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World of Drones

This In-Depth report from the International Security Program examines the proliferation, development, and use of armed drones. The World of Drones database draws upon media reports and other open source information to track which countries and non-state actors have armed drones or are in the process of developing them; which actors have used armed drones in combat; and which non-state actors are artificially equipping over-the-counter drones with improvised explosives like ISIS, or have obtained military-grade UAVs like Hezbollah.


1. Introduction: How We Became a World of Drones

2. Who Has What: Countries with Drones Used in Combat

3. Who Has What: Countries with Armed Drones

4. Who Has What: Countries Developing Armed Drones

5. Non-State Actors with Drone Capabilities

6. The Future of Drone Warfare: Striking at Home

7. The Future of Drone Warfare: The Rise of Maritime Drones