Asia-Pacific Unmanned Systems Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Asia-Pacific Unmanned Systems Market has been segmented by Type (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Unmanned Ground Vehicles, and Unmanned Sea Systems), Application (Civil, Commercial and Law Enforcement, Military), and Geography. The report offers market size and forecast for Asia-Pacific Unmanned Systems Market in value (in USD million) for all the above segments.

Market Snapshot

asia-pacific unmanned systems market overview
Study Period: 2018-2027
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: >8 %

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Market Overview

The Asia-Pacific Unmanned Systems Market is expected to register a CAGR of more than 8% during the forecast period (2022-2027).

The military sector of the unmanned systems market was unaffected due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as the investments into the development and deployment of unmanned systems remained unaffected. In the commercial sector, the number of applications in which unmanned systems are deployed has increased even during the pandemic, which is driving the demand for the market.

The ongoing border issues and geopolitical tensions between the neighboring countries in the Asia-Pacific region have led to a rapid increase in military spending of the countries in the region. The increasing spending has led to investments in developing and introducing advanced unmanned systems fleet. This is expected to propel the market growth during the forecast period.

With the changing regulations for the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in the countries, various companies are introducing and expanding their new drone services. This is expected to generate demand for procurement of new UAVs in the coming years.

The growing emphasis on indigenous manufacturing in countries like China, India, and South Korea, among others has led to increase in share of local players with their significant investments towards the introduction new unmanned systems.

Scope of the Report

The unmanned systems market includes the procurement of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV or UAS), unmanned ground vehicles (UGV), and unmanned sea systems (surface (USV) and underwater (UUV)) used for commercial, military, and law enforcement applications. The market is segmented by type into unmanned aerial vehicles, unmanned ground vehicles, and unmanned sea systems. The market is also segmented based on civil and law enforcement, and military. The report also covers the market sizes and forecasts for the market in major countries in the Asia-Pacific region. The market sizing and forecasts have been provided in value (USD million).

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Unmanned Ground Vehicles
Unmanned Sea Systems
Civil, Commercial and Law Enforcement
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific

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Key Market Trends

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) Segment held the Largest Share in 2021

The unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) segmented accounted for the largest share of the market in 2021. This is primarily due to the growing investments of armed forces of the countries in Asia-Pacific regions towards the procurement of UAVs for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions, and combat applications. The countries are indigenously manufacturing new and advanced UAVs to cater to the local requirements. India is currently working on the development of Ghatak, an autonomous stealthy unmanned combat drone that is being developed by the Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation for the Indian Air Force. The first flight was planned to be completed in 2021, and a full-scale prototype is expected in 2024-2025. Similarly, in January 2021, Japan’s Defense Ministry announced that a consortium of Japanese companies began the manufacturing of unmanned, remote-controlled fighter aircraft. The unmanned combat drones plan to introduce fighter drones in three stages and introduce fully autonomous drones by 2035. The ministry plans to invest USD 24.3 million in the development of remote and flight control technology and another USD 1.84 million in AI technology for unmanned drones. Subaru, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, and Mitsubishi Electric are currently working on the technology for the unmanned fighter. Such planned investments into development and introduction of UAVs are expected to boost the growth of segment.

asia-pacific unmanned systems market segmentation

China Accounted for Largest Market Share in 2021

China currently dominates the market and is expected to continue its dominance over the market during the forecast period. This is due to the rapid investment of the country towards frontier technologies in unmanned warfare for land, air, and sea applications. The country introduced several advanced UAVs over the past decade with several new models for the armed forces. Some of the new UAVs introduced by the country in 2021 are the GJ-11 prototype, WZ-7, and WZ-8. Due to the ongoing tension with India, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) is expanding its UAV network in the Line of Actual Control (LAC) for intelligence, surveillance, and target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) capabilities and logistics support. Also, in July 2021, the country developed a new UUV powered by artificial intelligence (AI) to identify and track submerged targets autonomously. Recently in January 2022, the PLA Army introduced a new Dragon & Horse II 8x8 UGV for ammunition carrying applications. Similarly, China has been the global hub for drone industry manufacturing in the commercial sector over the past six years. China supports about 70% of the world’s civilian drone market. The growing application areas of drones are simultaneously propelling the demand for these UAVs in China. Also, the maritime exploration, Shanghai University developed new USVs that can navigate autonomously to map the country’s marine map. The USVs can navigate currents and avoid obstacles like icebergs, naval vessels, and reefs. Such robust growth in deployment of unmanned systems in commercial and military sectors is expected to propel the growth of the market in the country during the forecast period..

asia-pacific unmanned systems market geography

Competitive Landscape

The market of Asia-Pacific unmanned systems is fragmented, due to the presence of several players that provide unmanned systems for commercial and military applications. Some of the prominent players in the Asia-Pacific unmanned systems market are Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd, Elbit Systems Ltd, Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), and DJI. The international players are also gradually expanding their presence in the market due to partnerships and agreements due to their brand value. For instance, in June 2021, Huntington Ingalls Industries received the first international order from the Royal New Zealand Navy for four REMUS 300 unmanned underwater vehicles. The delivery of the UUVs was scheduled to begin by 2022. In addition to the presence of the international players, the domestic companies also have a significant share in the market. The domestic companies are partnering with the local governments to introduce new and advanced unmanned systems into service to support land, airborne and maritime missions. On this note, in December 2021, Korean Air signed an agreement with the Korea Research Institute for Defense Technology Planning and Advancement (KRIT) for the research and develop technology for stealth UAVs. The agreement is expected to run through 2025 and Korean Air will work on application of high-performance low-observable technology for next-generation UAVs. Such investments are anticipated to make the market more competitive in the coming years.

Recent Development

In May 2022, Rakuten entered into a partnership with Panasonic Holdings Corporation and Seiyu, a Japanese grocery chain to provide UGV-powered deliveries in Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture. Seiyu plans to convey grocery orders to about 1,000 households in the region using an X-Area Robo automated delivery robot, which is developed by Panasonic Holdings Corporation.

In December 2021, South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) authorized a plan to indigenously develop a reconnaissance and surveillance unmanned aerial vehicle to safeguard the country’s northwestern border islands. The DAPA plans to invest USD 479 million (KRW 570 billion) and is expected to be deployed onboard its Navy and by Marine Corps forces. The drone is expected to enter service in 2031.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    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 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size and Forecast by Value - USD million, 2018 - 2027)

    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

      2. 5.1.2 Unmanned Ground Vehicles

      3. 5.1.3 Unmanned Sea Systems

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Civil, Commercial and Law Enforcement

      2. 5.2.2 Military

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 China

      2. 5.3.2 India

      3. 5.3.3 Japan

      4. 5.3.4 South Korea

      5. 5.3.5 Australia

      6. 5.3.6 Rest of Asia-Pacific


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 The Boeing Company

      2. 6.1.2 Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd

      3. 6.1.3 Elbit Systems Ltd

      4. 6.1.4 AeroVironment Inc.

      5. 6.1.5 DJI

      6. 6.1.6 Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)

      7. 6.1.7 Hanwha Defense

      8. 6.1.8 Milrem AS

      9. 6.1.9 Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd

      10. 6.1.10 General Atomics

      11. 6.1.11 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Asia-Pacific Unmanned Systems Market market is studied from 2018 - 2027.

The Asia-Pacific Unmanned Systems Market is growing at a CAGR of >8% over the next 5 years.

Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd, Elbit Systems Ltd, Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), DJI are the major companies operating in Asia-Pacific Unmanned Systems Market.

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