Global Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle Market - Segmented By Performance, Type and Geography - Market Trends, Opportunities and Challenges (2018 - 2023)
Drones were primarily utilized for the patrolling and reconnaissance, however, with the growing requirement and the increased risks involved in the operations, these UAVs were armed and converted for the combat missions. These find significant applications for surveillance, artillery fire direction, gathering electronic intelligence (ELINT) data, lasing targets for fighter planes, and post-strike damage assessment. The changing nature of advanced warfare is likely to drive the growth prospects for the global unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) market from 2017 to 2021. The global unmanned combat aerial vehicles or UCAVs market is expected to register a CAGR close to 10% during the forecast period, 2018 to 2023.
A large number of nations, such as US, Russia, China, Nigeria, Pakistan, and the UK are focusing on the development of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAVs) for counter-insurgency and domestic warfare, which is widely used to monitor disputed border regions and enhance the security at a lower cost. These are featured with remote, real time controlling from distant locations with varying levels of autonomy. These critical missions have high risks associated with the human lives.
Currently a total of 28 countries use unmanned combat aerial vehicles in active service, a number, which will go only higher as the years go by. Large number of territorial disputes existing between the nations that specifically include the Asia Pacific and the MEA region are expected to fuel the overall demands for development and manufacture. Some of the chief countries involved in territorial disputes that utilize these drones for various operations include China, India, Iran, Israel, North Korea, Pakistan, Taiwan, and Turkey. Some of the major economies that utilize these operational armed drones include Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, UK and the U.S. These countries are increasingly focusing on the development of these UAVs for domestic warfare and counter-insurgency, which are extensively used to monitor disputed areas and enhance the country security at a lower cost. The changing nature of next generation warfare will propel the global unmanned combat aerial vehicle market in the coming years.
Currently there are only a handful of countries, which possess this technology namely US of America, Israel, China, United Kingdom etc. The Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle Market has been growing at a tremendous pace, as is evidence by the large number of deals taking place in this sector.
North America a growing UCAV market
U.S. is expected to dominate the market in North America region, as well as globally, during the forecast period. The U.S. dominance is primarily due to large military expenditure. In 2017, a US Army Robotics and Autonomous Systems strategy, was published that called for mid-term development of unmanned combat vehicles. North America also has presence of major industry players, such as General Atomics, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman.
January 2018: Poalim and Israel aerospace industries announced strategic blockchain and cyber collaboration
October 2017: BAE Systems and Cranfield University developed dual-mode UAVs for armed forces
July 2017: BAE Systems Australia got a USD 30 million contact from Royal Australian Navy to upgrade maritime satellite communications terminals in four years
Key Players: Israel Aerospace Industries, Denel Dynamics, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, BAE Systems, Dassault Aviation, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, And Elbit Systems, among others.
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