Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2020 - 2025)

The Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Market is Segmented by UAV Size (Small UAV, Medium UAV, Large UAV), Application (Military, Civil and Commercial), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

Study Period:


Base Year:


Fastest Growing Market:

North America

Largest Market:

Asia Pacific


10 %

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Market Overview

The unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) market is anticipated to register a CAGR of more than 10% during the forecast period (2020 - 2025).

  • Growing applications of UAVs for various commercial purposes, like remote sensing, photo and videography, oil, gas, and mineral exploration, disaster relief, recreational uses, and other purposes, are driving the growth of the market.
  • UAVs are now primarily used in performing ISR missions, for target recognition, and electronic warfare. Defense ministries around the world are investing in this capability to reduce troop casualties, and as they are a less costly alternative to manned aircraft.
  • However, the strict airspace regulations across major countries of the world, especially the United States, where FAA pioneered in setting regulations for commercial use of drones in the region, may hamper the growth of the market studied.

Scope of the Report

UAVs are pilotless aircraft, either controlled by remote control by a human operator, or autonomously by onboard computers, and use aerodynamic forces to navigate and perform desired functions. The report on the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market covers the usage of UAVs in the commercial, civil, and military applications. Moreover, the UAV market is segmented based on the size of the UAVs. Small UAVs are group 1 UAVs, which have a maximum gross takeoff weight (MGTW) of about 0 - 20 lbs. Medium UAV comes under group 2 UAVs, which have an MGTW of approximately 21 - 55 lb. UAVs classified under group 3,4, and 5 are known as large UAVs. The large group of UAVs has an MGTW of more than 55 lb.

UAV Size
Small UAV
Medium UAV
Large UAV
Civil and Commercial
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Rest of Asia-Pacific
South America
Rest of South America
Middle-East and Africa
United Arab Emirates
South Africa
Saudi Arabia
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Military Segment is Expected to Dominate the UAV Market

UAVs are considered to be the primary source of collecting intelligence through reconnaissance, as well as surveillance. Owing to the capability of a UAV to reduce the risk of loss of human life, UAVs have gained significant traction among various governments worldwide in the last ten years. Multiple countries are facing difficulties in reaching borders (covered with mountains), such as the Indo-China border, to collect intelligence, which is why drones with advanced ISR capabilities are used to collect data from that region. The deployment of a new vertical take-off and landing fixed-wing drone on a missile guided destroyer by China in 2019 may lead to the done performing reconnaissance and search missions with a long-range for frigates and destroyers. Thus, the advancements mentioned above may lead to the high growth of drones in the military segment.

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Asia-Pacific is Expected to Experience the Fastest Growth in the UAV Market

Currently, North America holds a significant share in the UAV market, globally. It is primarily due to the increasing use of unmanned aerial vehicles, both for commercial and military applications. The United States is a proven global leader in producing advanced unmanned systems, and a specialist in manufacturing UAVs with intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities to combat warfare. However, Asia-Pacific is expected to register the highest CAGR, during the forecast period, due to the growing popularity of UAVs in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as increasing technological developments of drones in the region and changes in regulations. The procurement of UAVs in the region is steadily growing, thereby driving the growth of the UAV market in Asia-Pacific.

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Competitive Landscape

The Boeing Company, Northrop Grumman, Israel Aerospace Industries, Elbit Systems Ltd, and General Atomics are some of the prominent players in the military segment of the market. In contrast, the commercial UAV segment is dominated by companies, such as DJI and Parrot Drones SAS, which have a significant share in the small UAV segment of the market studied. Increasing military procurements of HALE, MALE, and tactical UAVs may help the military drone manufacturers further to improve their market share to a considerable extent, as compared to small commercial UAV manufacturers.

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Table Of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    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 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


    1. 5.1 UAV Size

      1. 5.1.1 Small UAV

      2. 5.1.2 Medium UAV

      3. 5.1.3 Large UAV

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Military

      2. 5.2.2 Civil and Commercial

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

        2. Germany

        3. France

        4. Italy

        5. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. United Arab Emirates

        2. South Africa

        3. Saudi Arabia

        4. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 DJI

      2. 6.2.2 AeroVironment, Inc.

      3. 6.2.3 BAE Systems plc

      4. 6.2.4 Northrop Grumman Corporation

      5. 6.2.5 Elbit Systems Ltd

      6. 6.2.6 General Atomics

      7. 6.2.7 Parrot Drones SAS

      8. 6.2.8 Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd

      9. 6.2.9 Thales SA

      10. 6.2.10 Airbus SE

      11. 6.2.11 MICRODRONES

      12. 6.2.12 The Boeing Company


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