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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Drone Aircraft

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 3/12/2014

No other aircraft group is paid as much attention today as the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle - or UAV - generically referred to as drones.

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There are a total of 90 UAVs and Drones in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




2001
AAI MQ-19 Aerosonde
The AAI Aerosonde is described as a modular, long endurance unmanned aerial system (UAS) which intends to fulfill the primary...
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2001
AAI RQ-7 Shadow 200 Tactical
The AAI Corporation RQ-7 Shadow is an unarmed tactical reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle currently in active service wit...
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1995
Ababil (Swallow)
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) were once considered primarily the domains of Israel and the United States Military. Througho...
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2016
ADCOM Systems United 40
Entering the field of military-minded drone aircraft is the Persian Gulf nation of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with its ra...
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2003
AeroVironment RQ-11 Raven
The AeroVinronment RQ-11 "Raven" is classified as a "Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle" (SUAV), this attributed directly to its ...
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2008
AeroVironment RQ-20 Puma
The AeroVironment RQ-20 Puma is one of the many intelligence-gathering unmanned aircraft system (UAS) currently in service wi...
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2015
Airbus DS Tanan 300
Joining the ranks of unmanned Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) air systems of the world is the Airbus Defence & Space Tan...
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2009
Arcturus T-20
The Arcturus T-20 was initially developed as a private venture by the Arcturus-UAV LLC concern of California, USA and further...
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2013
Aurora Flight Sciences Orion
In the world of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) - popularly referred to by their generic collective name of "drone" - the cha...
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2009
BAe Systems Mantis
European reliance on UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) systems has grown considerably with each passing modern conflict and sever...
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2018
BAe Systems Taranis
The UCAV (Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle) is the evolution of the UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle). The UAV began life as a reconna...
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1998
Bell Eagle Eye (Model 918)
The Bell Eagle Eye (company Model 918) is/was an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) developed to compete in the US Navy's "Vertical...
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2006
Black Hornet Nano
The future of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles goes beyond the large, missile-carrying platforms commonly showcased by the media. The...
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1980
Boeing / Hughes AH-6 / MH-6 Little Bird
The AH-6/MH-6 "Little Bird" forms an oft-overlook yet wholly vital part of American Special Operations services. This highly ...
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1997
Boeing / McDonnell Douglas X-36
The Boeing X-36 (formerly McDonnell Douglas) was a unmanned technology demonstrator and served NASA (Ames and Dryden Research...
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2014
Boeing Insitu RQ-21 Blackjack (Integrator)
The Boeing Insitu RQ-21 "Blackjack" (formerly known as the "Integrator") is an in-development Unmanned Air System (UAS) inten...
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2012
Boeing MQ-18 Hummingbird (A160)
The A160 Hummingbird is a rotary-winged unmanned aerial vehicle that supplies the benefits of conventional UAV systems with t...
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2015
Boeing Phantom Eye
The Boeing Phantom Eye is a next generation UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle). The most unique facet of the Phantom Eye is its us...
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2005
Boeing ScanEagle
The ScanEagle is a joint production UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) by The Boeing Company and The Insitu Group. As a whole, the...
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2002
Boeing X-45
The Boeing X-45 served as a proof-of-concept technology demonstrator - developed in conjunction with DARPA (Defense Advanced ...
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2014
CASIC WJ-600
The CASIC WJ-600 is a large-scale Unmanned Aerial Vehicle ("UAV", though more commonly referred to as a "drone") currently un...
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2014
Chengdu Pterodactyl I (Wing Loong)
The Chengdu Pterodactyl I (also known as the Wing Loong) was unveiled by company representatives during the China Internation...
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2010
DARPA Falcon HTV-2
Billed as the "World's Fastest Airplane", the Falcon HTV-2 ("Hypersonic Technology Vehicle") is a long-duration, hypersonic t...
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2012
DARPA KQ-X (Global Hawk)
KQ-X is a program designation commissioned by DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) of the United States to modif...
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2018
Dassault nEUROn
The Dassault nEUROn is an Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) technology demonstrator intended to provide participating Europe...
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2015
Denel Dynamics Bateleur
The Denel Dynamics Bateleur is categorized as a "Medium-Altitude, Long-Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)" and is...
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2020
DRDO AURA
The "AURA" is an Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) currently under development by DRDO (Defence Research and Development Org...
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2012
DRDO Nishant
Joining other leading world military powers in increased use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) is India whose Defence Resear...
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2018
DRDO Rustom (Warrior)
Despite being one of the largest (if not THE largest) customer of military purchases in the world, the Indian military-indust...
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2008
EADS Harfang
As with many other European powers, the French have fielded only a limited fleet of UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) systems to...
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2018
EADS Talarion
With the growing need for more capable surveillance-minded Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) flying about in uncontested airspa...
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2003
Elbit Hermes 450
The Hermes 450 is an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) of Israeli origination, part of the growing family of Hermes "Unmanned Air...
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2012
Elbit Hermes 900 (Kochav)
The Israeli Elbit Hermes 900 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) is an evolved, and dimensionally larger, version of the earlier He...
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2006
Elbit Skylark
Elbit Systems of Israel produces their Skylark series of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) as a portable surveillance and reconna...
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2000
EMT Luna X-2000
The EMT Luna series of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Luna X-2000) is billed as a short-range, all-weather airborne reconnaissance...
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2015
General Atomics Avenger (Predator C)
The General Atomics Avenger (formerly marked as the "Predator C") is one of the newer UAV systems to come online with the Uni...
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2006
General Atomics Guardian
The General Atomics "Guardian" is a modified maritime patrol variant of the successful line of General Atomics MQ-9 "Reaper" ...
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1995
General Atomics MQ-1 Predator (Predator A)
At a cost of about $40 million dollars per system, the RQ-1/MQ-1 Predator is a pricey yet integral part of US Air Force opera...
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2009
General Atomics MQ-1C Gray Eagle (Sky Warrior)
The remotely-piloted General Atomics MQ-1C "Sky Warrior" / "Gray Eagle" is part of the ever-growing breed of armed UAV (Unma...
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2004
General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper (Predator B)
The MQ-9 "Reaper" ("M" = multirole; "Q" = Unmanned Aerial Vehicle; "9" = series designation) offers the United States Air For...
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2015
General Atomics Sea Avenger
The United States Navy's "Unmanned, Carrier-Launched, Airborne Surveillance and Strike" (UCLASS) program was launched to deli...
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2014
Guizhou Soar Eagle / Soar Dragon
Like other military powers of the world, China has whole-heartedly embraced the concept of the UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) ...
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2016
Guizhou Sparrow Hawk II
Its design shape no doubt inspired by the successful American General Atomics "Predator" Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) line, ...
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2008
Guizhou WZ-2000 (WuZhen-2000 / WZ-9)
it is only natural that the unarmed Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) of today become the armed Unmanned Combat Air Vehicles (U...
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2008
Honeywell RQ-16 T-Hawk (Tarantula Hawk)
The Honeywell RQ-16 T-Hawk is a Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) currently in limited service wit...
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2017
Hongdu Lijian (Sharp Sword)
In tune with other leading military powers of the world, China has delved into the realm of the Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (...
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1996
IAI / TRW RQ-5 Hunter
The Hunter is a large Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and was first introduced in 1996 in limited numbers with the United State...
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2005
IAI Heron / Machatz-1
The IAI Heron (also known as the "Machatz-1") is a modern Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) currently in service with several mil...
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2011
IAI Panther
Israel Aerospace Industries has added its "Panther" to its deep mix of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles - better known as "drones" in...
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1986
IAI RQ-2 Pioneer
The RQ-2 Pioneer series of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) was one of the first operational UAVs utilized by the United States...
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1981
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1992
IAI Searcher
The Israelis realized the value of drones in warfare before most and developed a very mature industry to fulfill a bevy of ru...
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2014
IAI Super Heron
At Singapore Air Show 2014, Israel Aerospace Industries revealed an all-new Unmanned Air System (UAS) addition to their exist...
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2012
Jordan Falcon
The Jordan Falcon in a light-class unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) currently in development and headed by the concerns of King ...
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1994
Kaman K-MAX (K-1200)
The Kaman K-MAX is a general purpose, multi-role, all-weather platform certified for long endurance, repeated external medium...
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2016
Kamov Ka-175
Slower to the UAV game that Western world powers, the Russians are steadily gaining ground in an effort to match potential en...
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2010
Karrar (Striker)
The Islamic Republic of Iran developed the rudimentary "Karrar" ("Striker") as an Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV), becomin...
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2014
Latitude Engineering Hybrid Quadcopter
Latitude Engineering of Tucson, Arizona USA is developing the Hybrid Quadcopter, a twin-boom unmanned air vehicle combining t...
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1996
Lockheed / Boeing RQ-3 DarkStar
DarkStar origins were found in a 1983 initiative that saw the United States Air Force (USAF), the Central Intelligence Agency...
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1969
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2005
Lockheed Martin Polecat (P-175)
The Lockheed Martin "Polecat" was a private venture high-altitude, Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) flying wing development inten...
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2007
Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel
The Lockheed Martin RQ-170 "Sentinel" is a relatively new stealth Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and is categorized officially...
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2013
Lockheed Martin X-56A (MUTT)
Flutter affects the wing assemblies of any aircraft at speed, causing a violent oscillation to take place which ultimately de...
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1982
Lockheed MQM-105 Aquila TADAR
The MGM-105 Aquila (Eagle) TADAR (Target Acquisition, Designation and Aerial Reconnaissance) was the first United States Army...
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2030
Lockheed SR-72
Developed with the same primary mission as the Cold War-era SR-71 "Blackbird", the new high-speed, high-altitude-minded SR-72...
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2015
Mikoyan Skat
The Mikoyan Skat is an in-development armed Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) with origins in a Russian Defense Ministry rec...
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2014
Northrop Grumman / Bell Fire-X (MQ-8C)
The Fire-X is being jointly developed as a full-size Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) by Northrop Grumman and Bell Helicopter. T...
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2015
Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton
The MQ-4C "Triton" unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) represents a "navalized" form of the original Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global H...
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2015
Northrop Grumman RQ-180
The existence of the Northrop Grumman RQ-180 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) was unveiled by the United States Air Force in Dec...
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2001
Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk
The Northrop Grumman "Global Hawk" is a large-scale Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) utilized by the United States Air Force and...
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2009
Northrop Grumman RQ-8/MQ-8 Fire Scout / Sea Scout
The Northrop Grumman MQ-8 is classified as a "Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle" and - unlike other UAVs in operation today - ...
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2012
Northrop Grumman Sandstorm
Northrop Grumman heads the "Sandstorm/Longshot" unmanned aerial system (UAS) program developed by Unmanned Systems, Incorpora...
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2003
Northrop Grumman X-47A Pegasus
The X-47A "Pegasus" stealthy technology demonstrator Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) began as a private venture by defe...
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2011
Northrop Grumman X-47B
Following the proof-of-concept demonstrator X-47A "Pegasus", the X-47B was born as a full-sized technology demonstrating Unma...
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2012
Pegaz
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2015
Piaggio P.1HH Hammerhead
In a field primarily dominated by the United States and Israel - though now introducing more concepts from Europe and elsewhe...
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1941
Radioplane OQ-2
Today's multi-billion dollar UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) and drone industry held some rather modest roots in early forays c...
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2017
Rostech Chirok (Teal)
The Rostech Chirok ("Teal") Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) was unveiled in prototype form during Innoprom 2014 and differentia...
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1968
Ryan AQM-91 Firefly / Compass Arrow
Teledyne Ryan / Ryan Aeronautical produced the AQM-91 "Firefly" as a stealth-minded, high-altitude, photo-reconnaissance Unma...
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2013
Saab Skeldar
The Saab Skeldar is an unarmed rotary-wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). It is a relatively new development in the UAV field...
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2006
Schiebel Camcopter S-100
The Schiebel Camcopter S-100 UAS (Unmanned Air System) is a relatively new addition to the world of UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Veh...
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2009
SELEX Galileo Falco
The SELEX Galileo Falco (meaning "Falcon") is another addition to the ever-growing list of modern Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (U...
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2015
Sukhoi Zond (Series)
The Zond family of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is being developed by Russian mainstay Sukhoi OKB. The family consists of ...
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1981
Tadiran Mastiff
Tadiran Electronic Systems of Israel produced the Tadiran Mastiff large-scale Unmanned Aerial Vehicle in the 1980s to an Isra...
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2016
TAI Anka
For growing military powers like India and Turkey, it behooves these nations to begin developing sustainable indigenous progr...
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2014
Thales Watchkeeper WK450
The Thales "Watchkeeper" WK450 is the British Army derivative of the Israeli Elbit "Hermes" 450 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)...
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2008
Utva Vrabac
With drones becoming the military operational norm across all major powers of the world, Serbia has followed suit, adopting t...
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