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China agrees to give technically advanced drones, capable of hitting Indian targets, to Pakistan

FE Online

After putting a “technical hold” on the proposal seeking “more time to examine” the move on Masood Azhar in UN Security Council, China decides to sell long-range technically-advanced drones ‘Rainbow’ to Pakistan.

Pakistan is planning to buy Chinese unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) Rainbow CH-4 and CH5. These drones are going to be used by Pakistan to carry out surveillance on the International Border and the Line of Control with India.

These drones will also help Pakistan to invade the Indian airspace and hit at military installations.

What is CH-4?

– This UAV has originated in 2014

– It is manufactured by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC)

– The CH-4 can carry up to 400 kilograms of explosives

– says that it is in use with China, Egypt, Iraq and Saudi Arabia

– And can carry anti-tank/air to surface guided missiles and precision-guided/conventional drop bombs/ordnance of up 770lb

– It can stay up in the air for 40 hours

– It can cover a range of up to 5,000 kilometres

– It is said to be based on the American MQ-9 Reaper UCAVs

What is Rainbow CH-5?

– Rainbow CH-5 can carry up to 1,000 kilograms of explosives

– Can stay in the air up to 60 hours

– This drone can fly up to 17,000 feet height in the air

– It is a slightly advanced version of the CH-4

What kind of drones can Indian Air Force use (IAF)?

Earlier this year, the Ministry of Defence gave an approval for procuring 54 Israeli HAROP attack drones for IAF. These drones are capable of hitting critical enemy targets and destroying them completely. So far, the IAF has in its inventory 110 of such drones which have a new name P-4.

The drones from Israel are fitted with electro-optical sensors to hover over high-value military targets including the surveillance bases and radar stations of the enemy before exploding over them and destroying them completely.

Financial Express Online has reported earlier that the Trump administration has already started their internal processing for 100 armed drones for the Indian Air Force (IAF). The IAF has sought the jet propelled Avenger Drones (formerly Predator C).

While the Indian armed forces have been using drones from Israel, the new UAVs from the US based General Atomics are considered a game changer for the services given the geopolitics of the region. There is a requirement for at least 1000 units of UAVs in the armed forces.