An Algerian drone reportedly crashed on June 25.
This is one of several CH-4 Chinese drones Algeria has. The recent crash was apparently due to the drone hitting a transmission tower or power lines. Collision control aspects that might have been in more hi-tech western drones were evidently not on this one. The Algerian drone program is relatively recent.
Dan Gettinger, founder of Bard’s Center for t he Study of the Drone, reported in 2018 “Algeria confirms acquisition of the Chinese CH-4 and CH-3 UAVs based at Aïn Oussera. Reports back in 2014 that Algeria was evaluating the CH-4. Note that the CH-3/4 join what I suspect is the Denel Dynamics Seeker in the mural on the wall.” Others noted this October 2018 unveiling.
Clash Report and Drone Wars UK reported the same incident,
More details on Algeria’s Ch-4 program. “Huitong reports at his CMA-Blog that during the recent “Hoggar2020” military exercise, the Algerian Air Force used the newest CH-4 UCAV. As revealed by a video revealed in 2018, Algeria had received an unknown number of CH-3 and CH-4 drones.”
There are concerns about reliability of these drones. Some countries, such as Jordan, previously expressed concerns about CH-4s.
Algeria also has the “smaller Yabhon Flash-20 UAV from the #UAE.”
Dempsey noted “In summary, within 2 months #Algeria state media revealed 4 new types of UAV in service: #China CASC CH-3 #China CASC CH-4 #UAE Adcom Systems Yabhon Flash-20 #UAE Adcom Systems Yabhon United-40.” Drone Wars UK has noted that Algeria has armed drones. Video at the time showed an airstrike in May 2019 by Algerian drones.
And more details;
Algeria also had the Seeker. “AAF would have received in 2018 a delivery of 5 CH-3A aircraft and 5 CH-4B aircraft.” A Line-of-Sight antenna was added to a CH-4. “After analysis and request for information from experts, we can clearly say that for the moment the control of the Algerian drones CH-4 and CH-3 is done by a terrestrial connection “LOS Line of Sight” and not by satellite via a Satcom antenna.”