Loitering munitions are munitions capable of staying in the air while they search for a target, and some capable of returning to base in the case of an unsuccessful target identification. While they operate in a similar way to armed drones, their self-destructive capabilities are what set them apart. Loitering munitions are a rapidly expanding segment within unmanned systems and munitions. While loitering munitions have been in use for several decades, their use has increased significantly in the past years, with the coming decade expected to see unprecedented growth in the market.

The loitering munitions thematic research report provides an overview of the loitering munitions market, outlines advances in technology and key programs, and provides insight into current procurement and research trends.

What are the market dynamics in the loitering munitions market?

The loitering munitions market will benefit from increased modularity, increased use of artificial intelligence (AI), use of swarm technology, and increased sensor capabilities in the next ten years. The market will also benefit greatly from the increased proliferation of unmanned systems, as the mass use of such systems drives down the cost of mutual components, with the low cost of the systems being paramount to their application.

Which are the key technology components in the loitering munitions market?

The key technology components in the loitering munitions market are aerostructure, software, control, sensor systems, warhead, and power source.

Which are the key technology trends in the loitering munitions market?

The key technology trends in the loitering munitions market are swarm technology, artificial intelligence, mission modules, vertical attack, commercial off the shelf (COTS), military off the shelf (MOTS), fuel and propulsion, 3d printing, processor chips, miniaturization and scalability, battery technology, and composites.

Which are the key macroeconomic trends in the loitering munitions market?

The key macroeconomic trends in the loitering munitions market are economic risk, China impact, and beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS).

Which are the key regulatory trends in the loitering munitions market?

The key regulatory trends in the loitering munitions market are International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Laws of war, and counter drone technology.

Which are the key players in the loitering munitions market?

The key players in the loitering munitions market are AeroVironment, Raytheon, Elbit Systems, HESA, IAI, Uvision, WB Electronics, Cobra, Kronshtadt, Northrop Grumman, Rheinmetall, STM, Kalashnikov, Aeonautics, DefendTex.

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Market overview

Key technology components Aerostructure, Software, Control, Sensor Systems, Warhead, and Power Source
Key macroeconomic trends Economic Risk, China Impact, And Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS)
Key technology trends Swarm Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Mission Modules, Vertical Attack, Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS), Military Off The Shelf (MOTS), Fuel And Propulsion, 3d Printing, Processor Chips, Miniaturization and Scalability, Battery Technology, and Composites
Key regulatory trends International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Laws of War, and Counter Drone Technology
Key players AeroVironment, Raytheon, Elbit Systems, HESA, IAI, Uvision, WB Electronics, Cobra, Kronshtadt, Northrop Grumman, Rheinmetall, STM, Kalashnikov, Aeonautics, DefendTex

Scope

  • The key defense challenges that forces and defense sector suppliers face are covered.
  • The investment opportunities for armed forces, suppliers, and institutional investors, across the whole soldier modernization value chain are covered.
  • Highlights from the range different loitering munitions programs currently being undertaken by various defense companies.

Key Highlights

Studies of emerging technological trends and their broader impact on the defense market.

Analysis of the various loitering munitions currently in use, and the historical use of loitering munitions

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 Soldier Modernization theme.
  • Understanding how spending on loitering munitions will fit into the overall market and which spending areas are being prioritized.

Key Players

AeroVironment, Raytheon, Elbit Systems, HESA, IAI, Uvision, WB Electronics, Cobra, Kronshtadt, Northrop Grumman, Rheinmetall, STM, Kalashnikov, Aeonautics, DefendTex.

Table of Contents

Executive Summary

Players

Technology Briefing

• Anatomy of a drone

• Key technologies

Trends

• Technology trends

• Macroeconomic trends

• Regulatory trends

Industry Analysis

• Deployment case studies

• Mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures

• Timeline

Value Chain

• Precision mechanical parts

• Electronic Parts

• Propulsion

• Primes

Companies

• Leaders

• Challengers

Sector Scorecards

• Defense sector scorecard

Glossary

Further Reading Our Thematic Research Methodology

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List of Tables

Technology trends

Macroeconomic trends

Regulatory trends

Mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures

Companies: Leaders

Companies: Challengers

Glossary

Further Reading

List of Figures

Leading Players in the loitering munitions theme

Loitering Munitions value chain

Anatomy of a conventional drone

Anatomy of a quadcopter drone

Key technology components

The loitering munitions story

Value chain

The loitering munitions value chain

Electronic parts value chain

Propulsion units value chain

Primes value chain

Sector scorecards

Thematic value chain

Valuation screen

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