BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:25 P.M.) – The aviation arm of the Iraqi Army is now deploying Chinese-built, Predator-like advanced combat drones to hunt down the remnants of Islamic State forces across the country.
The combat drone, classified by its Chinese manufacturer as the CH-4B, is capable of operating at a height of 5,000 meters from where it can use laser-guided missiles and bombs loaded onto six hard-points near the wing-root.
Being equipped with advanced camera equipment, the drone can also serve in the reconnaissance role.
Given the limited reconnaissance-strike capability (i.e. the ability to constantly have warplanes in the air to track and attack targets as they are identified) of the Iraqi Air Force due to its size, the CH-4B of the Iraqi Army serves as a very helpful auxiliary fire support asset in direct assistance of troops on the ground and as a stand-off weapon.
Recently, media sources within the Iraqi Army released a brief video report showing its CH-4B’s in action against Islamic State targets across the country.