Fixed Wing VTOL UAV Market by Type (Remotely Piloted, Optionally Piloted, and Fully Autonomous), Application (ISR & Combat Support, Search & Rescue, Disaster Management, Maritime Security, Delivery, Surveying & Mapping, and Others), Endurance (Below 10 Hours and Above 10 Hours), End Use (Commercial and Military & Law Enforcement), Propulsion (Electric, Hybrid, and Gasoline): Global Market Size Estimates and Forecast (2019–2030)

Code: BMIRE00025797 | Pages: 100 | Industry: Aerospace and Defense | Date: Sep 2022 | Type: Global

The market crossed US$ 888.85 million in 2022 and is expected to hit US$ 5,430.98 million by 2030, recording a CAGR of 25.4% during the forecast period.

The Growing Deployment of Fixed Wing UAVs across Military Sector has been Significantly Boosting the Fixed Wing VTOL UAV Market Growth.

The growing demand for fixed wing UAVs is supporting the development of VTOL UAVs across military applications. Several defense forces worldwide are majorly focusing on the development and deployment of UAV systems with vertical takeoff and landing capabilities for critical mission operations such as ISR, combat support, and continuous monitoring across border and maritime security applications. Moreover, the rising military expenditure from different countries is further supporting the development and deployment of fixed wing VTOL UAV systems worldwide. For instance, in August 2021, the US Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) awarded a contract to PteroDynamics to supply three units of its VTOL fixed wing aircraft for its Blue Water Maritime Logistics UAS program. Similarly, in March 2022, ideaForge secured a contract from Indian Army to deliver SWITCH UAV, which is a fixed wing VTOL UAV. This is the third contract Indian army has provided in the past three years.

The commercial segment is likely to witness highest growth during the forecast period to generate huge opportunities for market vendors. The demand for fixed wing UAVs for disaster management, search & rescue operations, last mile delivery, and surveying & mapping applications is one of the major factors propelling the market growth.

Within the report, the market is segmented into type, application, endurance, end use, propulsion, and geography. By type, the market is segmented into remotely piloted, optionally piloted, and fully autonomous. Based on application, the market is segmented into ISR & combat support, search & rescue, disaster management, maritime security, delivery, surveying & mapping, and others. By endurance, the market is segmented into below 10 hours and above 10 hours. Based on end use, the market is segmented on commercial and military & law enforcement. Based on propulsion, the market is further segmented into electric, hybrid, and gasoline. Geographically, the market is sub-segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, and Middle East & Africa.

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eVTOL to Provide Future Opportunities for Market Vendors During the Forecast Period. 

The development of electric propulsion-based eVTOL UAVs helps mitigate the negative environmental impact in terms of noise and pollutant emissions. Thus, government regulations and policies for reducing emissions drive the demand for electric propulsion-based eVTOL UAVs.

The vendors are majorly focusing on the development of electric propulsion-based VTOL UAVs wherein eVTOL and fixed wing capabilities open various possibilities for commercial applications such as agricultural mapping applications. Fixed wing eVTOL UAVs allow to map larger areas as they have longer glide capability due to their fixed wing structure that allows the operator to hover the UAV in the air for longer distances with better stability options.

Several vendors such as Quantum-Systems GmbH are already operating in the eVTOL category of UAV systems in the market. Several other vendors are also testing their eVTOL prototypes to enter the market. Such developments are likely to generate huge opportunities for market vendors during the forecast period.

Vendors Focusing on Technological Innovations is Another Major Factor Accelerating the Market Growth.

Several vendors are majorly focusing on developing innovative solutions to cater to growing market demand to remain competitive in the market. For instance, preference of composite materials by market vendors for the development of long endurance VTOL UAVs. The composite materials allow the manufacturers to integrate large wings parts and lightweight airframe that has higher strength to weight ratio and allows the VTOL UAVs to generate lift using very less power due to its light weight and take a longer flight during any operation. For instance, Quantum-Systems GmbH manufactures carbon fiber composite structure-based VTOL UAVs that also allows to fly longer even in stronger wing conditions. Furthermore, several vendors are also integrating advanced warfare technologies into their fixed wing VTOL UAV products that provides several advantages to different end users to integrate such products for different applications. Such instances are generating the demand for VTOL UAVs for different applications across the world.

Recent Strategic Developments in Fixed Wing VTOL UAV Market

The fixed wing VTOL UAV market has undergone several significant developments, and a few of these have been mentioned below:

  • In January 2022, Indian Army awarded a contract worth US$ 20 million to ideaForge for the supply of 200 units of Mini SWITCH VTOL UAVs
  • In August 2022, Censys Technologies Corporation integrated LiDAR systems to its fixed wing VTOL UAV Sentaero.
  • In April 2022, TechEagle unveiled its new India made hybrid eVTOL UAV that has a payload capacity of up to 3 Kg and deliver products at a range of 100 Km with a maximum speed of 120 Kmph.

The fixed wing VTOL UAV market is driven by several players by implementing strategic activities such as investments, new launches, mergers & acquisitions, and partnerships. AeroVironment Inc., ALTI UAS (PTY) LTD, BlueBird, L3Harris Technologies Inc., Lockheed Martin Corporation, Quantum-Systems GmbH, Textron Aviation Inc., THREOD SYSTEMS, ULC Technologies LLC, and Vertical Technologies are among the prominent players operating in the market.

Target audience for the report:

  • Component providers
  • eVTOL UAV manufacturers
  • Fixed wing UAV manufacturers
  • Rotary wing UAV manufacturers
  • UAV component manufacturers
  • UAV related associations, organizations, forums, and alliances
  • Government bodies, such as regulating authorities and policy makers
  • Venture capitalists, private equity firms, and start-up companies
  • Research institutes, organizations, and consulting companies

Scope of the report:

In this report, the market has been segmented on the basis of:

  • Type:
    • Remotely Piloted
    • Optionally Piloted
    • Fully Autonomous
  • Application
    • ISR & Combat Support
    • Search & Rescue
    • Disaster Management
    • Maritime Security
    • Delivery
    • Surveying & Mapping
    • Others
  • Endurance
    • Below 10 Hours
    • Above 10 Hours
  • End Use
    • Commercial
    • Military& Law Enforcement
  • Propulsion
    • Electric
    • Hybrid
    • Gasoline
  • Region
    • North America
      • US
      • Canada
      • Mexico
    • Europe
    • Asia Pacific (APAC)
    • Middle East & Africa
    • South America
  • Companies profiled
    • AeroVironment, Inc.
    • BlueBird
    • L3Harris Technologies, Inc.
    • Lockheed Martin Corporation


  • AeroVironment, Inc.
  • BlueBird
  • L3Harris Technologies, Inc.
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
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