Unmanned Electronic Warfare Market by Component (Hardware and Software), Application (Combat, ISR, and Countermeasure), Platform [UAVs (Fixed Wing, Rotary Wing), USVs/UUVs, and UGVs], Technology (Semi-Autonomous and Fully Autonomous): Global Market Size Estimates and Forecast (2019–2030)

Code: BMIRE00025915 | Pages: 100 | Industry: Aerospace and Defense | Date: Sep 2022 | Type: Global

The market is expected to cross US$ 618.09 million in 2022 and is expected to hit US$ 1,594.99 million by 2030, recording a CAGR of 12.9% during the forecast period.

Vendors focusing on Development of Swarming Drone Systems Catalyzing the Adoption of Electronic Warfare (EW) Technologies Across the Market.

The vendors across unmanned electronic warfare market are majorly focusing on the development of swarm drone systems to provide advanced warfare capabilities to armed forces is pushing the adoption of unmanned EW technologies adoption across the world. For instance, in September 2021, NewSpace Research and Technologies won a contract worth US$ 15 million to supply 100 units of swarm drone technologies to the Indian Army. Moreover, the armed forces of various countries are collaboratively working with different vendors to develop unmanned EW systems based on their respective operational requirements. For instance, in August 2022, Aerospace Times Feihong Technology Co (ATFTC) successfully completed the first testing of China’s FH-95 electronic warfare unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The FH-95 has a maximum takeoff weight of one ton and has a payload capacity of more than 250 kgs that is around 551 pounds. Such developments across the market are likely to bolster the market growth during the forecast period.

The growing adoption of unmanned systems across the armed forces for a variety of applications such as combat operations, surveillance operations, and countermeasure missions is catalyzing the adoption of unmanned EW technologies across the defense sector. This is further supported by increase in military expenditure for the procurement and implementation of electronic warfare technologies in unmanned platforms. Several armed forces are also focusing collaborative approach with market vendors for the development of unmanned systems with electronic warfare capabilities. For instance, in August 2022, the US Navy awarded a contract worth US$ 62.1 million to six different vendors to develop different concepts for large-unmanned surface vessel (LUSV) that could carry cargo, sensors, and weapons and travel the ocean along with Navy’s manned surface force. Such developments are likely to bolster the market growth during the forecast period.

Within the report, the market is segmented into component, application, platform, technology, and geography. By component, the market is segmented into hardware and software. Based on application, the market is segmented into combat, ISR, and countermeasure. Based on platform, the market is further categorized into UAVs, USVs/UUVs, and UGVs. Similarly, the UAVs segment is further bifurcated into fixed wing and rotary wing. Based on technology, the market is further bifurcated into semi-autonomous and fully autonomous. Geographically, the market is sub-segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, and Middle East & Africa.

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Development of EW UGVs (Unmanned Ground Vehicles) to Provide Future Opportunities for Market Vendors During the Forecast Period.

The vendors are focusing on the development of unmanned infantry fighting vehicle technologies to be early mover in the technology across the market and retain their brand image as one of the major suppliers their respective retained the armed force customers. Several vendors are collaborative working with armed forces to understand their requirements and develop customer centric solutions across the world. For instance, in 2018, ECA Group was awarded a contract worth US$ 30.4 million by French Ministry of Armed Forces to supply to supply 15 units of IGUANA E UGVs for the period of 3.25 years. These unmanned ground vehicles have the capabilities to perform search, detection, analysis & neutralization of IED (Improvised Explosives Devices) or UXO (UneXploded Ordnance).

Moreover, the rising deployment of laser weapons in the unmanned ground vehicles is another major factor supporting the growth of unmanned EW market for the UGV segment. A lot of laser weapon vendors are closely working with UGV manufacturers to collaborate and develop new solutions for directed energy weapon-based requirements of ground forces. However, the prototypes of laser systems in the unmanned ground vehicles are projected to enter the market during the near future and is still under early development phase. Such developments are also likely to generate future opportunities for market vendors during the forecast period.

Russia-Ukraine War is Another Major Factor Accelerating the Adoption of Unmanned Electronic Warfare Across European Countries.

The ongoing war between Russia-Ukraine and rising tension among other European countries has boosted the demand or warfare technologies among the armed forces of European nations. The rising tension among countries have been pushing the demand for unmanned warfare systems across different countries. Moreover, the demand for tactical communication systems for UAV systems for remote location operations is likely to generate huge opportunities for market vendors during the forecast period. Further, the Russia-Ukraine war has also generated new market opportunities for unmanned systems-based jammer and countermeasure systems across European countries. Most of the European countries have already announced a rise in their respective defense expenditure that for the procurement of ammunitions and electronic warfare systems that is expected to drive the unmanned electronic warfare systems market during the forecast period.

Recent strategic developments in unmanned electronic warfare market

The unmanned electronic warfare market has undergone several significant developments, and a few of these have been mentioned below:

  • In August 2022, the US Army has awarded a contract worth US$ 9 million to Textron Systems Corp. to supply Aerosonde Mk 4.7 small EW UAV for Nigeria.
  • In February 2022, Milrem Robotics completed its previously awarded contract provided by Royal Thai Army for the supply of THeMIS Combat uncrewed ground vehicle (UGV).
  • In April 2022, the US DoD awarded a contract worth US$ 13.7 million to Bollinger Shipyards to develop the US Navy's Mine Countermeasure Unmanned Surface Vehicle.

The unmanned electronic warfare market is driven by several players by implementing strategic activities such as investments, new launches, mergers & acquisitions, and partnerships. BAE Systems Plc, Elbit Systems Ltd., Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd., L3Harris Technologies Inc., Leonardo SpA, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Raytheon Technologies Corporation, SaaB AB, and Thales Group are among the prominent players operating in the market.

Target audience for the report:

  • Unmanned ground vehicle manufacturers
  • Unmanned aerial vehicle manufacturers
  • Unmanned surface and underwater vehicle manufacturers
  • Unmanned EW system manufacturer
  • EW software providers
  • Military & unmanned systems 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:

  • Component:
    • Hardware
    • Software
  • Application
    • Combat
    • ISR
    • Countermeasure
  • Platform
    • UAVs
      • Fixed Wing
      • Rotary Wing
    • USVs/UUVs
    • UGVs
  • Technology
    • Semi-Autonomous
    • Fully Autonomous
  • Region
    • North America
      • US
      • Canada
      • Mexico
    • Europe
    • Asia Pacific (APAC)
    • Middle East & Africa
    • South America
  • Companies profiled
    • BAE Systems Plc
    • Elbit Systems Ltd.
    • Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd.
    • L3Harris Technologies Inc.
    • Leonardo SpA
  • BAE Systems Plc
  • Elbit Systems Ltd.
  • Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd.
  • L3Harris Technologies Inc.
  • Leonardo SpA
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