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Myanmar armed forces use Chinese armed drones to fight rebels in the country.

| 2020

Armed forces of Myanmar used Chinese drones to fight armed rebel groups in the country. The army of Myanmar began using the combat drones in attacks against Buthidaung and Rathedaung townships on January 2, 2020.

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Chinese-made CH-3 armed drone UAV Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (Picture source Twitter)

Over the past few years, photographs and other information have emerged of the Myanmar army using Chinese-made UAVs, with several pictures published on Facebook. In 2016, some pictures were released on the Internet showing Chinese-made armed drone CH-3 on a runway with several soldiers of Myanmar army around it.

According to the SIPRI (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute) arms trade database, China has delivered 12 UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) CH-3 to Myanmar in 2014-2015.

The CH-3 is an armed drone designed and manufactured in China by CASC (China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation. The CH-3 is a fixed-wing UAV of the Rainbow series. The CH-3 adopts the unusual canard layout, similar to the Jetcruzer 450 and the Rutan VariEze. This means that the CH-3 lacks centrally located vertical tail, but has large winglets and canards. Propulsion is provided by a three-blade propeller driven by a pusher engine mounted on the empennage.

The CH-3 has a flight endurance of 12 hours with a maximum range of 960 km and a maximum payload from 60 to 80 kg.

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