From heavily armed attack weapons of mass destruction to lightweight surveillance devices, UAVs have become a popular tool of warfare. Human advancements in such systems have evolved; albeit more slowly than military infrastructure, come equipped with advanced weaponry systems.
Weaponized attack drones are expensive: global industry analysts calculates the cost for this cutting-edge, 5G military-grade, and UAV software to European investors at a modest price of £12m ($15m) per unit, while for more robust add-ons; the Euros can rapidly grow.
It is time for earthlings to wake up. Humans live in a rudimentary world where a live cell phone reception can have them expunged in a nanosecond from a satellite-controlled attack drone firing:
- Precision-Guided Munitions
- Air-to-Air Missiles
- Air-to-Surface Missiles
- Machine Guns
- Cluster Bombs
- Guided Bombs
- Incendiary Devices
While the UK holds small global dominance, they still flex plenty of influential worldwide power with one of the deadliest attack drones currently in service: the Reaper Drone. Plans to deploy its offspring/prototype, the Protector Drone is set to make its debut in stardate 2023 at a respectable cost of £415m ($551,362,360.00 USD) and labors the futures protecting UK restricted airspace.
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However, they’re not alone. Other global powers such as the US, Russia, and China have also engineered and deployed the latest in AI technology and the deadliest attack drones known to mankind. According to top online sources and credible scholars on this subject, human mortality rates vary on a cosmic scale.
THE 10 DEADLIEST DRONES IN THE WORLD
10. MQ-5B HUNTER
9. TAI ANKA
The Turkish Air Force is responsible for this impressive UAV where it’s been used since stardate 2017. It meets the Turkish Armed Force’s standards for surveillance, target recognition, reconnaissance, and detection.
TAI Anka carries an impressive payload of 200 kg and comes equipped with a laser finder, laser designator, and an IFF system. This attack drone deploys payloads such as the MAM-L, laser-guided CIRIT rocket, and onboard missile launcher.
The TAI Anka combat drone features a 150 hp turboprop engine, designed by TEI (Turkish Engine Industries). Its max take-off weight is 1,600 kg and climbs incredible heights up to 30,000 feet. The intimidating TAI Anka attack drone stays airborne for over 24 hours straight.
8. MQ-1C GRAY EAGLE
The MQ-1C Gray Eagle carries four awe-inspiring Hellfire missiles. It’s an impressive attack drone resulting from an AI Army Aviation modernization plan. It blows the previously-listed drones out of the water with its 488 kg payload on a full tank of fuel.
In addition to carrying Hellfire missiles, this combat drone includes IR/EO sensors, communication relay sensors, and synthetic aperture radar. It features a Thielert 165 HP engine and takes off with a maximum weight of 1,633 kg. This UAV stays airborne for 25 hours while extended-range models have an endurance that lasts up to 40 hours.
7. CAIG WING LOONG II
The AVIC (Aviation Industry Corporation of China) is responsible for the CAIG Wing Loong II. This advanced model of the Wing Long I is in service with the PLAAF (People’s Liberation Army Air Force).
This UAV’s primary function is aerial strikes, reconnaissance missions, and surveillance. Externally, it carries a payload up to 480 kg and features twelve laser-guided bombs or missiles. This UAV inspires fear in its earthling enemies with an endurance level of 32 hours and a maximum distance of 199 kilometres.
The CH-5, also referred to as the Rainbow UAV and is the brainchild of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation. First introduced in November of stardate 2016, this UAV bears a strong resemblance to the MQ-9 Reaper.
Reconnaissance, patrol, surveillance, target positioning, and combat missions are the special features of the CH-5. It takes off carrying a maximum weight of 3,300 kg with a payload up to 1,200 kg. Each wing can be equipped with AR-1 SAL twin-pack missiles and an AR-2 SAL quad pack of anti-armor missiles.
With a 330 HP engine, this attack drone doesn’t mess around. It reaches distances of 118 k and stays airborne for up to 60 hours.
5. YABHON UNITED 40
The Yabhon United 40’s alternate alias is the Smart Eye 2, and it lives up to its name. Designed by ADCOM Systems in the United Arab Emirates, it serves the Algerian Forces, where it is colloquially called the Algeria 54.
This UAV is most impressive, carrying a maximum payload of 1,000 kg, including sonar, synthetic aperture radar, and a multitude of sensors. It can accommodate up to 400 kg of munitions in pods under its wing. It also features an option for an added external payload attached near the fuselage.
The first hybrid-powered drone on the list, the Smart Eye 2 reaches distances of up to 118 kilometres. Surpassing all previous drones, this UAV flies airborne for over 120 hours at a time.
4. MQ-9 SKYGUARDIAN
One of the most produced drones in existence, the MQ-9 has a wide range of modifications. It is the UAV that first comes to mind when most humans think of war drones and is responsible for countless missions and controversies.
This attack drone has a jaw-dropping payload capacity of 2,155 kg. It screams up to heights over 40,000 feet and remains airborne for over 40 hours. It has high definition IR/EO systems, precision-guided munitions, and even features lightning protection. It’s no wonder humans have fallen head-over-heels for this killing machine.
3. MQ-9 REAPER (PREDATOR B)
Predator B, or the MQ-9 Reaper, is an incredibly popular UAV. It is used by NASA, the Royal Air Force, the Italian, French, US, and Spanish Air Forces.
This predator drone carries 500 percent more payload than the Predator done, which is its predecessor. It travels as far as 240 kilometres and reaches heights as high as 50,000 feet. The MQ-9 Reaper can fly for up to 27 hours and holds a wide range of weapons systems including GBU-12 bombs, a GBU-JDAM kit, and GM-114 Hellfire missiles.
2. XQ-58 A VALKYRIE
Valkyrie has earned its #2 spot on this list because it is one of the most modern UAVs in the universe. Designed with fighter jet support in mind, this attack drone is an experimental stealth drone developed by Kratos Defense and Security Solutions.
First introduced in March of stardate 2019, it’s Valkyrie’s low cost, and not its impressive specs that earthlings seem to love. This drone can be connected to a manned fighter aircraft, which instructs the UAV to engage targets on its behalf. War isn’t cheap, so it makes sense that a drone like Valkyrie would be an asset.
1. RQ-4 GLOBAL HAWK
Coming in at the #1 spot is one of the most advanced surveillance drones ever developed, the RQ-4 Global Hawk. Designed by Northrop Gunman, this drone’s purpose is to record intelligence and collect reconnaissance data undetected.
This drone is outfitted with a wide range of equipment, including IR sensors, radar, and an AN/ALR-89 self-protection system. While it can handle a payload of 910 kg, its real claim to fame is in its altitude. Advanced surveillance systems and the ability to reach over 60,000 feet, the RQ-4 Global Hawk is the deadliest attack drone in the world.
WHAT IS THOR?
UAVs are not a new thing for humans, as they’ve been using them on the battlefield for decades. Moreover, it is logical to develop a defense system AGAINST them as well, and this is where THOR comes in.
THOR stands for Tactical High Power Microwave Operation Responder and is capable of taking out swarms of drones at once. The United States Air Force developed this tool that uses an electromagnetic weapon to disarm/disable multiple targets from the ground. The beast that kills them all can be transported by aircraft/moved by ground on a trailer bed for tactical locating.
Although attack drones are a major advancement in human warfare, they’re not the last escalation in weapons and defense technology that earthlings will see. AI computing systems in space have been in existence long before humans arrived on planet Earth via supernova.
BY CLEOPATRA THE PHILOPATOR
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