Aerospace & Defence

Drone market estimated at $279bn by 2032

27th May 2022
Kiera Sowery

According to Fact.MR's latest analysis, the drone industry is predicted to develop at a CAGR of 25% between 2022 and 2032, anticipated to reach $279bn.

Drone technology aimed at supplying precision-based, guided weapons is causing important advancements in the defence sector, and is likely to be the backbone of global market growth.

From 2017 to 2021, the industry experienced an impressive incline at a CAGR of 23.5%. During the COVID-19 pandemic, prospects dimmed across certain sectors, including manufacturing and hospitality, while deployment for general surveillance purposes, especially to check whether individuals adhered to lockdown norms, increased dramatically.

The fatal mix of stealth capabilities and enhanced video imagery is providing developed-country militaries with drones capable of wreaking considerable harm on enemy territory. Emerging nations and war-torn areas, such as Syria, are innovating and employing cost-cutting techniques, such as the employment of cheap, commercial quadcopters outfitted with improvised and low-intensity explosives in their military operations.

Key takeaways from the market study

  • By product, military drones to accumulate 55% market revenue in 2022
  • Construction industry to emerge as an opportunistic application sector, expanding at an 18% CAGR
  • US to account for nearly two out of five drone sales in 2022 and beyond
  • China to emerge as the most opportunistic market, capturing a revenue share of 45%
  • Global drone market is expected to be valued at $30bn by the end of 2022

“Increasing global uncertainty resulting out of an international arms race is prompting nations to strengthen existing military capabilities to ensure national security, providing immense scope for the drones market”, said a Fact.MR analyst

Competitive landscape

The drone business is expanding rapidly, with industry leaders like as DJI and Parrot pursuing autonomy in all of their drone features and functions. Frontrunners in the drone sector appear to be focusing on R&D and collaborative collaborations.

  • DJI Technology, a Chinese business, continues to dominate the drone industry landscape across all drone product categories, including software, drone aircraft, and payload. Its brisk growth can be ascribed to its unique product development and enterprise channel relationships.
  • For example, in 2018, the corporation produced two enterprise drone products aimed at the industrial space, known as the Phantom 4 RTK and the Mavic 2 Enterprise

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