Drone defense system is widely used for detecting and intercepting the unmanned aerial vehicles and unwanted drones. This defence system has different type of drones such as identification drones, hostile drones among others, where, hostile drones are extensively used to deploy explosives in enemy territory, gather information and also used for counter attacks. The drone defence systems are used in most of the developed and developing countries to protect different areas such as critical infrastructure, airports, and other large public spaces which include battlefields, military sites and stadiums, etc.. Moreover, rising terrorism activities across the world, increasing hacking, and security and safety concerns of the public is driving the growth of the drone defence system market. Due to the onset of COVID-19 pandemic, drone defense system industry witnessed a negative impact, as there were strict lockdown measures announced by governments across the globe, and disruption of supply chain impacted the raw material supply, scarcity in logistics and disturbance in the transportation channels. Apart from this, drone defence system manufacturers has reduced their expansion, stopped the manufacturing process and have declined their investment in research and development, which indirectly impacts the growth of drone defence system market.
In addition, there has been rise in use of drone related solutions across the globe to ensure security and safety of the borders, conduct surveillance in the nation and enemy territory and to give countermeasures to the enemy. The drone defence system can locate unmanned aerial vehicles or drones and locate vulnerable enemy zones, identify security and terrorism-related problems, which are prone to nation’s risks. Moreover, drone defence systems are considered as modern forces which can improve the ability and productivity of different security forces for tackling growing challenges and monitoring criminal activities in the homeland security and defence sector.
Moreover, drones are also used in most of the commercial sectors such as survey agencies, oil & gas companies, news agencies, and land and water resources protection agencies among others for gathering information and protecting their territory, which also increase the demand and growth of the drone defence system market. There is rise in adoption of drone defence system by most of the governments across the world for safeguarding their people, assets and borders from different threats. The rise in drone-related attacks and incidents leads to increase in adoption of drone defense technology, which can identify and destroy the drones and other attacks and increases the demand in the market.
In addition, drone defence system also provides drones that are equipped with artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and RF sensors based solutions that is used for identifying, tracing and classifying several drones promptly. Furthermore, the drone defence system also provides drone swarms where multiple drones can fly in synchronization, which can fly autonomously and can be controlled remotely for carrying out surveillance of the territory or to drop weapons in the unauthorized territories. The drone defence system are available with different technology that includes identification & detection and countermeasures, whereas identification & detection segment dominates the market owing to the rise in deployment of drone systems in the authorized or unauthorized territory for identifying terrorism-related challenges and surveillance of the areas. Further, these technologies are used in various end users such as military, commercial and homeland security sector, where, military sector dominates the market, due to rise in malicious drone-related attacks, increase in investment in drone defense technologies and rising attacks on oil reserves, which increases demand of drones in the military sector.
Apart from this, there is a rising demand of counter-drone technologies across the world, which motivates the start-ups or new companies to innovate new drone solutions in the drone defense system market. These companies have innovated smart solutions which help in detection, destroying and disarm unauthorized drones that are trying to enter in restricted boundaries. Moreover, key players of drone defence system invest a huge amount to develop wide range of counter-drone technologies which can alert, identify, classify and destroy enemy drones and has high demand in the market. Major players in the global drone defense system market are DroneShield Ltd., Dedrone Holdings, Inc., Thales Group, HENSOLDT AG, Orelia SAS, Advanced Protection Systems, Blighter Surveillance Systems Ltd., Leonardo S.P.A., Mistral Solutions Pvt. Ltd. and Aaronia AG.
Trends and Future Outlook:
- Increasing use of drones for different applications such as aerial photography, agriculture, search and rescue operations in military and for surveillance and monitoring for different territory.
- Rising investment of top companies in research & development for designing advancements in the drone solutions for tackling drone swarms and other terrorist attacks.