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Military Robots Market Size By Platform (Aerial, Naval, Land-based), By Mode of Operation (Automated, Human-operated), By Application (Search & Rescue, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR), Transportation, Combat Support), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Growth Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2021 – 2027

  • Report ID: GMI2110
  • Published Date: Jan 2021
  • Report Format: PDF

Industry Trends

Military Robots Market size valued at USD 17 billion in 2020 and is estimated to grow at a CAGR of over 7% from 2021 to 2027. Increasing trend of replacing human troops with robots to reduce casualties during military operations is likely to fuel the industry growth.

Increasing defense budgets and growing investments in unmanned military robot systems across the globe are expected to create new market opportunities. According to a survey by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), in 2019, the U.S. increased its funding for unmanned systems and related technologies by 28% to USD 9.6 billion across all the agencies in the Department of Defense (DoD).

Military Robots Market

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The lack of advanced visual capabilities in Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) will become a challenge to the market. The complex nature of autonomous ground navigation in military robots requires advanced sensors and cameras to operate the vehicle effectively in hazardous environments. The lack of depth, limited field of view, and poor context will create more problems for human operators to handle UGVs & military robots in detecting and targeting locations, thus hindering the military robots market growth.

With the rapidly spreading COVID-19 pandemic, both developed and developing economies have reduced their defense budget to focus on the healthcare industry in 2020. Government organizations have adopted inorganic growth strategies, such as collaborations and partnerships with domestic market players, to procure autonomous military systems for homeland and border security. For instance, in July 2020, Skydio, a drone manufacturing company based in the U.S., launched the AI-based, Skydio X2 for various defense and commercial applications. The pandemic has encouraged governments to focus on the indigenous development of technologically-advanced products and solutions, which is set to stabilize the market revenue.

Increasing adoption of automated military robots to augment the market statistics

The Europe automated operation segment is poised to grow at more than 6.5% CAGR through 2027. The ability of automated military robots to work without external intervention is positively influencing the market outlook. In response to the growing market trend of fully autonomous equipment, military robots market players are launching new products. In February 2018, ECA Group launched a mid-size Automated Underwater Vehicle (AUV), A18-M, for underwater mine warfare. This AUV is specifically designed for mine counter missions.

Land-based robots segment to hold the largest market share

North America Military Robots Market

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The North America land-based robot segment is projected to expand at 8.5% CAGR from 2021 to 2027. Land-based or Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) are further classified into automated and human-operated military robots. The applicability of UGVs in hazardous and challenging homeland security & military applications will drive the market demand. In June 2020, General Dynamics partnered with the British Army to provide two fully electric 8×8 Multi-Utility Tactical Transport (MUTT) UGVs. MUTT UGV facilitates control-less operations such as Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance (ISTAR).

Increasing demand for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) applications will support the market revenue

The Europe ISR segment held around 35% of the military robots market share in 2020 driven by the increasing deployment of UGVs, USVs, UAVs, and AUVs for ISR applications. Military robots, such as mini UGVs or small UAVs, are useful for providing battlefield intelligence and recording of the potential target, which are complex and difficult to detect.

The companies operating in the market are launching new products to increase their market representation. For instance, in February 2019, ECA Group launched the INSPECTOR 125, an unsinkable and shock-resistant USV, for naval applications. This USV is dedicated to various defense and security applications such as Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR), and Mine Counter Measures (MCM).

North America is expected to dominate the military robots market share

North America Military Robots Market Size

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Around 2,000 military robot units were sold in North America in 2020. The industry is forecasted to display a high growth rate through 2027 due to increasing government and private sector investments in the defense sector. The presence of market leaders, such as Lockheed Martin Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and FLIR Systems, will create more market opportunities. The high focus of regional market players on innovation and research will enable the U.S. government to develop advanced military robots and strengthen the country’s defense & security.

A strong focus of regional defense departments and private sector players on R&D will improve the regional market revenue. For instance, in September 2018, the U.S. Defense department committed to investing USD 2 billion in unmanned machinery to produce unmanned systems with AI capabilities. Similarly, in February 2018, Lockheed Martin launched VCSi, an unmanned vehicle control software, to simultaneously control many types of UAVs from any location. Through this application, the user can integrate many unmanned vehicles, such as quadcopters, fixed-wing aircraft, and boats, to complete the mission.

Industry players focusing on partnership and collaboration with government agencies to enhance the market price

Military robot providers are engaged in developing advanced robots with minimum human interference to meet the growing demand of government agencies. Companies are focused on developing AI-based, lightweight, and efficient military robots to perform various critical war-based operations. For instance, in June 2019, Elbit Systems partnered with Roboteam to launch UGVs to extend military capabilities. The UGV consists of GPS, sensor agnostic terrain classification software, and Electro-Optical/Infrared (EO/IR) camera system to provide real-time physical motion simulation and off-line processing of imagery intelligence.

The key players in military robots market include Lockheed Martin Corporation, Elbit Systems Ltd., Northrop Grumman Corporation, BAE Systems, FLIR Systems, Inc., Raytheon Technologies, IAI, Leonardo S.p.A., Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., and Boeing, among others.

This market research report on military robots includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD from 2021 to 2027 for the following segments:

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Market, By Mode of Operation

  • Automated

  • Human-operated

Market, By Platform

  • Aerial-based

  • Naval-based
  • Land-based

Market, Application

  • Search & Rescue

  • Firefighting
  • Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)
  • Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR)
  • Mine Clearance
  • Transportation
  • Combat Support
  • Others

The above information has been provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • UK
    • Germany
    • France
    • Italy
    • Russia
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
  • MEA
    • South Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
    • Israel


Authors: Preeti Wadhwani, Prasenjit Saha

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Military robots industry revenue was recorded at USD 17 billion in 2020 and will grow at 7% CAGR through 2027 owing to the growing trend of replacing human troops to minimize causalities.

Europe automated military robots demand is set to expand at over 6.5% CAGR through 2027 owing to their ability to operate without any external intervention.

The North America land-based robot segment is set to grow at a CAGR of 8.5% from 2021 to 2027 due to their rising adoption in homeland security & other defense applications.

Europe ISR segment accounted for nearly 35% of military robots industry share in 2020 due to the surging deployment of USVs, AUVs, UGVs, and UAVs.

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