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Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (uav) Market

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Market Size, Share, Competitive Landscape and Trend Analysis Report by Type (Fixed Wing, Rotary Wing, and Hybrid), Application (Military & Defense, Civil & Commercial, Logistics & Transportation, Construction & Mining, and Others), and Weight (Less Than 50 Kg, and More Than 50 Kg): Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2021-2030

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Author's: Omkar Bachal | Sonia Mutreja
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Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Market Statistics 2030 -

The global unmanned aerial vehicle market was valued at $24.72 billion in 2020, and is projected to reach $70.91 billion by 2030, registering a CAGR of 11.7%. North America was the highest revenue contributor, accounting for $9.80 billion in 2020, and is estimated to reach $24.22 billion by 2030, with a CAGR of 10.0%. Asia-Pacific is estimated to reach $21.34 billion by 2030, at a significant CAGR of 15.6%.

Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is an aerial transportation medium that operates without on-board crew or passengers guided by remote control, autonomously, or both. UAV is the next generation aircraft technology utilized for surveillance, assessment, logistics, and photography among others. Introduction of rules and regulation pertaining to usage of UAVs by various countries are directly influence the demand for unmanned aerial vehicle. Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) also known as drones. The growing adoption of the smart technology for the surveillance, analysis, imaging among others in the several fronts is expected to boost the growth for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). It finds its application in the various industries including military & defense, agricultural, civil & commercial, logistics & transportation, healthcare, construction & mining, and among others. 

Unmanned-Aerial-Vehicle-(UAV)-Market--2021-2030

Factors such as upsurge in military spending, and growth in demand for improved surveillance solution are expected to drive the growth of the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market. However, high cost of UAV solutions restrain the market growth. On the contrary, defense modernization, and contracts and agreements with military forces are projected to offer lucrative growth opportunities for the market players.

The global unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market is segmented on the basis of type, application, weight, and region. Depending on type, the market is segregated into fixed wing, rotary wing, and hybrid. By application, it is categorized into military & defense, civil & commercial, logistics & transportation, construction & mining, and others. Depending on weight, it is fragmented into less than 50 kg, and more than 50 kg. Region wise, the market is analyzed across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA.

Leading players and their key business strategies have been analyzed in the report to gain a competitive insight into the market. Key players covered in the report include AeroVironment, Inc., Airbus S.A.S., BAE Systems plc, DJI, Elbit Systems Ltd., FLIR Systems, Inc., Lockheed Martin Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Textron Inc., and The Boeing Company. 

Growth in demand for improved surveillance solution

The growth in threat from terrorism and increase in security concerns worldwide have led to increased government expenditure for UAVs. Unmanned aerial vehicle solutions have wide range of applications in military & defense, civil & commercial, logistics & transportation, construction & mining, among others for the effective observations of the assets and surveillance of the areas for gaining the optimum operational effectiveness. UAV can carry out stealth operations, function in nights, operate at any location, and are operational efficient to deploy. Such benefits have led to increase in investments by governments to procure and develop a large number of UAVs globally. For instance, in September 2021, BAE Systems and Malloy Aeronautics have announced plans to explore the development of an all-electric ‘heavy lift’ unscrewed air system (UAS) as a potential new solution to deliver cost-effective, sustainable rapid response capability to military, security and civilian customers. Moreover, the security of key institutions has been greatly enhanced with advanced video surveillance and access control systems. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are used for tactical planning and surveillance of major events or gatherings in large cities. Such factors are expected to fuel the growth of the global unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) market during the forecast period.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Market
By Type
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Rotary Wing segment is projected as the most lucrative segments

High cost of UAV solutions

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are quite valuable for defense forces as they are designed to perform a variety of operations, for instance, situational awareness, disarm bombs, provide aid to soldiers on the battleground, and also help in search and rescue operations. Currently, various nations across the world use UAVs for search operations, surveillance, rescue operations, and transportation. However, they incur huge costs for the military. Boeing’s subsidiary, Insitu, produced the ScanEagle- a small, long-endurance, low-altitude drone used mainly for reconnaissance purposes. Other very expensive military drones used by the defense forces worldwide include Northrop Grumann X-47B ($405 million per unit), BAE Systems Taranis ($206 million per unit), MQ-25 Stingray ($201 million per unit), RQ-4 Global Hawk ($131 million per unit), MQ-4C Triton ($120 million per unit), Turkish Aerospace Anka ( $100 million per unit), Northrop Grumann X-47B: $405 million per unit, BAE Systems Taranis: $206 million per unit, MQ-25 Stingray: $201 million per unit, RQ-4 Global Hawk: $131 million per unit, MQ-4C Triton: $120 million per unit, and Turkish Aerospace Anka: $100 million per unit. The high costs of UAVs make their adoption limited to the developed nations that have a huge defense spending capability. This factor is anticipated to hinder the growth of the global unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market during the forecast timeframe.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Market
By Application
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Civil & Commercial segment is projected as the most lucrative segments

Agreements and contracts with military agencies

Military agencies are the key consumers of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) solutions & related services. The procurement activities of these unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) solutions are planned by considering the budget allocations and security severity. The commencement of the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) solutions are anticipated to be carried out through long-term agreements and contracts between defense department and solution suppliers of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) solutions. These agreements mention a set of requirements that must be met in a certain timeframe as these solutions are made to order products as per end user requirements. These contracts and agreements are associated with long-term business opportunities with these military agencies as well. Thus, market participants need to focus on winning the contracts and agreements to gain a competitive advantage in the global market.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Market
By Weight
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More Than 50 Kg is projected as the most lucrative segments

COVID-19 Impact Analysis 

The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted the global unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market, owing to disruption in the supply chain, tighten budgets of the end users and is expected to weaken the financial performance of the market players in 2020. It has impacted the overall economy, and contributors such as market participants are formulating strategic cost-saving plans. The major risk factors of the Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market participants are regulatory & policy changes, dependency on labor, working capital management, and liquidity & solvency management. Majority of the developing facilities of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) have been shut down during the pandemic due to commute restrictions, workforce unavailability, and supply chain disturbance. Private and commercial security industries were one of the most severely affected industries by the pandemic and observed a decline of investments initially.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Market
By Region
2030
North America 
Europe
Asia-Pacific
LAMEA

Asia-Pacific would exhibit the highest CAGR of 15.6% during 2021-2030.

Key Benefits For Stakeholders

  • This study presents analytical depiction of the global unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market analysis along with the current trends and future estimations to depict imminent investment pockets.
  • The overall unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) 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 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market with a detailed impact analysis.
  • The current unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) 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. 

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Market Report Highlights

Aspects Details
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Market By Type
By Type
  • Fixed Wing
  • Rotary Wing
  • Hybrid
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Market By Application
By Application
  • Military & Defense
  • Civil & Commercial
  • Logistics & Transportation
  • Construction & Mining
  • Others
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Market By Weight
By Weight
  • Less Than 50 Kg
  • More Than 50 Kg
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Market By Region
By Region
  • North America  (US, Canada, Mexico)
  • Europe  (UK, Spain, France, Germany, Rest of Europe)
  • Asia-Pacific  (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Rest of Asia Pacific)
  • LAMEA  (Latin America, Middle East, Africa)
Key Market Players
Key Market Players

Northrop Grumman Corporation, FLIR Systems, Inc., Lockheed Martin Corporation, AeroVironment, Inc., BAE Systems plc, The Boeing Company, Textron Inc., DJI, Elbit Systems Ltd., Airbus S.A.S.

Analyst Review

The global unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market is expected to witness significant growth, owing to growth in the adoption of the smart technology in agricultural, mining and construction for surveillance and rise in modernization and up gradation of the security agencies in various countries. Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is the next gen aircraft system propelled autonomously or remote controlled system without on-board pilot or passengers. North America is a leader in the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market, owing to the changing security outlook and presence of the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer across the region. Civil & commercial segment is witnessing leading consumer in the global market and it is expected to emerge as a lucrative segment throughout the forecast period.

The global unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market is a fairly fragmented market in which several market participants are operating in the global market. Market participants are focused to develop their sales footprints by entering into long-term contracts and agreements with the military and law enforcement agencies among others. Moreover, market players are focused on acquisition, agreement, collaboration, partnership, product development, and product launch activities to gain competitive advantage. Numerous developments have been carried out by top companies, such as AeroVironment, Inc., Airbus S.A.S., BAE Systems, DJI, Elbit Systems, FLIR Systems, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Textron Inc. and others which supplements growth of the global unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market. The impacts of COVID-19 significantly affected the global unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market in 2020.

Author Name(s) : Omkar Bachal | Sonia Mutreja
Frequently Asked Questions?

The global unmanned aerial vehicle market was valued at $24,717.44 million in 2020, and is projected to reach $70,910.54 million by 2030, registering a CAGR of 11.7%.

Fixed Wing, Rotary Wing, and Hybrid are the different types of Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

The report sample for global Unamnned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) market report can be obtained on demand from the website.

Development of the UAV for civil and commercial use is expected to the upcoming trends in UAV market

Upsurge in Military Spending, and Growth in demand for improved surveillance solution are the key supporting factor for market growth

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

DJI, AeroVironment, Inc., Northrop Grumman Corporation, Elbit Systems Ltd. have the most market share in UAVs

The U.S., Germany and China are the key matured markets growing in the Unamnned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) industry

Defense modernization, Contracts and agreements with military forces are the known and unknown adjacencies impacting the UAV market

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Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (uav) Market

Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2021-2030