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UAV Predator

A UAV Drone in real-life.

An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone, is an aircraft without a human pilot aboard. The flight of UAVs may be controlled with various kinds of autonomy: either by a given degree of remote control from an operator, located on the ground or in another vehicle, or fully autonomously, by onboard computers.[1]


The UAV is a commander ability in the Battlefield Series, providing 55 seconds of 'radar', enabling all teammates to see the location of enemy units within its limited radius.

Battlefield 2[]

In Battlefield 2, the BF2 UAV icon UAV itself was originally invisible, however in the 1.2 patch, the UAVs became both visible and vulnerable to ground fire. However, unlike other aircraft, it is almost impossible to shoot down a UAV with anything other than mobile AA. The UAV is based on the American RQ-1 Predator A Drone.

The UAV depends on a small trailer for it to work, usually located in or near the team's starting spawn point (which may or may not be a capturable, depending on the map). The trailer can be destroyed with two packs of C4 dropped by a Special Forces player, or 30 shots from a tank. Once destroyed, the commander is unable to use the UAV until a team member repairs the trailer, or a supply crate is dropped near it for repairs.

In the Special Forces expansion, UAV trailers from the base game are reused for the new factions. Only the USMC and MEC trailers are used, which are shared among the six factions, and the flags from the base game factions are removed from the textures. The texture of the PLA trailer with the flag removed is also present, but is unused.


Trailers for Special Forces[]

Battlefield 2142[]

The UAV used for Battlefield 2142 is based on a flying wing design, similar to the US B-2 Spirit strategic stealth bomber.

On the rare occasion that a player is in proximity of the actual UAV (and the even rarer occasion that the drone has glitched and is traveling low on the ground), the UAV can crush players against walls or push them off rooftops.

The UAV is vulnerable to anti-aircraft weaponry, and less so to infantry firearms. UAVs can be targeted and destroyed by either team. Because the owner of the UAV is not shown (other than through guesswork), players risk shooting down their own team's UAV.

Battlefield 4[]

The UAV returns in Battlefield 4 as the Scan UAV, functioning similar to the UAV featured in Battlefield 2. It circles around selected areas and reveals the location of any hostile infantry of vehicles within the vicinity to the entire team's minimap. It is the fastest recharging asset available to the commander. The UAV is vulnerable to ground & air cannon, missile and rocket fire. Friendly Scan/EMP UAV have a strobing green indicator light to indicate friendly assets, while enemy commander asset Scan/EMP UAVs have a strobing red indicator light.

The UAV is also available in the Test Range, serving as an unmanned target drone.

Battlefield Hardline[]

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This Section is currently under construction. It may contain little or inaccurate information.

"Reveal enemy locations by gaining access to their GPS devices. Version 2 uses WIFI on GPS devices to echo the original signal, increasing the spotting area."

— Version 2.0 In-Game Description

GPS Spotting is a hacker resource featured in Battlefield Hardline. It functions in a similar manner to the Scan UAV from Battlefield 4, revealing the location of any enemies in the vicinity to the entire team. Upon unlocking version 2.0, the affected area is increased.


Battlefield 2[]

  • There is a line in the localization files which would be used when the UAV is used as a weapon:
However, this appears to be actually a localization for the text that appears on the nametag of the UAV when it is in flight: in the French localization this is translated as DRONE, and in the Dutch localization it is RPV. In all other languages this line is unchanged.

Battlefield 4[]