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

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

Market Snapshot

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Study Period: 2018-2027
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: >6 %
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Market Overview

The North America Unmanned Systems Market is expected to register a CAGR of more than 6% during the forecast period (2022-2027).

The impact of COVID-19 on the unmanned systems market in the military sector was negligible as the demand for investments in their development and procurement remained unaffected. In the commercial sector, the demand for unmanned systems in some of the applications witnessed a significant decrease. Nevertheless, as the lockdown measures were removed and the commercial activity resumed, the demand for these systems began to recover in 2021.

The ongoing geopolitical tensions of the United States with China and Russia have led to a robust increase in the investments towards the development and deployment of unmanned systems for combat and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions in the past few years. Such investments are majorly driving the demand for unmanned systems market during the forecast period.

In the commercial sector, the increasing use of unmanned sea systems for underwater sea exploration, UGVs for agriculture, firefighting and urban search and rescue as well as UAVs for recreational applications and disaster relief is expected to generate demand for growth of the market.

The governments and companies are collaborating for integration of advanced technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning into the unmanned systems for increasing their autonomous capabilities.

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 and underwater) 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 application into civil and law enforcement, and military. The report also covers the market sizes and forecasts for the market in major countries in the North America region. The market sizing and forecasts have been provided in value (USD million).

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Unmanned Ground Vehicles
Unmanned Sea Systems
Civil and Law Enforcement
United States

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Key Market Trends

The Unmanned Sea Systems Segment will Exhibit Highest Growth during the Forecast Period

The unmanned sea systems segment is expected to witness the highest growth during the forecast period. This is primarily due to the rapid increase in investments of the armed forces towards the expansion of unmanned surface vehicles and unmanned underwater vehicles. In the FY2022 defense budget, the US Department of Defense (DoD) requested funding of USD 203 million for continuing the procurement of large Unmanned Surface Vessels (USV) to enhance the combat effectiveness of the naval forces of the country. The US Navy is working on the deployment of new squadrons of unmanned underwater and surface vehicles. The navy is currently deploying and testing the prototypes of small UUVs, medium UUVs, and large UUVs ahead of the delivery of fleet USVs and UUVs. Boeing’s Echo Voyager, Knifefish UUVs REMUS 300 UUVs, and Razorback UUVs, among others, are some of the in-service unmanned sea systems. Further, in May 2021, the US Navy ordered two additional REMUS 300 UUVs to Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII). The REMUS 300 UUVs are small UUVs that support military and commercial applications, such as mine countermeasures and search and recovery. Similarly, The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) operates a fleet of small UUVs, which are deployed for various purposes including routine and contingency area searches, seabed imaging, and water column investigation, among others. Such investments by the government to increase the fleet of unmanned sea systems are anticipated to accelerate the growth of the market.

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United States Accounted for Highest Share in the Market in 2021

The United States currently dominates the market and is expected to continue its dominance over the market during the forecast period. This is primarily due to the investments of the Department of Defense towards the deployment of advanced unmanned systems as well as gradual use of unmanned systems in the commercial sectors. The government initiated several military programs for the acquisition of unmanned systems to support the dismounted soldiers. Under the Soldier Borne Sensor (SBS) program, the US Army has been robustly acquiring FLIR Black Hornet 3 Personal Reconnaissance Systems (PRS) to provide platoon- and small unit level surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities for military personnel. As of May 2022, the US Army placed an order for approximately USD 115 million for the procurement of nano UAVs in late 2018. Similarly, under the Man Transportable Robotic System Increment II (MTRS Inc II), the US Army acquired over 1,300 UGVs to support 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. Under the MTRS Inc II has been acquiring Centaur unmanned ground vehicles since 2017. Such initiatives of the government are support the growth of the market. Furthermore, the increasing use of unmanned systems for commercial application is propelling the market growth. Recently in May 2022, Walmart announced its plan to expand its drone delivery network across six states such as Arkansas, Arizona, Texas, Florida, Utah and Virginia in the United States. The drone deliveries will be carried under partnership with drone operator, DroneUp. Such developments are expected to accelerate the growth of the market in the country.

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Competitive Landscape

The market of North America unmanned systems is slightly fragmented, due to the presence of several players that provide unmanned systems for military, law enforcement, and commercial applications. Some of the prominent players in the North America unmanned systems market are The Boeing Company, Elbit Systems Ltd, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Teledyne Technologies Incorporated, and AeroVironment Inc. To expand their share in the market, the companies are robustly investing in research and development of new unmanned systems with advanced capabilities. For instance, in June 2022, Teledyne FLIR Defense unveiled the Kobra 725 modular UGV with new capabilities and upgrades compared to its predecessor the Kobra 710. The new UGV is integrated with new technologies such as AES-256 encryption, field-swappable radio modules, full-HD cameras, and wide-angle visual/thermal mobility cameras, which is suitable for military applications like Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)/counter-vehicle-borne IED missions, weapon integration, remote CBRN detection, and reconnaissance, among others. In addition to the development of unmanned systems, the companies are also expanding their production capacities to cater to requirements of the armed forces. On this note, Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) is plans to invest USD 50 million in construct a new Unmanned Systems Center for Excellence with an area of 135,000 square feet. The new facility is capable of supporting large-scale unmanned systems prototyping, production, and testing. Such investments are anticipated to increase the presence of the companies in the market in the coming years.

Recent Development

In June 2022, Amazon announced its plan to launch Prime Air drone deliveries to the customers in Lockeford, California by the end of 2022. The company is working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and local authorities in Lockeford to receive the approvals for conducting drone deliveries.

In May 2022, the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command selected RJE Oceanbotics to deliver its SRV-8 ROV (remotely operated vehicle) to support of their underwater operations.

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 and Law Enforcement

      2. 5.2.2 Military

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 United States

      2. 5.3.2 Canada


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 The Boeing Company

      2. 6.1.2 Elbit Systems Ltd

      3. 6.1.3 Lockheed Martin Corporation

      4. 6.1.4 Northrop Grumman Corporation

      5. 6.1.5 L3Harris Technologies Inc.

      6. 6.1.6 General Dynamics Corporation

      7. 6.1.7 AeroVironment Inc.

      8. 6.1.8 Teledyne Technologies Incorporated

      9. 6.1.9 Drone Delivery Canada

      10. 6.1.10 DJI


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Frequently Asked Questions

The North America Unmanned Systems Market market is studied from 2018 - 2027.

The North America Unmanned Systems Market is growing at a CAGR of >6% over the next 5 years.

The Boeing Company, Elbit Systems Ltd, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Teledyne Technologies Incorporated , AeroVironment Inc. are the major companies operating in North America Unmanned Systems Market.

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