Anti-drone Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Anti-drone Market is segmented by Application (Detection, and Detection and Disruption), Vertical (Defense, Airports, and Other Critical Infrastructures), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle-East and Africa, and Latin America). The report offers the market size and forecasts by value (USD million) for all the above segments.

Market Snapshot

anti drone market_Market Summary
Study Period: 2018-2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Latin America
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 31 %

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Market Overview

The Anti-drone market is estimated to reach about USD 3,527 million in 2026, and register a CAGR of 31% during the forecast period (2021-2026).

The global GDP witnessed a decline by more than 4% in 2020 due to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), global military spending increased by 2.6% to reach USD 1,981 billion in 2020. Nevertheless, defense spending may slightly decline in the future, due to the global economic crisis triggered by the pandemic. This factor is expected to challenge the growth of the anti-drone market during the forecast period.

The demand for anti-drone systems is primarily due to the growing use of drones in different applications. Incidents of security breaches by unidentified drones and the use of drones by terrorist groups are further propelling the demand for counter-drone technologies. Apart from the defense sector, the counter-drone systems are also being procured by homeland securities and law enforcement agencies to counter unidentified drones entering critical infrastructures.

Counter-drone systems come with their set of challenges at the level of performance, practicality, legality, and policy. The use of anti-drone jammers or unauthorized UAS detection and countermeasure deployments can result in electromagnetic and radio frequency (RF) interference, especially at airports, which can affect the safety of flight and air traffic management issues. These limitations are expected to challenge the growth of the market during the forecast period.

Scope of the Report

An anti-drone system is a customizable integrated system that includes different equipment and solutions depending on the customer’s needs and requirements. It is employed to prevent security breaches at private houses, prisons, commercial venues, government buildings, industrial installations, airports, border security, critical infrastructure, and military facilities. The anti-drone market is segmented by application into detection; and detection and countermeasures. The detection segment is further segmented into radars and other sensors (which include RF, acoustic, infrared, and optical technologies). By vertical, the market is segmented into defense, airports, and other critical infrastructures. The other critical infrastructures segment includes the use of anti-drone systems in nuclear power plants, ports, laboratories, etc. The report also offers the market sizes and forecasts for the anti-drone market across the major regions in the world. For each segment, the market size and forecasts are represented by value (USD million).

Other Sensors
Jamming and Disruption
Other Critical Infrastructures
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Latin America
Rest of Latin America
Middle-East and Africa
Saudi Arabia
United Arab Emirates
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Military Segment Held the Largest Market Share in 2020

The military segment of the market accounted for a major share of the revenues in 2020. This is due to the increase in the use of drones by adversaries and insurgent groups for spying and attacking military infrastructure and borders. Such incidents have necessitated the R&D of sophisticated C-UASs that can identify, track, and disable the drone and locate its operator simultaneously. Hence, several armed forces are now focusing on enhancing their counter-drone capabilities. In this regard, during FY 2021, the Japanese MoD allocated a USD 20 million budget toward the R&D of C-UAS technology. Additionally, the MoD made provisions worth USD 4.8 million to conduct research on microwaves that can be used in a C-UAV system. Likewise, in December 2020, the Indian Navy finalized a contract for procurement of a batch of counter-drone weapon systems capable of bringing down high-speed enemy drones. The delivery of the SMASH 2000 fire control systems, manufactured by the Israeli firm Smart Shooter was planned to begin in 2021. The SMASH 2000 is a combat-proven Fire Control System that can be installed in various types of small arms and can be used to shoot down enemy drones. Such developments are expected to drive market growth during the forecast period.

Anti-drone Market Segmentation

North America is Expected to Dominate the Market During the Forecast Period

North America held the largest market share in 2020, and the region is also expected to continue its dominance over the market during the forecast period. This is primarily due to the increasing investments of the US Department of Defense (DoD) into the development and deployment of counter-drone systems. For instance, during FY 2022, the US DoD plans to spend at least USD 636 million on the R&D of C-UAV systems and around USD 75 million on the procurement of such systems. Also, in April 2021, the US Air Force released a request for proposals for the rapid research, development, prototyping, demonstration, evaluation, and transition of technologies that can be used to counter small unmanned aerial systems. By the end of 2021, the US Air Force may award the counter-UAV contract worth up to USD 490 million to provide the technologies to counter the threat of small, commercially made drones. The period of performance for the contract is 72 months. On the other hand, illegitimate drone incursions at the airports and other critical infrastructure can result in safety issues, and they have raised concerns over the years, across several such sites in the United States and Canada. With the advancement in technology, many counter-drone systems are expected to be installed by the various end users in the region to protect their critical infrastructure and assets of strategic importance over the coming years, which is also expected to drive the growth of the market in the region in the future.

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Competitive Landscape

Some of the prominent players in the anti-drone market are Raytheon Technologies Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corporation, QinetiQ Group PLC, Thales Group, and SAAB AB. Several start-ups are also entering the market with innovative products, which are further increasing the competition in the market. The proliferation of local players is also increasing in the market, supplying various types of anti-drone solutions. On this note, in August 2021, the Turkish company Meteksan Defence has presented an upgraded version of its Kapan counter-drone system at the IDEF 2021. The system features a new version of the Retinar FAR-AD Drone Detection Radar with a new antenna tailored for precise detection of mini/micro unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), high-performance hardware, and specific algorithms supported by artificial intelligence technologies. These developments, which will likely benefit industry stakeholders during the forecast period. Several companies are focused on developing counter-drone technologies that can be useful for the global militaries, which can fetch long-term contracts and help the companies to expand their market share in the coming years. For instance, in May 2021, Leonardo Electronics US unveiled the Falcon Shield Counter UAV System for the US DoD, DOE, Border Patrol, and partners. The system addresses the threat of low, slow, and small unmanned air systems undetectable by conventional air surveillance equipment. With the growing investments in new products and the increasing demand from the defense and commercial sector, the anti-drone market is highly lucrative. This is likely to offer new opportunities for the existing and new players in the future.

Recent Developments

  • In April 2021, Meteksan Defence announced that it had delivered the Retinar FAR-AD Drone Detection Radars ordered by the Turkish Presidency of Defence Industries within the 'Mini / Micro UAV Detection Radar System' contract signed in 2019.
  • In March 2021, the Indian Ministry of Civil Aviation issued an order to Adani Defence Systems and Technologies Limited (ADSTL) to set up a counter-drone system at airports to halt the flight of rogue drones in no-fly zones. With this contract, ADSTL became India’s first company to implement counter-drone systems at airports.
  • In March 2021, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced that it had signed an agreement with UAE’s state-owned EDGE Group to develop anti-drone systems. The Counter-Unmanned Aircraft System (C-UAS) solution comprises a combination of IAI and EDGE’s SIGN4L products. It may include detection and identification systems (radar and optics, RF), soft kill solutions (jamming, cyber take over), and hard-kill capability (guns, missiles, electromagnetic, and laser), and an advanced command and control.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size by Value - USD million)

    1. 5.1 Application

      1. 5.1.1 Detection

        1. RADARs

        2. Other Sensors

      2. 5.1.2 Jamming and Disruption

    2. 5.2 Vertical

      1. 5.2.1 Defense

      2. 5.2.2 Airports

      3. 5.2.3 Other Critical Infrastructures

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

        2. Germany

        3. France

        4. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 Latin America

        1. Mexico

        2. Brazil

        3. Rest of Latin America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. United Arab Emirates

        3. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 Drone Defence

      2. 6.2.2 DeTect Inc.

      3. 6.2.3 Zen Technologies Limited

      4. 6.2.4 DroneShield Ltd

      5. 6.2.5 METIS Aerospace Ltd

      6. 6.2.6 QinetiQ Group PLC

      7. 6.2.7 Thales Group

      8. 6.2.8 Lockheed Martin Corporation

      9. 6.2.9 SRC Inc.

      10. 6.2.10 Dedrone

      11. 6.2.11 SAAB AB

      12. 6.2.12 Raytheon Technologies Corporation

      13. 6.2.13 Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd.

      14. 6.2.14 Citadel Defense

      15. 6.2.15 Robin Radar Systems


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Anti-Drone Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Anti-Drone Market is growing at a CAGR of 31% over the next 5 years.

The Anti-Drone Market is valued at 914 Million USD in 2018.

The Anti-Drone Market is valued at 3527 Million USD in 2026.

Latin America is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2020.

Lockheed Martin Corporation, Raytheon Technologies Corporation, Thales Group, QinetiQ Group PLC , SAAB AB are the major companies operating in Anti-Drone Market.

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