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The AeroVironment RQ-11 Raven SUAV in reality

A Small Unmanned Air Vehicle (SUAV), or Miniature UAV, is a type of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) small enough to be man-portable, including the Micro Air Vehicle as a subclass. Larger SUAVs monoplanes are typically launched by throwing or slingshot, and continue flying on their own.

The SUAV in Battlefield 4 is based on the AeroVironment RQ-11 Raven.

Battlefield 4[]

The SUAV is a gadget for the Recon kit featured in Battlefield 4: China Rising. It is a small monoplane fitted with a monochrome camera and a laser designator. It is unlocked upon the completion of the Safe Raiding assignment.

By maintaining heading towards a vehicle target, the on-board laser designator can mark targets for guided weaponry. The SUAV also has an on board motion sensor on it, similar to the MAV.

Once thrown, the operator immediately takes remote control of the SUAV. Though its endurance is limited, it is much longer than most other time-limited gadgets and weapons, lasting 30 seconds. It is able to travel 600 meters, giving it an average airspeed of 20 meters per second. Unlike the MAV, the SUAV's monoplane design and forward-facing camera prevent it from loitering for too long in any one area. After each use another SUAV will regenerate after 55 seconds.

The SUAV has lethal capabilities. Crashing directly into an enemy player will kill them and count as a roadkill. This is useful for taking out enemies at long distances while remaining in a safe spot.

Like other laser designators, its red beam is easily seen by those in its path, which makes it easily detectable.

The SUAV has limited battery power. The SUAV will cease function when its battery runs out.


Main article: Battlefield 4 Achievements and Trophies
Image Name Criteria Achievement Points Trophy Type
Mini Kamikaze Mini Kamikaze 1 Kill with the SUAV 30G Silver


  • The SUAV used to be capable of roadkilling enemy infantry. However, after the 17th of December update this was patched to stop people from exploiting its use.
    • Prior to it being patched, the SUAV would fail to explode on impact with players, allowing the operator to potentially chain many kills from a single flight.
      • However, it is still possible to kill allies with the SUAV when playing on hardcore mode.