Increasing Usage by Law Enforcement Agencies
Law enforcement agencies around the world have been striving to become organizations where the mortality rates of both the perpetrator and protector are low.
Europe witnessed a surge in crime and terrorist-related activities, where the danger to the lives of law enforcement personnel is immense. To make law enforcement more efficient, European nations are taking various steps to augment their forces. One-fourth of the British law enforcement agencies are actively making plans to put Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to regular use. The authorities have already completed trials in Sussex and Surrey, and the consensus among agencies is that small UAVs can be a useful tool for police work. Since the United Kingdom is one of the biggest markets for small UAVs in Europe, this development is a very positive sign for the small UAV market.
In other nations also, particularly Germany, France, and Belgium, which have been affected by the recent upsurge in terrorism, there has been a significant rise in interest from police agencies for the use of small UAVs. A case in point is the German UAV manufacturer AirRobot, which has seen a substantial upsurge in demand and interest from law enforcement agencies for its range of surveillance drones. RAID, the elite counter-terrorism unit of the French National Police, has signed an agreement with Aera Access to produce anti-terrorism drones, which can be fitted with a weapons payload of up to 2kg. The Belgian National Police has started to employ the services of small UAVs to patrol the Limburg area in Eastern Belgium.
There has been intense public opposition to the increasing militarization of the law enforcement agencies worldwide. The agencies are increasingly sporting military equipment on the homeland and using this equipment against the citizens. Use of small UAVs by these agencies and other departments has specifically caused much anger amongst the public.
A case in point is an incident in the United Kingdom, where UAVs were spotted hovering over playgrounds in Liverpool. This incident caused grave concern among the residents of the area. There is a common concern among the public that UAVs are used to spy on them. The extensive use of drones over the homeland requires broad legislation and lobbying. Cases involving weak civilian support make these programs unsuccessful despite their comprehensive benefits.
Public sentiment against the use of drones remains one of the most severe limitations against the growth of the small UAV market. Public feeling against the use of drones in the homeland is more severe in North America than in Europe. The recent change in the security situation of the continent enabled the public to give law enforcement agencies more support for the use of drones. However, the use of drones by public and private authorities, apart from law enforcement agencies, is still opposed by the public, which remains a challenge for small UAV market and needs constant public relation and confidence-building activities.
Key Developments in the Market:
- June 2017: Thales SA announced that it has developed a miniaturized tactical data link specifically adapted to unmanned air vehicles. Starting from 2018, the company shall start supplying the French armed forces with 70 mini-UAVs.
- September 2017: Lockheed Martin has unveiled their new canister-launched small UAV at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI). The UAV, known as Outrider, is launched from submarines, helicopters, ground vehicles, and by dismounted personnel.
Major Players: Thales Group, Boeing Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corporation, BAE Systems, Aeronautics Limited, Finmeccanica, and Microdrones GmbH, among others.
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1.1 Scope of the Study
1.2 Market Definition
1.3 Executive Summary
2. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
2.1 Study Deliverables
2.2 Study Assumptions
2.3 Research Phases
3. MARKET INSIGHTS
3.1 Current Market Scenario
3.2 Technology Trends
3.3 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis
3.3.1 Bargaining Power of the Suppliers
3.3.2 bargaining Power of the Consumers
3.3 .3 Threat of New Entrants
3.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services
3.3.5 Competitive Rivalry within the Industry
4. Market Dynamics
5. Europe Small UAV Market, Segmented by Type
5.1 Light Fixed Wing Small UAV
5.2 Heavy Fixed Wing Small UAV
5.3 Multi Rotor VTOL Small UAV
5.4 Single Rotor VTOL Small UAV
5.5 Nano UAV
6. Europe Small UAV Market, Segmented by Application
6.1 Civil and Commercial
6.3 Law Enforcement
7. Europe Small UAV Market, Segmented by Propulsion System
7.1 Hyderogen Cell
8. Europe Small UAV market, Segmented by Geography
8.1.6 Rest of Europe
9. Competitive Landscape
9.2 Market Structure & Analysis
10. Company Profiles
10.1 Thales SA
10.2 BAE Systems
10.3 Boeing Corporation
10.4 Lockheed Martin Corporation
10.5 Aeronautics Limited
10.6 Airbus Group
10.7 Elbit Systems
10.9 Microdrones GMBH
10.10 Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI)
10.11 UAS Europe
10.12 Delair Tech
11. Outlook of the Market