The hostilities in Armenia-Azerbaijan and the active use of attack drones have resumed active discussion of unmanned aerial vehicles’ role in armed conflicts.
UAVs are usually subdivided according to their impact action. There are unmanned aerial vehicles equipped with rocket launchers and other means of engaging the enemy, as well as those that, when a target is detected, turn into a homing warhead, the so-called kamikaze drones.
As a rule, kamikaze drones are smaller in size than attack drones.
The leaders in the development of UAVs – the USA, Israel, Italy, and Turkey – have been identified in the world ranking of the countries that produce combat drones.
So, here is the list of Top 10 Best Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle in the world
10. Bayraktar TB2, Turkey
Turkish strike operational-tactical medium-altitude unmanned aerial vehicle rounded out the top 10.
Bayraktar TB2 with four rockets on suspension can stay aloft for more than 12 hours.
9. MQ-5B Hunter, USA
The multipurpose unmanned aerial vehicle Hunter MQ-5B is capable of carrying a total payload of 200 kg.
The Hunter, equipped with a heavy fuel engine, has a maximum take-off weight of 900 kg and a maximum ceiling of 5.5 thousand meters. The drone can reach a maximum speed of 200 km / h and withstand 21 hours of flight. The larger version is capable of staying aloft for up to 30 hours.
8. CAIG Wing Loong II, China
Chinese reconnaissance and strike unmanned aerial vehicles. Claimed to be a copy of the American MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper.
7. MQ-1C Gray Eagle, USA
American reconnaissance and strike UAV manufactured by General Atomics. It can be in the air for 30 hours, armed with 4 missiles or 4 bombs.
6.Yabhon United 40, UAE
Medium-altitude reconnaissance and strike UAV developed in the UAE. It can stay in the air for up to 5 days. Capable of carrying 1030 kg of ammunition.
5. CH-5, China
Chinese medium-altitude reconnaissance and strike UAV. Armament: rockets and aerial bombs 50, 100, and 200 kg. It can stay in the air for 60 hours. CH-5 is a long-duration drone. Its prototype made its maiden flight in August 2015.
4. Predator B (MQ-9 Reaper), USA
The MQ-9 Reaper is a reconnaissance and strike UAV that was created by GAAS.
The MQ-9 Reaper was based on the MQ-1 Predator aircraft. It is equipped with a turboprop engine that allows it to reach tremendous speeds, more than 400 kilometers per hour. The ceiling is 13 thousand meters. The maximum flight duration is 24 hours.
3. MQ-9B SkyGuardian, USA
Reconnaissance and strike UAV developed by GAAS. It can carry up to 4 missiles or GPS-guided bombs. The drone belongs to the medium-altitude class and is developed based on the MQ-9 Reaper, which has been in service with the US Air Force since 2007.
SkyGuardian is capable of staying in the air for up to 35 hours, but so far, it flies rather slowly – the cruising speed at an altitude of 7.5 thousand meters is 388 km / h.
2. Heron TP, Israel
Unmanned reconnaissance aircraft developed by the Israeli company IAI. One such drone can track six targets simultaneously—the best selling Israeli UAV.
The wingspan of the vehicle is 26 m. The ceiling is 13.7 km. Flight duration of 36 hours. It was reported about the possibility of “hanging” in the air at an altitude of 4.5 km over controlled areas and about the prospect of equipping with a refueling system in the air. At a cruising speed of 296 km / h (maximum – 460 km / h), it can fly 14,800 km. Maximum takeoff weight – 4.7 tons. Payload weight can reach 1 ton.
1. Predator C Avenger, USA
An unmanned combat aircraft developed by GAAS in 2009. The maximum take-off weight of the drone is 8.3 tons.
The total carrying capacity of the aircraft is almost 3 tons.
The Predator C Avenger offers higher operational and transit speeds than the Predator B aircraft. Powered by the Pratt and Whitney turbofan engines, the combat drone can reach altitudes up to 15,000 meters. It has a top speed of 740 km / h and an endurance of 20 hours.