China Tests New Missile From CH-5 UAV

On September 21, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) conducted a successful live-fire test of a new precision guided missile. CASC did not provide a specific designation for the missile. The missile was reportedly fired from the Caihong-5 (CH-5, or Rainbow 5) medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The missile was fitted with a 80 kg blast fragmentation warhead, and deployed at an altitude of 11,482 ft. The test also calibrated the CH-5’s electro-optical/imaging infrared payload and rail-mounted payload release mechanism.