Loitering Munitions Market Outlook, Segments, Geography, Dynamics, Recent Developments, and Strategic Insights by 2031

Loitering Munitions Market Size and Forecast (2021 - 2031), Global and Regional Share, Trend, and Growth Opportunity Analysis Report Coverage: By Type (Fixed Wing, Rotary Wing); Platform (Air, Naval, Land); and Geography

  • Report Code : TIPRE00025081
  • Category : Aerospace and Defense
  • No. of Pages : 150
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Loitering Munition Market Forecast, Trends, Scope by 2031

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The Loitering Munitions Market size is projected to reach US$ 2.02 billion by 2031 from US$ 1.01 billion in 2023. The market is expected to register a CAGR of 9.0% in 2023–2031. In 2023, fixed wing segment dominated the loitering munition market. Fixed-wing loitering munition can be used for longer range applications than rotary-wing loitering munition as it has greater endurance, higher speed, and larger payload capacity. Fixed- and rotary-wing loitering munitions can be equipped with missiles or bombs to strike targets from a safe distance to reduce the risk of collateral damage. It provides a high degree of accuracy with the ability to precisely engage the target.

Loitering Munitions Market Analysis

The key stakeholders in the loitering munition market are raw material suppliers, component suppliers, loitering munition manufacturers & software integrators, and end users. The raw material suppliers faced several supply chain challenges in procuring transportation services, internal production operations were largely interrupted due to factors such as lack of manpower and other resources, along with several remote operational challenges, since the past few years. All these factors increased the demand and supply gap between raw material suppliers and loitering munition manufacturers worldwide in 2020.

Loitering Munitions Market Overview

Israel Aerospace Industries, UVision, Elbit Systems, AeroVironment, and Rheinmetall AG are the five key market players operating in the loitering munition market. The listing of key players is derived by considering multiple parameters such as overall revenue, brand image, loitering munition contracts, current loitering munition portfolio in terms of number of models, technology integration & product enhancements, geographic reach, new product/feature launches, market initiatives, mergers & acquisitions, and other market-related activities. In addition to these players, multiple other leading global and regional market players, emerging companies, market disruptors and niche market players operating in the market ecosystem were also studied and analyzed during this study.

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Loitering Munitions Market: Strategic Insights

Loitering Munitions Market

  • CAGR (2023 - 2031)
  • Market Size 2023
    US$ 1.01 Billion
  • Market Size 2031
    US$ 2.02 Billion

Market Dynamics

  • Surging Defense Expenditure
  • Rise in Number of Contracts for Supply of Loitering Munition
  • Integration of Advanced Warfare Technologies in Defense Systems
  • Integration of Advanced Warfare Technologies in Defense Systems

Key Players

  • STM AS
  • Innovaero Pty Ltd
  • AVision Sytems Pvt Ltd
  • Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd
  • AeroVironment Inc
  • Lockheed Martin Corp
  • WB Electronics SA
  • Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd
  • UVision Air Ltd
  • Elbit Systems Ltd

Regional Overview

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia-Pacific
  • South and Central America
  • Middle East and Africa

Market Segmentation

  • Fixed Wing
  • Rotary Wing
  • Air
  • Naval
  • Land
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Loitering Munitions Market Drivers and Opportunities

Continuous Growth of Defense Sectors Worldwide

The change in the modern warfare system has been urging governments across the globe to allocate higher funds toward respective military forces. The military budget allocation enables military forces to procure advanced technologies and equipment from domestic or international manufacturers. On the same lines, soldier and military vehicle modernization practices are on the rise across numerous countries. With the demand to strengthen military forces with advanced technologies, armaments, artilleries, and vehicles, among others, defense forces across the globe are investing substantial amounts in the products mentioned above. The continuous urge to procure new technologies for combat and non-combat operations by defense forces is further boosting defense spending across geographies.

Rising Deployment of Smart Loitering Munition

The utilization of artificial intelligence (AI) in the military produces new and smart systems that redefine how the combat force is projected on a battlefield. Weapon systems are increasingly getting smaller, more flexible, more precise, more intelligent, and more robust. Autonomous weapon systems have several operational advantages, including speed and agility. They can make decisions faster than human operators, and they do not need to constantly communicate with human operators to function. As smart loitering munition does not involve human operators’ cognitive and physical limitations, it becomes more accurate and resilient than those operators. As a result, the defense industry is witnessing a rising trend of autonomous weapon systems.

Loitering Munitions Market Report Segmentation Analysis

Key segments that contributed to the derivation of the Loitering Munitions Market analysis are type, platform, application, and geography.

  • Based on type, the Loitering Munitions Market has been segmented into fixed wing and rotary wing. The fixed wing segment held a larger market share in 2023.
  • By application, the market has been segmented into air, naval, and land. The land segment held the largest share of the market in 2023.

Loitering Munitions Market Share Analysis by Geography

The geographic scope of the Loitering Munitions Market report is mainly divided into five regions: North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and South America.

Middle East & Africa (MEA) has dominated the Loitering Munitions Market in 2023, and it is likely to retain its dominance during the forecast period as well. Moreover, in 2023, North America accounted for the second largest share followed by Europe. In MEA, there is a notable growth in the manufacturing of loitering munitions to provide reliable solutions to the end users. Under the Saudi Vision 2030, the country will focus on developing loitering munitions locally to decrease its imports. This will strengthen local players and attract contracts for loitering munitions from other countries. For instance, in January 2023, Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd announced that they had bagged a multi-million-dollar contract to build and launch loitering munition for the US Department of Defense. The company will develop a loitering munition named ‘Point Blank’ with vertical takeoff and landing capabilities. Thus, such contracts won by the region’s market players are propelling the loitering munition market in the MEA.

Loitering Munitions Market Report Scope

Report Attribute Details
Market size in 2023 US$ 1.01 Billion
Market Size by 2031 US$ 2.02 Billion
Global CAGR (2023 - 2031) 9.0%
Historical Data 2021-2022
Forecast period 2024-2031
Segments Covered By Type
  • Fixed Wing
  • Rotary Wing
By Platform
  • Air
  • Naval
  • Land
Regions and Countries Covered North America
  • US
  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • UK
  • Germany
  • France
  • Russia
  • Italy
  • Rest of Europe
  • China
  • India
  • Japan
  • Australia
  • Rest of Asia-Pacific
South and Central America
  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Rest of South and Central America
Middle East and Africa
  • South Africa
  • Saudi Arabia
  • UAE
  • Rest of Middle East and Africa
Market leaders and key company profiles
  • STM AS
  • Innovaero Pty Ltd
  • AVision Sytems Pvt Ltd
  • Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd
  • AeroVironment Inc
  • Lockheed Martin Corp
  • WB Electronics SA
  • Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd
  • UVision Air Ltd
  • Elbit Systems Ltd
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    Loitering Munitions Market News and Recent Developments

    The Loitering Munitions Market is evaluated by gathering qualitative and quantitative data post primary and secondary research, which includes important corporate publications, association data, and databases. The following is a list of developments in the market for loitering munitions market and strategies:

    • In 2022, US-based AeroVironment, Inc. won a contract worth US$ 47.90 million (EUR 45 million) to supply Switchblade 300 and Switchblade 600 loitering munitions to the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense. (Source: AeroVironment Inc, Press Release/Company Website/Newsletter)
    • In 2022, The Argentine Ministry of Defense (MoD) signed a contract with the Israeli MoD's Directorate of International Defense Cooperation to buy Israel-based Uvision's Hero-120 and Hero-30 loitering munitions. (Source: UVision, Press Release/Company Website/Newsletter)

    Loitering Munitions Market Report Coverage and Deliverables

    The “Loitering Munitions Market Size and Forecast (2021–2031)” report provides a detailed analysis of the market covering below areas:

    • Market size and forecast at global, regional, and country levels for all the key market segments covered under the scope
    • Market dynamics such as drivers, restraints, and key opportunities
    • Key future trends
    • Detailed Porter’s Five Forces analysis
    • Global and regional market analysis covering key market trends, major players, regulations, and recent market developments
    • Industry landscape and competition analysis covering market concentration, heat map analysis, prominent players, and recent developments
    • Detailed company profiles with SWOT analysis
    Report Coverage
    Report Coverage

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

    Segment Covered
    Segment Covered

    Type, and Platform

    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, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States

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