer Chu cool
celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of New China, the parade, the Chinese self-developed military UAVs for the first time in review, this shows our a military frontier of attention. According to domestic media recently revealed that China Aerospace Science and Technology Company 11 Court developed a “rainbow” -3 (CH-3) unmanned aerial vehicle has been successfully exported to overseas. As China’s first medium-sized unmanned aerial vehicles exported, the significance of this same material.
made “Rainbow” is strong
in the 2008 Zhuhai air show, blue-gray paint of the “Rainbow” -3 UAV model, had attracted many people’s eyes. It was the scene show the author in person to understand, compared to other UAVs, the aircraft has the following characteristics:
one size larger wingspan of 8 meters, captain 5.5 meters, takeoff weight of 640 kg; Second, the payload of 60 kg, maximum load 100 kg, portable opto-electronic reconnaissance equipment and even AR-1-type ground missile (highlighted below); Third, the cruising altitude 3000-5000 m, the maximum ceiling of 6,000 meters, as compared with ordinary UAV better; four, with three-point landing gear, you can take off from the runway, and other UAVs can usually only catapult take-off; 5, using piston engines, endurance up to 12 hours, a maximum range of 2,400 kilometers, number of manned aircraft are difficult to match.
UAV widely used in the military field can be used for reconnaissance, surveillance and ground attack, the civilian side also has good market prospects, such as commitment to forest fire, weather, surveying, marine surveying and mapping, geological exploration and other functions. In addition, the machine can also be police, patrolling the implementation should, tracking and monitoring of criminals and other tasks.
“Rainbow” -3 first public appearance, attracted the attention of many potential customers for its success to go abroad to do a footnote. Particular aircraft type mounted AR-1 ground missiles, is the world’s first – a dedicated UAV developed similar weapons. According to reports, the elastic energy similar to the famous American “Maverick” missile, plus GPS combined with inertial guidance, weight only 45 kg, 6.8 kg warhead with explosive high-energy mix, maximum armor thickness of 1.4 meters. “Rainbow 3″ mount this weapon on the ground after the attack, can hit the enemy tanks, fortifications and other fixed targets.
not to monopolize the international market, the West
recent years, the national military UAVs have gained rapid development, both the United States, Russia, Germany, France Israel and other traditional military power, or Iran and other regional powers, are equipped with a large number of UAVs. As more and more UAVs to the battlefield, it was a bold prediction: the future of the UAV will rule the sky.
In this context, “Rainbow 3″ exported significance there? Back in the 1960s and 1970s, China began the development of unmanned aerial vehicles, but mostly non-combat drones or reconnaissance aircraft. In recent years, the cause of the rapid development of China’s unmanned aerial vehicles, in last year’s Zhuhai Air Show, many domestic research institutes launch of various shapes, featured a variety of models. According to my observation, in addition to Aerospace Technology Group Company 11 hospital products, a shape similar to the US-made “Predator” UAV also attracted the attention of many professionals, which fully shows the great flourishing of our UAV research situation.
2005, the United States had pressured Israel to the original part of China “Harpy” unmanned aerial vehicles (then under repair) the detention, with great shock to many people. This also shows that China in the development of UAV attack in that there are weaknesses, if there were practical domestic attack UAV, it would not be so passive. Today, the “Rainbow” -3 successful models of exports and the other brothers, appeared to show our great progress in this area, but also abroad on the strength of our new understanding of unmanned aerial vehicles. In this sense, the bulk export of unmanned aerial vehicles both foreign exchange earnings, but also the international arms market for Chinese products erected a new brand; also indicates that China has formally joined the list of countries with advanced unmanned aerial vehicles, will help break the monopoly of Western technology.