CHINA'S NEW SOLAR DRONE CAN SHOOT MISSILES FROM 'NEAR-SPACE'

CASC REPORTED THAT IT FLEW SMOOTHLY FOR OVER 15 HOURS AT AN ALTITUDE OF 20 KILOMETERS, MAKING IT CHINA'S FIRST 'NEAR-SPACE' SOLAR DRONE.

IT CAN ALSO SHOOT VARIOUS GUIDED MISSILES, IN ALL WEATHERS, AND CONDUCT PRECISE SURGICAL STRIKES FROM NEAR-SPACE HEIGHTS AND OVER LONG DISTANCES.

The hit-rate of any guided weapon, be it laser- or satellite-guided, may be undermined by inclement weather conditions or by electronic jamming on certain types of missiles.
The Caihong (CH), which means "rainbow" in Mandarin, has been developed by the Beijing Aerospace Propulsion Institute under the auspices of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp.
The latest variant of the CH-4 drone underwent a six-day intensive bombing test in northwestern China.

The newest version of the People’s Liberation Army’s solar-powered, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) completed a live-ammunition test under extreme weather conditions last month, the People’s Daily reported on Monday. The...

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