The Algerian Ministry of National Defense (MDN) recently showed two of its Chinese-made unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
The display of the two unmanned combat vehicles took place on October 30 and was attended by Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaïd Salah to Ain Ouessara Air Base.
According to the footage released to Algerian television, it showed Lt. Gen Salah inspecting CASC CH-4 and CH-3 UAVs in a hangar, and also during taking off and in flight.
Though both UAVs were unarmed, however, the CH-4 and CH-3 are both capable of carrying various types of munitions especially the AR-1 Precision Guided Missile (PGM) used widely by many countries in Africa.
The purchase of this type of Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) makes Algeria one of the few African countries to deploy armed drones in combat, Egypt and Nigeria.
The Algerian Air Force CASC CH-3 and CH-4 unmanned aerial combat vehicles were acquired for precision airstrike mission in the ongoing counter-terrorism operations in the country.