Who has Drones?

Large Military Drones in Service[1]

 

Country

UAV

Number

Operated by

Manufacturing Company/Country

Australia Heron

8

Army

IAI (Israel)
Belgium RQ-5 Hunter

13

Air Force

Northrop Grumman (US)
Canada Heron

5

Air Force

IAI (Israel)
China[2] CASC CH-3

CAC Wing-Loong

CASIC WJ-600

ASN 200(variants)

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

CASC (China)

CAC (China)

CASIC (China)

ASN (China)

Ecuador Searcher Mk2

Heron

4

2

Navy

Navy

IAI (Israel)

IAI (Israel)

Egypt R4E – 50 Skyeye

Scarab

20

29

Air Force

Air Force

DS Inc (now BAE Systems) (US)

Northrop Grumman (US)

Finland ADS-95 Ranger

6

Army

RUAG Aviation (Swiss) & IAI (Israel)
France Sperwer

Harfang

20

3

Army

Air Force

SAGEM (France)

EADS (Europe) & IAI (Israel)

Germany KZO

Luna

Heron

Euro Hawk[3]

6

6

3

1

Army

Army

Air Force

Air Force

Rheinmetall (Germany)

EMT Penzberg (Germany)

IAI (Israel)

Northrop Grumman (US) & EADS (Eu’pe)

Greece Sperwer

2

Army

SAGEM (France)
India Nishant

Searcher MK2

Heron[4]

14

20

16

Army

Navy/Army/AF

Air Force

ADE (India)

IAI (Israel)

IAI (Israel)

Iran Mohajer 4

?

Army

Ghods [Quods] Aviation (Iran)
Israel[5] Searcher Mk2

RQ-5A Hunter

Hermes 450

Heron

Heron 2

22

?

?

?

?

Air Force

Air Force

Air Force

Air Force

Air Force

IAI (Israel)

Northrop Grumman (US)

Elbit Systems (Israel)

IAI (Israel)

IAI (Israel)

Italy RQ-1B Predator

6

Air Force

General Atomics (US)
Jordan Seeker SB7L

6

Air Force

Seabird Aviation (Jordan)
Malaysia Aludra

?

Air Force

UST (Malaysia)
Mexico Hermes 450

2

Air Force

Elbit Systems (Israel)
Morocco R4E – 50 Skyeye

?

Army

DS Inc (now BAE Systems) (US)
Netherlands Sperwer

14

Army

SAGEM (France)
Philippines Blue Horizon 2

2

Air Force

EMIT (Israel)
Singapore Searcher Mk2

Hermes 450

Heron

42

?

1

Air Force

Air Force

Air Force

IAI (Israel)

Elbit Systems (Israel)

IAI (Israel)

South Africa Seeker 2

?

Air Force

Denel (South Africa)
South Korea Night Intruder

Searcher

?

3

Air Force

Air Force

KAI (South Korea)

IAI (Israel)

Spain Searcher MK2

4

Army

IAI (Israel)
Sri Lanka Seeker

Blue Horizon 2

Searcher Mk2

1

?

2

Army

Air Force

Air Force

Denel (South Africa)

EMIT (Israel)

IAI (Israel)

Sweden Sperwer

3

Army

SAGEM (France)
Switzerland ADS-95

4

Army

RUAG Aviation (Swiss) & IAI (Israel)
Thailand Searcher

?

Army

IAI (Israel)
Turkey Gnat 750

Heron

18

10

Air Force

Air Force

General Atomics (US)

IAI (Israel)

UK Hermes 450

Watchkeeper[6]

MQ-9 Reaper[7]

?

?

5

Army

Army

Air Force

Elbit Systems (Israel)

Thales (UK) & Elbit (Israel)

General Atomics (US)

USA I-Gnat

RQ-5 Hunter

Grey Eagle[8]

MQ-8 Fire Scout

Global Hawk[9]

MQ-1 Predator

MQ-9 Reaper[10]

RQ-170 Sentinel

3

45

4

6

30

175

65

?

Army

Army

Army

Navy

Navy

Air Force

Air Force

Air Force

General Atomics (US)

Northrop Grumman (US)

General Atomics (US)

Northrop Grumman (US)

Northrop Grumman (US)

General Atomics (US)

General Atomics (US)

Lockheed Martin (US)

Info Sources:  The Military Balance 2011,IISS; Jane’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Targets 2011; US Unmanned Aerial Systems, Congressional Research Service, 2012; Various press reports.


[1] Class 2 and 3 drones only.  Small/Micro/Mini drones not included. Also does not include large drones in service with police, border patrol, National Guard or CIA.  Given secretive nature of military list is almost certainly not complete.

 [2] It is difficult to be certain  if China’s drones are in development  or in service

[3] Euro Hawk, based on Global Hawk is just coming into service.  German has ordered five.

[4] India has expressed a requirement for up to 50 Heron UAVs

[5] It is possible that Israel has other unknown drones in their inventory

[6] UK plans to acquire 54 Watchkeeper UAVs

[7]  UK plans to acquire 10 Reapers

[8] US plans to acquire 152 Grey Eagle

[9] Estimate – US plans to acquire up to 50 Global Hawks

[10] US plans to acquire 400 Reapers

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