Military Robots Market Research Report - Global Forecast till 2027

Global Military Robots Market Research Report: Information by Payload (Sensor, Radar, Weapon, and Others), Mode of Operation (Human Operated and Autonomous), Application (Mine Clearance; Firefighting; Search & Rescue; Transportation; Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR); Combat Support; Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD); and  Others),  Platform (Airborne, Ground-Based, and Naval), and Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and Latin America) - Forecast till 2027

ID: MRFR/A&D/2338-HCR | February 2021 | Region: Global | 100 pages

Please note that the assessment period of report has been updated from 2019-2025 to 2020-2027. Cordially fill the sample form for updated data.

Market Scenario


Military robots are designed for military applications comprised of search & rescue, transportation, mine clearance, and targeting. It is expected that combat robots have become an inherent part of military forces and would replace humans for challenging task that involved dirty, dangerous, and repetitive work. Several hazardous tasks, such as breaching enemy obstacles, are carried out by remote-controlled vehicles as it takes away the risk of the soldier’s life. Other dangerous applications performed by military robots are reconnaissance and detecting chemical weapons. Leading military powers, such as the US and Russia, have modernized their armed forces and deployed weapons using robotics. The rise in popularity of artificial intelligence and robotics in military applications is expected to drive the market during the forecast period. However, there are some shortcomings in operating performance of the military robots, such as difficulty in achieving interoperability among so many different systems and technologies. Various well-known military robots are developed by the US and Russia, such as Uran-6, Skarabei, and Sfera, for various military functions. Uran-6 was designed for performing tasks dealing with mine-reconnaissance and area-clearance operations, while Skarabei is designed for surveillance for underground tunnels and wells. Sfera is designed for determining sources of noise/motion. For instance, AeroVironment UAVs, Tether Eye, a quadcopter is designed to provide surveillance from a height of 15 feet. Similarly, Elbit Systems Ltd Inc., introduced a ViPer (Versatile, Intelligent, and Portable Robot) robots to perform combat performance in the military field. Emerging technologies can bring military applications to new heights. The future deployment of robots is inescapable and will save human lives and warfare to minimize damage to resources. The Predator UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) is probably the most well-known of these robots, having flown missions in the Middle East to eliminate terrorists. Predator drones can also be used for monitoring and surveillance missions. These UAVs have high durability and can extend performance beyond human limitations. The factors responsible for the growth of military robots market is the rising growth in border investigation, and common Intelligent Service Robot (ISR) functions. Other key drivers expected to contribute towards the growth of the military robots market is the rising focus on the development of unmanned military systems and the use of robots for a new range of military applications. For instance, AeroVironment signed a contract with the US Army to provide submarines and armed robots for the next generation of warfare. Moreover, General Dynamics Mission Systems has acquired Bluefin Robotics, which performed a wide range of missions for the US military and commercial customers.


Segmentation of the Global Military Robots Market


Based on payload, the market has been segmented into sensor, radar, weapon, and others. The sensor segment accounted for the largest market share in 2018 and is expected to witness the highest CAGR during the forecast period from 2019 to 2025. Sensors support various systems such as cameras, communication devices, and assist in providing connectivity. Therefore, the segment is expected to propel over the forecast period. Based on the mode of operation, the market has been segmented into human-operated and autonomous. The autonomous segment dominated the market in 2018 and is expected to grow at a higher CAGR during the forecast period. The rise in funding for research and development, rise in modernization programs, and procurement of new military equipment are driving the segment growth. Based on application, the market has been divided into mine clearance; firefighting; search & rescue; transportation; Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR); combat support; Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD); and others. The ISR segment accounted for the largest market share in 2018 and is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. The increasing investments made by the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) in developing ground-based robots for ISR operations is driving the segment growth. Based on the platform, the market has been segregated into airborne, ground-based, and naval. The ground-based segment accounted for the largest market share in 2018. However, the airborne segment is expected to witness the highest CAGR during the forecast period. Increasing adoption of unmanned aerial vehicles is driving the segment growth. Based on the region, the market has been categorized as North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and Latin America. Europe is estimated to acquire the most significant market share in 2018. However, Asia-Pacific is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period from 2019 to 2028. Factors such as increasing defense expenditure by developing economies such as China and India, rising territorial conflicts, and growing terrorism in the region is encouraging the countries to invest in advanced military equipment.


Intended Audience




  • Military robot manufacturers




  • Defense companies




  • Defense organizations




  • Government authorities




  • Research institutes




  • Regulatory bodies




Key Players


The key players in the global military robots market are Lockheed Martin Corporation (US), Northrop Grumman Corporation (US), General Dynamics Corporation (US), BAE Systems (UK), AeroVironment, Inc. (US), IRobot (US), Boston Dynamics (US), Thales Group (France), Elbit Systems Ltd (Israel), Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. (Turkey), QinetiQ (UK), Cobham PLC (UK), and Saab AB (Sweden).  


Research Methodology


The market values and forecasts are derived using MRFR research methodology, which includes secondary research, primary interviews, data triangulation, and validation from an in-house data repository and statistical modeling tools.


Secondary Research


In this process, data is collected from various secondary sources, including annual reports, SEC filings, journals, government associations, aerospace & defense magazines, white papers, corporate presentations, company websites, and paid databases.


Primary Research


In this process, both the demand- and supply-side parties are interviewed to extract facts and insights into the market forecast, production, trends, and projected market growth. Industry stakeholders such as CEOs, VPs, directors, and marketing executives across the value chain are approached to obtain key information.


Key Insights




  • Market Sizing, Forecast, and Analysis: Detailed coverage of the market segment and sub-segments




  • Regional/Country Trends and Forecast: Detailed analysis of the market in North America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East & Africa, and Latin America, along with key countries in each region




  • Market Dynamics Intelligence: Market drivers, opportunities, trends, restraints, Porter’s five forces, supply chain, and value chain analysis




  • Technology Trends, Regulatory Landscape, and Patent Analysis Outlook




  • Competitive Intelligence: Market share analysis, financial analysis, product benchmarking, and strategic developments including joint ventures, product launches, and mergers & acquisitions




  • Regional attractiveness and related growth opportunities




Report Customization


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Company Profiles


In-depth profiling of additional market players (3 to 4 companies


Country-Level Analysis


Detailed analysis of a country-level market and related segments as per the report scope (subject to data availability)



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :


The key applications of military robots include Mine Clearance; Firefighting; Search & Rescue; Transportation; Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR); Combat Support; Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and more.

The top factors fostering the market growth are rising growth in border investigation, and common Intelligent Service Robot (ISR) functions. Other key drivers expected to contribute towards the growth of the military robots market is the rising focus on the development of unmanned military systems and the use of robots for a new range of military applications.

The global Military Robots Market is touted to secure a CAGR of close to 9.5% in the coming period.

APAC is bound to procure the fastest CAGR over the review period.

The factors that make APAC an attractive market for military robots include the surging defense expenditure in China and India, rising territorial conflicts, and the growth in terrorist activities that prompt the countries to spend considerably on advanced military equipment.