WEAPONS TRANSFERRED TO THE SAUDI-LED COALITION AND EMPLOYED IN THE CONFLICT IN YEMEN (2015-ongoing)
CASC CH-4B UAV
|WEAPON NAME||CASC CH(Cai Hong, “Rainbow“)-4 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle|
Cai Hong-4 (CH-4) is a medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system designed and built by China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics of the China Aerospace Science & Technology Corporation (CASC) consortium. The CH-4 is 9 m in total length and 18 m in wingspan, with 80% of its airframe made of composite materials. The UAV can carry 4 to 6 AR-1 semi-active laser-guided missiles; alternatively, FT-9 guided bombs (50 kg, GPS/INS guidance) or conventional unguided bombs. → sinodefence.com
China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), CHINA → english.spacechina.com
Saudi Arabia's most critical scientific and technological development agency, "Abdullah Aziz King Technology City and Education and Training" (KACST) and China Aerospace Science and Technology Group Company (CASC) announced that on 16 March 2017 signed a "partner" document, together to achieve the manufacture of Rainbow-4 in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia and China signed a total of $65 billion of various types of contracts. According to reports, in February, the two sides specifically discuss the Rainbow-4 manufacturing cooperation agency Saudi Technology Development Investment Corporation (TAQNIA) and China Aerospace Long March International Trade Co., Ltd. (ALIT), has reached a basic agreement. It is expected that the Saudi plant will also be responsible for the maintenance and overhaul of Saudi related unmanned aerial vehicles. Rainbow-4 in service in Saudi Arabia, Iraq and has been exported to Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Jordan and other Middle East countries.
Transfer of CASC CH-4B from China to Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia is acquiring some 300 UAVs from China, and in an effort to build its own military engineering
capacity in line with its Saudi Vision 2030 economic diversification initiative, an agreement has been
signed for an assembly line for the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation CH-4 UAV to
be established in-country. The Saudi assembly line for the CH series may also supply other countries in the
region, such as Qatar. The Saudis also already operate Wing Loong I UAVs, and are
reported to have used both these and CH-4s over Yemen against the Houthi rebels there.
|IDENTIFICATION||Houthi rebels shot down a Saudi Arabian CH-4 drone (Dec. 23, 2018)|
|GEOLOCATION||Sa’da Governorate, Yemen → 17°16’00.0”N 43°27’00.0”E|