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Micro Drone Market Size, Share, Competitive Landscape and Trend Analysis Report, by Type, Application and Weight : Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2021-2030

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Author's: Himanshu Joshi | Lalit Janardhan Katare
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Micro Drone Market Statistics 2030 -

The global micro drone market was valued at $6,717.4 million in 2020, and is projected to reach $28,910.5 million in 2030, registering a CAGR of 17.2%.    

Micro drones are small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that weigh between 250grams and 2Kg. Micro drones can be launched by hand or they takeoff vertically, hence require short or no runways. Micro drones can prove to be highly useful across a wide range of applications such as precision agriculture, assistance to first responders, and safe inspection of crucial infrastructure such as oil and gas pipelines, among others. The government organizations and private agencies are investing heavily in the manufacturing and development of efficient and advanced small drones for both military and commercial sectors. Micro drones are equipped with advanced technologies and have an advantage of cost-effectiveness over other large-sized unmanned aerial vehicles.


The market segmentation is based on type, application, weight, and region. The type segment is further divided into fixed-wing, rotary-wing, and hybrid or transitional. Based on application, the market is segmented into military, civil & commercial, homeland security, consumer, and others. By weight, the market is segmented into less than 1 Kg and 1 kg to 2Kg. Region wise, the market is analyzed across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA.

Key players operating in the global micro drone market include 3DR, AeroVironment Inc., Autel Robotics, DJI, Elbit Systems Ltd., Hubsan, Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd., Kespry Inc., senseFly, and Skydio, Inc.

Increased operational efficiency

Micro drones are capable of flying by themselves and gathering information with minimal human intervention, and without a person on board. The usage of micro drones in the defense operations is considerably increasing globally. For instance, in January 2021, European missile group MBDA successfully managed to hit a test target with its new anti-tank missile- Missile Moyenne Portée (MMP), using targeting information gathered by a micro-drone. According to MBDA officials, a French Novadem NX70 micro drone weighing about 1kg was used to detect and identify a tank that was out of the drone operator’s sight. Furthermore, in May 2021, Turkish defense giant Aselsan conducted a successful flight with micro unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) Saka. According to company officials, the Saka system weighs around 600 grams and utilizes a 3-axis gimbal, and was developed for exploration and surveillance purposes.

Apart from defense, they are also used in film production, news bulletins, and music videos for creating aerial videos. They are also used to inspect and investigate lands. These drones can easily go the places, which are difficult to access by humans and can stay in operation for significantly longer hours. Such features are expected to propel the growth of the global micro drone market during the forecast period. 

Micro Drone Market
By Type
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Rotary Wing is projected as the most lucrative segments

Increase in demand for improved surveillance

The growth in threat from terrorism and increase in security concerns worldwide has led to increased government expenditure for micro drones. Micro drones can carry out stealth operations, function in nights, operate at any location, and are easy to deploy. Such benefits have led to increase in investments by governments to procure and develop a large number of micro drones globally. For instance, in February 2021, the French Government placed a new order to reinforce its fleet of micro-drones NX70 already used by French soldiers. Since 2018, the number of NX70 owned by the French Ministry of Army has continuously increased to reach more than 150 in 2020. The NX70 fleet is equipped with tethered power supply for continuous observation and protection missions, and also data link terminal placed on vehicles or directly handled by soldiers allowing information sharing on the field. Moreover, Russian military has been developing its next generation of combat gear that could be integrated with new micro-drones that provide a tactical level automated command system.

The security of key institutions has been greatly enhanced with advanced video surveillance and access control systems. Micro drones are used for surveillance of major events or gatherings in large cities. Also, several government agencies impose strict policies and guidelines for installation of micro drones at high-risk locations. Such factors are expected to fuel the growth of the global micro drone market during the forecast period.

Micro Drone Market
By Application
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Civil and Commercial is projected as the most lucrative segments

Strict drone regulations

Due to increased use of micro drones for civilian applications, governments in developed economies draft laws and regulations for the use of these unmanned aerial vehicles to protect areas of national, historical, or natural importance. The technology of micro drones is evolving so fast that the policy makers are not able to keep pace with it. Moreover, different nations have different and complex airspace regulations for small drones. Many countries have accepted drone use, especially recreational use, as something that does not need to be highly regulated, but monitored only for safety. Other countries have very strict laws and regulations against drone use no matter what the purpose, and pilots need to be sure they follow all the correct procedures before flying. Stringent drone regulations in various countries are anticipated to limit the growth of the micro drone market during the forecast period.

Micro Drone Market
By Weight
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1 kg to 2kg is projected as the most lucrative segments

Improvement in drone technologies

The technology behind unmanned air systems (UAS) has advanced rapidly in recent years and as a result UAS can fly faster and further than ever before and are able to perform ever more sophisticated surveillance operations. Developments in size, weight and power (SWaP) optimized technologies have driven these improvements, allowing smaller man-portable systems more flexible tactical capability.

Recent advancements in drone technologies have fueled an unprecedented level of interest in these devices. Defense manufacturers have developed micro drones that fly, search, and kill without human intervention. Also, many of these can even be effectively controlled with the help of ordinary smartphones. Owing to several benefits offered by micro drones, the demand for micro drones is expected to grow appreciably during the forecast timeframe.

Micro Drone Market
By Region
North America 

Asia-Pacific would exhibit the highest CAGR of 19.9% during 2021-2030.

Covid-19 Impact Analysis

  • The COVID-19 impact on the micro drone market is unpredictable and is expected to remain in force till the second quarter of 2021.
  • The COVID-19 outbreak forced governments across the globe to implement strict lockdowns and banned import–export of raw materials items for most of 2020. This led to sudden fall in the availability of important raw materials for manufacturing micro drone equipment.
  • Moreover, nationwide lockdowns forced parts manufacturing facilities to partially or completely shut their operations.
  • Adverse impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in delays in activities and initiatives regarding development of modern micro drone systems globally.

Key Benefits For Stakeholders

  • This study presents analytical depiction of the global micro drone market analysis along with the current trends and future estimations to depict imminent investment pockets.
  • The overall micro drone market opportunity is determined by understanding profitable trends to gain a stronger foothold.
  • The report presents information related to key drivers, restraints, and opportunities of the global micro drone market with a detailed impact analysis.
  • The current micro drone market is quantitatively analyzed from 2020 to 2030 to benchmark the financial competency.
  • Porter’s five forces analysis illustrates the potency of the buyers and suppliers in the industry.

Key Market Segments

By Type

  • Fixed-Wing
  • Rotary-Wing
  • Hybrid or Transitional

By Application

  • Military
  • Civil & Commercial
  • Homeland Security
  • Consumer
  • Others

By Weight

  • Less Than 1 Kg
  • 1 kg to 2Kg   

By Region

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Russia
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia-Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
    • Latin America
    • Middle East
    • Africa

Key Players

  • 3DR
  • AeroVironment Inc.
  • Autel Robotics
  • DJI
  • Elbit Systems Ltd.
  • Hubsan
  • Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd.
  • Kespry Inc.
  • senseFly
  • Skydio, Inc.

Micro Drone Market Report Highlights

Aspects Details
  • Fixed-wing
  • Rotary-wing
  • Hybrid or Transitional
  • Military
  • Civil & commercial
  • Homeland security
  • Homeland security
  • Consumer
  • Others
  • Less than 1 Kg
  • 1 Kg to 2Kg
By Region
  • North America  (U.S., Canada, Mexico)
  • Europe  (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK, Russia, Rest of Europe)
  • Asia-Pacific  (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • LAMEA  (Brazil, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Argentina, Rest of LAMEA)
Key Market Players


Analyst Review

The global micro drone market is expected to witness significant growth owing to enhancement in efficiency and operations offered by micro drone systems, across a wide range of applications.

Increased operational efficiency and rise in demand for improved surveillance are expected to drive the micro drone market growth during the forecast period. However, strict drone regulations and lack of skilled & trained personnel are the factors that are expected to restrain the growth of the micro drone market during the forecast period. Moreover, improvement in drone technologies and rise in defense expenditure globally are the major factors that are expected to supplement the micro drone market.

In order to gain a fair share of the market, major players adopted different strategies, for instance, partnership, product launch, and product development. Among these, product launch is the leading strategy used by prominent players such as Autel Robotics, DJI, Elbit Systems Ltd., Hubsan, and senseFly. Aforementioned Companies launched cutting-edge micro drone products seeking to grab a fair share of the market.

Author Name(s) : Himanshu Joshi | Lalit Janardhan Katare
Frequently Asked Questions?

The global micro drone market valued at $6,717.44 million in 2020, and is projected to reach $28,910.54 million by 2030, registering a CAGR of 17.2% from 2021 to 2030.

Huge investments towards the development of micro drones by various countries to increase their military surveillance capability; Relaxation of regulations for the commercial usage of micro drones in various countries

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Between 2021 and 2030, the micro drone market is expected to register a CAGR of 17.2% from 2021 to 2030.

The company profiles of the top players of the market can be obtained from the company profile section mentioned in the report. This section includes analysis of top ten player’s operating in the industry along with their last three-year revenue, segmental revenue, product offerings, key strategies adopted, and geographical revenue generated

Micro drone market is driven by the factors such as increasing demand for improved surveillance, and improvement in drone technologies

Micro drones have been defined on the basis of weight between 250grams and 2kg. They are quite small in size, are very light weight, and can be used for spying, warfare, and across different industrial applications

The U.S., China, and Germany are key matured markets in the global micro drone market

The rising demand for long range and high endurance micro drone systems; and the rise in deployment of autonomous micro drones.

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Micro Drone Market

Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2021-2030