The MQ-101 is an unmanned combat aircraft. It features a folded wing design and has incredibly high maneuverability. The Arsenal Bird, a large aerial warship, can carry up to 80 of them at one time.
The MQ-101 is a tailless flying wing, utilizing a wide, flat blended wing design to achieve lift despite its relatively smaller 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 its berth, falling for a short distance before rolling right-side up and extending its wings for flight.
The drone's primary armament appears to consist of a single cannon and an internal weapons bay to hold an assortment of payloads, most commonly Sidewinder missiles for air-to-air combat.
The MQ-101 is highly agile, a feat assisted by its advanced microwave-powered engine which receives its power directly from the Arsenal Bird which carried it. If the connection is disrupted (for example, if the Arsenal Bird sustains damage and must shut down non-essential systems) then the drone will lose power and crash. The drones are also 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 evasion tactics to avoid enemy fire.
MQ-101s saw action in the Lighthouse War, mostly to counter Osean sorties within Erusean-held territory, the MQ-101 was first encountered by Trigger 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 MQ-101 shares its design with the real-life Northrop Grumman X-47B, which is designed for aircraft carrier-based operations.