The counter drone market is expected to reach $6.5 billion by 2031

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A new report forecasts the global counter-UAS (anti-drone) market to reach $6.44 billion in 2031 from $1.57 billion in 2021, at a growth rate of 15.18% during the forecast period 2021-2031.

“The primary driver of market strength is the need to monitor and sustain the growing number of satellites launched,” the report from Research and Markets revealed.

The report indicates that players operating in this market are developing innovative offerings and are strongly committed to long-term agreements with military organizations or government agencies. The research also sheds light on emerging industries around the world.

The counter drone industry has flourished over the past few years due to the wider adoption of drones due to significant reduction in weight, cost and size, improved duration battery life and an increased degree of autonomy in its operations.

“The first users of anti-UAS technologies were defense organizations; C-UAV systems are now installed in critical infrastructure around the world,” the report adds. “Tools and techniques used by the military, defense organizations and police include GPS spoofing, drone networks, RF jam guns, among others in the anti-drone system.”

He noted that some of the anti-drone systems use sensors to detect UAVs, identify threats using electro-optical/infrared images and RF emissions, and neutralize the threat posed by unidentified UAVs.

US Marine Corps tests Drone Killer Counter-UAS technology. Image: Lance Corporal. Rhita Daniel/United States Marine Corps

Initial state counter drone systems

Despite “earning interest and popularity,” the report says counter-drone systems are still in an early stage and countries need to invest in counter-UAS technology to penetrate certain areas where the industry was deficient.

The report argues that the defense end-user segment is expected to dominate the global counter-UAS market owing to the growing need to deploy anti-drone solutions at military bases. He stated that North America is expected to dominate the global counter UAS market during the forecast period.

Key C-UAS Players

The report lists the following companies as “Leading and Established Players”, which provide counter-UAS systems to multiple end-users, covering around 65% of the market presence:

  • Airbus S.A.S.
  • Blighter Surveillance Systems
  • Boeing
  • Chess Dynamics Ltd.
  • Dedrone GmbH
  • DroneShield Limited
  • Elbit Systems Ltd.
  • Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd.
  • Leonardo SpA
  • L3HarrisTechnologies
  • Liteye Systems Inc.
  • Lockheed Martin Company
  • Northrup Grumman Company
  • Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd.
  • Raytheon Technologies Corporation
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