According to the most recent estimate by Emergen Research, the market for military drones will be worth USD 35.71 billion in 2028 with a consistent CAGR of 10.9%. The market for military drones has been seeing steady revenue growth, which can be linked to the growing need for drone deployment in intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance activities. Military drones are frequently employed to track enemy movements and positions in battle zones in real time. The information obtained through intelligence gathering, surveillance, and reconnaissance gives forces a great military advantage and significantly raises mission success rates.
Armed with a variety of sensors, electronic receivers, transmitters, and offensive munitions, military drones can be controlled remotely, autonomously, or both. In addition to being used for strategic and combat zone surveillance, they are also capable of physically intervening on the battlefield by identifying targets for precision-guided weapons dropped or fired from manned systems or by doing so themselves. Drones or remotely piloted vehicles (RPVs) were the names given to the first UAVs. They were miniature radio-controlled aircraft first employed during World War II for target training for fighters and antiaircraft guns.
Drones are progressively being used by a number of new international military organisations for law enforcement, combat missions, and particularly border protection. Due to the increasing demand for military drone equipment to meet the growing demand for advanced unmanned aerial vehicles, the market for AV military drones has been expanding (UAV). UAVs are being widely used in military drones as a result of growing costs, expanding venture capital investments, and the enormous need for drone-generated data. The Military Drone Market additionally benefits from the expanding integration of advanced drones in the current warfare systems to counter or defeat threats and their rising demand due to their cost effectiveness when compared to manned aircraft.
Drones’ embedded artificial intelligence (AI) technology has fundamentally altered the worldwide market. In-depth research is being done by several suppliers, who are creating drones equipped with a range of autonomous tools supported by AI and machine learning (ML) capabilities. These drones could represent a significant growth opportunity for the global military drone market in the years to come. Future Military Drone Market is anticipated to include a wide range of signature management technologies and operate autonomously armed by artificial intelligence. These drones will also have a wide range of electronic warfare (EW) capabilities, which will enable their use in a variety of different combat contexts.
Some Key Highlights from the Report
- BAE Systems and UAVTEK announced their collaboration to build nano Bug drones in December 2020. The Bug drones can maintain flight even amid severe winds and have a low visual profile for covertly patrolling in hostile areas.
- Military drones with fixed wings use wings similar to those on an aeroplane to produce lift. Fixed-wing drones can fly for extended periods of time while monitoring a target and covering greater distances since they have wings (instead of vertical rotors). Additionally, fixed-wing drones with gas engines have the potential to stay in the air for at least 16 hours.
- The ability of vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft to take off and land in virtually any type of terrain is a significant benefit. The VTOL style of takeoff eliminates the need for a runway and only needs a helipad or an open area.
- The Boeing Company, Israel Aerospace Industries, Raytheon Technologies Corporation, Elbit Systems Ltd., Textron Inc., and AeroVironment Inc. are a few notable market participants, as well as Lockheed Martin Corporation, Thales Group, Northrop Grumman, BAE Systems, and the Thales Group.
Emergen Research has segmented the global military drones market on the basis of wing type, range, mode of launching, maximum takeoff weight, application, and region:
Wing Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion; 2018–2028)
Range Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion; 2018–2028)
- Visual Line of Sight (VLOS)
- Extended Visual Line of Sight (EVLOS)
- Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS)
Mode of Launching Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion; 2018–2028)
- Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL)
- Catapult Launcher
- Hand Launched
Maximum Takeoff Weight Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion; 2018–2028)
- Below 25 Kg
- 25 Kg to 150 Kg
- Above 150 Kg
Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion; 2018–2028)
- Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Target Acquisition
- Combat Operations
- Delivery & Transportation
- Battle Damage Management