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The MQ-101 is an unmanned combat aircraft developed by the Osean Federation.[2] It features a distinctive tailless design and has incredibly high maneuverability. It was designed to be deployed by the Arsenal Bird aerial warships, which could carry up to 80 of them at one time.[3]


The MQ-101 is a tailless flying wing, utilizing a wide, flat blended wing design to achieve lift despite its relatively small winglets. The winglets themselves can fold for storage (most notably when being carried by an Arsenal Bird) and are downturned slightly at the tips. When being transported by an Arsenal Bird, the drone is carried inverted on the underside of the carrier, and are launched by being released from their berths and falling for a short distance before rolling right-side up and extending their wings to take flight.

The drone's primary armament consists of a single autocannon and an internal weapons bay that holds an assortment of payloads, most commonly standard missiles for air-to-air combat.

The drones are very fragile compared to traditional fighter aircraft; it only takes a single missile or a short burst of cannon fire to destroy them. Due to this, the MQ-101 relies on its superhuman agility and evasive maneuvers to avoid enemy fire.


Prior to 2019, the MQ-101 was developed by the Osean Defense Forces[2] as a combat drone for use on the Aerial Arsenal Ships—colloquially referred to as the "Arsenal Birds"—that were being concurrently developed to defend the International Space Elevator.

Following the capture of the Arsenal Birds' control facilities during the opening stages of the Lighthouse War, Erusea gained control of both the drone carriers and the MQ-101s they carried. Erusean-operated MQ-101s saw action mostly to counter Osean offensive operations against the Erusean-held space elevator.

The MQ-101 was first encountered by Trigger and IUN forces during Operation Dual Wielder above the Chopinburg Rainforest, when they were launched by the Arsenal Bird Liberty, which had been deployed to the region to prevent the Osean Air Defense Force from gaining air superiority over the region. The combination of the drones and the Arsenal Bird's APS system caused heavy casualties on IUN forces and forced them to withdraw.

During Operation Lighthouse Keeper, the ill-fated mission to rescue the former president of Osea, Vincent Harling, MQ-101s deployed by the Arsenal Bird Liberty swarmed the former president's V-22 and caused confusion when a missile registered to Osean forces hit and destroyed it.

MQ-101s were deployed again by Liberty to destroy the Stonehenge turret system during Operation Dragon Breath. Even though they outnumbered the Osean Long Range Strategic Strike Group, the drones were unable to prevent Stonehenge Railgun Four from destroying Liberty.

Their final observed deployment would be against the Osean-Erusean coalition during Operation Daredevil. The MQ-101s were able to distract coalition planes while the Arsenal Bird Justice annihilated the coalition's naval forces. However, sabotage of the space elevator's power transmission systems by Rosa Cossette D'Elise caused Justice's APS to fail, allowing the coalition to destroy the Arsenal Bird and cause its central UCAV control systems to fail. However, the crashing drones would cause heavy casualties among civilians sheltering at the base of the elevator, notably claiming the life of Tabloid, a Spare Squadron pilot, and several other refugees.




  1. Mission 03: "Two-pronged Strategy", Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown - PS4/XB1/PC - Arsenal Bird Trailer". YouTube. Published on 11 January 2019. Retrieved on 10 June 2023.
  3. "Ace Combat 7 - Announcement Trailer". YouTube. Published on 5 December 2015. Retrieved on 10 June 2023.