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The global anti-drone market size was valued at USD 1.34 billion in 2021 and is projected to grow from USD 1.58 billion in 2022 to USD 6.95 billion by 2029, exhibiting a CAGR of 23.55% during the forecast period. The global COVID-19 pandemic has been unprecedented and staggering, with Anti-Drone experiencing higher-than-anticipated demand across all regions compared to pre-pandemic levels. Based on our analysis, the global market exhibited a growth of 18.43% in 2020 as compared to 2019.
Drone countering systems are used to detect and counter unauthorized drones that may have been used to drop explosives, smuggle contraband, and gather intelligence on sensitive assets. This technology is used to protect airports, critical infrastructure, and other areas such as stadiums, military installations, and battlefields. Systems are offered in fixed or portable configurations. Such systems have multiple sensors and help in detecting enemy drones.
The rise in the Number of Unauthorized Drones During the Pandemic Resulted in More Investment in Counter Drone Technology
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Increasing Security Threats Though Drones Across Countries to Propel Market Growth for Counter Drone Technology
Advancement in drone technology has created threats to national security or commercial and critical infrastructure through the use of advanced drones. Such drones, while being armed, are capable of attacks. Such incidents have reportedly increased in recent years, and hence security threats have led governments to think of Anti-Drone technologies.
The use of drones in warfare has led states to carry out attacks with very little reference to international law norms. This has led to a state of continuous warfare in the world. Militaries around the world are putting in resources to stop terrorist drone attacks.
Since 2008, the U.S. has increased its lethal targeting of militants through the use of weaponized drones. The recent war between Russia and Ukraine has raised concerns due to the use of drones in warfare.
Ukraine, though traditionally used the military drone Bayraktar in warfare, recent trends point out the use of small commercial drones in warfare. Small drones, such as the DJI Mavic 3, which cost lesser than military drones, have been seen to be more effective in being fitted with small bombs. This has raised concerns about non-military drones being used in warfare.
There is a rise in consumer drones that are available at lower prices and may be used for unlawful purposes. This has further necessitated the need for developing Anti-Drone technologies. Such drones enable terrorist organizations to target civilians and continue to cause growing concerns.
Thus the increasing use of military and non-military drones for attacks on defense and civilian infrastructure and establishments has necessitated the need for this type of drone technology.
Technological Advancement in Countering Drones to Drive the Market Growth
Companies across the world have started using drones for hunting other drones and new radar systems and lasers to stop drones. From using high-tech laser systems, radar systems, and electronic signal jammers to revamping the older systems, such as repurposed fighter aircraft with powerful radars to look down and shoot UAVs, modern militaries are trying to minimize threats using technology.
The U.S. CRAM system, originally designed to intercept rockets and artillery, has been used to shoot down drones attacking the U.S. forces in Iraq. Such systems fire a stream of high explosive cannon shells at 4,500 rounds a minute.
Increasing Defense Spending by Governments to Drive the Anti-Drone Market Growth
The war in Ukraine has revealed that more systems will be needed to counter rogue drones in the coming years. The U.S. Department of Defense has planned to spend USD 668 million on research into new drone defense technologies and about 78 million to procure such technology by the next year.
In India, the Indian armed forces have given new orders to Indian companies for counter-drone technologies worth USD 1.5 billion. The Indian Navy also signed a contract with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) for an indigenous Anti-Drone naval system.
Since 2019, the U.K. government has funded 18 projects for developing technologies. The government spent close to USD 2.5 million for funding this type of drone technology project. The French defense procurement agency has notified Thales and CS group for developing and delivering PARADE drone countermeasures program capability with a commitment of USD 32.85 million.
Such increasing spending for research and development and procurement and deployment of technologies will drive the growth of this technology.
Procurement Costs and Government Regulations and Control to Act as a Restraint for the Market
Counter-drone technology is mostly a part of military and defense projects. Several governments across the world use different counter-UAV solutions based on different technologies. Most of these systems are very expensive and need to pass through critical government regulations.
However, although different countries have different drone regulations, there has not been any standardization of technologies.
Most countries classify the systems based on how the system finds a drone (radars), what the system does after finding the drone (RF jamming, drone collision, microwave attack, lasers or nets), and based on platform (ground, mobile, mounted or handheld).
For airports and local law enforcement agencies, the regulatory landscape for counter drone technologies is still unclear. The detection methods for counter UAV operations often require working in the radio frequency spectrum and can pose threats to manned aircraft and surveillance, communication, and navigation signals used by air traffic control. Hence, such systems could violate aviation rules and regulations and act as a restraint for the market.
Interdiction Segment to Be the Fastest Growing Segment Due to Development of Advanced Technology to Counter Drones
By this method, the market is segmented into detection and interdiction. Among these, the detection segment dominated the global market in 2021. The detection segment held the largest market share in 2021. The global increase in military spending and rising threats from drones create demand for detection techniques in emerging economies, such as India and China, which are helping boost market growth.
The interdiction segment is projected to grow at a high CAGR during the forecast period. The growth of the segment is attributed to the rising technological advancement in interdiction methods. RF jamming has been a popular interdiction technique. RF jamming causes disruption in the radio frequency link between the drone and its operator by generating large volumes of RF output.
Rise in Use of High Energy Lasers Will Propel the Market Growth
Based on technology, the market is classified into RF analyzers, acoustic sensors, optical sensors, radar, RF jammer, GPS spoofer, high-power microwave devices, nets and guns, and high-energy lasers.
The RF jammer segment accounted for the largest market share in 2021. The RF drone signal jammer blocks the communication between the hostile drone’s video, telemetry, command, control, navigation systems, and the device’s operator. By jamming the communication channels, the drone is effectively disabled and forced back to its home base or grounded at its current location. Hence it has been the most popular choice.
The high-energy lasers segment will grow at the fastest rate with a high CAGR due to its ability to use automated target cueing and a full spectrum of electro-optical/infrared sensors to track, identify, and quickly take down drones. The increasing use of such lasers by military users has led to a high growth rate for the segment.
Other technologies, such as GPS spoofers, acoustic sensors, optical sensors, radars, nets and guns, and high-power microwave devices, will drive the growth of the market due to investment in these technologies from emerging economies such as China and India.
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Rise in Ground-Based Drone Defense Systems to Propel the Growth of the Segment
Based on the platform, the market is segmented into ground-based, UAV, and handheld.
The ground-based segment accounted for the highest market share in 2021. The segment is also expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. The growth of the segment is attributed to the rising expenditure on ground-based defense systems. Thus, higher growth numbers are anticipated during the 2022-2029 period.
The handheld segment is predicted to grow owing to the increase in demand for drone guns and nets. Such devices are portable and thus are a more popular choice in border areas. The segment showed a high CAGR for the forecast period.
The UAV segment is expected to grow at a moderate CAGR compared to other segments. The rise in the use of advanced combat drones for attacking other drones and rising military budgets in procuring such drones are expected to surge the demand for these systems.
Government Segment to Grow Due to Increasing Defense Budgets Facilitating Investment in Counter Drone Technology.
Based on end-use, the market is segmented into government & defense, commercial, airports, and others.
The government & defense segment has been the largest segment with a high market share in 2021 and is anticipated to grow at the highest CAGR during the projected period. The growth of the segment is attributed to the rising expenditure on defense modernization and the increase in threat from drones. The Russia-Ukraine war has further demonstrated the effectiveness of having drone defense systems, and thus growing economies have also started to make or procure counter-drone systems. Thus, higher growth numbers are anticipated during the forecast period.
The commercial segment is anticipated to witness growth with a moderate CAGR during the forecast period. Growth is expected in the forecast period due to increasing commercial uses of drone defense technology in protecting large public safety at gatherings and important conventions.
The airports segment is anticipated to grow with the highest CAGR during the forecast period. The rising drone threats at airports have led to an increase in investment in drone defense systems for airports.
The other segment is anticipated to grow with a moderate CAGR due to increasing use in protecting civil infrastructure, large crowd gatherings, protecting important people, and other critical infrastructure.
North America Anti-Drone Market Size, 2021 (USD Billion)
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The market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the rest of the world.
North America dominated the market in 2021. North America stood at USD 0.44 billion in 2021 and is projected to grow at a moderate CAGR during the forecast period. The growth has been attributed to the presence of key players in the defense domain such as Raytheon Technologies Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Liteye Systems, and others in the region. The U.S. has the highest defense spending in the world and thus held a higher share of the market in 2021.
The market in the Asia Pacific region is projected to grow at the highest CAGR due to increase in investment in drone technology and rising defense budgets. The increase in security systems at airports and the protection of international borders in the region are expected to drive the growth of the segment.
Europe's growth is attributed to the increasing expenditure on defense-type modernization along with the procurement of advanced defense systems from other countries in the region. The war between Ukraine and Russia has further demonstrated the importance of having advanced drone defense systems.
The market in the rest of the world will showcase significant growth owing to rising drone threats and an increase in defense sector spending. Middle Eastern countries such as Saudi Arabia, Israel, Turkey, and others have seen unmanned military systems posing an increasing threat to critical infrastructure. This is expected to surge the demand for counter-drone technology from the region.
Key players such as Raytheon Technology Corporation, Lockheed Martin Technology, and others focus on innovation and new projects to reinforce their market position.
The market is dominated by key manufacturers such as Raytheon Technology Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Elbit Systems, and Israel Aerospace Industries, among others. These players majorly focus on developing partnerships with government and defense authorities for new projects.
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The global anti-drone market report provides a detailed analysis of the market. The report focuses on key aspects such as leading companies, Anti-Drone technologies, and leading Anti-Drone system providers. The report offers insights into the market trends and highlights key industry developments related to the market. In addition to the above, the report encompasses several factors that have contributed to the growth of the market in recent years.
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Fortune Business Insights says that the global market size was USD 1.34 billion in 2021 and is projected to reach USD 6.95 billion by 2029.
The market will exhibit a CAGR of 23.55% during the forecast period.
Interdiction segment is the leading segment in the market.
Raytheon Technology Corporation, Israel Aerospace Industries, DroneShield, Detect Inc, Dedrone Holdings Inc., Liteye Systems Inc., Elbit Systems Ltd., SaaB AB, and Thales Group are the leading players.
North America held the largest market in terms of market share in 2021.
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