Discount Reaper Drone? Meet China’s CH-4 UCAV

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Discount Reaper Drone? Meet China's CH-4 UCAV

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The CASC CH-4 is a dedicated Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV), developed and produced in China.

It is, at least externally, a copy of General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper drone.

The only distinction between the two is the ventral fin below the V-tail on MQ-9, which is absent on the CH-4.

There are two versions, the CH-4A and CH-4B.

The CH-4A is a reconnaissance drone (capable of a 3500–5000 km range and a 30- to 40-hour endurance).

The CH-4B is a mixed attack and reconnaissance system with provisions for 6 weapons and a payload of up to 250 to 345 kg.

CH-4 is capable of firing air-to-ground missile from altitude of 5,000 meters, therefore the aircraft can stay outside of effective range of most anti-aircraft guns. It also allows CH-4 to be able to fire from a position that provides wider viewing area.

One of the international buyers of the CH-4 UCAV is the UAE, and on December 22nd, Yemen’s Houthis announced that its forces had shot down a Chinese-made CH4 unmanned combat aerial vehicle operated by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen. The incident took place in the province of Marib.

The CH4 was conducting strikes in support of pro-Saudi-forces, which are on retreat under pressure from the Houthis and their local allies.

Earlier in 2020, in March, despite the pandemic, the Global Times reported that the CH-4 UCAV “one of the top selling armed reconnaissance drones in the world developed by China, has now resumed as the novel coronavirus epidemic is being brought under control in the country.”

A workshop was seen full of drones being assembled, as analysts predicted the CH-4 will see great demand in the international market in 2020.

One of the photos showed at least eight CH-4 drones being assembled in one large workshop, with no space left to spare in the facility. The drones were seemingly in different stages of assembly, as drones on one side were near completion and those on the other side had just started and were just frames that had no paint and no electronic devices installed.

Global Times also described why that is happening:

“Drones are becoming increasingly popular in regional conflicts around the world, and Chinese companies can offer them at very reasonable prices, offering good performances and after-sales services and not attaching political conditions, which are all advantages they have over Western countries’ products.

The CH drones are particularly popular as they are very easy to operate and do not require very intensive and professional training.”

Discount Reaper Drone? Meet China's CH-4 UCAV

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Lone Ranger

Good job.
But why is this a surprise?
China had probably acess to all classified information and still does…
And contrary to the U.S. they can copy something if they have the blueprints…

Volker

Nonsense, this kind of crap is always throwing around to minimize + smear the facts that they are smart enough to do their own stuff……the AmeriCunts are pretend in their propaganda as they are the only all mighty force in the universe to come up with some stuff …jada jada jada blah blah blah.

occupybacon

China copies Russian designs too, just saying.

Volker

AmeriCunts copied German Soviet British French and what ever design elements in what ever designs…so what.

occupybacon

Yeah, eveeyone copies, that’s the point. The most famous Russian product is a copy after a German rifle too.

Volker

Yeah, and that Myth is debunked plenty times because it’s and was always complete BS….there are plenty of videos on YT by the way to show it in detail….but don’t let facts interfere with your usual BS lies.

occupybacon

Already out of vodka? Here’s another 100ml to chill and fuck off.

Arch Bungle

Here’s a shekel, go buy yourself a brain.

occupybacon

Thanks, I will buy 100 of brains like yours with that shekel, to feed my grandpa’s pigs with them.

Volker

By the way, the AmeriCunt Springfield M1903 rifle was in REALITY a total unlicenced rip-off of a German Mauser….just saying.

occupybacon

Ok Ivan, I’ll pay you 100ml of vodka to fuck off.

Captain Freedom

Facts don’t care about your feelings!

occupybacon

Ok Captain Vodka. May Ded Moroz bring you a fat bottle.

cechas vodobenikov

captain promotes bacon for troop morale—but still drunk peasant

occupybacon

How is Siberia, comrade? Wet, frozen? Like a dead pussy?

Arch Bungle

Kind of like your mom.

occupybacon

Yes Siberia is like my mom, my grandpa’s outhouse wc is cold and stinky like you mom.

Arch Bungle

What do we pay you to fuck off?

All you do is pollute the forums with anti-intellectual bullshit.

occupybacon

Your mom is ok for now, I train her as my pokemon.

Arch Bungle

Excellent. No need to reinvent the wheel. Copy. Improve, Exceed. Go to market.

occupybacon

Exactly like your copy-paste comments.

Rafael

Just flag that brainless imbecile @occupybacon:disqus and his every comment. Hopefully SF moderators will take out the trash.
His only ‘contribution’ to this forum is to spam retarded and utterly clueless antirussian garbage, and project some sick fantasies about his Romanian mother.

occupybacon

Winne the pooh got mad?

Lone Ranger

I could say these hacks are the biggest fu… ups in the history of the U.S. but I will be modest and wont rub salt into their wounds ?

occupybacon

Modest, but do you have anything to brag with?

Lone Ranger

Your love to me…

occupybacon

If you want to feel loved ask your mom.

Arch Bungle

Your mom is more generous though.

occupybacon

Your mom is not so genetous though but I’m traing her as my own puppy. She won’t recognise you after I finish her training.

The Objective

Your Chinese allies are selling drones to Iran’s buddies (Saudi Arabia and U.A.E) which they use on your militias in Yemen. I expected a rebuke from you. Or perhaps you are not so keen that the Chinese are a part of your so-called resistance?

Lone Ranger

+25Shekels Shlomo.
Dont spend it all at once…

P.S. Happy Hanuka

cechas vodobenikov

discount only at Walmart where bacon works for minimum 7 hryvnya per hour–u must bring her pelmeni and piva for discount

Arch Bungle

I want one for Christmas!