Beijing: China has started commercial production of its CH-5 Rainbow drone, touted to be a rival to the US unmanned aerial vehicle MQ-9 Reaper, which could attack targets on the ground.

Wang Song, an associate professor with the school of aeronautic science and engineering at China’s Beihang University, said the first flight of a mass-produced CH-5 Rainbow, a heavy military drone on Friday last week meant China’s readiness to export it. He said the drone equals that of the US General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper, but at around half the cost.

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