Small UAV Market

Small UAV Market Research Report By
Forecast To 2023
Industry Survey, Growth, Competitive Landscape
and Forecasts to 2023
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Small UAV Market Research Report - Forecast to 2023
Global Small UAV Market by Type (Micro & Mini), Application (Civil & Commercial and Military &
Defense), Platform (Fixed-Wing, Rotary-Wing, & Others) by Region (North & South America, Europe, Asia
Pacific, and Middle East & Africa) – Forecast To 2023
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), also commonly referred as drone, is a type of an aircraft that does not have any passengers
or pilot onboard. It is either operated remotely by a human pilot, or by an onboard computer, or controlled autonomously.
Small UAVs are mainly classified based on their size, and typically are the ones with a wingspan of less than 2 meters. These
UAVs are small enough to be carried and operated by a single person. Small UAVs can be hand-launched, can have vertical
take-off and landing (VTOL), or short take-off and landing (STOL) capability. Majority of the small UAVs as of 2015 are either
electric-powered or solar-powered. A few of them are also powered by fuel (mostly the ones in military and defense
applications). Most of the small UAVs are hand launched (thrown in air by hand) and many of the configurations in this
category are based on the fixed-wing platform.
Intended Audience
• Distributer & Supplier companies
• End Users
• Consultants and Investment bankers
• Government as well as Independent Regulatory Authorities
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Market Driving Factors
One of the drivers for global small UAV market is the rise in demand for civil or commercial applications. Improvements in
technology and economical acquisition and operation have led to the rapid growth of commercial small UAVs market.
Commercial UAVs are being used for surveying, aerial photography, oil & gas pipeline monitoring, 3D mapping, wind turbine
blade inspection, and many other similar applications. Furthermore, emerging markets in Asia Pacific, South America, and
the Middle East have prioritized the increased utilization of UAVs, mainly for military applications, which have helped the
market growth.
However, many of the small UAVs are used in military applications, including ISR and spy missions. Thus, with the ongoing
defense budget cuts in the U.S. and economic slowdown in Europe, it is expected that it could affect the military small UAV
market to some extent. Also, most of the small operational UAVs as of 2015 are electric-powered by batteries. One of the
major challenges with these electric-powered UAVs is their limited battery life and flight range.
Despite the challenges, the demand for small UAVs for civil, commercial, and military applications is growing. One of the
major trends has been rapid technological innovation in the field of small UAVs. Advancement in three major technology
areas (microelectronics, MEMS sensors, and GPS receivers) has led to the possibility of highly sophisticated small UAVs.
Also, COTS components are being used extensively in small UAVs because of the rapid designing and innovations in COTSbased technologies that have enhanced the computing capability and enabled compact designing. Reduction of complete
system development costs and reduced long-term maintenance costs have driven the employment of COTS components.
As a result, the global small UAV market is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 6% during the forecast period.
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Regional Analysis
The majority of the world small UAV market is mainly for military and defense applications and is dominated by the U.S. The
majority of demand is owing to its applications in the military and defense sector, and the US army is the single largest
buyer of UAVs worldwide. However, increasing demand for the emerging economies has shown interest in implementation
of UAVs for border security and surveillance functions. The Middle East is one of the emerging markets with Israel a major
manufacturer and exporter of UAVs. Asia Pacific is also expected to show substantial growth in the future, mainly
dominated by the demand from China. With the expansion of its military capabilities, China has given more importance to
the utilization of UAVs for major military operations and has prioritized the further development of indigenous systems. The
government of China further plans to use UAVs for patrol and coastal surveillance extensively.
Key Players
The key players of global small UAV market are AeroVironment, Inc. (US), Aibotix (Germany), BAE Systems (UK), DJI (China),
Elbit Systems Ltd. (Israel), Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (Israel), Lockheed Martin (US), Prox Dynamics (Norway), SAAB
(Sweden), and Thales Group (France).
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