The Military unmanned aircraft systems are controlled by remote control equipment or self-provided programs. According to its control method, it is mainly divided into three types: radio remote control, automatic program control, and comprehensive control. Military unmanned aircraft systems provide superior capabilities, or physical infrastructure limitations prohibit the use of manned rotary or fixed-winged aircraft.
The global military unmanned aircraft systems market anticipated growing with a CAGR over 22.36% over the forecast period, 2020-2027. The rise in demand for next-generation UAV technology in the defense sector is key factors attributed to driving the growth of the global military unmanned aircraft systems market in the future periods. The surge in demand for UAVs in various military applications such as monitoring, surveying and mapping, and combat operations will foster the growth of the military unmanned aircraft systems industry. Further, the surge in need of sophisticated armed technology in the military will propel the growth of military unmanned aircraft systems. The rise in demand for unmanned aerial refueling in defense, because it can increase efficiency and increase safety is estimated to boost the global military unmanned aircraft systems market size.
The growing application of UAV systems in the military provides complete control of an aircraft and payload, video display and recording, mission planning, real-time moving map display, status information, and high-resolution image capture. These factors will spur the growth of the market in the near future. The applications of unmanned aircraft to carry out maritime wide-area surveillance missions are anticipated to enhance the military unmanned aircraft systems demand in the analysis period. These military unmanned aircraft systems help in providing real-time intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities for wide-area oceans and coastal areas. Further, increasing application of military unmanned aircraft systems for performing automatic reconnaissance and classification of different types of surface ships throughout the day, with the 3704km at an altitude of more than 16090m, will positively impact the military unmanned aircraft systems market.
According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), in 2018, total world military expenditure was $1822 billion, an increase of 2.6% from 2017. The five highest spenders in 2018 were the United States, China, Saudi Arabia, India, and France, which together accounted for 60% of global military spending. US military spending grew by 4.6% to reach $649 billion in 2018. China, the second-largest spender in the world, spent $250 billion in 2018.
Combat missions demand the development of military equipment technology. Because of the harsh battlefield environment, unmanned frontline battlefield support can effectively improve the efficiency of combat supply and rescue. Unmanned combat aircraft are still the key areas of competition for research and development in the world’s military powers. Unmanned combat aircraft, hypersonic drones, reconnaissance, and integrated drones, high-altitude long-endurance drones, etc. have related R&D or improvement projects.
Based on type, the global military unmanned aircraft systems market classified into fixed-wing, rotary-wing UAVs, and vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) UAVs.The fixed-wing segment projected to exhibit a higher CAGR from 2020 to 2027. Its primary factor is to be used for ISR missions, surveying & mapping, Search & Rescue, and other aerial application.
Vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) UAVs will be the fastest-growing segment in the estimated period. As it can take off, fly and land vertically as well as hover in place and used for inspection and monitoring where the aircraft must maintain a fixed position for some time.
Based on the application, the global military unmanned aircraft systems market segregated intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR), combat operation, target acquisition, search and rescue, and delivery and transportation. The delivery and transportation segment held a lucrative share in 2019 and projected to dominate the global military unmanned aircraft systems market by 2027. It is due to the growing adoption of unmanned aircraft systems for providing supplies to troops and soldiers deployed in remote areas.
The intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems will be the fastest-growing segment in the forecast period. It provides real-time intelligence, monitoring, and surveillance over danger zones without committing soldiers.
Based on ranges, the global military unmanned aircraft systems market categorized into beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS), extended visual line of sight (EVLOS), and visual line of sight (VLOS)). The extended visual line of sight segment estimated to lead the market by 2027 due to the surge in applications of extended visual line of sight for intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and target acquisition applications.
The visual line of sight segment will grow with a significant rate during the forecast period owing to it is used as a remote pilot to retain permanent visual contact with its aircraft and to take any necessary action to avoid a collision between the latter and ordinary aircraft or other drones.
Based on geography, the global military unmanned aircraft systems market segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, and Middle East & Africa. North America estimated to occupy the lion’s share in the military unmanned aircraft systems market by 2027. It is owing to the huge rise in the spending of defense along with the surge in the application of military unmanned aircraft systems border and maritime surveillance activities in the USA and Canada.
The Asia Pacific projected to gain a prominent share of the military unmanned aircraft systems market by 2027. It is owing to growing investments in military technologies by developing countries like China, India, and South Korea.
Companies such as AeroVironment, Inc., China Aerospace Science, and Technology Corporation, Elbit Systems Ltd., FLIR Systems, Inc., General Atomics Aeronautical System, Israel Aerospace Industries, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Raytheon Company, Textron Inc., the Boeing Company, and Turkish Aerospace are the key players in the global military unmanned aircraft systems market.