Proliferated Drones

Proliferated Drones

What happens when everyone has drones?

What Are Drones?

Much of the conversation about drones focuses on high-end military systems but a far wider range of drones is already being used for disruptive purposes. As drones become increasingly accessible and affordable, it will be essential to consider the full range of their capabilities and potential impact.

More on drone technology and capabilities

How Do Other Countries View Drones?

Are states more likely to engage in cross-border surveillance missions or attacks with drones than with manned systems? Are states more willing to shoot down a drone, since there is no one on board?

If one nation shoots down another nation’s drone, is that an act of war?

More on global perspectives

How Do Drones Change Conflict?

We held a wargame to find out. Even though drone technology is relatively straightforward, the widespread availability of drones will have significant political and strategic consequences.

More on drones and conflict

The Drone Survey

As more countries acquire drones, will their widespread availability lead to greater military adventurism and conflict? In 2016, CNAS conducted a survey experiment to better understand how experts and the general public view the use of force with drones.
More on the survey results

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What types of drones are produced around the world?

Our colleagues at the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College compiled a comprehensive database of drones in production around the world. View the full Drone Database to see the types of drones other countries are manufacturing and learn about their capabilities! Listen to our podcast on iTunes or SoundCloud to hear more about the database and the global production of drones.

Triton

Country
USA
Company
Northrop Grumman
Platform
Triton (MQ-4C)
Endurance
24 hrs
Range
15814 km
Payload cap.
1452 kg
Max speed
613 km/h

Seeker 400

Country
South Africa
Company
Denel Dynamics
Platform
Seeker 400
Endurance
16 hrs
Range
250 km
Payload cap.
100 kg
Max speed
222 km/h

Super Heron

Country
Israel
Company
Israel Aerospace Industries
Platform
Super Heron
Endurance
45 hrs
Range
1000 km
Payload cap.
450 kg
Max speed
278 km/h