Target Drones Market Research Report - Forecast till 2030

Target Drones Market Research Report: Information by Engine Type (Internal Combustion Engine, Jet Engine, and Others), Target Type (Full-Scaled, Sub-Scaled, Free Flying, Towing, and Sporting), End Use (Defense, Homeland Security, and Commercial), Platform (Aerial Targets, Ground Targets, Underwater Targets, and Sea Surface Targets), & Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and South America) - Forecast till 2030

ID: MRFR/A&D/4542-HCR | 100 Pages | Published By Sejal Akre on March 2023         

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Target Drones Market

Target Drones Market Size is expected to reach USD 8.3 Billion by 2030, registering a CAGR of 7.80% during 2022-2030.

By Engine Type Internal Combustion Engine Jet Engine Others
By Target Type Full-Scaled Sub-Scaled Free Flying Towing Sporting
By End Use Defense Homeland Security Commercial
By Platform Aerial Targets Ground Targets Underwater Targets Sea Surface Targets
Key Players
Market Driving Forces   Innovation Registrations In Various Developing Nations Is Another Component
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Target Drones Market Overview

Target Drones Market Size is expected to reach USD 8.3 Billion by 2030, registering a CAGR of 7.80% during 2022-2030.

The target drones are very identical to unmanned aerial vehicles. These drones find their application in ground, aerial, sea surface, and underwater targets. These drones are very popular in the defense industry and are used for training in anti-craft warfare. Usually, these drones are controlled from a remote location. These drones are mostly used by the armed forces for helping the soldiers in carrying out operational activities successfully. These drones have a wonderful and sleek design that keeps on changing as the design of drones is directly proportional to the speed and efficiency of drones. Target drones are controlled with the assistance of a computer & an operator, and sometimes a remote control is enough.

Covid-19 Analysis of Target Drones Market

The coronavirus pandemic has given a very harsh time to all the manufacturing, developing, production, and logistic industries. Also due to this COVID-19 situation, many restrictions were imposed by the government of different countries. The Target Drones Market has not been affected a bit during this pandemic. As these drones find their use in the defense sector and no country in this world will or is ready to compromise with its external security so the special permissions were given by the government to the manufacturers and operators of these drones to continue their work from their offices and not from their homes. So, this industry is working at its normal pace as it was working before the pandemic situation.

Market Dynamics


First of all, the increasing funds in the defense industry that focuses on military training in the emerging nation is one of the major factors that will boost the growth of this market. Secondly, the rising number of patent and innovation registrations in various developing nations is another component that is responsible for the growth of Target Drones Market. Also, the various technological advancements taking place in this sector are another factor that will enhance the profits of this industry. In addition to this massive investments are being made by the industrialists and government in R&D which is one more element that will boost the growth of this industry.


The working of these drones highly depends upon operators. And it is a well-known fact that without proper knowledge of a thing it cannot be operated, and effective results cannot be achieved. These Target Drones Market are the latest invention and not many people are aware of what are the technicalities associated with their efficient working. So this factor's lack of skilled labor force to control and operate these drones is another factor that may restrain the growth of this market.

Technology Analysis

Generally, the normal fuel cells are used as a primary source of power in these drones but due to their high cost, less durability, and takes a lot of time to respond to load change. Keeping this factor in mind a Singapore-based company started the manufacturing of hydrogen fuel cells which are very small, light in weight, and are more durable in comparison to others which in turn proved to be a better alternative than ordinary fuel cells. So, the company entered into a partnership with 6 manufacturing companies to expand their network all around the globe.

Study Objectives

  • To review the point of view of various Target Drones Market experts and leaders and anticipate compound annual growth rate and market growth rate by the end of the global forecast

  • To underline the competitive market outlook and analyze the yield models of key market players, worldwide.

  • To examine the various market dynamics like trends, drivers, and restraints that are most likely to play a role in helping the Target Drones Market and its different segments growing in the domestic as well as international market.

Segment Overview

Target Drones Market share is expected to witness significant growth owing to the performance of different market segments. Among these, the defense segment will be the fastest-growing and also contribute towards this market growth more than any other segment as these target drones are mainly used in anti-aircraft, missile, and submarine military training. Also, the jet engine segment will experience noteworthy growth during the forecast period because of the high rate of adoption of these technologies in the defense segment due to their high-speed engine technologies. Lastly, the line-fit segment will also experience outstanding growth as the customized fit is only available and manufactured in the US and UK. For a magnifying use the Target Drones Market has been segmented into the following on different bases:

  • Based on end-user, it has a defense, homeland security, and commercial.

  • Based on engine type, it has an integrated circuit engine, jet engines, and others.

  • Based on fittings type, it has customized fit and line fit.

Regional Analysis

The Target Drones Market movement is extraordinarily working in 6 major regions of the world that is North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, Africa, South America, and the Middle East. Among all these regions, the North American region will dominate this market and the reason for that is an increase in investments made in training programs in the defense sector. Also, the budget allocated by the US government for target drones is very huge. Also, the initiative was taken by the US government to convert old fighter aircraft to aerial target drones which in turn help missile training and testing and also mock real-time threats for military anti-air crafts. The Asia Pacific region will also witness significant growth during the forecast period and the growth of this region will be led by China and India. Another reason for the growth of this region is that the lack of modification technology that is used in these drones is sourced from Russia. The African and Middle East region will witness moderate growth due to a lack of adequate infrastructure and skilled labor to operate in this region.

Competitive Landscape

To get a comprehensive and acute idea about the Target Drones Market insights, it is very important to create a competitive environment amongst the different prime players present at different market locations all around the world. All the market players are engaging themselves and competing against each other globally in the international markets by implementing various types of strategies such as product launches and upgrades, mergers and acquisitions, partnerships, etc. The most valuable players of this market are: -












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Recent Developments

  • In December 2018, a contract with a massive grant of USD 45.6 million that builds 15 units of GQM-163A was given to Northrop Grumman by Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River Naval Air Station.

  • In May 2019, to provide for 59 unmanned banshee whirlwind systems a contract was signed between QinetiQ and the Indonesian government, and the order of aerial targets and customer training was completed by the company in April 2020.

  • In February 2020, a contract with a massive valuation of USD 50 million was granted to griffon aerospace by the US army. This contract was entered into between the production of MQM-170 outlaw (remotely piloted vehicle target drone) and MQM-171 broadsword (unmanned aerial target drone).

  • In September 2019, a new variant of the banshee Target Drones Market was launched by QinetiQ at the trade show named DSEI held in London in 2019. These new target drones were launched with a twin gas turbine that can reach a speed of over 900km/hr. and that too with half fuel. In addition to that, it has a wide range of 100km.

Intended Audience

  • Drone manufacturers

  • UAV service providers

  • Software developers

  • Component providers

  • Cybersecurity providers

  • IT enterprises

  • System integrators and third-party vendors

  • Government bodies

  • Technology investors 

  • Research institutes and organizations

  • Market research and consulting firms

  • End-users/enterprise-users

  • Managed service providers (MSPs)

Report Overview

The Target Drones Market report represents a drift analysis that talks about market drivers, opportunities, and restraints that are available in the global market. The report also highlights the impact of covid-19 on the prime players of this market. The report also informs the readers about the market segmentation on a different basis and how a competitive environment is developed among the key players around the globe. At last, the report discloses some recent developments in this industry.

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