Glimpse of China's new CH-6
- Chinese defense manufacturer China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) is developing a new medium/high-altitude, long-endurance (MALE/HALE) armed reconnaissance UAV called the CH-6 (Cai Hong 6, or Rainbow-6).
- A commemorative model of the yet unannounced CH-6 UAV was observed in a 19 April posting by CASC’s China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics – also known as the 11th Academy – on its official Wechat account, in which CAAA president Hu Meixiao and secretary Wang Xianyu were seen presenting the model to Hunan Provincial Committee secretary and Hunan Provincial People’s Congress Standing Committee director Xu Dazhe during an official visit to the provincial capital of Changsha on 16 March
- Visual analysis of the CH-6 design depicted by the model clearly shows that CAAA engineers have implemented an unconventional approach to its airframe design.
- Unlike the typical air vehicles of its class, the CH-6 adopts a visibly wider fuselage with a prominently chined forebody with a pair of sharp edges leading aft from either side of the nose along the fuselage and blending into a robust centre wing box.
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