A guide to military drones | In Depth | DW | 30.06.2017

The research and development departments of the world’s defense companies have barely begun to explore all the different uses for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), or drones.

And governments, aware of this, are growing increasingly keen to find out what else they can do. In early June, the European Commission came up with a new plan to hand out 1.5 billion euros ($1.7 billion) of taxpayers’ money to arms companies every year to develop new military technology.

And yet from the handheld Black Hornets to the 40-meter wingspan of the Global Hawk, military drones are so varied that no single company, or even country, dominates their manufacture. And while some 90 countries have drones in their military arsenals, only 11 of these have armed drones. Here are the basic types and where they come from.

Micro- and nano-drones

Insect-sized spy machines may have become part of the furniture in blockbuster movies, but they’ve also been hovering over real battlefields for several years. The

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