Military Drones Market

Military Drones Market Size By Type (Hybrid, Rotary Wing, and Fixed Wing), By Range (Extended Visual Line of Sight, Beyond Line of Sight, and Visual Line of Sight), By Technology (Autonomous, Semi-Autonomous, and Remotely Operated), and By Application (Combat Operations, Delivery and Transportation, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Target Acquisition, and Others), Regions, Global Industry Analysis, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2023 to 2032

Base Year: 2022 Historical Data: 2019-21
  • Report ID: TBI-13950
  • Published Date: Jan, 2024
  • Pages: 238
  • Category: Aerospace & Defence
  • Format: PDF
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The global military drones market was valued at USD 13.2 billion in 2022, growing at a CAGR of 7.7% from 2023 to 2032. The market is expected to reach USD 27.7 billion by 2032. The market is influenced by several factors, including the fact that military drones give commanders real-time situational information so they can respond swiftly and decisively. Furthermore, the need for military drones for combat, reconnaissance, and surveillance missions has grown as a result of growing geopolitical tensions and conflicts around the globe.

Market Introduction:

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) used in military applications include drones for intelligence gathering, fighting, target monitoring, surveillance, and remote sensing. The people who operate these drones remotely are called drone pilots. Military drones are used as scouts during firefights, to gather intelligence on enemy movements, and as a valuable tool during manhunts. Furthermore, military drones are efficient since they are less expensive and more accurate than conventional military weaponry. Furthermore, the MQ-1 Predator is the most often utilised unmanned aerial vehicle in battle. The market is influenced by several variables, including the fact that military drones give commanders in the field real-time situational information so they can respond swiftly and decisively. Advanced sensors, cameras, and other technology can be installed on drones to give a comprehensive battlefield perspective. By enabling military personnel to carry out activities remotely, using military drones can help lower their risk. This is especially crucial in dangerous settings, like those with much enemy activity or chemical or biological exposure risk.

Military Drones Market Size

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Recent Development

In May 2019, The NightWarden Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System is a new unmanned aircraft system (UAS) from Textron Systems.

In May 2020, Elbit Systems and Adani Defence and Aerospace formed a strategic alliance to produce unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in India.

In March 2021, Syscom, a top supplier of engineering, training, and simulation solutions to both military and commercial clients, was acquired by Textron Systems.

Market Dynamics:


Increasing government spending in defense and military sector- The global market for military drones is mostly driven by rising government investment in the defence and military industries. These unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also called drones, have developed into vital instruments in contemporary combat, fulfilling various vital military roles. This is how the worldwide market for military drones is anticipated to be driven by an increase in government defence spending.


High cost associated with advanced military drones- Over the past ten years, there has been a notable increase in innovation and growth in the worldwide military drone market. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also called drones, are becoming essential weapons for the military because of their many uses, including precision strikes and surveillance and reconnaissance. Though there is no denying the potential advantages of military drones, the expensive price of the more sophisticated models has become a major barrier.


Increasing market participants' cooperation and partnership- The growing demand for sophisticated observation, reconnaissance, and striking capabilities has led to exponential growth in the global military drone market in recent years. An important trend reshaping the industry's landscape is the increase in market participants' collaboration and partnerships. Due to this changing dynamic, the military drone market has a great chance to grow in size and capability.


Lack of highly skilled drone operators- The growing demand for sophisticated observation, reconnaissance, and striking capabilities has led to exponential growth in the military drone market in recent years. An important trend reshaping the industry's landscape is the increase in market participants' collaboration and partnerships. Due to this changing dynamic, the military drone market has a great chance to grow in size and capability.

Regional segmentation analysis:

The regions analyzed for the market include North America, Europe, South America, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa. North America emerged as the largest global military drones market, with a 37.8% market revenue share in 2022.

Numerous OEMs in the United States, including General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. and Northrop Grumman Corporation, are responsible for the growt of the market in the region. Drone technology advancements have led to significant breakthroughs inside the U.S. military, and the industry has grown as a result of increasing investment by major regional companies. Unmanned aerial vehicle exports from the United States are among the top in the globe, which is anticipated to propel regional expansion. Historically, NATO and important defence allies like India have awarded contracts to Lockheed Martin Corporation and General Atomic Aeronautics for military HALE and MALE drones. More contracts for military drones tailored to specific missions, such as ISR, target acquisition, or MUM-T (Manned-Unmanned Teaming Platforms), are expected to be awarded to these companies.

North America Region Military Drones Market Share in 2022 - 37.8%

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Type Segment Analysis

The type segment is divided into hybrid, rotary wing, and fixed wing. The fixed wings segment dominated the market, with a market share of around 39% in 2022. This is due to its capacity to fly over longer periods, travel great distances, and operate at high altitudes. Long-range strike missions, observation, and reconnaissance are the usual uses for fixed-wing drones.

Range Segment Analysis

The range segment is divided into the extended visual line of sight, beyond the line of sight, and visual line of sight. The extended visual line of sight segment dominated the market, with a market share of around 43% in 2022. This is because the military drone market is growing more and more dependent on an extended line of sight capability, which allows drones to operate in places inaccessible to manned aircraft or ground soldiers. This calls for sophisticated sensor technologies, satellite-based navigation, and communication and control systems.

Technology Segment Analysis

The technology segment is divided into autonomous, semi-autonomous, and remotely operated. The remotely operated segment dominated the market, with a market share of around 47% in 2022. These drones need a human operator to manage their flight and payload, usually used for strike, reconnaissance, and surveillance operations.

Application Segment Analysis

The application segment is divided into combat operations, delivery and transportation, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and target acquisition (ISRT), and others. The intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and target acquisition (ISRT) segment dominated the market, with a market share of around 35% in 2022. This is because ISRT missions, which can impact military operations, can employ drones to gather and process data on the operational environment, such as the position and movement of enemy forces, topography, weather, and other variables.

Some of the Key Market Players:
  • Anduril Industries, Inc.
  • Animal Dynamics Ltd
  • Elbit Systems Ltd.
  • Teal Drones, Inc.
  • Aeryon Labs Inc
  • Thales Group
  • Saab AB
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Shield AI Inc.
  • Insitu
  • Asteria Aerospace Limited
  • Aeronautics Group
  • Israel Aerospace Industries
  • The Boeing Company
  • AeroVironment, Inc.

Report Description:

Attribute Description
Market Size Revenue (USD Billion)
Market size value in 2022 USD 13.2 Billion
Market size value in 2032 USD 27.7 Billion
CAGR (2023 to 2032) 7.7%
Historical data 2019-2021
Base Year 2022
Forecast 2023-2032
Region The regions analyzed for the market are Asia Pacific, Europe, South America, North America, and Middle East & Africa. Furthermore, the regions are further analyzed at the country level.
Segments Type, Range, Technology, Application

Frequesntly Asked Questions

As per The Brainy Insights, the size of the military drones market was valued at USD 13.2 billion in 2022 to USD 27.7 billion by 2032.

The global military drones market is growing at a CAGR of 7.7% during the forecast period 2023-2032.

North America emerged as the largest military drones market.

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This study forecasts global, regional, and country revenue from 2019 to 2032. The Brainy Insights has segmented the global military drones market based on the below-mentioned segments:

Global Military Drones Market By Type:

  • Hybrid
  • Rotary Wing
  • Fixed Wing

Global Military Drones Market By Range:

  • Extended Visual Line of Sight
  • Beyond Line of Sight
  • Visual Line of Sight 

Global Military Drones Market By Technology:

  • Autonomous
  • Semi-Autonomous
  • Remotely Operated

Global Military Drones Market By Application:

  • Combat Operations
  • Delivery and Transportation
  • Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Target Acquisition
  • Others 

Global Military Drones Market By Region:                                  

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • France
    • U.K.
    • Italy
    • Spain
  • Asia-Pacific
    • Japan
    • China
    • India
  • South America
    • Brazil
  • Middle East and Africa  
    • UAE
    • South Africa


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