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Global Remotely Operated Weapons Stations - Market and Technology Forecast to 2026

Global Remotely Operated Weapons Stations - Market and Technology Forecast to 2026

Remotely Operated Weapon Stations have been in use for almost two decades but their use has been spreading all over the world, after they were proven times and times again in theaters of operations all over the world.

The global ROWS market offers great opportunities and a high competition. It is projected to grow to US$ 24,545 million by 2026, at a CAGR of 8.7%.

The US Armed Forces have been at the forefront of ROWS induction into its force structure. More than 18,000 units have been procured so far and additional ones are due to be delivered in the coming years.

The advantages they offer are significant and involve both operational requirements as well as issues related to ethics and the political means served by a conflict. These are leading an increasing number of countries to integrate ROWS into their land and naval platforms. The air platforms domain is expected to project important barriers in the introduction of the remotely operated weapon stations.

There are two very important developments in the ROWS market that no one should disregard, as they are expected to change the conduct of combat operations and transform such a “humble” system into a system of systems. Just as radio brought a small revolution in technical and military affairs when it was used as a medium to guide weapons, ROWS will bring a similar change, not only as standalone systems but also as part of a networked environment and on top of unmanned ground or surface vehicles.

The current global security environment poses many challenges either in the form of low-intensity conflicts and among peers. With major peers being in need of fielding disruptive technologies with fire delivery capabilities, platforms or unmanned systems with ROWS, interconnected through a C4ISR backbone, will serve that goal effectively and affordably.

Recognizing that potential of the market, a significant number of manufacturers around the world are positioning themselves by developing their own ROWS. That creates a highly competitive environment for businesses, which will be better served through the creation of economies of scale.

Market Forecast provides a detailed analysis of the Remotely Operated Weapon Stations (ROWS) market up to 2026 in terms of technologies, end-users and platforms, acquisition programs, leading companies and opportunities for manufacturers. The report also provides the case studies that would help readers better understand the nature of the market and the underlying factors affecting the procurement of ROWS.

The analysis is based on more than 400 program records around the world, establishing a solid database.

Covered in this report:

  • Global market share assessments for all types in numbers delivered and value up to 2026
  • Market share assessments per segments and regions up to 2026
  • Snapshot on global security issues, defense budgets, spending patterns and how these affect the procurement of ROWS systems
  • Focus on US, Russian, European, Asian and Middle East procurement programs
  • Case studies with some of the world’s biggest acquisition programs that have ROWS an integral part of the equation
  • Market Dynamics: An insight on the latest technological developments in the ROWS market and which countries are changing their preferences, are in position to absorb the new technology and adapt their modus operandi
  • Roles for all types: Insight on how ROWS fit into a military or security concept of operations and how they form a revolution in military affairs
  • Main military ROWS technological trends
  • Market Trends: Drivers, Inhibitors and Porter’s 5 Segment Analysis and recommendations for the companies that want to stay ahead of the competition
  • Profiles for the leading companies, including financial information, strategic alliances and recent contract wins
Geographic coverage
  • Americas Military and Security ROWS Market Revenue and/or Volume
  • Europe Military and Security ROWS Market Revenue and/or Volume
  • Middle-East & Africa Military and Security ROWS Market Revenue and/or Volume
  • Asian Military UAV Market Revenue and/or Volume
Types coverage
  • ROWS for Defense and Security
  • ROWS according to their calibers
  • Case studies for ROWS
  • Scenarios
Who is This Report For?

This report is a must, particularly if you are one of the following:
  • Business Leaders & Business Developers
  • Market Analysts
  • Government and Military decision-makers
  • Component manufacturers


1 Introduction
1.1 Scope
1.2 Methodology
1.2.1 Redundancy
1.3 Events or incident based Forecast Scenario
1.4 Who will benefit from this report
1.4.1 Business Leaders & Business Developers
1.4.2 Professionals
1.5 How will this report benefit you?
1.6 Language
1.7 Opportunity Alerts
2 Executive Summary
2.1 ROWS Trends and Insights
2.2 Major Findings / Conclusions
2.2.1 Basic Finding / Conclusions
2.2.2 Capabilities & Technology-based Conclusions
2.2.3 Industrial & Market-based
2.3 Important Tables and Graphs
3 Current ROWS Technologies / Market Overview
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Definitions
3.3 ROWS’ Basic Components
3.4 Important Elements in ROWS’ Design and Operation
3.4.1 Stabilization
3.4.2 Sensors
3.4.3 Fire Control Unit
3.4.4 Guns, Weapons and Ammunition
3.4.5 ROWS’ Integration on Platforms
3.5 ROWS versus Manned Turrets
3.5.1 ROWS – Advantages and Limitations
3.6 Types of ROWS by Platform
3.6.1 Land Platforms
3.6.2 Wheeled versus Tracked Vehicles
3.6.3 Case Study – British Army Strike Brigades
3.6.4 Case Study – French Army Scorpion Program
3.6.5 Case Study – US Army Forces in Europe
3.6.6 Unmanned Platforms with ROWS
3.6.7 Naval Platforms with ROWS
3.6.8 Static ROWS
3.6.9 Airborne
4 Market Analysis
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Forecast factors – Drivers
4.2.1 Driver 1 – Increase in defense budgets
4.2.2 Driver 2 – High market interest in wheeled (armored) vehicles
4.2.3 Driver 3 – Requirement for persistent ISR
4.2.4 Driver 4 – Worldwide asymmetric threats
4.2.5 Driver 5 – Navies to increasingly operate at the littoral waters
4.2.6 Driver 6 – Need for Coast Guard forces
4.2.7 Driver 7 – Indigenous defense industries and production issues
4.2.8 Driver 8 – Increased range of engagements and accuracy
4.2.9 Driver 9 – Combined effects
4.2.10 Driver 10 – Power management systems development
4.2.11 Driver 11 – Crew survivability
4.2.12 Driver 12 – Proliferation of UGVs and UUVs
4.2.13 Driver 13 – Need to upgrade legacy platforms
4.2.14 Driver 14 – Urban warfare is a reality
4.2.15 Driver 15 – Evolution of Artificial Intelligence
4.2.16 Driver 16 – ROWS with non-lethal weapons
4.2.17 Driver 17 – ROWS costs availability
4.3 Forecast factors – Inhibitors
4.3.1 Inhibitor 1 – Lack of proven concept of operations
4.3.2 Inhibitor 2 – Trust in manned solutions
4.3.3 Inhibitor 3 – Defense budgets
4.3.4 Inhibitor 4 – Artificial Intelligence and Ethics
4.3.5 Inhibitor 5 – Rules of engagement and International law
4.3.6 Inhibitor 6 – Export control of defense technology
4.4 Opportunities
4.4.1 Opportunity 1 – Improving EO/IR technology
4.4.2 Opportunity 2 – Improving unmanned systems testing and evaluation
4.4.3 Opportunity 3 – Improving Manned-Unmanned Teaming
4.4.4 Opportunity 4 - Improving Marketing and Value Added Messages
4.4.5 Opportunity 5 – Develop ways to extend the lifespan and capabilities of platforms
4.4.6 Opportunity 6 – A single control station must be able to concurrently operate multiple unmanned systems
4.4.7 Opportunity 7 – Multiple effects by a single ROWS
4.4.8 Opportunity 8 – ROWS adaptable for homeland security use
4.4.9 Opportunity 9 – ROWS as systems
4.4.10 Opportunity 10 – Field training for ROWS operators with augmented or virtual reality
4.4.11 Opportunity 11 – Training for ROWS drives need for simulators and virtual environment
4.4.12 Opportunity 12 – Continuous development of power management and battery systems
4.4.13 Opportunity 13 – Field 3D printing of spare parts
4.5 Opportunities
4.5.1 Time Sensitive Opportunity 1 – Romanian Army new wheeled IFV
4.5.2 Time Sensitive Opportunity 2 – Bulgarian Army new wheeled IFV
4.5.3 Time Sensitive Opportunity 3 – Danish Army potential JLTV procurement
4.5.4 Time Sensitive Opportunity 4 – Belgian Army new vehicles
4.5.5 Time Sensitive Opportunity 5 – Belgian and Dutch Navies new vessels
4.5.6 Time Sensitive Opportunity 6 – Lithuanian Army L-ATV procurement
4.5.7 Time Sensitive Opportunity 7 – British Army vehicles
4.5.8 Time Sensitive Opportunity 8 – Finnish Army vehicles
4.5.9 Time Sensitive Opportunity 9 – Polish Army vehicles
4.5.10 Time Sensitive Opportunity 10 – Russian Army vehicles
4.5.11 Time Sensitive Opportunity 11 – Indian Army BMP-2 upgrade
4.5.12 Time Sensitive Opportunity 12 – Pakistan Army 4x4 armored vehicles
4.5.13 Time Sensitive Opportunity 13 – Japanese Army 8x8 APCs
4.5.14 Time Sensitive Opportunity 14 – Kuwaiti Army M-1 Abrams upgrade
4.5.15 Time Sensitive Opportunity 15 – Saudi Arabian Army new vehicles
4.6 Porter’s 5 Forces Analysis
4.6.1 Competitive Rivalry
4.6.2 Supplier Power
4.6.3 Buyer Power
4.6.4 Threat of Substitution
4.6.5 Threat of New Entry
4.7 Macro environment
4.7.1 Macroeconomic factors
4.7.2 Political
4.7.3 Legislative
5 Forecast ROWS Market by Region to 2026
5.1 Introduction
5.2 Americas – ROWS Market Forecast to 2026
5.2.1 North America – USA
5.2.2 North America – Canada
5.2.3 Central and South America
5.3 Europe – ROWS Market Forecast to 2026
5.3.1 UK
5.3.2 France
5.3.3 Poland
5.3.4 Other Eastern European countries
5.3.5 Russia
5.3.6 Turkey
5.4 Middle East & Africa – ROWS Market Forecast to 2026
5.4.1 Saudi Arabia
5.4.2 Qatar
5.4.3 UAE
5.4.4 Israel
5.5 Asia-Pacific – ROWS Market Forecast to 2026
5.5.1 China
5.5.2 Australia
5.5.3 South Korea
5.5.4 India
6 Forecast ROWS Market by End-User to 2026
6.1 General Outlook per End-User
6.2 ROWS for the Defense and Security Sectors
6.2.1 Improved Accuracy
6.2.2 Improved Firepower
6.2.3 A system of systems
6.2.4 ROWS and new platforms
6.2.5 ROWS and legacy platforms
6.2.6 ROWS and Unmanned Systems
6.2.7 ROWS and Non-Lethal Weapons
6.2.8 Protecting Critical Infrastructure
6.2.9 The New Defense Procurement Fiscal Context of Europe and of the U.S.
7 Forecast ROWS Market by System-Element to 2026
8 Scenario II – Global ROWS Market Forecast to 2026
8.1 Global ROWS Market Forecast – Scenario I vs Scenario II
8.2 Scenario II Global ROWS Market Forecast by Region by [US$ million] to 2026
8.3 Scenario II Global ROWS Market Forecast by System Element by [US$ million] to 2026
8.4 Scenario II Global ROWS Market Forecast by End-User by [US$ million] to 2026
9 Leading Companies in the ROWS Market
9.1 SAAB
9.1.1 Company profile
9.1.2 Products & Services – ROWS
9.1.3 Financial info - Revenues, profits
9.1.4 Contact
9.2 ASELSAN Elektronik Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S.
9.2.1 Company profile
9.2.2 Products & Services
9.2.3 Other products and services
9.2.4 Financial info (revenues, profit for last 5 years)
9.2.5 Recent contract wins
9.2.6 Recent Projects completed
9.2.7 Strategic Alliances
9.2.8 Contact
9.2.9 SWOT ANALYSIS
9.3 BAE SYSTEMS
9.3.1 Company Profile
9.3.2 ROWS Products
9.3.3 Other Products & Services
9.3.4 Segment Revenue
9.3.5 Financial info (revenues, profit last 5 years)
9.3.6 Recent contract wins
9.3.7 Recent Projects completed
9.3.8 Strategic Alliances
9.3.9 Contact
9.3.10 SWOT ANALYSIS
9.4 ELBIT Systems
9.4.1 Company profile
9.4.2 ROWS Product
9.4.3 Other Products & Services
9.4.4 Segment Revenue
9.4.5 Financial info (revenues, profit last 5 years)
9.4.6 Recent Developments
9.4.7 Recent Projects completed
9.4.8 Strategic Alliances
9.4.9 Contact
9.5 GENERAL DYNAMICS
9.5.1 Company profile
9.5.2 ROWS
9.5.3 Other Products & Services
9.5.4 Segment Revenue
9.5.5 Financial info (revenues, profit last 5 years)
9.5.6 Recent contract wins
9.5.7 Recent Projects completed
9.5.8 Strategic Alliances
9.5.9 Contact
9.5.10 SWOT ANALYSIS
9.6 RHEINMETALL AG
9.6.1 Rheinmetall – company profile
9.6.2 ROWS - Products and services
9.6.3 Financial Information
9.6.4 Recent contract wins
9.6.5 Strategic Alliances
9.6.6 Contact
9.7 Rafael Advanced Defense Systems
9.7.1 Company profile
9.7.2 ROWS - Products & Services
9.7.3 Financial info (revenues, profit last 5 years)
9.7.4 Recent contract wins
9.7.5 Strategic Alliances
9.7.6 Contact
9.8 Leonardo
9.8.1 ROWS - Products & Services
9.8.2 Financial Information
9.8.3 Contact Information
9.9 FN Herstal
9.9.1 Company profile
9.9.2 ROWS - Products & Services
9.9.3 Strategic Alliances
9.9.4 Contact
9.10 Kongsberg
9.10.1 Company Profile
9.10.2 ROWS Products & Services
9.10.3 Financial info (revenues, profit last 5 years)
9.10.4 Recent contract wins
9.10.5 Contact
9.11 MSI-Defence Systems Ltd.
9.11.1 Company profile
9.11.2 ROWS - Products & Services
9.11.3 Other Products & Services
9.11.4 Recent contract wins
9.11.5 Contact
9.12 EOS – Electro Optic Systems
9.12.1 Company profile
9.12.2 Products & Services
9.12.3 Financial info (revenues, profit last 5 years)
9.12.4 Recent contract wins
9.12.5 Recent Projects completed
9.12.6 Contact
9.13 KRAUSS-MAFFEI WEGMANN
9.13.1 Company profile
9.13.2 ROWS Products & Services
9.13.3 Other Products & Services
9.13.4 Recent contract wins
9.13.5 Strategic Alliances
9.13.6 Contact
9.14 NEXTER
9.14.1 Company profile
9.14.2 ROWS Products & Services
9.14.3 Other Products & Services
9.14.4 Recent contract wins
9.14.5 Strategic Alliances
9.14.6 Contact
9.15 CMI Defence
9.15.1 Company profile
9.15.2 ROWS Products & Services
9.15.3 Other Products & Services
9.15.4 Financial info (revenues, profit last 5 years)
9.15.5 Strategic Alliances
9.15.6 Contact
10 Conclusions and recommendations
10.1 General
10.2 Contact us
10.3 Disclaimer
10.4 License information
10.4.1 1-User PDF License
10.4.2 5-User PDF License
10.4.3 Site PDF License
10.4.4 Enterprise PDF License
11 Appendices
11.1 Companies Mentioned
11.2 Abbreviations
11.3 Lead Analyst
11.4 Related reports
List of figures
Figure 1: A US Army GDLS Stryker ICV-Dragoon, with a Kongsberg Protector RCT-30 ROWS, showcased at Eurosatory 2018
Figure 2: Global ROWS Market Forecast by Region [US$ million] – 2018-2026
Figure 3: Global ROWS Market Forecast by System Elements [US$ million] – 2018-2026
Figure 4 - Global ROWS Market Forecast by End-User [US$ million] – 2018-2026
Figure 5 - Scenario I vs Scenario II - Global ROWS Market Forecast by [US$ million] – 2018-2026
Figure 6: A photo of all the parts comprising a Kongsberg Protector M153 CROWS II.
Figure 7: A picture of a gunner’s position, with the FCU and CG units, inside a Humvee vehicle. Also note on the top, the large diameter opening required to install a pintle.
Figure 8: A Norwegian Army Protector ROWS lifted by a crane. Note the small circumference of the base attached to a vehicle, requiring only minimal penetration.
Figure 9: A German Army Artec Boxer vehicle in Afghanistan, with a ROWS.
Figure 10: Moog’s remotely operated Reconfigurable Integrated-weapons Platform.
Figure 11: A French Army ARQUUS Griffon vehicle, equipped with a ROWS.
Figure 12: The Remote Guardian System stowed and deployed, with the EO/IR gimbal on the left of each picture and the weapon station to the right.
Figure 13 - Global ROWS Market Forecast by Region [US$ million] to 2026
Figure 14 - Global ROWS Market Forecast Share by Region by [%] – 2018, 2022 and 2026
Figure 15 - Americas ROWS Market Forecast to 2026 by Market Sectors [$Millions]
Figure 16 - Americas ROWS Market Forecast to 2026 by Market Sectors [$Millions] – 2018 and 2026
Figure 17 - Europe ROWS Market Forecast to 2026 by Market Sectors [$Millions]
Figure 18 - Europe ROWS Market Forecast to 2026 by Market Sectors [$Millions] – 2018 and 2026
Figure 19 – Middle East & Africa ROWS Market Forecast to 2026 by Market Sectors [$Millions]
Figure 20 – Middle East & Africa ROWS Market Forecast to 2026 by Market Sectors [$Millions] – 2018 and 2026
Figure 21 – Middle East & Africa ROWS Market Forecast to 2026 by Market Sectors [$Millions]
Figure 22 – Middle East & Africa ROWS Market Forecast to 2026 by Market Sectors [$Millions] – 2018 and 2026
Figure 23 - Military ROWS Market Forecast by Region [US$ million] to 2026
Figure 24 - Civil ROWS Market Forecast by Region [US$ million] to 2026
Figure 25 - ROWS Market Forecast per End-User [US$ million] to 2026
Figure 26 – Total ROWS Market Forecast by Systems Element [US$ million] to 2026
Figure 27 – Military ROWS Market Forecast by Systems Element [US$ million] to 2026
Figure 28 – Civil ROWS Market Forecast by Systems Element [US$ million] to 2026
Figure 29 - Scenario I vs. Scenario II – Global ROWS Market Forecast by [US$ million] to 2026
Figure 30 - Scenario II – Global ROWS Market Forecast by Region by [US$ million] to 2026
Figure 31 - Scenario II – Global ROWS Market Forecast by System Element by [US$ million] to 2026
Figure 32 - Scenario II – Global ROWS Market Forecast per End-User by [US$ million] to 2026
Figure 33: Saab Group Revenue 2013-2017
Figure 34: Saab Group Profit 2013-2017
Figure 35: Aselsan Revenue 2013-2017
Figure 36: Aselsan Profits 2013-2017
Figure 37: BAE Systems Company Revenue 2016
Figure 38: BAE Systems Company Revenue 2013-2017
Figure 39: BAE Systems Company Profit 2013-2017
Figure 40: Elbit Systems Company Revenue 2016
Figure 41: Elbit Company Revenue 2013-2017
Figure 42: Elbit Company Profit 2013-2017
Figure 43: General Dynamics Company Revenue 2017
Figure 44: General Dynamics Company Revenue 2013-2017
Figure 45: General Dynamics Company Profit 2013-2017
Figure 46: Rheinmetall Sales 2013-2017
Figure 47: Rheinmetall Operating result 2013-2017
Figure 48: Rafael Revenue 2012-2016
Figure 49: Rafael Profit 2012-2016
Figure 50: Leonardo Revenues 2013-2017
Figure 51: Leonardo Revenues 2013-2017
Figure 52: Leonardo Financial Information 2013 – 2017
Figure 52: Kongsberg Revenues 2013-2017
Figure 53: Kongsberg Profit 2013-2017
Figure 54: EOS Company Revenue 2013-2017
Figure 55: EOS Company Revenue 2013-2017
Figure 56: CMI Group Revenue 2013-2017
Figure 57: CMI Group Profit 2013-2017
List of tablesM
Table 1: Global ROWS Market Forecast by Region [US$ million] to 2026
Table 2 - Global ROWS Market Forecast by System Elements [US$ million] – 2018-2026
Table 3 - Global ROWS Market Forecast by End-user [US$ million] – 2018-2026
Table 4 – Scenario I vs Scenario II - Global ROWS Market Forecast by [US$ million] – 2018-2026
Table 5: Global ROWS Market Forecast by Region [US$ million] to 2026
Table 6 - Global ROWS Market Forecast Share by Region by [%] – to 2026
Table 7 - Americas ROWS Market Forecast to 2026 by Market Sectors [$Millions]
Table 8 - Europe ROWS Market Forecast to 2026 by Market Sectors [$Millions]
Table 9 – Middle East & Africa ROWS Market Forecast to 2026 by Market Sectors [$Millions]
Table 10 – Asia-Pacific ROWS Market Forecast to 2026 by Market Sectors [$Millions]
Table 11: Military ROWS Market Forecast by Region [US$ million] to 2026
Table 12 - Military ROWS Market Forecast Share by Region by [%] – to 2026
Table 13: Civil ROWS Market Forecast by Region [US$ million] to 2026
Table 14 - Civil ROWS Market Forecast Share by Region by [%] – to 2026
Table 15: Global ROWS Market Forecast by End-user [US$ million] to 2026
Table 16 - ROWS Market Forecast per End-User by [%] – to 2026
Table 17: Total ROWS Market Forecast by System Elements [US$ million] to 2026
Table 18 – Total ROWS Market Forecast by Systems Elements by [%] – to 2026
Table 19: Military ROWS Market Forecast by System Elements [US$ million] to 2026
Table 20: Civil ROWS Market Forecast by System Elements [US$ million] to 2026
Table 21: Scenario I vs Scenario II - Global ROWS Market Forecast by [US$ million] to 2026
Table 22: Scenario II - Global ROWS Market Forecast by Region by [US$ million] to 2026
Table 23: Scenario II - Total ROWS Market Forecast by System Element by [US$ million] to 2026
Table 24: Scenario II - Total ROWS Market Forecast by End-User by [US$ million] to 2026
Table 25: Saab Group Financial Information 2013-2017 (US$ millions)
Table 26: The Boeing Company Financial Information 2012-2016 (US$ millions)
Table 27:SWOT Analysis, Aselsan Elektronik
Table 28: BAE Company Financial Information 2013-2017 (US$ millions)
Table 29: SWOT, BAE Systems
Table 30: Elbit Company Financial Information 2013-2017 (US$ millions)
Table 31: SWOT, Elbit Systems
Table 32: General Dynamics Company Financial Information 2013-2017 (US$ millions)
Table 33: SWOT, General Dynamics
Table 34: Rheinmetall Financial Information 2013-2017 (US$ millions)
Table 35: Rafael Financial Information 2012-2016 (US$ millions)
Table 36: Kongsberg Financial Information 2013-2017 (US$ millions)
Table 37: EOS Financial Information 2013-2017 (US$ millions)
Table 38: CMI Group Financial Information 2013-2017 (US$ millions)

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