Counter UAV Market Size Report | Growth Overview 2028

Counter UAV Market Forecast to 2028 - COVID-19 Impact and Global Analysis By Technology (Laser Systems, Kinetic Systems, and Electronic Systems), Force Type (Air, Ground, and Naval), Product Type (Ground Based and Handheld), Configuration (Portable and Stationary), and End Users (Defense and Homeland Security)

Publication Month : Feb 2022

  • Report Code : TIPRE00027245
  • Category : Aerospace and Defense
  • Status : Published
  • No. of Pages : 188
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[Research Report] The counter UAV market is projected to reach US$ 5,021.57 million by 2028 from US$ 1,921.55 million in 2021; it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 14.7% from 2021 to 2028.

Analyst Perspective:

The counter UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) market has recently experienced significant growth and development. With the widespread adoption of UAVs for various purposes, including military, commercial, and recreational use, effective countermeasures have become crucial to mitigate the risks associated with unauthorized and potentially harmful drone activities. The counter UAV market encompasses a range of technologies, systems, and solutions aimed at detecting, identifying, tracking, and neutralizing rogue drones. Detection systems form a vital component of the counter UAV market. They utilize various technologies such as radar, radio frequency (RF), electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR), acoustic sensors, and drone-specific software algorithms to detect and identify unauthorized drones. These systems can differentiate between legitimate UAVs and potential threats, enabling appropriate response measures. Neutralization technologies are another significant aspect of the counter UAV market. These systems aim to incapacitate or neutralize unauthorized drones without causing harm to people or property. Countermeasures include radio frequency (RF) jammers, GPS spoofing devices, directed energy weapons, and net-capturing systems. These technologies disrupt the UAV's control signals, communication links, or navigation systems, forcing them to land or return to their point of origin.

Increasing concerns over national security, privacy infringement, public safety, and the potential use of drones for malicious purposes drive the counter UAV market. Key players in the counter UAV market include defense contractors, technology companies, and specialized solution providers. These companies continuously innovate and develop advanced technologies to improve detection accuracy, tracking capabilities, and neutralization efficiency. Additionally, regulations and legal frameworks governing counter UAV systems must be established to ensure responsible and ethical deployment.

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Counter UAV Market: Strategic Insights

Market Size Value inUS$ 1,921.55 Million in 2021
Market Size Value byUS$ 5,021.57 Million by 2028
Growth rateCAGR of 14.7% from 2021 to 2028
Forecast Period2021-2028
Base Year2021
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Market Overview:

Systems that are employed to identify and/or take down unmanned aircraft are referred to as counter UAV systems. It is an adaptable integrated system made up of several pieces of hardware and software depending on the demands and needs of the customer. At homes, jails, businesses, public places, government structures, businesses, industrial installations, airports, border security, key infrastructure, and military facilities, it is utilised to prevent security breaches. An electronically scanned array (ESA), staring radar, and micro-Doppler are some of the contemporary technologies used in this system. The protective zone's size, range, number of concurrent targets to track, and ability to deal with environmental clutter are often designed depending on user preferences.

Market Driver:

Increasing Incidents of Drone Disruptions to Drive Growth of Counter UAV Market

The increasing incidents of drone disruptions have played a significant role in driving the growth of the counter UAV market. These disruptions, including unauthorized drone activities causing disruptions at airports, public events, critical infrastructure, and other sensitive areas, have highlighted the urgent need for robust countermeasures to address the risks of rogue drones. Instances, where airports have been forced to shut down due to unauthorized drone sightings have raised concerns about the potential impact on aviation safety and the overall economy. Such incidents have spurred governments, airport authorities, and security agencies to invest in an effective counter-UAV system to prevent disruptions and ensure the uninterrupted operations of airports and other vital facilities. Furthermore, unauthorized drones flying near public events or critical infrastructure can threaten public safety, privacy, and security.

These incidents have heightened public awareness of the potential threats associated with drones and have generated demand for counter-UAV technologies to protect people, assets, and sensitive areas. In response to these disruptions, the counter UAV market has experienced significant growth as stakeholders seek comprehensive solutions to detect, track, and neutralize unauthorized drones. Detection systems utilizing advanced radar, RF sensors, EO/IR sensors, and other technologies have been developed to identify and differentiate between legitimate and potential threat drones. Tracking and monitoring systems have been enhanced to provide real-time information about drone movements, aiding security personnel in assessing the threat level and formulating appropriate response strategies. Additionally, neutralization technologies have been developed to incapacitate or neutralize rogue drones without causing harm to individuals or property. These technologies, such as RF jammers, GPS spoofing devices, directed energy weapons, and net-capturing systems, disrupt unauthorized drones' control signals, communication links, or navigation systems, forcing them to land or return to their point of origin. The drone disruptions incidents have highlighted the vulnerabilities and underscored the importance of implementing effective counter-UAV measures. This has led to increased investments in research and development, collaborations between industry players and government agencies, and technological advancements in the counter-UAV market. The focus on developing innovative and integrated solutions to address evolving drone threats has fueled the market's growth.

Segmental Analysis:

Based on technology, the counter UAV market is segmented into laser systems, kinetic systems, and electromagnetic systems. The electromagnetic systems a segment held the largest share of the market in 2020, whereas the laser systems segment is anticipated to register the highest CAGR in the market during the forecast period. The electromagnetic systems segment holds the largest share in the counter UAV market due to its effectiveness in detecting, tracking, and neutralizing unauthorized drones. These systems utilize radio frequency (RF) technology to detect drones and differentiate them from other RF signals across various operational ranges. They offer versatility, adaptability, and the ability to disrupt or neutralize drones through RF jamming. Their proven capabilities drive the widespread adoption of electromagnetic systems, seamless integration with existing security infrastructures, and continuous advancements in RF technology. With their significant market dominance, electromagnetic systems are expected to continue leading the counter UAV market.

Regional Analysis:

The North America counter UAV market was valued at US$ 0.77 billion in 2021 and is projected to reach US$ 1.99 billion by 2028; it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 14.5% during the forecast period. The North American region has emerged as the dominant force in the counter-UAV market, exerting its influence through various factors contributing to its market leadership. Firstly, North America is home to several key players and leading manufacturers of counter UAV systems. These companies possess extensive expertise in developing advanced technologies and solutions to address the evolving drone threat landscape. Their strong presence and technological prowess have enabled North America to establish a competitive edge in the market. Secondly, the region's robust defense and security infrastructure has significantly driven the demand for counter-UAV systems. North America has a high concentration of critical infrastructure sites, government facilities, military installations, and public spaces that require protection against unauthorized drone activities.

The need to safeguard these assets and ensure public safety has fueled the adoption of counter-UAV technologies in the region. Furthermore, North America has experienced many incidents related to unauthorized drone activities, including airspace intrusions, airport disruptions, and security breaches. These incidents have heightened security concerns and emphasized the urgency of implementing effective countermeasures.

Consequently, North American government agencies, law enforcement bodies, and private organizations have been actively investing in counter-UAV systems to prevent and mitigate such incidents. The regulatory environment in North America has also contributed to the market dominance of the region. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the United States has implemented regulations and guidelines governing the operation of drones, including provisions for counter-UAV systems. This proactive approach to regulation has facilitated the deployment and adoption of counter-UAV technologies in North America. Moreover, North America benefits from a strong research and development ecosystem, with collaborations between industry, academia, and government bodies. These partnerships foster innovation and advancements in counter-UAV technologies, driving the market forward. The region's focus on research and development activities has resulted in the development of cutting-edge solutions and a competitive market landscape.

Key Player Analysis:

The counter UAV market analysis consists of the players such as Blighter Surveillance System Ltd, Dedrone, DroneShield, Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd., Leonardo S.P.A., Lockheed Martin Corporation, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., Raytheon Technologies Corporation, SRC, Inc., and Thales Group. Among the players in the counter UAV DroneShield and Lockheed Martin Corporation are the key two players owing to the diversified product portfolio offered.

Recent Developments:


Inorganic and organic strategies such as mergers and acquisitions are highly adopted by companies in the counter UAV market. A few recent key market developments are listed below:

  • In August 2021, the Turkish company Meteksan Defence presented an upgraded version of its Kapan counter-drone system at the IDEF 2021.
  • In 2021, Leonardo SPA integrated USAF Research Lab’s NINJA Technology in RAF’s counter drone system ORCUS at RAF Spadeadam electronic fighting strategies office in Cambria.
Report Coverage
Report Coverage

Revenue forecast, Company Analysis, Industry landscape, Growth factors, and Trends

Segment Covered
Segment Covered

Technology, Force Type, Product Type Configuration, and End Users

Regional Scope
Regional Scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, South & Central America

Country Scope
Country Scope

Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, UK, US

Frequently Asked Questions

What trends are expected to drive the demand for various Counter UAV market?

As both military and civilian personnel face an increasing aerial danger, counter UAV equipment is experienced rise in adoption over the years. From handheld devices to a flying counter-drone system, counter-UAV technology is becoming more pervasive. There are several ways to destroy an UAS (unmanned aerial system), ranging from kinetic effectors to jamming and directed energy. Different systems, on the other hand, are required to fill distinct responsibilities, and a tiered approach is frequently required to maintain security. Drones are rapidly being employed by defense forces across the globe because they can swiftly obtain ready-to-use imagery and can reach regions that humans cannot. Drones, on the other hand, can pose a menace if not operated with caution. As a result, counter-drone technology has evolved.

Which region is expected to dominate the Counter UAV market in the forecast period?

North America holds the largest share in the global Counter UAV market. It is geographically bifurcated into the US, Canada, and Mexico. The US and Canada have significant power in terms of defense. The North American countries have been increasing their military and defense spending over the years in order to modernize its soldiers with advanced equipment for its future endeavors. The extensive focus on soldier modernization with advanced technologies is playing a crucial role in the development of the counter UAV market in the North American countries.

Which system is expected to dominate the market during the forecast period?

The rise in defense spending by both developed and developing nations is propelling the high adoption of counter UAV systems by all land, air, and ground forces. The rise in terrorism is also driving the demand for the same among the defense forces across the globe. The rise in defense spending over the years is also attributing to the growth of the market. Moreover, the homeland security in the global counter UAV includes police forces, and coast guards, and border security forces. Rising investment by state authorities to empower their security forces against unidentified UAVs is propelling the growth of the market.

Which component is expected to dominate the market in the forecast period?

Based on technology, the global counter UAV market is bifurcated into laser systems, kinetic system, and electronic systems. The electromagnetic systems accounted for the highest share in 2020 owing to its easy deployment across both static and mobile conditions. However, the laser systems are expected to grow with the highest CAGR over the forecast period. This growth is owing to the high adoption of laser technology integrated weapons by the defense organizations across the globe

What are market opportunities for market?

The rising terrorist attacks and political instability among various developed and developing countries is increasing the defense and homeland security forces to increase their procurement of advanced solutions such as radar systems, communication systems and anti-drone technologies amongst others. For instance, department of defense of US, European Union and other authorities like Indian defense ministry has increased their spending on procurement of anti-drones over the years. This is leading the counter UAV manufacturers to adopt organic and inorganic growth strategies, such as high investments, product offerings, and global expansion, further creating growth opportunities for the global counter UAV market.

What are factors driving the growth of Counter UAV market growth?

The counter UAV systems are among the key components of soldier modernization among majority of the defense forces. Various military bodies across both developed and developing countries over the years have increased their spending in the procurement of counter UAV systems. The demand for counter UAV systems is expected to continuously increase over the years, as the threat of UAV based attacks continue to rise along with the rise in manufacturing of small and easily affordable drones. This factor is boosting the counter UAV market and is anticipated to continue to help the market to surge. Some of the recent developments in the counter UAV market include; In September 2021, The Indian Air Force (IAF) has signed an order with local private company Zen Technologies for an undetermined number of devices to counter unmanned aerial vehicles worth US$ 21.2 million (INR1.55 billion). Similarly, in July 2021, the IAF after an attack at its Jammu station procured 10 anti-drone systems for installations across its borders.

The List of Companies - Counter UAV Market

  1. Blighter Surveillance System Ltd
  2. Dedrone
  3. DroneShield
  4. Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd.
  5. Leonardo S.P.A.
  6. Lockheed Martin Corporation
  7. Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd.
  8. Raytheon Technologies Corporation
  9. SRC, Inc.
  10. Thales Group

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Once we receive the confirmation from primary research sources or primary respondents, we finalize the base year market estimation and forecast the data as per the macroeconomic and microeconomic factors assessed during data collection.

  1. Data Analysis:

Once data is validated through both secondary as well as primary respondents, we finalize the market estimations by hypothesis formulation and factor analysis at regional and country level.

  • 3.1 Macro-Economic Factor Analysis:

We analyse macroeconomic indicators such the gross domestic product (GDP), increase in the demand for goods and services across industries, technological advancement, regional economic growth, governmental policies, the influence of COVID-19, PEST analysis, and other aspects. This analysis aids in setting benchmarks for various nations/regions and approximating market splits. Additionally, the general trend of the aforementioned components aid in determining the market's development possibilities.

  • 3.2 Country Level Data:

Various factors that are especially aligned to the country are taken into account to determine the market size for a certain area and country, including the presence of vendors, such as headquarters and offices, the country's GDP, demand patterns, and industry growth. To comprehend the market dynamics for the nation, a number of growth variables, inhibitors, application areas, and current market trends are researched. The aforementioned elements aid in determining the country's overall market's growth potential.

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  • 3.4 Developing Base Number:

Aggregation of sales statistics (2020-2022) and macro-economic factor, and other secondary and primary research insights are utilized to arrive at base number and related market shares for 2022. The data gaps are identified in this step and relevant market data is analyzed, collected from paid primary interviews or databases. On finalizing the base year market size, forecasts are developed on the basis of macro-economic, industry and market growth factors and company level analysis.

  1. Data Triangulation and Final Review:

The market findings and base year market size calculations are validated from supply as well as demand side. Demand side validations are based on macro-economic factor analysis and benchmarks for respective regions and countries. In case of supply side validations, revenues of major companies are estimated (in case not available) based on industry benchmark, approximate number of employees, product portfolio, and primary interviews revenues are gathered. Further revenue from target product/service segment is assessed to avoid overshooting of market statistics. In case of heavy deviations between supply and demand side values, all thes steps are repeated to achieve synchronization.

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