The Hunter MQ-5B is a Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (TUAV) with reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition (RSTA) capability. The Hunter is currently supporting the troops in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. It has been in service with the U.S. Army since the early 1990’s and has seen over 80,000 combat hours and over 100,000 flight hours.

Hunter in Flight

The Hunter is one of the first UAV’s to incorporate Automatic Take Off and Landing (ATOL) technology for a fully autonomous flight including pre-programmed way points. The Hunter is used for ISR and RSTA and has had an impeccable service record in flight service and uptime. It also assists in the hunter-killer role as a communications relay point for other assets in the area such as Apaches, AAI’s Shadow UAV and ground troops. Some Hunters have been armed with two Northrop Grumman Viper Strike laser guided munitions designed to take out targets with little or no collateral damage.


Product Info

Hunter MQ-5B Specs

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  • Currently supporting troops in OEF and OIF
  • Twin-engine heavy-fuel configuration with quiet operation
  • Made of composite materials
  • Wheeled or Rocket Assisted Takeoff (RATO)
  • Fully-redundant, state-of-the-art avionics
  • Upgrade capabilities for extended endurance
  • Multiple, simultaneous payload-carrying capacity
  • Direct Line-of-Sight (LOS) data link
  • UAS airborne data relay for BLOS missions
  • Ground-based data relay for BLOS missions


  • Multi Optronic Stabilized Payload (MOSP)
  • Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)
  • COMINT & ESM integration capability
  • Communication relay package
  • Customer-furnished payloads

  • Endurance of 21 Hours
  • Ceiling of 20,000 Feet
  • Range of 156 mi (250 km)

Technical Data:

  • Maximum Takeoff Weight of 1974 lb (885 kg)
  • Maximum Payload Weight of 220 lb (100 kg)
  • Wingspan of 34.4 ft (10.5 m)