Drone usage in US military operations has increased in recent times and their usage benefits were clearly visible. Especially when US took on Afghanistan for a political cause, Air Force drones collected nearly three times as much video over Afghanistan and Iraq last year as in 2007- which when viewed continuously could take 24 years for a person.
Though the collected data might prove as a burden to IT budgets, if gone in to the right hands and with proper implementation of analytics can offer a pay-back. In this process, one of the top officials from US Military have admitted that all the archives of video collected by the drones will be analyzed by its active teams to find out any kind of patterns of insurgent activity over time. It is estimated that a large portion of info from the stored video has been retrieved already for such intelligence purposes.
However, with the participation of drones increasing in the federal operations, agencies are finding it hard to contain such massive amounts of data and then to smartly utilize it in future operations.
The above said data storage menace commencing drones is not only being countered by United States alone, but is predicted to exist in other nations military zones. According to a study made by International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) in early 2015, military authorities all around the world are finding it difficult to contain the data from drones.
IISS has also identified that 56 different types of UAVs are being used in 11 different countries.
The US is the most open about its drone stocks. The IISS data shows that is has at least 678 drones in service, of 18 different types. Some 14 of them are identified as ‘heavy’, and includes UAVs such as the MQ-1B Predator, of which it has over 100.
Other countries drone list is as follows and was offered by IISS
Military Drones stocks by Country
|Country & service||Type||Weight||Number||Notes|
|USA Army||RQ-5A Hunter||Heavy||20|
|USA Army||MQ-1C Grey Eagle||Heavy||19||Includes Warriors or Sky warriors|
|USA-Navy||MQ-8B Fire Scout||Heavy||5|
|USA-Navy||RQ-4A Global Hawk||Heavy||4||BAMS Demonstrators|
|USA Marines||RQ-7B Shadow||Medium||32|
|USA Marine Reserves||RQ-7B Shadow||Medium||4|
|USA Air Force||MQ-1B Predator||Heavy||101|
|USA Airforce||RQ-4B Global Hawk||Heavy||23|
|USA Airforce||RQ-170 Sentinel||Heavy||1+|
|USA Air National Guard||MQ-1B Predator||Heavy||42|
|USA Air National Guard||MQ-9 Reaper||Heavy||14|
|USA Army SOCOM||CQ-10 Snowgoose||Heavy||28|
|USA Air Force SOCOM||MQ-1B Predator||Heavy||29|
|USA Air Force SOCOM||MQ-9 Reaper||Heavy||10|
|Italy-Air Force||RQ-1B Predator||Heavy||5|
|Turkey-Air Force||Gnat 750||Medium||18|
|UK Army||Hermes 450||Medium||–|
|UK Airforce||MQ-9 Reaper||Heavy||5~10|
|Russia Army||Tu-143 Reys||Heavy||–|
|Russian Army||Tu-243 Reys/Reys D||Heavy||–|
|Russia Army||Tu 300 Korshun||Heavy||–|
|China Army||ASN -105||Medium||–|
|China Army||ASN 206||Medium||–|
|China Airforce||CH-1 Chang Hong||Heavy||–|
|Indian Army||Searcher MKI/II||Medium||12|
|Indian Navy||Searcher MK II||Medium||8|
|India Air Force||Searcher MK II||Medium||–|
|Iran army||Mohajer IV||Medium||–|
|Israel Air Force||Hermes 450||Medium||–|
|Israel Air Force||Heron||Heavy||–|
|Israel Air Force||Heron-TP||Heavy||4|
|Israel Air Force||RQ-5A Hunter||Heavy||–|
|Israel Air Force||Searcher MK II||Medium||28|
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