Unmanned Helicopter Market Growth, Trends, Forecast 2031

Unmanned Helicopter Market Size and Forecast (2021–2031), Global and Regional Share, Trend, and Growth Opportunity Analysis Report Coverage: By Application (ISR & Combat, Search & Rescue, Mapping Transport & Logistics, and Others), End Use (Defense and Commercial) and Geography

  • Report Code : TIPRE00029732
  • Category : Aerospace and Defense
  • Status : Data Released
  • No. of Pages : 150
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The Unmanned Helicopter Market size is projected to reach US$ 19.42 billion by 2031 from US$ 5.88 billion in 2023. The market is expected to register a CAGR of 16.1% in 2023–2031. The rising demand for military surveillance, search & rescue operations owing to unstable geopolitical incidents and an increasing number of natural disasters are anticipated to drive the demand for unmanned helicopters globally.

Unmanned Helicopter Market Analysis

The rising proliferation of surveillance, intelligence, and reconnaissance activities for supporting rescue operations in war zones or any remote locations are acting as major drivers for the unmanned helicopter market. An unmanned helicopter is mostly weather-resistant, capable of carrying numerous payloads, and proficient in delivering agencies with real-time data. The unmanned helicopters are primarily equipped with a network of satellite communications system that empowers them to accomplish operations in remote locations. Additionally, high research and development activities and growing military spending on strengthening a nation’s defense and rescue management are also acting as major drivers for the unmanned helicopter market.

Unmanned Helicopter Market Overview

The growing proliferation of commercial unmanned helicopters for emergency medical services is also anticipated to drive the growth of the unmanned helicopter market over the forecast period. Additionally, unmanned helicopters are also used for transporting e-commerce and retail products from one place to another, which also acts as a driver for the market. The commercial usage of unmanned helicopters is growing at a steady pace. However, the defense sector is a more prominent end user globally. The unmanned helicopter market is segmented into application and end use. Based on application, the market is classified into ISR & combat, search & rescue, mapping transport & logistics, and others. In terms of end use, the unmanned helicopter market is categorized into defense and commercial.

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Unmanned Helicopter Market: Strategic Insights

Unmanned Helicopter Market

  • CAGR (2023 - 2031)
  • Market Size 2023
    US$ 5.88 Billion
  • Market Size 2031
    US$ 19.42 Billion

Market Dynamics

  • Growing Defense Spending in Various Nations is Expected to be the Prime Driver for theUnmanned Helicoptere Market
  • Growing Usage of Unmanned Helicopters for Emergency Medical Services
  • Growing Demand for Unmanned Helicopters in the Commercial Sector

Key Players

  • Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI)
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Yamaha Motorsports
  • Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC)
  • UMS Skeldar
  • UAVOS Inc.
  • Delft Dynamics
  • Schiebel Group
  • AeroVironment Inc.
  • Kaman Aerospace

Regional Overview

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

Market Segmentation

  • ISR & Combat
  • Search & Rescue
  • Mapping Transport & Logistics
  • Others
End Use
  • Defense and Commercial
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Unmanned Helicopter Market Drivers and Opportunities

Growing Defense Spending in Various Nations is Expected to be the Prime Driver for the unmanned Helicopter Market

The changing modern warfare and defense scenario requires governments of various countries across the globe to allocate substantial funds and financial aid toward respective defense and military forces. The defense budget allocation supports army and military forces to obtain increased technologies and equipment from domestic or international developers. On the other hand, military and army system upgrades are expanding owing to expanding defense budget allocation. Furthermore, the improving governmental spending displays the government's focus on improving national defense forces. There is an augmented need to reinforce defense and military forces with unmanned helicopters, among others; hence, defense forces across the globe are focusing on investing substantial amounts in obtaining advanced technologies. Defense forces' constant inclination to acquire new technologies for non-combat and combat operations further boosts defense expenditure worldwide., which is anticipated to drive the autonomous unmanned helicopter market globally.

Unstable geopolitical occurrences like wars between nations are jeopardizing common life and increasing national security threats and uncertainties, which is the major reason behind the growing focus on strengthening the defense forces to combat such unwanted situations. Advanced intelligence surveillance facilitates the development of a complete and accurate analysis, aiding more precise threat assessments. Thus, advanced warfare scenarios underline heightened situational awareness, integrated defense systems, electronic warfare capabilities, and compliance with evolving threats. Thus, the rising adoption of advanced warfare technologies further drives the development of unmanned helicopters to meet advanced battlefield conditions.

Growing Demand for Unmanned Helicopters in the Commercial Sector

The demand for fast and same-day delivery is gaining momentum with the growing proliferation of e-commerce and the retail sector, the. Logistic companies are focusing on their delivery services to meet customer expectations by incorporating unmanned helicopters for delivering products in remote locations. High research and development activities are going on to incorporate advacnned logistic services by using unmanned helicopters.

Unmanned Helicopter Market Report Segmentation Analysis

Key segments that contributed to the derivation of the unmanned helicopter market analysis are application and end use.

  • Based on application, the unmanned helicopter market has been divided into ISR & combat, search & rescue, mapping transport & logistics, and others. The ISR & combat segment held a larger market share in 2023.
  • In terms of end use industry, the market has been segmented into defense and commercial. The defense segments dominated the market in 2023.

Unmanned Helicopter Market Share Analysis by Geography

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

North America led the unmanned helicopter market in 2023. The North America region includes the US, Canada, and Mexico. Many companies across the region are focusing on investing in advanced unmanned helicopters to combat modern warfare technologies. Thus, the growing instances of unstable geopolitical scenarios and the proliferation of modern warfare technologies drive the unmanned helicopter market in the region. The high defense expenditure of the US is also contributing to the growth of the unmanned helicopter market in the North America region.

Unmanned Helicopter Market Report Scope

Unmanned Helicopter Market News and Recent Developments

The Unmanned Helicopter 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 Unmanned Helicopter Market and strategies:

  • On April 2024, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) collaborated with Aerotor Unmanned Systems, and both companies have sealed a Memorandum of Understanding that includes the advancement and development of products for the defense sector. (Source: Israel Aerospace Industries, Press Release/Company Website/Newsletter)
  • On January 2024, Northrop Grumman Corp. secured an award of US$14.3 million and extended the contract of delivering the MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned helicopter for the defense sector. (Source: Northrop Grumman Corp, Press Release/Company Website/Newsletter)

Unmanned Helicopter Market Report Coverage and Deliverables

The “Unmanned Helicopter 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 PEST 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

Unmanned Helicopter Market Report Scope

Report Attribute Details
Market size in 2023 US$ 5.88 Billion
Market Size by 2031 US$ 19.42 Billion
Global CAGR (2023 - 2031) 16.1%
Historical Data 2021-2022
Forecast period 2024-2031
Segments Covered By Application
  • ISR & Combat
  • Search & Rescue
  • Mapping Transport & Logistics
  • Others
By End Use
  • Defense and Commercial
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
  • Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI)
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Yamaha Motorsports
  • Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC)
  • UMS Skeldar
  • UAVOS Inc.
  • Delft Dynamics
  • Schiebel Group
  • AeroVironment Inc.
  • Kaman Aerospace
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    Report Coverage
    Report Coverage

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

    Segment Covered
    Segment Covered

    Payload, Application, End Use, and Geography

    Regional Scope
    Regional Scope

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

    Country Scope
    Country Scope

    US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Australia, Russia, China, Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Argentina

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