Special Report

13 of the World’s Top Military Drones

Hermes 900
> Company: Elbit Systems
> Mostly used by: Israeli Air Force
> First flight: 2012
> Range: N/A, cruise speed: 70 mph
> Payload capacity: 770 lb

Heron TP
> Company: Israel Aerospace Industries
> Mostly used by: Israel Defense Forces
> First flight: 1994
> Range: N/A, max speed: 129 mph
> Payload capacity: 551 lb

Source: Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons

Hong Du GJ-11 Sharp Sword
> Company: Hongdu Aviation Industry Group
> Mostly used by: People’s Liberation Army Air Force (China)
> First flight: 2013
> Range: 2,485 miles at 621 mph
> Payload capacity: N/A

Source: Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons

MQ-1C Gray Eagle
> Company: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems
> Mostly used by: US Army
> First flight: 2004
> Range: N/A, max speed: 192 mph
> Payload capacity: 800 lb

CASC Rainbow (CH-5)
> Company: China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation
> Mostly used by: China
> First flight: N/A
> Range: 6,213 miles at max 136 mph
> Payload capacity: 2,204 lb

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