Micro Tactical Ground Robot Market size is projected to witness exponential growth during 2021-2027 primarily driven by increasing defense expenditure worldwide and the acquisition of latest technologies among military & defense units. The adoption of micro tactical ground robots for public safety, intelligence, reconnaissance, and surveillance purposes is growing across the globe. The technology could prove to be highly effective in the event of natural calamities such as earthquakes, further fueling its adoption.
A micro tactical ground robot is a lightweight and highly maneuverable vehicle that can be deployed both indoors and outdoors and in all types of terrains. It is widely used by military and defense forces as the technology is designed for harsh field conditions.
Some of the major applications of micro tactical ground robot system include intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR), special weapons and tactics (SWAT), explosive ordnance disposal (EOD), CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives) and HAZMAT (hazardous material) missions, law enforcement, and public safety, among others.
Micro tactical ground robot market share from EOD applications is slated to expand substantially through 2027. These robot systems are being increasingly deployed for identifying and diffusing explosives and ensuring greater public and personnel safety. HAZMAT and CBRNE applications are also anticipated to capture a fair share of the industry in the coming years.
From a geographical perspective, the micro tactical ground robot market in North America is expected to observe steady growth over the forthcoming years. Heightened use of these systems in military operations is being witnessed in the U.S. and other countries. Investment in the latest military technology is a top priority for governments. The U.S. has established alliances with numerous countries for the supply of latest robotic systems and technologies.
For instance, in July 2021, the U.S. military was reportedly evaluating a number of robotic systems for use on the land and in the sea, including unmanned micro tactical ground robots, developed by Israel.
Globally, Boeing Co., Thales S.A., iRobot Corp., Perrone Robotics, Northrop Grumman, Robotnik Automation, QinetiQ, Clearpath Robotics, ReconRobotics Inc, and Roboteam are among the major manufacturers of tactical robotic systems. With increasing military and defense expenditure in the U.S., these companies are showcasing tremendous opportunities.
Citing an instance, in March 2021, the U.S. Army’s DEVCOM Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC) had awarded Stratom with a contract to develop autonomous ground vehicle refueling systems and other tech.
The micro tactical ground robot industry has experienced a few setbacks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These include logistics and supply chain disruption, reduced manufacturing operations, and delayed development and testing. However, the demand for robotic systems throughout the pandemic has remained strong, owing to robust military investments worldwide.
According to data published by the International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the U.S., U.K., Russia, China, and India have been the biggest spenders during 2020, accounting for more than 62% of the global military & defense expenditure. In the U.S., military spending increased by more than 4.4% compared to 2019, reaching USD 778 million in 2020.
These trends are likely to prevail over the next few years as military forces seek for the best robotic systems and technologies for carrying out various tactical operations. Continuous research and development and the introduction of more advanced technologies will augment micro tactical ground robot market forecast over 2021-2027.