Today, the nature of warfare has changed drastically and technology has played an important part in shaping warfare tactics. The threats faced by militaries are uncertain, with populated places often being the battlefields, and enemies tactically innovative, highly networked, and intelligent. This overpowers the superiority an army may have in terms of conventional warfare capabilities. However, technological advancements have given many countries an upper hand in terms of capabilities to counter enemy attacks in an efficient and effective manner. One such advancement has been in the field of military robotics. Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) is one of the major applications where military satellites are used. UAVs, UGVs, USVs, ROVs, AUVs, and others are extensively used in the ISR application. Small UAVs are being used in the military sector to provide important battlefield intelligence. Armed forces across the globe no longer rely completely on human soldiers and are instead using small robots that can remain almost invisible to the enemy. The robots used for such operations monitor enemy forces or specific areas and send images and videos to the ground station with the assistance of GPS. UAVs are used for ISR operations to record potential target information which is difficult to detect.
Increasing spending will support the military robot market growth during the forecast period, a significant amount will be transferred towards the advancement in this technology. The current US government’s fiscal year 2018 budget request contains USD 6.97 billion for procurement, R&D, and system-specific military construction for all robotics technologies. Only in the US, the spending on unmanned ground systems and unmanned maritime systems would register about 70% and 65% funding growth respectively and the spending on unmanned aerial systems would increase about 11% in 2018 compared to 2017. Of the total US military spending, almost half of the spending is anticipated to be invested in various robotic technologies. The US, Russia, China, India, Israel and few countries in Europe have all entered into the race to develop advanced robot soldiers, and AI-based unmanned ground, sea and airborne vehicles which have resulted in an increase in military spending over the past few years. For instance, as of June 2018, WASP, a lightweight, robust, low altitude remote-controlled Unmanned Aerial System is used by the US for surveillance and reconnaissance and is manufactured by AeroVironment, Inc. and the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Other than ISR missions, these advanced robots are being used for search and rescue operations, combat support, mine clearance, firefighting and to disarm traps, fireworks, improvised explosive devices, and other dangerous objects in closed areas, buildings, and vehicles.
The military robot market can be segmented based on the platform into land, marine and airborne. The land military robot segment currently dominates the market in terms of revenue. This segment is followed by the airborne segment. Based on geography, North America dominates the market in 2017 mainly due to the US. However, Asia-Pacific is expected to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period.
The market for the military robot is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of more than 10% during the forecast period (2018 – 2023). The factors that are driving the growth of the market are growing military expenditure on autonomous systems, increasing adoption of UAVs and UGVs, and improvement in ISR and target acquisition through utilization of robots.
Source: Mordor Intelligence Analysis
Source: Mordor Intelligence Analysis
Northrop Grumman Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Endeavor Robotics, General Dynamics Corporation, and Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. among others.
Apr 2018: AeroVironment, Inc. announced that the United States Army selected the Company and six other suppliers for small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) sustainment under a five-year Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract. The seven companies will compete for LRRS and MRM UAS, Tactical Open Architecture Controller system and spare and repair parts procurement task orders over the duration of the contract. The maximum value of the contract is USD 248 million over five years.
Aug 2017: Israel’s Meteor Aerospace Ltd. unveiled RAMBOW, its latest unmanned ground vehicle, at the Autonomous Unmanned Systems and Robotics (AUS&R) 2017 Air Show in Rishon Lezion. The vehicle is capable to carry a total payload of 1 ton and provides the operator with live video of its surroundings.
Base Year for Estimation
2018 – 2023
Revenue in USD billion and CAGR from 2018 – 2023
North America, South America, Middle East & Africa, Asia Pacific and Europe
Revenue forecast, market share analysis, and market dynamics
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1.1 Scope of 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 Market 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. Military Robot Market, Segmented by Platform
6. Military Robot Market, Segmented by Mode of Operation
6.1 Human Operated
7. Global Market Analysis
7.1 North America
7.1.3 Rest of North America
7.2.4 United Kingdom
7.2.5 Rest of Europe
7.3 Asia Pacific
7.3.5 Rest of Asia Pacific
7.4 South America
7.4.2 Rest of South America
7.5 Middle East & Africa
7.5.2 Saudi Arabia
7.5.4 Rest of Middle East & Africa
8. Competitive Landscape
8.2 Market Share Analysis
9. Company Profiles
9.1 Northrop Grumman Corporation
9.2 Lockheed Martin Corporation
9.3 QinetiQ Group plc
9.4 Endeavor Robotics
9.5 Cobham plc
9.6 General Dynamics Corporation
9.7 Elbit Systems Ltd
9.8 Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd.
9.9 AeroVironment, Inc.
9.10 Thales SA
9.11 BAE Systems plc
9.12 Saab AB
9.13 Boston Dynamics
10. Future Market Outlook