Anti-drone Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Anti-drone Market is Segmented by Application (Detection Only and Detection and Disruption), Vertical (Military and Homeland Security), 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 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: North America
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: >17 %

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Market Overview

The Anti-drone market is estimated to reach about USD 1 billion in 2026, and it is expected to register a CAGR of more than 17% 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 1981 billion in 2020. Nevertheless, defense spending may come down 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

Anti-drone or counter-drone technology refers to systems used to detect, track, and destroy unmanned aerial vehicles. The anti-drone market is segmented by application into detection only and detection and countermeasures. By vertical, the market is segmented into military and homeland security. 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).

By Application
Detection Only
Detection and Disruption
Kinetic Energy Systems
Directed Energy Systems
By Vertical
Homeland Security
By Geography
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Asia Pacific
South Korea
Rest of Asia Pacific
Latin America
Rest of Latin America
Middle-East and Africa
Saudi Arabia
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 primarily due to increased demand for anti-drone systems by global armed forces. UAVs are increasingly being used to spy on military infrastructure and borders. They are also being used to attack military bases by adversaries and insurgent groups. For instance, drone attacks on US forces in Iraq have been rapidly increasing over the years. In the first half of 2021, there are about 45 attacks on US forces in Iraq, and around seven of them have involved drones. In June 2021, a bomb-laden drone attacked US forces at a base near Baghdad International Airport. Such incidents are expected to force the militaries to deploy counter-UAS systems near military installations. Likewise, drones are also posing threats to border security and can be used as means of intelligence gathering by adversaries. Hence, several armed forces are now focusing on enhancing their counter-drone capabilities. For instance, in December 2019, Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace received a contract to provide a counter unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) solution to the German Armed Forces. Kongsberg may supply a C-UAS based on the Protector Remote Weapon Station. 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, is expected 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 exhibit the highest growth rate during the forecast period. This is primarily due to the procurement of counter-drone systems by the US DoD. In the past few years, the US government has been increasing investment in the counter-drone program. In July 2020, the army announced that it was awarding DRS Sustainment Systems USD 190 million to develop, produce, and deploy the Mobile-Low, Slow, Small Unmanned Aircraft System Integrated Defeat System (M-LIDS). Additionally, at the start of 2019, the US Army also awarded a USD 108 million contract to SRC Inc. of Cicero to develop mobile systems that counter small, slow, and low-flying drones. In 2019, the defense secretary delegated the army to lead an effort to reduce redundancy in the development and fielding of various C-sUAS solutions by the services. Following the assessment, the Defense Department may be narrowing the number of different counter-small unmanned aircraft system solutions deployed by the joint force from about 40 to eight. This move is expected to reduce redundancy and enhance the focus on the existing systems. 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. Several trial tests were formed in the past three years. With the advancement in technology, counter-drone systems may be procured in large numbers by the US-based end users to protect 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.

Anti-drone Market_Geography

Competitive Landscape

Some of the prominent players in the anti-drone market are Leonardo SpA, SRC Inc., Lockheed Martin Corporation, Thales Group, and Raytheon Technologies Corporation. 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. 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. In 2019, Citadel Defense officially launched its counter-drone solution, Titan. Titan provides the user real-time information, helps identify and classify an approaching UAV or swarm, and selectively applies countermeasures to induce the UAV to land or return to its home base. Likewise, in February 2021, Rosoboronexport unveiled an integrated counter UAV system combining multiple devices. The package of capabilities includes UAV jamming systems, Repellent-Patrol EW system, Kupol, and Rubezh-Avtomatika radio surveillance and protection systems, Pishchal electromagnetic gun, and short-range air defense systems, among others. 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 Industry Attractiveness - 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 By Application

      1. 5.1.1 Detection Only

      2. 5.1.2 Detection and Disruption

        1. Kinetic Energy Systems

        2. Directed Energy Systems

    2. 5.2 By Vertical

      1. 5.2.1 Military

      2. 5.2.2 Homeland Security

    3. 5.3 By Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

        2. France

        3. Germany

        4. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. South Korea

        4. Rest of Asia Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 Latin America

        1. Brazil

        2. Rest of Latin America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. Turkey

        3. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 QinetiQ

      2. 6.2.2 Leonardo SpA

      3. 6.2.3 DroneShield

      4. 6.2.4 Thales Group

      5. 6.2.5 Lockheed Martin Corporation

      6. 6.2.6 Citadel Defense

      7. 6.2.7 Raytheon Technologies Corporation

      8. 6.2.8 Blighter Surveillance Systems Ltd

      9. 6.2.9 Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd

      10. 6.2.10 SRC Inc.

      11. 6.2.11 Dedrone

      12. 6.2.12 Liteye Systems Inc.

      13. 6.2.13 Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd


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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 >17% over the next 5 years.

North 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, Leonardo SpA, SRC Inc. are the major companies operating in Anti Drone Market.

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