A new sea-based, armed vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) drone the size of the Air Force’s MQ-9 Reaper should be operating in 2018 The MQ-9 has almost two tons of payload capacity
Competing VTOL drones are
* Bell Helicopter has the V-247 Vigilant
* Northrop Grumman’s TERN
* a tiltrotor drone by Karem Aircraft
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