Serbian Army shows off Chinese-made armed drone

The Serbian Army put its new China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) CH-92A unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on display on July 4 at Colonel-Pilot Milenko Pavlović Airport, Batajnica.

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A China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) CH-92A unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on the apron of Colonel-Pilot Milenko Pavlović Airport, Batajnica on display on July 4. All images courtesy of the Serbian MoD

The CASC CH-92A UAV is an armed reconnaissance unmanned aircraft system (UAS) which the Serbian Ministry of Defence (MoD) states has a range of 250 kilometres, a maximum flight altitude of 5,000 meters, and capable of speeds just under 200 kilometres per hour. It can engage targets up to 9km away using laser guided missiles. The MoD also states that the CH-92A can track moving targets, determine the coordinates of ground targets and provide imagery for battle damage assessment. Serbia has purchased six of the CH-92A and according to the Serbian MoD, the use of the People's Republic of China UAS is a first for the Balkan region.

The President of the Republic and the Supreme Commander of the Serbian Army, Aleksandar Vučić, attended the event. Referring to the CH-92A as the Pegasus, Vučić said: “It is important that we have agreed on technology transfer with the Chinese side, so that we are slowly introducing our Pegasus into the system of the Serbian Army. We learn and take on engineering technology.”

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Inside the ground control station truck for the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) CH-92A unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at Colonel-Pilot Milenko Pavlović Airport, Batajnica on July 4.

Vučić explained that the army has a stock of 18 missiles, but it would buy more and that the munitions had been battle proven in the war in Yemen. The display was also attended by the Serbian Army’s chief of the general staff, General Milan Mojsilovic.