Chinese surveillance and strike drones in Jordan

Source: Center for the Study of the Drone

A satellite image from October 3, 2016 shows a Chinese-made CH-4 Rainbow surveillance and strike drone at Zarqa Airport in Jordan. The image, which was accessed on Google Earth, offers the first visual confirmation of Chinese-made drones operating in Jordan. It shows a CH-4 taxiing on the single runway at the airfield. The CH-4 is a medium-altitude long-endurance drone made by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation. It resembles the U.S. MQ-9 Reaper, although it has a slightly shorter wingspan and fuselage than the Reaper. The image confirms long-held suspicions that Jordan is either testing or already operating Chinese drones.

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