Target drones, also known as unmanned aircraft. It is an unmanned aircraft operated by radio remote control equipment and its program control device. It is mainly used for training purposes with air to ground defense roles, combat training, and operational support for a new weapons system.
The global target drones market expected to increase market value by USD 10.3 billion with an intensifying CAGR in the forecast period from 2020-2027. The market demand for target drones’ is growing due to the use of drones for military training and stimulation, terrorism, and increasing civil unrest is driving the market.
Unmanned aerial vehicles have the characteristics of small and convenient, low cost and easy to operate. It is this low cost, low loss, high maneuverability, and easy concealment that has contributed to the asymmetric warfare that uses small drones to accurately strike high-value targets. The key is to reduce the casualties of combatants effectively.
As drones become more and more automated and intelligent, the tasks they perform are also more complicated such as simulated flight, intelligence surveillance, military strikes, information countermeasures, communication relay, and provide airborne early warning. As the army becomes smaller, the advantages of drones will further highlight under the troops’ development route towards skilled soldiers efficiently.
As the development and production costs of unmanned aerial vehicles continue to decrease, their applications are becoming increasingly widespread. Strong market demand and broad development prospects and their increasingly prominent role in national economic construction will become an essential industry in supporting economic development.
Unmanned aerial vehicle inspection has the advantages of not being restricted by height, flexible control, convenient photography, and wide-angle. It is especially suitable for reviewing large-span high towers and makes up for the shortage of manual inspection.
Based on the end-use, the target drones market segmented into Defense (Military, Homeland Security), Commercial)). The defense segment estimated to dominates the maximum share of the global target drone market. The defense segment further distributed into military and homeland security. It is mainly due to the use of target drones in military agencies to help armed forces provide information, reduce the recruitment of defense personnel, and improve the procurement of the defense equipment.
Based on the platform, the global target drones market classified into Aerial Targets, Ground Targets, Marine Targets (Underwater Targets, Sea Surface Targets). The aerial target segment contributes the largest share in the global target drones’ market. It is mainly due to the use of target drones specifically for aerial targets to get prior information about aircraft threats and monitor specific areas or places.
Based on the application, the global target drones market categorized into Combat Training, Target & Decoy, Reconnaissance, Target Identification, Target Acquisition. The combat training segment dominates the market share for the global target drones’ market. The unarmed vehicle used for combat training that carries missiles, bombs, and drone strikes.
Based on the mode of operation, the global target drones market segmented into Autonomous, Remotely Piloted, Optionally Piloted. The remotely piloted segment dominated the global target drones’ market. The remotely piloted target drones are used mainly by military agencies for surveillance for data sensing, testing combat, and training of anti-craft crews.
Based on the payload capacity, the global target drones market attributed to High (>40 kg), Medium (20 kg to 40 kg), Low (<20 kg). The medium (20kg to 40 kg) payload capacity is capturing the largest share in the global target drones’ market. It is mainly owing to each wingtip of the drone designed to hold a maximum weight of 9 kgs, whereas each wing station can carry up to 16kg payload.
Based on the build, the global target drones’ market bifurcated into Newbuild, Converted. The newbuild segment has captured the largest share for the global target drone market in the forecast period. It is mainly due to the use of target drones in emerging economies. They have budget constraints of defense equipment, and full-scale customization of flight aircraft is not feasible.
Based on the target type, the global target drones’ market Full-scale, Subscale, Free-flying, Towing, Sporting. The subscale segment is leading with the highest growth rate for the forecast period from 2020-2027. The subscale target drones are used by military forces across the globe, owing to its benefits. High-performance ranges from low subsonic to supersonic speed that help examine the performance of advanced air to air weapons.
Based on the engine, the global target drones market classified into IC, Jet, Others. The jet engine segment is escalating with the largest share in the forecast period. It is mainly due to its condense design, low weight with a thrust of up to 1500N, and low fuel consumption.
Based on the speed, the global target drones market categorized into High (> 250mps), Low (< 250mps)). The high (> 250mps) segment is capturing the largest share for the global target drones’ market. It is mainly owing to the use of a high-speed turbojet engine with the maximum speed 250 that helps in training purpose for air defense role.
Based on the Type, the global target drones market segmented into Fixed Wing (Drones, Cruise Targets), Rotary Wing. The rotary-wing is dominating the largest share in the global target drones’ market. The main advantage of the rotary-wing drone is that it can take off and land vertically, and the user can operate in smaller vicinity.
Based on geography, the global target drones market segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, and Middle East & Africa. North America is the world’s fastest-growing global target drone market, accounting for the largest share. The increasing use of target drones in military practices and for other industries as well.
Companies such as QinetiQ Group plc, The Boeing Company, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corporation Leonardo S.p.A., Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., Airbus Group, BSK Defense S.A., Air Affairs Australia Pty Ltd, Saab AB, AeroTargets International, LLC, L3 ASV, BAE Systems, Raytheon, General Dynamics Corporation, Almaz-Antey, Thales, Embention, Griffon Aerospace, Denel Dynamics and others are key players in the global target drones market.
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By Payload Capacity
By Target Type
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