Search & Rescue Robots Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The Search and Rescue Robots Market Report is Segmented by Platform Type (Ground, Marine, and Aerial), Operation (Autonomous and Remotely Operated), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Rest of the World). The Report Offers Market Size and Forecast for all the Above Segments in Value (USD).

Search & Rescue Robots Market Size

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Study Period 2019-2029
Market Size (2024) USD 30.74 Billion
Market Size (2029) USD 61.27 Billion
CAGR (2024 - 2029) 14.79 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia Pacific
Largest Market North America

Major Players

Search & Rescue Robots Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Search & Rescue Robots Market Analysis

The Search And Rescue Robots Market size is estimated at USD 30.74 billion in 2024, and is expected to reach USD 61.27 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 14.79% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

  • Search and rescue robots are modern tools for rescuers to easily find the victims inside damaged buildings, collect disaster data, detect dangerous materials in hazardous situations, and provide first aid kits.
  • In the future, robots and drones for search and rescue may become cheaper, smaller, smarter, and more versatile. The inclusion of artificial intelligence in robotics makes it easier to automate the process of finding victims and sources of danger. Soon, robots may autonomously patrol the water or air without any human involvement.
  • The primary technology trends impacting the global market include substantial investments in robots, software, and components to innovate and develop new robust, agile drones that can be deployed in harsh conditions.

Search & Rescue Robots Market Trends

Autonomous Segment to Dominate Market Share during the Forecast Period

Autonomous search and rescue robots have the potential to improve the efficiency, safety, and speed of search and rescue operations. Robots for search and rescue are made to work in dangerous settings where it may not be safe or practical for people to go. Certain robots' ability to act autonomously, which frees them from direct human control in certain circumstances, can be valuable.

Robots used for search and rescue are outfitted with various sensors, including cameras, LiDAR, and ultrasonic sensors, which allow the robots to comprehend their surroundings and enable autonomous operation. They also have processing systems aboard that analyze sensor data and render judgments based on pre-programmed algorithms or machine learning models.

In January 2023, China initiated the development of a search and rescue robot system specifically tailored for the underground building environment. It has become a prevailing approach to employ rescue robots as a substitution for humans to address potential hazards such as fires and collapses within the underground building space. The integration of LiDAR, inertial measurement units, and multiview cameras is employed to generate a comprehensive 3D representation of the vast environment to tackle the challenge of rescuing individuals in unfamiliar situations. Such developments will drive the demand for autonomous search and rescue robots during the forecast period.

Search and Rescue Robot Market: Investments in Robotics by top 5 Countries, in USD Million, Global, 2022

Asia-Pacific is Projected to Witness Highest Growth During the Forecast Period

In terms of geography, Asia-Pacific is projected to grow at the fastest pace as the major countries in the region are increasing their investments in robotics and trying to become the hub of robotics in the world. As this sector is developing at a high rate in all economies in the region, there is vast potential for growth in the market studied.

China’s robotics industry has achieved significant progress, with revenue exceeding CNY 170 billion (USD 23.3 billion) in 2022. The country is working on the development of intelligent robots as part of the Made in China 2025 plan. The country has set some ambitious goals for transforming itself into a global powerhouse for robot manufacturing, including developing three to five globally competitive robot manufacturers, forming eight to ten industrial clusters, and achieving 45% of the domestic market share for China's high-end robots.

Similarly, in Japan, the Japanese government provided a robotics-related budget of more than USD 930.5 million in 2022, along with Japan's New Robot Strategy. It is designed to highlight Japan as the robot innovation hub in the world. The South Korean government also allocated USD 172.2 million in funding for the “2022 Implementation Plan for the Intelligent Robot.” Moreover, the country's Intelligent Robot Development and Supply Promotion Act promotes local production of key robotics components and robotic software.

Search and Rescue Robots Market: Market CAGR (%), By Region, Global, 2022

Search & Rescue Robots Industry Overview

The search and rescue robot market is semi-consolidated, with several major players accounting for significant shares and new startups entering the market. Some prominent companies in the search and rescue robot market are Thales, Kongsberg Gruppen ASA, Elbit System Ltd, Lockheed Martin Corporation, and Northrup Grumman Corporation.

Companies are investing heavily in R&D for the innovation of new and advanced products and technologies that may be used in different applications related to robots. Government-funded programs, such as those by the US Department of Defense and NASA, invest significantly in advancing robotic technology for various applications, including search and rescue. These initiatives drive R&D in the region, leading to the creation of state-of-the-art SAR robots.

Search & Rescue Robots Market Leaders

  1. Lockheed Marin Corporation

  2. Elbit System Ltd.

  3. Northrop Grumman Corporation

  4. Kongsberg Gruppen ASA


*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

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Search & Rescue Robots Market News

November 2023: Austal Australia announced a partnership with West Australian-based Greenroom Robotics. Greenroom Robotics will integrate its Uncrewed Surface Vessel (USV) control software, known as GAMA, into Sentinel (a decommissioned Armidale-class Patrol Boat) that will allow autonomous navigation, remote pilotage and control, mission planning, and operations for the Australian Navy.

May 2023: Squishy Robotics Inc., a US-based company that makes impact-resistant, customizable robots for public safety, military, and industrial uses, designed a spherical, skeletal robot using a multi-year, proof-of-concept ESI funding of USD 500,000 from NASA. These robots are designed to detect gas leaks and other hazards and can help first responders determine their approach to a disaster scene.

Search & Rescue Robots Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Drivers

    2. 4.2 Market Restraints

    3. 4.3 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.3.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 By Platform Type

      1. 5.1.1 Ground

      2. 5.1.2 Marine

      3. 5.1.3 Aerial

    2. 5.2 By Operation Type

      1. 5.2.1 Autonomous

      2. 5.2.2 Remotely Operated

    3. 5.3 By Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. India

        2. China

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 Rest of the World

        1. Brazil

        2. Mexico

        3. United Arab Emirates

        4. Other Countries


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 Hydronalix

      2. 6.2.2 Howe and Howe Technologies (Textron Inc.)

      3. 6.2.3 Kongsberg Gruppen ASA

      4. 6.2.4 Lockheed Marin Corporation

      5. 6.2.5 Saab AB

      6. 6.2.6 Elbit System Ltd

      7. 6.2.7 Northrup Grumman Corporation

      8. 6.2.8 Thales

      9. 6.2.9 Teledyne FLIR LLC

      10. 6.2.10 Boston Dynamics Inc.


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Search & Rescue Robots Industry Segmentation

Search and rescue robots are modern robots that help rescuers in various search and rescue operations. They aid in easily detecting dangerous materials, finding the victims inside damaged buildings, collecting disaster data, and operating in hazardous situations based on product quality, reliability, and cost. The frequently changing government policies will also create lucrative growth opportunities for the market.

The search and rescue robots market covers the latest trends and technological development as well as provides an analysis of the market demand on various segments that includes platform type, operation, and country-level analysis and market share of major search and rescue robots manufacturing companies around the world.

The search and rescue robots market is segmented by platform type, operation, and geography. By platform type, the market is segmented into ground, marine, and aerial. By operation, the market is segmented into autonomous and remotely operated. The report also covers the market sizes and forecasts for the search and rescue robots market in major countries across different regions. For each segment, the market size is provided in terms of value (USD).

By Platform Type
By Operation Type
Remotely Operated
By Geography
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Rest of the World
United Arab Emirates
Other Countries
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Search & Rescue Robots Market Research FAQs

The Search And Rescue Robots Market size is expected to reach USD 30.74 billion in 2024 and grow at a CAGR of 14.79% to reach USD 61.27 billion by 2029.

In 2024, the Search And Rescue Robots Market size is expected to reach USD 30.74 billion.

Lockheed Marin Corporation, Elbit System Ltd., Northrop Grumman Corporation, Kongsberg Gruppen ASA and THALES are the major companies operating in the Search And Rescue Robots Market.

Asia Pacific is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2024-2029).

In 2024, the North America accounts for the largest market share in Search And Rescue Robots Market.

In 2023, the Search And Rescue Robots Market size was estimated at USD 26.19 billion. The report covers the Search And Rescue Robots Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Search And Rescue Robots Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

Search and Rescue Robots Industry Report

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Search & Rescue Robots Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)