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U.S. Drone Aircraft

The United States is now leading the way in drone development - its military relying on a myriad of designs to cover different battlefield roles.

U.S. Drone Aircraft

The United States is now leading the way in drone development - its military relying on a myriad of designs to cover different battlefield roles.

OVERVIEW



There are a total of 87 U.S. Drone Aircraft in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below by service year descending. Flag images indicative of country of origin and not necessarily the primary operator.

Conceptual, in-development, and future platforms are included in this listing.






#1
2030
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Picture of the Lockheed SR-72
Lockheed SR-72
Hypersonic Unmanned Reconnaissance Aircraft
#2
2025
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Picture of the Lockheed TR-X
Lockheed TR-X
Unmanned Stealth Aircraft Proposal
#3
2024
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Picture of the Boeing MQ-25 Stingray
Boeing MQ-25 Stingray
Carrierbased Unmanned Tanker Aircraft Proposal
#4
2023
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Picture of the Bell V-247 Vigilant
Bell V-247 Vigilant
Tiltrotor Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Proposal
#5
2022
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Picture of the Zunum Aero ZA10
Zunum Aero ZA10
Hybrid-Electric Regional Airliner Aircraft
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#6
2021
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Picture of the General Atomics MQ-9B Protector / SkyGuardian (Predator B)
General Atomics MQ-9B Protector / SkyGuardian (Predator B)
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) / Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR) Drone
#7
2020
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Picture of the Yates Electrospace Silent Eagle
Yates Electrospace Silent Eagle
Unpowered, Unmanned Tactical Cargo Delivery System Glider
#8
2020
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Picture of the Kratos XQ-222 Valkyrie
Kratos XQ-222 Valkyrie
Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV)
#9
2020
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Picture of the General Atomics Sea Avenger
General Atomics Sea Avenger
Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) Vehicle
#10
2020
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Picture of the Boeing Phantom Eye
Boeing Phantom Eye
High Altitude, Long Endurance (HALE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
#11
2019
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Picture of the Northrop Grumman MQ-4 Triton
Northrop Grumman MQ-4 Triton
Maritime Patrol Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
#12
2019
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Picture of the Latitude Engineering HQ-40 (Hybrid Quadcopter)
Latitude Engineering HQ-40 (Hybrid Quadcopter)
VTOL Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
#13
2019
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Picture of the Swift Engineering 020
Swift Engineering 020
Tail-Sitting VTOL Small Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)
#14
2018
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Picture of the Textron NightWarden
Textron NightWarden
Multirole Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)
#15
2017
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Picture of the General Atomics Predator XP
General Atomics Predator XP
Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
#16
2017
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Picture of the Northrop Grumman MQ-25 Stingray
Northrop Grumman MQ-25 Stingray
Carrierborne Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) / Aerial Tanker Aircraft
#17
2017
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Picture of the General Atomics MQ-25 Stingray
General Atomics MQ-25 Stingray
Unmanned Aerial Tanker Aircraft / Drone Proposal
#18
2017
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Picture of the Lockheed MQ-25 Stingray
Lockheed MQ-25 Stingray
Carrierborne Unmanned Fuel Delivery System Aircraft Proposal
#19
2016
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Picture of the Boeing Insitu ScanEagle 2
Boeing Insitu ScanEagle 2
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
#20
2016
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Picture of the General Atomics Avenger (Predator C)
General Atomics Avenger (Predator C)
Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV)
#21
2015
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Picture of the Northrop Grumman / Bell Fire-X (MQ-8C)
Northrop Grumman / Bell Fire-X (MQ-8C)
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) / Autonomous Overwater Resupply Platform
#22
2015
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Picture of the Vanilla Aircraft VA001
Vanilla Aircraft VA001
Ultra-Long-Endurance Unmanned Aircraft
#23
2015
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Picture of the Northrop Grumman RQ-180
Northrop Grumman RQ-180
Reconnaissance Stealth UAV
#24
2015
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Picture of the Boeing QF-16 (Fighting Falcon)
Boeing QF-16 (Fighting Falcon)
Unmanned Target and Training Drone
#25
2015
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Picture of the Area-I (NASA) PTERA
Area-I (NASA) PTERA
Unmanned Sub-Scale Wing Morphing Test Aircraft
#26
2014
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Picture of the Raytheon Coyote
Raytheon Coyote
Small, Expendable Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
#27
2014
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Picture of the Northrop Grumman R-BAT (Rotary-BAT)
Northrop Grumman R-BAT (Rotary-BAT)
Military Unmanned Helicopter System
#28
2014
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Picture of the Boeing Insitu RQ-21 Blackjack (Integrator)
Boeing Insitu RQ-21 Blackjack (Integrator)
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
#29
2013
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Picture of the Lockheed Martin X-56A (MUTT)
Lockheed Martin X-56A (MUTT)
Experimental Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
#30
2013
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Picture of the Aurora Flight Sciences Orion
Aurora Flight Sciences Orion
Medium-Altitude, Long-Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)
#31
2012
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Picture of the Lockheed Martin Quad Indago
Lockheed Martin Quad Indago
Compact Reconnaissance Drone Aircraft
#32
2012
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Picture of the UVision Hero-30
UVision Hero-30
Disposable Anti-Personnel Smart Loitering Munition UAV
#33
2012
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Picture of the Northrop Grumman Sandstorm
Northrop Grumman Sandstorm
Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Trainer
#34
2012
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Picture of the DARPA KQ-X (Global Hawk)
DARPA KQ-X (Global Hawk)
Unmanned Aerial Refueling Tanker Demonstrator Vehicle
#35
2012
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Picture of the Boeing MQ-18 Hummingbird (A160)
Boeing MQ-18 Hummingbird (A160)
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Helicopter
#36
2012
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Picture of the UAV Factory Penguin C
UAV Factory Penguin C
Long-Endurance, Long-Range Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)
#37
2011
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Picture of the Northrop Grumman X-47B
Northrop Grumman X-47B
Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV)
#38
2011
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Picture of the Lockheed Martin Fury 1500
Lockheed Martin Fury 1500
Unmanned Air System (UAS)
#39
2010
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Picture of the Northrop Grumman Firebird
Northrop Grumman Firebird
Intelligence-Gathering Manned / Unmanned Aircraft
#40
2010
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Picture of the DARPA Falcon HTV-2
DARPA Falcon HTV-2
Experimental Hypersonic Test Vehicle
#41
2010
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Picture of the Boeing X-37 OTV (Orbital Test Vehicle)
Boeing X-37 OTV (Orbital Test Vehicle)
Unmanned Low Earth Orbit Space Vehicle
#42
2010
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Picture of the Raytheon Silver Fox
Raytheon Silver Fox
Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS) Drone
#43
2009
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Picture of the Northrop Grumman MQ-8 Fire Scout
Northrop Grumman MQ-8 Fire Scout
Unmanned Autonomous Helicopter (UAH)
#44
2009
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Picture of the Arcturus T-20
Arcturus T-20
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
#45
2009
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Picture of the General Atomics MQ-1C Gray Eagle (Sky Warrior)
General Atomics MQ-1C Gray Eagle (Sky Warrior)
Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV)
#46
2008
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Picture of the Honeywell RQ-16 T-Hawk (Tarantula Hawk)
Honeywell RQ-16 T-Hawk (Tarantula Hawk)
Unmanned VTOL Micro Air Vehicle (MAV)
#47
2008
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Picture of the AeroVironment RQ-20 Puma
AeroVironment RQ-20 Puma
Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS)
#48
2008
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Picture of the Kratos BQM-167 Skeeter
Kratos BQM-167 Skeeter
Unmanned Aerial Training Drone
#49
2007
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Picture of the AeroVironment RQ-12A Wasp III
AeroVironment RQ-12A Wasp III
Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS)
#50
2007
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Picture of the Boeing X-48
Boeing X-48
Experimental Blended Wing Body (BWB) Drone
#51
2007
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Picture of the Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel (Wraith)
Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel (Wraith)
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
#52
2007
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Picture of the General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper (Predator B)
General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper (Predator B)
All-Weather Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV)
#53
2006
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Picture of the Lockheed Martin Desert Hawk III
Lockheed Martin Desert Hawk III
Compact Surveillance Drone
#54
2006
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Picture of the General Atomics Guardian
General Atomics Guardian
Maritime Patrol Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
#55
2006
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Picture of the NavMar TigerShark
NavMar TigerShark
Intelligence , Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
#56
2006
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Picture of the Lockheed Stalker
Lockheed Stalker
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
#57
2005
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Picture of the Lockheed Martin Polecat (P-175)
Lockheed Martin Polecat (P-175)
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
#58
2005
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Picture of the IAI Heron / Machatz-1
IAI Heron / Machatz-1
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
#59
2005
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Picture of the Boeing Insitu ScanEagle
Boeing Insitu ScanEagle
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle / Reconnaissance Drone
#60
2004
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Picture of the Griffon Aerospace MQM-170 Outlaw
Griffon Aerospace MQM-170 Outlaw
Target Drone / ISR / Trainer UAV
#61
2003
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Picture of the AeroVironment RQ-11 Raven
AeroVironment RQ-11 Raven
Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (SUAV)
#62
2003
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Picture of the Northrop Grumman X-47A Pegasus
Northrop Grumman X-47A Pegasus
Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV)
#63
2003
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Picture of the Elbit Hermes 450
Elbit Hermes 450
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
#64
2002
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Picture of the AAI RQ-7 Shadow
AAI RQ-7 Shadow
Multirole Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
#65
2002
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Picture of the AeroVironment RQ-14 Dragon Eye
AeroVironment RQ-14 Dragon Eye
Tactical Reconnaissance Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
#66
2002
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Picture of the Boeing X-45
Boeing X-45
Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) Prototype
#67
2001
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Picture of the SAGEM Sperwer (Sparrowhawk)
SAGEM Sperwer (Sparrowhawk)
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
#68
2001
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Picture of the AAI MQ-19 Aerosonde
AAI MQ-19 Aerosonde
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
#69
2001
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Picture of the Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk
Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) / Drone
#70
1998
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Picture of the Bell Eagle Eye (Model 918)
Bell Eagle Eye (Model 918)
Unmanned Aerial Tiltrotor Helicopter
#71
1997
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Picture of the BAe QF-4 (McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II)
BAe QF-4 (McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II)
Unmanned Target Drone
#72
1997
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Picture of the Boeing (McDonnell Douglas) X-36
Boeing (McDonnell Douglas) X-36
Unmanned Fighter Technology Demonstrator
#73
1996
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Picture of the IAI / TRW RQ-5 Hunter
IAI / TRW RQ-5 Hunter
Mutil-Role Short-Range Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
#74
1996
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Picture of the Lockheed / Boeing RQ-3 DarkStar
Lockheed / Boeing RQ-3 DarkStar
High-Altitude, Long Endurance (MALE) UAV
#75
1995
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Picture of the Yamaha R-MAX (Rotary-MAX)
Yamaha R-MAX (Rotary-MAX)
Remote-Controlled Unmanned Rotary-Wing Helicopter System
#76
1995
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Picture of the General Atomics MQ-1 Predator (Predator A)
General Atomics MQ-1 Predator (Predator A)
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) / ISR Drone
#77
1994
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Picture of the Kaman K-MAX (K-1200)
Kaman K-MAX (K-1200)
Medium-Lift Utility Helicopter
#78
1986
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Picture of the IAI RQ-2 Pioneer
IAI RQ-2 Pioneer
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
#79
1982
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Picture of the Lockheed MQM-105 Aquila TADAR
Lockheed MQM-105 Aquila TADAR
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
#80
1982
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Picture of the MD Helicopters MD500 (Hughes 500)
MD Helicopters MD500 (Hughes 500)
Light Utility Helicopter / Multirole Helicopter
#81
1980
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Picture of the Boeing (Hughes) AH-6 / MH-6 Little Bird
Boeing (Hughes) AH-6 / MH-6 Little Bird
Light Attack / Observation / Transport Helicopter
#82
1978
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Picture of the Lockheed Martin (General Dynamics) F-16  Fighting Falcon
Lockheed Martin (General Dynamics) F-16 Fighting Falcon
Lightweight Multirole 4th Generation Fighter
#83
1969
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Picture of the Lockheed D-21
Lockheed D-21
High-Altitude, High-Speed Reconnaissance Drone
#84
1968
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Picture of the Ryan AQM-91 Firefly / Compass Arrow
Ryan AQM-91 Firefly / Compass Arrow
Reconnaissance Drone
#85
1963
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Picture of the Gyrodyne QH-50 DASH
Gyrodyne QH-50 DASH
Drone Anti-Submarine Helicopter
#86
1943
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Picture of the Kaiser-Fleetwings BQ-2
Kaiser-Fleetwings BQ-2
Expendable Unmanned Assault Drone / Flying Bomb Prototype
#87
1941
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Picture of the Radioplane OQ-2
Radioplane OQ-2
Aerial Target Drone