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Global UAS Indigenous Programs

Global UAS Indigenous Programs

Indigenous unmanned aerial system (UAS) development and manufacturing capabilities are advancing rapidly, worldwide.

North America and Europe lead the world in technological capabilities along with Israel. While those regions will continue to build on the successes of advanced UAS programs, countries in Asia, the Middle East, and South America will provide significant competition for international UAS programs in military and commercial markets.

UAS-related partnerships between established market leaders and companies in growing markets will accelerate indigenous capabilities. Specific countries seeking to establish more robust defense industrial bases through partnerships include Brazil, India, South Korea, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Barriers to growing indigenous UAS capabilities are centered around subsystems and sensors rather than the platforms themselves.

By 2024, China will be a UAS market leader, along with the US, Europe, and Israel, in both military and commercial applications. While Chinese payloads may not be as advanced as the other market leaders, customers that cannot purchase from other market leaders due to trade restrictions will line up to pay for some capability rather than no capability at all.


  • Executive Summary
    • Purpose
  • Indigenization-2014
    • UAS Indigenous Capabilities-2014
    • Supplier Landscape-2014
    • UAS Classification
  • Southeast Asia (SE Asia) and Asia-Pacific (APAC)
    • Regional Snapshot-SE Asia and APAC Exports and Partnerships
    • Regional Snapshot-Import into SE Asia and APAC
    • List of Indigenous Programs*
    • SE Asia and APAC-Trends, Opportunities, and Unmet Needs
    • Indigenous Capability Assessment-Australia, 2014
    • Indigenous Capability Assessment-Australia, 2024
    • Indigenous Capability Assessment-India, 2014
    • Indigenous Capability Assessment-India, 2024
    • Indigenous Capability Assessment-Pakistan, 2014
    • Indigenous Capability Assessment-Pakistan, 2024
    • Regional Conclusions-SE Asia and APAC
  • Rest of Asia
    • Regional Snapshot-Rest of Asia Export and Partnerships
    • Regional Snapshot-Import and Partnerships in the Rest of Asia
    • List of Indigenous Programs*
    • Rest of Asia-Trends, Opportunities, and Unmet Needs
    • Indigenous Capability Assessment-China, 2014
    • Indigenous Capability Assessment-China, 2024
    • Indigenous Capability Assessment-Japan, 2014
    • Indigenous Capability Assessment-Japan, 2024
    • Indigenous Capability Assessment-Russia, 2014
    • Indigenous Capability Assessment-Russia, 2024
    • Indigenous Capability Assessment-South Korea, 2014
    • Indigenous Capability Assessment-South Korea, 2024
    • Regional Conclusions-Rest of Asia
  • Africa
    • Regional Snapshot-African Export and Partnerships
    • Regional Snapshot-Import Into Africa
    • List of Indigenous Programs*
    • Africa-Trends, Opportunities, and Unmet Needs
    • Indigenous Capability Assessment-Nigeria, 2014
    • Indigenous Capability Assessment-Nigeria, 2024
    • Indigenous Capability Assessment-South Africa, 2014
    • Indigenous Capability Assessment-South Africa, 2024
    • Regional Conclusions-Africa
  • Middle East
    • Regional Snapshot-Middle East Export and Partnerships
    • Regional Snapshot-Import into Middle East
    • List of Indigenous Programs*
    • Middle East-Trends, Opportunities, and Unmet Needs
    • Indigenous Capability Assessment-Saudi Arabia, 2014
    • Indigenous Capability Assessment-Saudi Arabia, 2024
    • Indigenous Capability Assessment-United Arab Emirates, 2014
    • Indigenous Capability Assessment-United Arab Emirates, 2024
    • Regional Conclusions-Middle East
  • Western Europe
    • Regional Snapshot-Western Europe Export and Partnerships
    • Regional Snapshot-Import and Partnerships in Western Europe
    • List of Indigenous Programs*
    • Western Europe-Trends, Opportunities, and Unmet Needs
    • Indigenous Capability Assessment-Italy, 2014
    • Indigenous Capability Assessment-Italy, 2024
    • Indigenous Capability Assessment-Sweden, 2014
    • Indigenous Capability Assessment-Sweden, 2024
    • Regional Conclusions-Western Europe
  • Eastern Europe
    • Regional Snapshot-Eastern European Export and Partnerships
    • Regional Snapshot-Import into Eastern Europe
    • List of Indigenous Programs*
    • Eastern Europe-Trends, Opportunities, and Unmet Needs
    • Indigenous Capability Assessment-Poland, 2014
    • Indigenous Capability Assessment-Poland, 2024
    • Indigenous Capability Assessment-Turkey, 2014
    • Indigenous Capability Assessment-Turkey, 2024
    • Regional Conclusions-Eastern Europe
  • South America
    • Regional Snapshot-South American Export and Partnerships
    • Regional Snapshot-Import into South America
    • List of Indigenous Programs*
    • South America-Trends, Opportunities, and Unmet Needs
    • Indigenous Capability Assessment-Argentina, 2014
    • Indigenous Capability Assessment-Argentina, 2024
    • Indigenous Capability Assessment-Brazil, 2014
    • Indigenous Capability Assessment-Brazil, 2024
    • Regional Conclusions-South America
  • North America
    • Regional Snapshot-North American Export
    • Regional Snapshot-Import into North America
    • List of Indigenous Programs*
    • North America-Trends, Opportunities, and Unmet Needs
    • Indigenous Capability Assessment-Canada, 2014
    • Indigenous Capability Assessment-Canada, 2024
    • Indigenous Capability Assessment-Mexico, 2014
    • Indigenous Capability Assessment-Mexico, 2024
    • Regional Conclusions-North America
  • Indigenization-2024
    • UAS Indigenous Capabilities-2024
  • Conclusions

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