01/07/2020

Serbia Receives Chinese CH-92A Attack Drones

Serbia Receives Chinese CH-92A Attack Drones – link

Source: Defense World

Article Headlines

  • The exact number of drones has not been established, but the acquisition of two systems, i.e., six of this type, is capable of carrying missile weapons and grenades
  • Earlier reports said that Serbia will take delivery of 9 reconnaissance/combat drones with a possible follow-up order of an additional 15 drones
  • The wingspan of CH-92A is less than 10 meters. The flight range is 150km. The drone can fly at a height of 5km at a speed of up to 200 km/h
  • Aleksandar Vulin, defense minister of the Republic of Serbia, had said in a September 2019 interview with Radio-Television Serbia that the procurement of the Chinese armed drones will give the Serbian Armed Forces capabilities they do not have now
  • Serbian Assistant Minister of Defense for Material Resources, Nenad Miloradovic had stated at the 2019 Dubai Air Show that the goal of buying the CH-92A is complementary use with the locally made under-development Pegasus drone. The Chinese manufacturer will also transfer technology to help mature the Pegasus
  • While the value of the contract has not been confirmed, a 2018 report quoting the President of Serbia said, “these are 2 to 3 aircraft batteries totaling 30 million dollars.”
  • While some reports in the Western media claimed that the drones were the popular Wing Loong-1, it has now been confirmed that the drones in question are the Rainbow CH-92A. The drones will come equipped with the FT-8D air-to-surface missile confirming their armed role

Overview & Comments

  • As China continues to spread its UAS export worldwide (with emphasize on MALE systems), this specific contract is a special one in a sense that it is the first sale to a European country (with Serbia currently in the process of accession to the EU)
  • With Chinese systems already operational in the Middle East, South East Asia, Central Asia & Africa, placing the first system in Europe is a true statement of power, on a constant rise over previous years, with a market threat to legacy manufacturers
  • As China is leading the competition from up & rising competitors, one cannot ignore other manufacturers from countries such as Turkey & Russia
  • Learn on recent UAS activity from China, Turkey & Russia by clicking on the country on interest on the interactive map on the home page
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