Loitering Munitions – Thematic Intelligence

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Loitering Munition System Market Thematic Overview

Loitering munitions (LMs) are aerial weapons that can stay in the air while they search for a target, and some are also capable of returning to base in case of unsuccessful target identification. Although they operate similarly 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 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.

Loitering Munitions Thematic 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.

Pages Covered 46
Regions Covered Global
Key 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

·       Composites

·       Macroeconomic Trends

·       Regulatory Trends

Key Value Chain Components ·       Aerostructure

·       Software

·       Control

·       Sensor System

·       Warhead

·       Power Source

Leaders ·       AeroVironment

·       Raytheon

·       Elbit Systems

·       HESA

·       IAI

·       UVision

·       WB Electronics

Challengers ·       Cobra

·       Kronshtadt

·       Northrop Grumman

·       Rheinmetall

·       STM

·       Kalashnikov

·       Aeronautics

·       DefendTex

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Key Trends in the Loitering Munitions market

The main trends shaping the Loitering Munitions industry 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.

Besides these, some of the macroeconomic trends and regulatory trends are also impacting the loitering munitions industry.

Macroeconomic trends: Economic risk, China impact, and beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) are some of the macroeconomic trends impacting the theme.

Regulatory trends: The key regulatory trends impacting the Loitering Munitions theme are International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), laws of war, and counter drone technology.

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Loitering Munitions - Value Chain Analysis

The Loitering Munitions value chain comprises of different components such as aerostructure, software, control, sensor system, warhead, and power source.  The software used by loitering munition can include target memory banks, communication, back-up missions, etc.

Loitering Munitions, Value Chain Analysis

Loitering Munitions, Value Chain Analysis

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Loitering Munitions - Industry Analysis

Loitering munitions will see continued use in combat, at least soon. Loitering munitions have seen increasing use in combat in recent years, their use by Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and by both sides of the Russo-Ukrainian war is indicative of their ability to overcome geographical difficulties and eliminate air defenses and traditional armored vehicles, from a position of relative safety for the user.

The Loitering Munitions industry thematic intelligence report also covers:

  • Deployment case studies
  • Mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures
  • Timeline

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Leaders Impacting the Loitering Munitions Industry

  • AeroVironment
  • Raytheon
  • Elbit Systems
  • HESA
  • IAI
  • UVision
  • WB Electronics

Challengers Impacting the Loitering Munitions Industry

  • Cobra
  • Kronshtadt
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Rheinmetall
  • STM
  • Kalashnikov
  • Aeronautics
  • DefendTex

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  • 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.

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

Elbit Systems
WB Electronics
Northrop Grumman

Table of Contents

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

    • 3.1. Key technologies

  • 4. Trends

    • 4.1. Industry Analysis
    • 4.2. Deployment case studies
    • 4.3. Mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures
    • 4.4. Timeline

  • 5. Value Chain

    • 5.1. Precision mechanical parts
    • 5.2. Electronic parts
    • 5.3. Propulsion
    • 5.4. Primes

  • 6. Companies

    • 6.1. Leaders
    • 6.2. Challengers

  • 7. Sector Scorecards

    • 7.1. Defense sector scorecard

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

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