Military Robots Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2031)

The Military Robots Market is segmented by Platform (Land, Marine, and Airborne), Mode of Operation (Human Operated and Autonomous), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Middle-East and Africa). The report offers market size and forecasts for all the above segments in value (USD billion).

Market Snapshot

Military Robots Market Size
Study Period: 2018-2031
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia-Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: >7 %
Military Robots Market Major Players

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Market Overview

The military robots market is projected to witness a CAGR of over 7% during the forecast period (2022 - 2031).

Since the demand for military robots is a direct proponent of the ongoing procurement and upgrade of the fielded armada of aerial, terrestrial, and naval platforms, it is significantly affected by the sanctioned annual defense budget of the nations. The COVID-19 pandemic had a moderate impact on the market in focus due to disruption in the defense supply chains and production outputs in 2020. However, the market has improved since then due to the streamlining of the supply chain activities, helping the growth of the military robots market.

The changing texture of warfare and the price placed on war casualties have favored robot deployments in modern wars. Casualties in the past wars have raised concern and resulted in most governments investing in new unmanned systems to maintain a fleet of UAVs, UUVs, and UGVs for critical missions.

Countries are collaborating on advanced technologies in robotics to develop new vehicles that can overcome the challenges and support the ground troops for future warfare. Additionally, the major players in the industry are supported by government bodies that make substantial investments, which enables them to spend more on R&D, allowing the companies to innovate continuously and introduce more efficient and advanced technologies.

Scope of the Report

Military robots are autonomous or remote-controlled systems designed for various military applications. The military robots contribute to the defensive superiority of the forces. They can augment human capabilities, protect soldiers from danger, or eliminate the necessity to deploy soldiers completely while also safely responding to threats of all kinds, including natural disasters.

The market is segmented in terms of the platform into land, marine, and airborne. The market is also segmented by mode of operation to human-operated and autonomous. The report also covers major countries' market sizes and forecasts across different regions. The market sizing and forecasts have been provided in value (USD billion).

Mode of Operation
Human Operated
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

Land Segment Anticipated to Generate Highest Growth During the Forecast Period

The land segment is expected to grow with the highest CAGR during the forecast period. The land forces are deploying sophisticated military robots in situations and areas deemed too dangerous and can easily result in the death or capability restriction of the deployed troops. Several countries are either testing the current feasibility of robotics in their land-based armed forces or envisioning to deploy them on a large scale in the future. Under the Man Transportable Robotic System Increment II (MTRS Inc II), the US Army is acquiring unmanned ground vehicles to support engineers, chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) soldiers, and special operations forces. The new UGVs are replacing the aging non-standard fleet of robots for locating, identifying, and clearing landmines, unexploded ordnance, and improvised explosive devices, which may enhance the maneuverability and survivability of the military personnel.

Similarly, Russia created its first unit of strike robots, and it has plans to integrate a variety of robots and exoskeletons. In April 2021, the Russian Defense Ministry announced the creation of a separate unit of military robots comprising five Uran-9 robotic systems. Manufactured by Kalashnikov Concern, the Uran-9 is a tracked unmanned combat ground vehicle designed to assist combat, reconnaissance, counter-terrorism units, and fire support. The 12-ton robot is integrated with Ataka guided weapons, anti-tank missiles, Shmel-M rocket launchers, 30mm 2A72 automatic cannon, and a 7.62mm machine gun. Such countries' plans to adopt robots are expected to drive the growth prospects of the land segment of the market studied.

Military Robots Market Trends

Asia-Pacific Region likely to Witness Highest Growth During the Forecast Period

The major countries in the region like China, India, and Japan, among others, have been rapidly increasing their defense spending in the past few years. Out of the total defense spending, the countries have significantly invested in developing and deploying unmanned systems into the armed forces that can enhance their combat and surveillance capabilities. For instance, South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced the successful completion of the exploratory development phase for the 6×6 Unmanned Surveillance Vehicle in April 2021. After completing the exploratory development phase, the agency is expected to begin the full-scale development of the strike-capable platform in the coming years. On the other hand, in 2021, the Indian Army carried out a drone swarm technology demonstration with 75 locally designed and developed drones buzzing in the skies and simulating a raft of missions, including offensive operations. A similar trend of local manufacturing is observed in other countries of the Asia-Pacific region. In January 2022, China introduced a quadruped robot to assist the military in logistics and reconnaissance missions. The country claims that it is the world’s largest electrically-powered robot. The four-legged robot can reportedly carry up to 352 pounds (160 kilograms) of payload and run at six miles (10 kilometers) per hour. The escalating border tensions between various neighboring countries of the Asia-Pacific region are anticipated to accelerate the growth of the military robotics market during the forecast period.

Military Robots Market Analysis

Competitive Landscape

The market for military robots is fragmented due to the presence of multiple established military OEMs and technology firms. Some prominent players in the military robots market include Lockheed Martin Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Thales Group, Elbit Systems Ltd, and BAE Systems PLC. There are many local players in the market, such as Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Baykar, and Milrem AS, among others. The small players funded by the government are expected to play a key role in developing and maturing the robotics technology over the next decade, while the military forces test and experience the technology’s challenges, risks, and benefits and settle on key expectations and technological necessities for their equipment. Next-generation military equipment and platforms being developed by players are being observed keenly on their progress and technology development. They are expected to gain popularity and customer interest in the years to come.

Recent Developments

  • In December 2021, General Atomics unveiled a new drone called the Mojave that can carry 16 Hellfire missiles and take off from a dirt road or even an aircraft carrier. The wings and landing gear changes allow Mojave to take off from a much shorter runway. A 450-horsepower turboprop engine powers the drone.
  • In September 2021, the Israeli state-owned company Israel Aerospace Industries introduced the REX MKI robot. The remote-controlled armed four-wheel-drive robot can patrol battle zones, track infiltrators and open fire. It is operated by an electronic tablet and can be equipped with two machine guns, cameras, and sensors.
  • In June 2021, General Dynamics Mission Systems was awarded a contract from the US Navy to retrofit five Block 0 Knifefish SMCM UUV systems, which comprise 10 Knifefish SMCM vehicles. The contract was worth USD 72.8 million. The retrofit requirement is expected to enhance Knifefish operations at larger depths, provide more precise localization and identify complex target environments.
  • In March 2021, Elbit Systems Ltd received a contract worth about USD 300 million from an undisclosed country in the Asia region to provide Hermes 900 Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). According to the contract, the company will provide Hermes 900 UAS and related equipment and maintenance and support services. The contract is scheduled to be performed over five years.
  • In March 2021, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) signed a Memorandum of Understandings (MOU) for collaboration in the development of unmanned Loitering Munitions systems for the Republic of Korea (ROK) military forces.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of Study

    3. 1.3 Currency Conversion Rates for USD



    1. 3.1 Market Size and Forecast, Global, 2018 - 2031

    2. 3.2 Market Share by Platform, 2021

    3. 3.3 Market Share by Mode of Operation, 2021

    4. 3.4 Market Share by Geography, 2021

    5. 3.5 Structure of the Market and Key Participants


    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 and Forecast by Value - USD billion, 2018 - 2031)

    1. 5.1 Platform

      1. 5.1.1 Land

      2. 5.1.2 Marine

      3. 5.1.3 Airborne

    2. 5.2 Mode of Operation

      1. 5.2.1 Human Operated

      2. 5.2.2 Autonomous

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

          1. Platform

        2. Canada

          1. Platform

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

          1. Platform

        2. France

          1. Platform

        3. Germany

          1. Platform

        4. Russia

          1. Platform

        5. Rest of Europe

          1. Platform

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

          1. Platform

        2. India

          1. Platform

        3. Japan

          1. Platform

        4. South Korea

          1. Platform

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

          1. Platform

      4. 5.3.4 Latin America

        1. Brazil

          1. Platform

        2. Rest of Latin America

          1. Platform

      5. 5.3.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

          1. Platform

        2. United Arab Emirates

          1. Platform

        3. Israel

          1. Platform

        4. Turkey

          1. Platform

        5. Rest of Middle-East and Africa

          1. Platform


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 Northrop Grumman Corporation

      2. 6.2.2 Lockheed Martin Corporation

      3. 6.2.3 General Dynamics Corporation

      4. 6.2.4 AeroVironment Inc.

      5. 6.2.5 Teledyne FLIR LLC

      6. 6.2.6 QinetiQ Group PLC

      7. 6.2.7 Cobham Ltd

      8. 6.2.8 Elbit Systems Ltd

      9. 6.2.9 Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI)

      10. 6.2.10 Thales Group

      11. 6.2.11 BAE Systems PLC

      12. 6.2.12 Saab AB

      13. 6.2.13 Aeronautics Ltd

      14. 6.2.14 BAYKAR

      15. 6.2.15 Textron Inc.


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Military Robots Market market is studied from 2018 - 2031.

The Military Robots Market is growing at a CAGR of >7% over the next 5 years.

Asia-Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2021.

Elbit Systems Ltd, BAE Systems plc, Thales Group, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corporation are the major companies operating in Military Robots Market.

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