Drones in Aerospace and Defense – Thematic Intelligence

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Drones in Aerospace and Defense Thematic Overview

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) commonly known as drones, have been a much-used part of advanced militaries’ arsenals for many decades. The US has led the way in the development and utilization of unmanned capabilities, mainly due to its high financial threshold for R&D, and subsequent export controls on US platforms. However, other producers are beginning to develop viable, affordable platforms, and subsequently, there will be an increased horizontal proliferation of unmanned capabilities.

The drones in aerospace and defense thematic intelligence report assesses how drones, combined with other emerging technologies, can be used across the aerospace and defense value chain. It provides an overview of the current landscape, as well as key players, while also highlighting opportunities for the use of drones in the future. The report provides an industry-specific analysis based on GlobalData databases and surveys.

Drones in Aerospace and Defense – Key Trends

The main trends shaping drones in aerospace and defense theme over the next 12 to 24 months are classified into three categories: technology trends, macroeconomic trends, and regulatory trends.

  • Technology trends: Some of the key technology trends impacting the theme are scalability, processor chips, 3D technology, artificial intelligence (AI), manned-unmanned teaming, drone swarm technology, augmented reality (AR), anti-collision technology, battery technology, and edge and fog computing.
  • Macroeconomic trends: Some of the key macroeconomic trends explained in the report are the low costs of operating unmanned platforms, a burgeoning interest in drone technology, the Ukraine- Russia conflict, and application of drones in defense.
  • Regulatory trends: US FAA regulation, Europe U-Space Program, and the usage of illegal drones are a part of the regulatory trends impacting aerospace and defense.

Drones in Aerospace and Defense – Industry Analysis

The military UAV market was worth $7.934 billion in 2022. The market is expected to achieve a CAGR of more than 4% between 2022 and 2032. The drones in the aerospace and defense market theme are forecast to continue to grow, with an increasing number of manufacturers from a growing list of geographies entering the market. The growth in the market will be propelled by healthy growth in all sub-sectors. While medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) drones will continue to comprise the majority of the market, emerging sub-sectors such as loitering munitions will see particularly strong growth, especially given their low-cost relative to other unmanned platforms.

The drones in aerospace and defense industry analysis also covers:

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Use cases
  • Timeline

Global Military UAV Market 2022-2032 ($ Billion)

Global Military UAV Market 2022-2032 ($ Billion)

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Drones in Aerospace and Defense - Value Chain Analysis

The drone market is broadly comprised of four separate segments which are military, civil, commercial, and consumer. Military drones are unmanned aerial platforms of various sizes and configurations that are deployed in military roles such as strike, EW, ISR, and SEAD/DEAD. They are further divided into tactical, operational, and strategic drones. The civil market segment is populated by drones that are used by government agencies and institutions and is further broken down into the security and institutional sub-segments.

The security sub-segment includes drones used in law enforcement, counterterrorism, and border security roles, and covers missions that could be described as ‘homeland security’. Meanwhile, the institutional sub-segment includes drones that are operated by government-funded agencies and institutions to perform missions for the public benefit which are not related to security. This includes environmental monitoring and R&D.

Drones Value Chain Analysis

Drones Value Chain Analysis

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Leading Public Companies

Some of the leading listed players associated with this theme:

  • AeroVironment
  • AgEagle
  • Airbus

Leading Private Companies

Some of the leading interesting private companies associated with this theme:

  • Acecore Technologies
  • Aegis Power
  • AheadX

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Aerospace and Defense Sector Scorecard

At GlobalData, we use a scorecard approach to predict tomorrow’s leading companies within each sector. Our aerospace and defense sector scorecard has three screens: a thematic screen, a valuation screen, and a risk screen.

  • The thematic screen ranks companies based on overall leadership in the 10 themes that matter most to their industry, generating a leading indicator of future performance.
  • The valuation screen ranks our universe of companies within a sector based on selected valuation metrics.
  • The risk screen ranks companies within a particular sector based on overall investment risk.

Aerospace and Defense Sector Scorecard – Thematic Screen

Aerospace and Defense Sector Scorecard – Thematic Screen

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Drones in Aerospace and Defense Market Report Overview

Report Pages 79
Regions Covered Global
Market Size (2022) $7.934 billion
CAGR (2022-2032) >4%
Value Chains Military, Civil, Commercial, and Consumer
Leading Public Companies AeroVironment, AgEagle, and Airbus
Leading Private Companies Acecore Technologies, Aegis Power, and AheadX


This report provides:

  • The key technological challenges that operators and developers face.
  • The investment opportunities for commercial and defense applications in the drone technologies value chain.
  • Highlights from the range of different development programs currently being undertaken by various firms, including tactical, operational, and strategic drones, as well as loitering munitions and weaponized COTS UAS.

Reasons to Buy

  • Determine potential investment companies based on trend analysis and market projections.
  • Gaining an understanding of the market challenges and opportunities surrounding the drone technologies theme.

BAE Systems
Draganfly Innovations
Elbit Systems
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions
Lockheed Martin
Northrop Grumman
Orbital UAV
Raytheon Technologies
Rheinmetall Defence
Teledyne FLIR
Thales Alenia Space
Volatus Aerospace
Acecore Technologies
Aegis Power
Alva Industries
Ascent Aerosystems
Aurora Flight Sciences
Autel Robotics
Black Swift
Blue Vigil
Censys Technologies
Collins Aerospace
Currawong Engineering
Doodle Labs
General Atomics
Griffon Aerospace
Harris Aerial
Height Technologies
Iris Automation
Iris Automation
Iris Automation
Meteksan Defense
Northwest UAV
Raven Aerostar
Robot Aviation
Sierra Nevada Corp
Stratospheric Platforms
Tao Group
Teal Drones
UVX Technologies
Z3 Technology

Table of Contents

  • 1. Executive Summary
  • 2. Players
  • 3. Technology Briefing
  • 4. Trends

    • 4.1. Technology trends
    • 4.2. Macroeconomic trends
    • 4.3. Regulatory trends

  • 5. Industry Analysis

    • 5.1. Market size and growth forecasts
    • 5.2. Mergers and acquisitions
    • 5.3. Use cases
    • 5.4. Timeline

  • 6. Value Chain

    • 6.1. Airframes
    • 6.2. Payloads
    • 6.3. Communications
    • 6.4. Sensors
    • 6.5. Powerplants
    • 6.6. Flight computer
    • 6.7. Mission and payload control
    • 6.8. Communication subsystem

  • 7. Companies

    • 7.1. Public companies
    • 7.2. Private companies

  • 8. Sector Scorecards

    • 8.1. Aeospace and defense sector scorecard

  • 9. Glossary
  • 10. Further Reading
  • 11. Our Thematic Research Methodology
  • 12. About GlobalData
  • 13. Contact Us

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