The market for military robots is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of around 7.5% from 2020 to 2027 and expected to reach the market value of around US$ 28.1 Bn by 2027.
Military robots are particularly designed for use in military applications; from transport to search & rescue and attack. Some of the systems are already in use, whereas many are under the research and development phase. These robots are usually employed within integrated systems that include video screens, sensors, grippers, and cameras. These are designed in different shapes and sizes as per the purpose. Basically, military robots are designed with the purpose to monitor, destroy property, and killing people.
The increasing defense spending due to territorial conflicts between countries, subsequently increasing warfare at country borders are driving the market growth. The increasing deployment of robots for dangerous and hazardous missions in order to decrease human casualties is another factor boosting the demand for military robots across the countries. The rapid growth in the procurement of military robots for targeting, advanced monitoring, and common Interrupt Service Routine (ISR) functions among others is further boosting the market value. The increasing investment by the major countries in the development of advanced robot soldiers and AI-based unmanned ground, sea, and airborne vehicles are further expected to drive growth over the estimated period from 2020 to 2027.
On the other hand, high operational costs of autonomous underwater vehicle (AUVs) and low reliability of unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) is likely to restrict the growth over the forecast period from 2020 to 2027.
Segment Instance of Global Military Robots Market
Airborne military robots accounted for the maximum revenue share
In 2019, airborne-based military robots dominated the market with maximum revenue share (%). The availability of airborne robots includes small UAV, tactical UAV, strategic UAV, and unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV). These are used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), search and rescue, and to combat support. Additionally, these robots are designed with the installment of payloads, sensors, navigation systems, communication systems, propulsion systems, and power systems among others.
North America held the major share in the Military Robots Market of 2019
North America, along with its major economy (the US), is dominating the military robots market with maximum revenue share (%). The increasing investment in research and development activities in order to develop more advanced robots that can beat the limitations of existing ones is supporting the regional market value. The US military and law enforcement agencies are using these robots in various applications, including search and rescue operations, border security, crowd monitoring and control, and surveillance among others. The early adoption of advanced systems in the region is further supporting the regional market value. For instance, the US Mechatronics has developed a working automated sentry gun and is further developing its usage for commercial and military use.
Asia Pacific is anticipated to exhibit fastest growth over the forecast period
The prominent economies of Asia Pacific including China and India are majorly contributing to the fastest growth of the region. The increasing military and defense budget in the aforementioned countries is additionally supporting the regional market value. China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) has released footage of new and high-tech weapons & equipment in 2020 that notably include robot-Esque exoskeleton suit. The Chinese PLA has also inducted tiny missile-loading ground robots in 2020 that are armed with a machine gun, which can overcome the problem of human assistance when loading missiles.
The major players profiled in the global military robots market report include AeroVironment Inc., BAE Systems PLC, Cobham PLC, Elbit Systems Ltd, FLIR Systems Inc., General Dynamics Corporation, Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, QinetiQ Group PLC, Saab AB, and Thales Group.
Market By Platform
Market By Mode of Operation
Market By Propulsion
Market By Application
Search & Rescue
Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)
Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR)
Market By Geography
• Rest of Europe
• South Korea
• Rest of Asia-Pacific
• Rest of Latin America
Middle East & Africa
• South Africa
• Rest of Middle East & Africa
The market for military robots is expected to reach a market value of around US$ 28.1 Bn by 2027.
The military robots market is expected to grow at a CAGR of around 7.5% from 2020 to 2027.
Airborne is the leading segment by platform in the military robots market
The increasing defense spending due to territorial conflicts between countries, increasing warfare at the borders, increasing deployment of robots for dangerous and hazardous missions in order to decrease human casualties, rapid growth in the procurement of military robots for targeting, advanced monitoring, and common ISR functions are some of the prominent factors driving the market growth.
AeroVironment Inc., BAE Systems PLC, Cobham PLC, Elbit Systems Ltd, FLIR Systems Inc., General Dynamics Corporation, Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, QinetiQ Group PLC, Saab AB, and Thales Group are some of the prominent players in the military robots market.
North America held the highest market share in the military robots market
Asia Pacific is expected to be the fastest growing market over the forecast period