Best Military Drones In The World

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RC Drones gives so many advantages to humans and Military use is one of them. Military drones are much more powerful, durable, faster and have varies kinds of capabilities rather than normal RC Drones.

In this article, we will look at the best military drones in the world and their uses and abilities in various functions.

History Of Military Drones.

The first unmanned drone was built during and soon after World War I. After some time, utilizing A. M. Low’s radio control strategies, was the Ruston Proctor Aerial Target of 1916.

If grew further it was to have been utilized against Zeppelins. Before long, on September 12, the Hewitt-Sperry Automatic Airplane, also called the “flying bomb” made its first flight, showing the idea of an unmanned drone.

They were expected for use as “aeronautical torpedoes” an early form of the present voyage rockets. Control was accomplished utilizing whirligigs created by Elmer Sperry of the Sperry Gyroscope Company.

Why Use Drones For Military Purposes?

The main reason to use unmanned aerial aircraft to military tasks, because soldiers no need to worry too much about pushing the aircraft to enemy grounds, cuz it is remote controlled and unmanned. 

Also being unmanned allows the drones to be more agile and quick. Ok, let’s talk about some best military drones one by one. 🙂

1. MQ-9 Reaper

best military drones - MQ-9-reaper

The MQ-9 Reaper is the primary offensive strike unmanned aerial vehicle for the U.S Air Force.

This military drone provides a unique capability to perform, strike, coordination and reconnaissance against high-value, fleeting and time-sensitive targets.

To Fly this drone, requires two members and they are, rated pilot and sensor operator. This military drone is the most powerful RC UAV in the U.S forces.

Air Craft NameMQ-9 Reaper
ManufacturerGeneral Automics Aeronatical Systems, Inc
ServicesU.S Air Force

2. Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle (HTV)2


The Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 is the fastest man-made  UAV  within Earth’s orbit.

Home of this drone is the United States and it’s capable of strike anywhere in the world within hours like a ballistic missile.

Air Craft NameFalcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle (HTV)2
CountryUnited states.
Top Speed27,167 + kmph
Range10,000 + km

3. RQ-4 Global Hawk


The RQ-4 is one of the best military drones in the world with no doubt. Because it is a high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aircraft system with an integrated sensor that working with AI (Artificial Intelligence) technology, surveillance and reconnaissance capability.

Some of you may not understand some words above but the main point is, this RC Military Drone is one of the best UAVs in the world.

Air Craft NameRQ-4 Global Hawk
ServicesU.S –  Air Force and Navy
Range 8,700nm
CrewThree Remote Operates

The Global Hawk is operated by the U.S Air Force.

4. BAE Systems Taranis

The BAE Systems Tarnis is a combat RC Drone or Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) developed for the British Air Force.

The BAE Systems Taranis is a combat RC Drone or Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) developed for the British Air Force.

Air Craft NameTaranis
CountryUnited Kingdom
Speed1200 + kmph
FleetPrototype only

5. RQ-2A Pioneer


The RQ-2A Pioneer is the first unmanned surveillance drone that entered the fleet. This RC unmanned drone system performs a wide variety of reconnaissance, surveillance, target acquisition, and battle damage assessment missions.

The RQ-2A Pioneer is operated by United States Navy and marine corps.

Air Craft NameRQ-2A Pioneer
ManufacturerPioneer UAV Inc
Services U.S – Navy and Marine Corps
Weight188kg (Take-off)

6. QF-4 Aerial Target


The Supersonic QF-4 is a full-scale remotely piloted drone, also the design of the drone is very closer to the F-4 Phantom fighter jet.

This drone is equipped to carry electronic and infrared countermeasures to fully evaluate fighters and weapons flown and fired against it.

Air Craft NameQF-4 Aerial Target
ManufacturerBAE Systems
ServicesU.S – Navy and Air Force

7. R/MQ-8 Fire Scout

R/MQ-8 Fire Scout

The R/MQ-8 Fire Scout is a Vertical take-off (like a helicopter) and landing, Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VTUAV)/

This aircraft system will be capable of twelve continuous hours of operations providing coverage 110 nautical miles from the launch site.

This military drone is currently use for U.S Navel Operations.

Air Craft NameR/MQ-8 Fire Scout
ManufacturerNorthrop Grumman Unmanned Systems
ServicesU.S – Navy and Marine Corps

8. RQ-7B Shadow

RQ-7B Shadow

This RQ-7B Shadow Tactical RC MilitaryDrone is built to replace the old RQ-2 Pioneer I mentioned above, for the U.S Marine Corps and also will be deployed with U.S Army ’s military purposes.

Air Craft NameRQ-7B Shadow
ManufacturerAAI Corp,Textron
ServicesU.S – Army and Marine Corps

9. RQ-11B Raven


The RQ-11B Raven is one of the best military drones because it has proven itself in combat supporting U.S operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and other areas of conflict.

The main advantage of this UAV is, it can carry within a bag pack because it is lightweight and also this is one of the best spy drones ever built.

Air Craft NameRQ-11B Raven
ManufacturerAerovironment, Inc
Services U.S – Navy, Marine Corps and Air force

10. MQ-1B Predator


The MQ-1B Predator is a remotely controlled aircraft and it is armed, medium altitude and long-range capabilities.

The predator can also perform in any kind of missions and tasks such as close air support, combat such as close air support, combat search, rescue, precision strike, and spy.

This drone is doing significant accomplishment for the U.S Air Force

Air Craft NameMQ-1B Predator
ManufacturerGeneral Automics Aeronatical Systems, Inc
ServicesU.S –  Air force and CIA


The military Drones, UAV or UCAV, as may call, are amazing technological inventions. Also, this RC Drone technology is helping people rather than military purposes that more peaceful.

I hope this article may help you to get knowledge about the best military drones in the world.

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