Special Report

13 of the World’s Top Military Drones

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MQ-9 Reaper (Predator B)
> Company: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems
> Mostly used by: US Air Force, US Customs and Border Protection
> First flight: 2001
> Range: 1,200 miles at 194 mph
> Payload capacity: 3,800 lb

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CAIG Wing Loong II
> Company: Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group
> Mostly used by: People’s Liberation Army Air Force (China)
> First flight: 2017
> Range: N/A, cruise speed: 120 mph
> Payload capacity: 1,058 lb

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X-47B
> Company: Northrop Grumman
> Mostly used by: US Navy
> First flight: 2011
> Range: 2,400 miles at Mach 0.45+ (high subsonic)
> Payload capacity: 4,500 lb

Yabhon United 40
> Company: Adcom Systems
> Mostly used by: United Arab Emirates Air Force
> First flight: N/A
> Range: N/A
> Payload capacity: N/A

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