Armed Drones in the Middle East

The Proliferation of UAV Technology and Norms in the Region

A database to understand the proliferation and use of armed UAV technology in the Middle East

Key
  • China-flag Created with Sketch. Imported UAVs from China
  • Factory Created with Sketch. UAVs locally manufactured
  • Deployed/used operationally
Israel
Imported UAVs
N/A
UAVs manufactured locally
Leading global producer. Potentially armed for domestic use: 10-15 Heron, 20-30 Hermes 450, 10-15 Hermes 900
Deployed/used operationally
Egypt, Gaza, Lebanon, Sudan, Syria, West Bank
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Jordan
Imported UAVs
2 CH-4Bs
UAVs manufactured locally
N/A
Deployed/used operationally
N/A
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Saudi Arabia
Imported UAVs
Initial 5 Wing Loong II and 2 CH-4s
UAVs manufactured locally
Domestic progress unknown but unlikely more than 5-10 so far
Deployed/used operationally
Yemen
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UAE
Imported UAVs
At least 5 Wing Loong and 5 Wing Loong II
UAVs manufactured locally
None confirmed
Deployed/used operationally
Libya, Yemen
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Iran
Imported UAVs
N/A
UAVs manufactured locally
Est. 24-40 Shahed-129, est. 5-10 Mohajer-6
Deployed/used operationally
Iraq, Syria
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Iraq
Imported UAVs
4 CH-4Bs
UAVs manufactured locally
N/A
Deployed/used operationally
Iraq
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Turkey
Imported UAVs
N/A
UAVs manufactured locally
46 Bayraktar TB2, 6 Anka-S, est. 2 Karayel-SU
Deployed/used operationally
Iraq, Syria, Turkey
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Israel

Imported UAVs

N/A

UAVs manufactured locally

Leading global producer. Potentially armed for domestic use: 10-15 Heron, 20-30 Hermes 450, 10-15 Hermes 900

Deployed/used operationally

Egypt, Gaza, Lebanon, Sudan, Syria, West Bank

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Jordan

Imported UAVs

2 CH-4Bs

UAVs manufactured locally

N/A

Deployed/used operationally

N/A

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Saudi Arabia

Imported UAVs

Initial 5 Wing Loong II and 2 CH-4s

UAVs manufactured locally

Domestic progress unknown but unlikely more than 5-10 so far

Deployed/used operationally

Yemen

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United Arab Emirates

Imported UAVs

At least 5 Wing Loong and 5 Wing Loong II

UAVs manufactured locally

None confirmed

Deployed/used operationally

Libya, Yemen

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Iran

Imported UAVs

N/A

UAVs manufactured locally

Est. 24-40 Shahed-129, est. 5-10 Mohajer-6

Deployed/used operationally

Iraq, Syria

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Iraq

Imported UAVs

4 CH-4Bs

UAVs manufactured locally

N/A

Deployed/used operationally

Iraq

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Turkey

Imported UAVs

N/A

UAVs manufactured locally

46 Bayraktar TB2, 6 Anka-S, est. 2 Karayel-SU

Deployed/used operationally

Iraq, Syria, Turkey

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