As of January 2014, the U.S. military operates a large number of unmanned aerial systems (UAVs or Unmanned Air Vehicles): 7,362 RQ-11 Ravens; 990 AeroVironment Wasp IIIs; 1,137 AeroVironment RQ-20 Pumas; and 306 RQ-16 T-Hawk small UAS systems and 246 MQ-1 Predators and MQ-1C Gray Eagles; 126 MQ-9 Reapers; 491 RQ-7 Shadows; and 33 RQ-4 Global Hawk large systems.
Examples of current and future drones that could be procured at relatively low unit cost include: attributable Gremlins small UAS, $700,000 or less; an attritable medium UAS, $1 million or less; attritable Valkyrie medium- to large-sized platforms, $2 million to $3 million; MQ-9 Reapers, about $20 million. This video showcases 10 Biggest Military Drones as of today.
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