China’s Largest Drone, The Rainbow 5, Makes Its Maiden Flight

The CH-5 UAV has a wingspan of 66 feet and a takeoff weight of about 3 tons. The drone, also known as the Rainbow 5, or Caihong 5, represents China’s entry into the heavyweight drone field, which has so far been dominated by the United States. The CH-5 has a wingspan similar to the U.S. Reaper drone.

The country’s civilian drone market is forecast to be worth about 50 billion yuan ($8.2 billion) in recent months, with over 400 companies involved.