Military Drone Market growth is attributed to the demand of the VLOS drone in government applications such as traffic monitoring, police operations & law enforcement, and firefighting & disaster management application. The maximum limit for VLOS is different in countries as specified by the local aviation authorities. In Europe, the maximum VLOS is typically set at not more than 400 ft. AGL (above ground level) vertically and 500 m horizontally. Drone operators in Australia are required to maintain a VLOS and fly below 400 ft. AGL. With prior approvals and air traffic control clearance, flights above 400 ft. are allowed only in designated areas of controlled airspace.
North America is the leading region in the military drone market with the revenue share of over 70% in the year 2016. The growth of the market is attributed to the increasing adoption of the drone in the U.S. for the military and government application. For instance, the U.S the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Homeland Security is using drone for law enforcement and police investigation. They are also planning to use drones for disaster management and firefighting application.
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Asia Pacific region is estimated to grow fastest in the military drone market with a CAGR of 17.6%, owing to the increase in the use of UAVs in countries such as Japan, China, Australia, and India, where there are opportunities in abundance for traffic monitoring, border management, and surveillance. South Korea is estimated to emerge as a market leader in drone technology in the APAC region because of its government?s firm commitment towards heavy investment in drone for varied applications and use cases.
The changing face of warfare in the recent years has been a pivotal factor stimulating military drone market. Aided by cumulative product demand and rapidly progressive technological advancements, this vertical is expected to add a new dimension to the evolving smart industry. Ironically, the latest news about the U.S. military having developed drones that can decide who to kill has created major undulations in military drone industry. As a potential aftermath, the world is still debating over what such a technology can mean for the future of warfare and war ethics. However, it would be fair to state that the advantages of using drones in warfare and military operations have surpassed all debatable boundaries. This is quite evident from the estimates that claim military UAV market share to register a CAGR of 12% over 2017-2024.
The drone with the payload between 25KG and 150KG is dominating the military drone market with more than 50% revenue share in the 2016. Their ability to perform critical missions such as surveillance mission, rescue operation, support to ground forces and traffic monitoring are the major factors augmenting their demand in the market. Furthermore, their high versatility and high tactical capabilities is also estimated to foster the demand.
The demand from government applications, especially for traffic monitoring and police operation & law enforcement is driving the military UAV market. The traffic departments around the world have started testing and deploying drones to monitor and manage urban traffic systems. For instance, in December 2017, the police department in Dubai launched drones to monitor the traffic on the roads. These drones use 4G technology and are controlled by officers from the Dubai Command Room. They also provide a live broadcast of traffic jams during peak hours enabling quick dispatching on patrol units to ease the congestion.
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