Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV) – Thematic Intelligence

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Unmanned Ground Vehicles Report Overview

The market for unmanned ground vehicles (UGV) has expanded significantly since 2015. This can be attributed to the rising application of modern UGVs for a wider variety of defense and security applications beyond the traditionally limited scope of explosive ordnance disposal (EOD). Nations including China, France, India, Russia, the UK, and the US are developing logistics, ISR, and combat-capable UGV platforms.

This UGV market thematic research report provides an overview of the unmanned ground vehicles market, outlines advancements in technology and key programs, and provides insight into current procurement and research trends.

UGV Market Size (2023) $358.8 Million
CAGR (2023-2033) >5%
Key Trends •         Technology Trends

•         Macroeconomic Trends

•         Regulatory Trends

Key Value Chain Components •         Armaments & RWS

•         Autonomous Systems

•         Platforms & Mobility Solutions

•         C4ISR Systems

•         Power Supply & Management.

Leader Companies •         Aselsan

•         Athena Defence AI

•         BAE Systems

•         Bren-Tronics

•         Diehl Defense Systems

Disruptor Companies •         Adaptive Materials Inc

•         Allen Vanguard

•         Arquus

•         Best Group

•         BIA5

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Key UGV Trends

The main trends shaping the unmanned ground vehicles theme over the next 12 to 24 months are technology trends, macroeconomic trends, and regulatory trends.

Technology Trends: The rising demand for AI-enhanced automation & machine learning, 3D printing, cybersecurity, and trafficability and mobility solutions are some of the technology trends impacting the unmanned ground vehicles theme. For instance, as defense companies and subcomponent manufacturers look to streamline the production of increasingly complex equipment, the advent of 3D printing (or additive manufacturing) promises to provide several benefits by reducing maintenance and production costs while simultaneously accelerating and facilitating the manufacture of complex materials and components.

Macroeconomic Trends: Rising defense budgets and industrial growth, economic sanctions and rising procurement and R&D costs, are some of the macroeconomic trends influencing the market growth. For instance, as environmental degradation and geopolitical turmoil around the globe continue to feed concerns over the outbreak of large-scale armed conflicts, particularly between military powers such as China, Russia, and the United States, policymakers and military procurement officials are finding it increasingly easy to justify increases in defense expenditure as governments respond to the deteriorating global security situation.

Regulatory Trends: Autonomous lethality, dual-use & commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) technologies, industrial consolidation, bi-lateral and international coordination and joint development & defense consortiums are some of the top regulatory trends likely to impact the UGV market growth. Like, dual-use technologies or commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) systems play an important role in guaranteeing the successful development of robotic systems. Considering the developments in electronics, computing, software, and hardware, it is safer for manufacturers to use COTS technology that has been tested and proven, thus reducing development risks.

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UGV Industry Analysis

The global military UGV market was valued at $358.8 million in 2023 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of more than 5% over the forecast period. The market consists of four categories: intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) UGV; logistics UGV; explosives and mine disposal UGV; and combat UGV. Over the next decade, the combat UGV segment is expected to remain the dominant market segment followed by the logistics UGV segment.

UGV Market Outlook 2023-2033 ($ Million)

UGV Market Outlook 2023-2033 ($ Million)

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The UGV industry analysis also covers:

  • Mergers & acquisitions
  • Patent trends
  • Hiring trends
  • Case studies
  • Timeline

UGV Value Chain Insights

The UGV value chain is compartmentalized into different sub-markets, each of which has alternate applications and value chains that further reduce investment risk. The value chain components of the UGV market are armaments & RWS, autonomous systems, platforms & mobility solutions, C4ISR systems, and power supply & management.

 The armaments & RWS value chain is dominated by established weapons manufacturers, while the autonomous systems value chain remains competitive due to its inherent complexity. The platforms & mobility solutions value chain is a mosaic of defense primes and specialist UGV firms due to the variety of solutions ranging from optionally crewed armored vehicles to compact, uncrewed robotic systems. The C4ISR systems value chain remains relatively stagnant due to the dominance of key players within this value chain globally, whereas the power supply & management value chain is ripe for disruption as sustainability concerns drive innovation.

UGV Value Chain Analysis

UGV Value Chain Analysis

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UGV Market – Competitive Landscape

Leader Companies: Aselsan, Athena Defence AI, BAE Systems, Bren-Tronics, and Diehl Defense Systems among others.

Disruptor Companies: Adaptive Materials Inc, Allen Vanguard, Arquus, Best Group, and BIA5 among others.

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Aerospace, Defense & Security Sector Scorecard

The scorecard approach is used to predict tomorrow’s leading companies within each sector. Each sector scorecards have three screens: a thematic, valuation, and risk screen.

Aerospace, Defense & Security Sector Scorecard Analysis

Aerospace, Defense & Security Sector Scorecard Analysis

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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 unmanned ground vehicles value chain are covered.
  • Highlights from the range of different unmanned ground vehicle programs currently being undertaken by various military organizations and defense companies.

Key Highlights

  • Studies of emerging technological trends and their broader impact on the defense market.
  • Analysis of the various unmanned ground vehicle programs currently under development, as well historical UGV and autonomy research initiatives.

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 Unmanned Ground Vehicles theme.
  • Understanding how spending on unmanned ground vehicles will fit into the overall market and which spending areas are being prioritized.

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Elbit Systems
MilRem Robotics
Horiba Mira
General Dynamics
Northrop Grumman
Lockheed Martin
Teledyne FLIR
Hanwha Defense
Bren Tronics
E2X Ecosystems
Vanguard Power
Ghost Dynamics

Table of Contents

Executive summary


Technology briefing

UGV development trends

UGV operational trends


Technology trends

Macroeconomic trends

Regulatory trends

Industry analysis

Mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures

Case studies


Value chain

Armament & remote weapons stations

Autonomous systems

C4ISR systems

Platforms & mobility solutions

Power supply & management solutions




Sector scorecards

Aerospace, defense and security sector scorecard


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