10 Most Lethal Drones in the World

Feb 2, 2024, 01:23 PM IST

10 Most Lethal Drones in the World

Heena Sharma

1. MQ-9b Sky

These are the drones that the US has indicated to provide to India in a $4 billion sale. The MQ-9b Sky, developed by General Atomics, is a highly lethal drone known for its long endurance, operating long distances for more than 40 hours.

2. Sukhoi S-70 Okhotnik-B

Russia's Sukhoi S-70 Okhotnik-B is an unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) designed for stealthy and autonomous strike missions. It can carry a payload of up to 2,000 kilogrammes, both guided and unguided munitions.

3. Gongji-11 Sharp Sword

China's Gongji-11, also known as Sharp Sword, is an autonomous stealth drone designed for deep penetration missions for the PLA. Its laser-guided munitions make it a potent platform for strategic operations.

4. TAI Aksungur

Developed in Turkey, the Aksungur drone by Turkish Aerospace Industries is a long-range, high-altitude UAV capable of reaching up to 40,000 feet and powered by two PD-170 twin-turbocharged diesel engines.

5. MQ-20 Avenger

The MQ-20 Avenger is known for carrying a wide range of sensors and weapons. New features include an expanded 76-foot wingspan, increased fuel capacity, and a prolonged endurance of more than 20 hours.

6. Kratos XQ-58 Valkyrie

The Kratos XQ-58 Valkyrie is a low-cost, stealthy drone. The drone was developed by Kratos and is known for its role in tactical missions.

7. Northrop Grumman X-47B

The Northrop Grumman X-47B is an unmanned combat air vehicle developed for the US Navy. With its semi-autonomous flight capabilities, it represents an advancement in naval aviation and strike capabilities.

8. EADS Barracuda

The European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company's (EADS) Barracuda is an experimental drone with a focus on high-altitude reconnaissance and surveillance. It comes with Mach 0.85 performance.

9. CAIG Wing Loong II

The Chinese-made CAIG Wing Loong II is a medium-altitude, long-endurance drone equipped for reconnaissance and strike missions. Its cost-effectiveness and adaptability contribute to its widespread use in various military operations.

10. Dassault nEUROn

The Dassault nEUROn, a European collaborative effort, is an experimental stealth combat drone. It is created for medium-to-high combat activities and shows the technological prowess of European defence industries in unmanned aerial systems.