Report: Chinese Combat UAVs in Demand

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    TAIPEI — The state-controlled China Daily news outlet published what it says was an exclusive interview with Shi Wen, chief drone designer at the China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics, Beijing, detailing foreign sales of the Cai Hong-series (Rainbow-series) of unmanned aerial vehicles to the Middle East and Africa, including the armed CH-3 and CH-4 medium-altitude, long-endurance UAVs.

    Egypt, Iraq, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are known users of the CH-series. In the April 21 interview, Shi was quoted as saying that foreign militaries are interested in the CH-series because of their affordability and capabilities. Shi said the “total value of contracts we signed in 2015 could definitely be one of the highest in terms of armed drone deals made last year on the international market … hundreds of millions of US dollars."

    Robert Michelson, principal research engineer emeritus at the Georgia Tech Research Institute, said that Chinese manufacturing no doubt makes the aircraft affordable and therefore attractive to developing nations' militaries and those seeking affordable, yet expendable, reconnaissance assets.

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    Yup, this was destined to happen since the US has been very reluctant to sell UAVs of the Predator class to anyone. Even France has had to lease a few, and buy even less, and France is a major US ally.

    China's willing to sell to just about anyone willing to buy and there aren't a whole lot of alternatives outside of Israel, who wont sell to most Middle Eastern nations, so China's a logical choice.

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    But are they selling armed versions? China's never much cared anyway, but that'd be a violation of the MTCR.
     
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    Iraq has confirmed that the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) CH-4 armed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system is in service with the aviation branch of its army.

    The Iraqi Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 10 October that a UAV had carried out its first attack on a target in Al-Anbar province. It also released a video showing Defence Minister Khalid al-Obaidi inspecting one of the new UAVs at Kut Air Base, 150 km southwest of Baghdad.

    http://www.janes.com/article/55240/iraq-unveils-ch-4-uavs
     
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    The purpose of drones is to save money by being low cost and to save lives as well as giving commanders the capability to carry out risky operations. The Chinese with their lower cost drones will wipe the floor with everyone else on the drone market. I would imagine that they have high domestic demand so costs would be low off the bat, couple that with high foreign demand for drones from countries that have small military budgets (that includes most countries) and you have a recipe for success. Countries like South Korea, South Africa, or Turkey could offer lower costs to Western countries but they don't have as much experience as US, French, British, and Israeli companies.
     
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