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Drones (UAVs)

Drones (UAVs)

Growth in the US market for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones will average 10% annually through 2020, reaching $4.4 billion.  Demand will be fueled by robust increases in consumer and commercial sales, supported by innovations that are making drones easier to fly, reduced cost of key subsystems, and new FAA regulations that make it less cumbersome for businesses to operate drones.

This report segments the UAV industry by product, method of vehicle lift, and market.  Data is presented in dollars.  Drone demand and the number of drones in use are also provided in units for each of the major markets, and for drone demand by major vehicle type.

Products include:
Vehicles
Payloads and parts
Ground stations and controls

Vehicles will remain the largest of these in 2019, accounting for 68% of the dollar total, although demand for payloads will climb at a faster pace.

The methods of vehicle lift are:
Fixed wing
Rotorcraft (or rotary wing)
Hybrid and other (principally lighter-than-air)


Fixed wing aircraft accounted for 77% of the dollar sales in 2015.  However, quadcopters and other rotorcraft dominate demand in unit terms because of their popularity in consumer and commercial markets.

The three major markets are:
Commercial
Consumer
Government (military, and other federal, state, and local)

The military was by far the largest market for drones in 2015 in dollar terms, accounting for 73% of demand.  In unit terms, however, the consumer market dominates.  Although it is currently small, the commercial market for drones will expand the fastest through 2019, because of the operating efficiencies and cost savings that UAVs can provide.

More than 100 drone manufacturers are active in the US market.  Notable producers include AeroVironment, Boeing, General Atomics, Kratos Defense & Security Systems, Northrop Grumman, Parrot, SZ DJI Technology, Textron, and Yuneec International.


  • INTRODUCTION
  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • Table DRONE SUPPLY & DEMAND
  • MARKET ENVIRONMENT
    • General
    • Economic Environment
      • Table MACROECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT
    • Demographic Trends
      • Table POPULATION & HOUSEHOLDS
    • Aerospace Equipment Industry Outlook
      • Table AEROSPACE EQUIPMENT SHIPMENTS
    • Government Investment Expenditures
      • Table GOVERNMENT GROSS INVESTMENT
      • National Defense
        • Table CHART II-1 NATIONAL DEFENSE GROSS INVESTMENT, 2005-2025
      • Other
    • Personal Income & Expenditure Outlook
      • Table PERSONAL CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURES
    • Public Safety Environment
      • Reported Crimes
        • Table REPORTED CRIME LEVELS
        • Table CHART II-2 REPORTED CRIME RATES, 2005-2015
      • Terrorism
        • Table DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL TERRORIST ACTIVITY IN THE US, 2005-2015
    • Legal & Regulatory Environment
  • OVERVIEW
    • General
    • Supply & Demand
      • Table DRONE SUPPLY & DEMAND
    • Drones in Use
      • Table DRONES IN USE
      • Table CHART III-1 DRONES IN USE, 2005-2025
    • Historical Market Trends
      • Table DRONE MARKET TRENDS, 2005-2015
      • Table CHART III-2 DRONE MARKET TRENDS, 2005-2015
    • Pricing Patterns
      • Table AVERAGE SPENDING PER DRONE VEHICLE
      • Table CHART III-3 AVERAGE SPENDING PER DRONE VEHICLE, 2005-2025
    • Technological Trends
    • International Environment
      • World Supply & Demand
        • Table CHART III-4 WORLD DRONE DEMAND BY REGION, 2015
      • Foreign Trade
        • Table US FOREIGN TRADE IN DRONES
  • PRODUCTS
    • General
    • Demand by Product Type
      • Table DRONE DEMAND BY PRODUCT TYPE
      • Table CHART IV-1 DRONE DEMAND BY PRODUCT TYPE, 2015
      • Table CHART IV-2 DRONE DEMAND: PROJECTED 2015-2020 ANNUAL RATE OF GROWTH BY PRODUCT
      • Vehicles
        • Table DRONE VEHICLE DEMAND
      • Payloads & Parts
        • Table DEMAND FOR SEPARATELY SOLD DRONE PARTS & PAYLOADS
      • Ground Stations & Controls
        • Table DRONE GROUND STATION & CONTROL DEMAND
    • Demand by Method of Vehicle Lift
      • Table DRONE DEMAND BY VEHICLE METHOD OF LIFT
      • Table CHART IV-3 DRONE DEMAND BY VEHICLE METHOD OF LIFT, 2015
      • Table CHART IV-4 DRONE DOLLAR DEMAND: PROJECTED 2015-2020 ANNUAL RATE OF GROWTH BY VEHICLE METHOD OF LIFT
      • Fixed Wing
        • Table FIXED WING DRONE DEMAND
      • Rotorcraft
        • Table ROTORCRAFT DRONE DEMAND
      • Hybrid & All Other
        • Table HYBRID & ALL OTHER DRONE DEMAND
  • MARKETS
    • General
      • Table DRONE DEMAND & DRONES IN USE BY MARKET
      • Table CHART V-1 DRONE DEMAND BY MARKET, 2015
      • Table CHART V-2 DRONE DOLLAR DEMAND: PROJECTED 2015-2020 ANNUAL RATE OF GROWTH BY MARKET
    • Government
      • Table GOVERNMENT DRONE DEMAND & DRONES IN USE
      • Table CHART V-3 GOVERNMENT DRONE DEMAND BY MARKET, 2015
      • Table CHART V-4 GOVERNMENT DOLLAR DRONE DEMAND: PROJECTED 2015-2020 ANNUAL RATE OF GROWTH BY MARKET
      • Table MAJOR SUPPLIERS OF DRONES TO THE GOVERNMENT MARKET
      • Military
        • Table MILITARY DRONE DEMAND & DRONES IN USE
        • Table CHART V-5 MILITARY DRONE DEMAND BY APPLICATION, 2015
        • Table CHART V-6 MILITARY DRONE DOLLAR DEMAND: PROJECTED 2015-2020 ANNUAL RATE OF GROWTH BY APPLICATION
        • Table US DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE MAJOR UNMANNED AIRCRAFT PROGRAM PROCUREMENT FUNDING BY SYSTEM, FISCAL YEAR 2005-FISCAL YEAR 2017
        • Table MILITARY DRONE DEMAND BY BRANCH
      • Other Government
        • Table OTHER GOVERNMENT DRONE DEMAND & DRONES IN USE
    • Civilian
      • Table CIVILIAN DRONE DEMAND & DRONES IN USE
      • Table CHART V-7 CIVILIAN DRONE DEMAND BY SEGMENT, 2005-2025
      • Consumer
        • Table CONSUMER DRONE DEMAND & DRONES IN USE
        • Table CHART V-8 CONSUMER DRONE DEMAND BY APPLICATION, 2015
        • Table CHART V-9 CONSUMER DRONE DOLLAR DEMAND: PROJECTED 2015-2020 ANNUAL RATE OF GROWTH BY APPLICATION
        • Table MAJOR CONSUMER DRONE SUPPLIERS
      • Commercial
        • Table COMMERCIAL DRONE DEMAND & DRONES IN USE
        • Table CHART V-10 COMMERCIAL DRONE DEMAND BY APPLICATION IN 2015 & 2025
        • Table CHART V-11 COMMERCIAL DRONE DOLLAR DEMAND: PROJECTED 2015-2025 ANNUAL RATE OF GROWTH BY APPLICATION
        • Table MAJOR SUPPLIERS OF DRONES TO COMMERCIAL MARKETS
  • INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
    • General
    • Industry Composition
      • Table US DRONE SALES BY COMPANY, 2015
    • Market Share
      • Table CHART VI-1 US DRONE MARKET SHARE, 2015
      • Government Market
        • Table CHART VI-2 US GOVERNMENT DRONE MARKET SHARE, 2015
      • Civilian Market
        • Table CHART VI-3 US CIVILIAN DRONE MARKET SHARE, 2015
    • Research & Product Development
    • Manufacturing
    • Marketing
    • Distribution
    • Cooperative Agreements
      • Table SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS
    • Mergers, Acquisitions, & Divestitures
      • Table SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES
    • Company Profiles
      • AeroVironment Incorporated
      • Airdog SIA
      • Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation
      • Boeing Company
      • Freefly Systems Incorporated
      • General Atomics
      • Griffon Aerospace
      • Guangzhou Walkera Technology Company Limited
      • Hobbico Incorporated
      • Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Incorporated
      • Lockheed Martin Corporation
      • L-3 Communications Holdings Incorporated
      • Navmar Applied Sciences Corporation
      • Northrop Grumman Corporation
      • Parrot SA
      • PrecisionHawk Incorporated
      • Prox Dynamics AS
      • Silverlit Toys Manufactory Limited
      • Skycatch Incorporated
      • Skyrocket Toys LLC
      • Spin Master Corporation
      • Syma Model Aircraft Industrial Company Limited
      • SZ DJI Technology Company Limited
      • Textron Incorporated
      • 3D Robotics Incorporated
      • UAV Solutions Incorporated
      • Yamaha Motor Company Limited
      • Yuneec International Company Limited
    • Other Companies Mentioned in Study

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