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Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Manufacturing in the US - Industry Market Research Report

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Manufacturing

Over the past five years, the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Manufacturing industry experienced volatile growth. With combat operations in the Middle East winding down and congressional focus shifting to reducing the federal debt, funding for defense began to decline. The government began cutting funding for industry projects, and industry revenue declined from its 2008 peak. Outside the defense market, however, industry players have increasingly focused on the development of UAVs for civil and commercial use. Over the five years to 2022, industry revenue is forecast to climb, almost fully recovering from recent defense funding cuts.

Industry operators manufacture and design unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and related control systems for civilian and military applications. UAVs can be either autonomous or remote-controlled and are used in situations where the use of a human pilot is undesirable or dangerous.

This report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecasts, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.


  • About this Industry
  • Industry at a Glance
    • Table Key Statistics Snapshot
    • Table Revenue vs. employment growth
    • Table Products and services segmentation (2017)
    • Table Industry Structure
  • Industry Performance
    • Table Federal funding for defense
    • Table Industry revenue
    • Table Life Cycle Stage
  • Products & Markets
    • Table KEY BUYING INDUSTRIES
    • Table KEY SELLING INDUSTRIES
    • Table Products and services segmentation (2017)
    • Table Major market segmentation (2017)
    • Table Business Locations 2017
    • Table Distribution of establishments vs. population
  • Competitive Landscape
    • Table Sector vs. Industry Costs
    • Table Barriers to Entry checklist
  • Major Companies
    • Table Major players
    • Table Northrop Grumman Corporation (industry-specific) - financial performance*
    • Table General Atomics Aeronautics Systems Inc. (industry-specific) - financial performance*
    • Table Textron Inc. (industry-specific) - financial performance*
  • Operating Conditions
    • Table Capital intensity
    • Table Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
    • Table Volatility vs Growth
  • Key Statistics
    • Table Industry Data
    • Table Annual Change
    • Table Key Ratios
  • Jargon & Glossary

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