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Unmanned Helicopters Market By Application (Military & Defense, Civil & Homeland Security, Commercial) - Growth, Future Prospects & Competitive Analysis, 2017 – 2025

Published: Dec 2017 | Report Code: 58916-12-17

Helicopters have among the highest rates of crashes as compared to other aircrafts including airplanes, balloons and blimps. Although the fatality rate is relatively low, economic loss in helicopter crash is significantly high. Subsequently, unmanned helicopters have been developed in order to operate in critical operations posing danger to human life. Unmanned helicopters are unmanned systems designed to operate without any human operator onboard. These are equipped with artificial intelligence system along with a combination of sensors and autonomous control systems. This helps these helicopters to operate and navigate by themselves safely even in harsh environments having numerous obstacles.

The overall market is primarily driven by the rising expenditure by the governments over unmanned systems in the defense sector. Unmanned systems offer numerous advantages including reduced personnel loss, more efficient operation in harsh conditions and low overall cost of operation. In addition, unmanned helicopters offer the benefit of operation in critical terrains where unmanned aircraft face limitation in operation. Various national governments are promoting research activities for development of robust autonomous helicopter design. Similarly, aerospace & defense companies such as Lockheed Martin Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Saab Group and several others are investing heavily on designing more effective autonomous helicopter so as to cater to wide range of applications.

Apart from the defense sector, unmanned helicopters market is also driven by the increasing prospects for these helicopters across commercial applications. Unmanned helicopters are already being used for agriculture surveys and are considered to be viable solution for air cargo. Similarly, unmanned helicopters are believed to be significantly suitable for transporting passengers. Thus, wide range of prospective applications for unmanned helicopters is expected to substantially drive the overall market in the following years. However, challenges such as requirement of skilled personnel and limited radio control in remote areas pose significant challenge for unmanned helicopters. Continual efforts improving autonomous controls and flight time is expected to subside the impact of these challenges in the following years.

Unmanned Helicopters Market

Some of the major players profiled in the report are Lockheed Martin Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Boeing Company, Airbus SE, Leonardo S.p.A., China North Industries Corporation (Norinco), Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd., Aeroscout GmbH, American Unmanned Systems, LLC, Aurora Flight Sciences (Boeing company), AirStar International, Inc., Yamaha Motor Company, Saab Group, Russian Нelicopters JSC and several others. Majority of the players are focused upon conducting extensive research & development for betterment of unmanned helicopters design. One of the major challenges for unmanned helicopters sector is payload carrying capacity and endurance. Companies operating in the market emphasize on developing designs capable of carrying more payload systems with minimized helicopter weight. In addition, several companies, especially in China, are inclined towards developing unmanned helicopters capable of conducting combat operations.

Chapter 1 Preface
1.1 Report Description
1.1.1 Purpose of the Report
1.1.2 Target Audience
1.1.3 USP and Key Offerings
1.2 Research Scope
1.3 Market Segmentation
1.4 Research Methodology
1.4.1 Phase I – Secondary Research
1.4.2 Phase II – Primary Research
1.4.3 Phase III – Expert Panel Review
1.4.4 Assumptions
1.4.5 Approach Adopted

Chapter 2 Executive Summary
2.1 Market Snapshot: Global Unmanned Helicopters Market
2.2 Global Unmanned Helicopters Market, By Product Type
2.3 Global Unmanned Helicopters Market, By Service Ceiling
2.4 Global Unmanned Helicopters Market, By Application
2.5 Global Unmanned Helicopters Market, By Geography

Chapter 3 Market Dynamics
3.1 Market Overview
3.1.1 Global Unmanned Helicopters Market Value and Growth, 2015 – 2025, (US$ Mn) (Y-o-Y %)
3.2 Market Drivers
3.3 Market Growth Inhibitors
3.3.1 Impact Analysis of Drivers and Restraints
3.4 Key Market Trends and Future Outlook
3.5 Attractive Investment Proposition
3.6 Competitive Analysis
3.6.1 Market Positioning of Key Vendors
3.6.2 Key Strategies Adopted by the Leading Players

Chapter 4 Global Unmanned Helicopters Market Analysis, by Product Type
4.1 Market Analysis
4.2 Fully Autonomous Helicopters
4.3 Semi-autonomous Helicopters

Chapter 5 Global Unmanned Helicopters Market Analysis, by Service Ceiling
5.1 Market Analysis
5.2 Upto 5,000 Feet
5.3 5,000 to 20,000 Feet
5.4 Above 20,000 Feet

Chapter 6 Global Unmanned Helicopters Market Analysis, by Application
6.1 Market Analysis
6.2 Defense
6.3 Civil
6.4 Commercial

Chapter 7 North America Unmanned Helicopters Market Analysis
7.1 Overview
7.2 North America Unmanned Helicopters Market Analysis, By Product Type, 2015 – 2025
7.2.1 Market Analysis
7.3 North America Unmanned Helicopters Market Analysis, By Service Ceiling, 2015 – 2025
7.3.1 Market Analysis
7.4 North America Unmanned Helicopters Market Analysis, By Application, 2015 – 2025
7.4.1 Market Analysis
7.5 North America Unmanned Helicopters Market Analysis, By Region, 2015 – 2025
7.5.1 U.S.
7.5.1.1 U.S. Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, by Product Type, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
7.5.1.2 U.S. Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, by Service Ceiling, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
7.5.1.3 U.S. Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, by Application, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
7.5.2 Canada
7.5.2.1 Canada Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, by Product Type, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
7.5.2.2 Canada Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, by Service Ceiling, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
7.5.2.3 Canada Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, by Application, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)

Chapter 8 Europe Unmanned Helicopters Market Analysis
8.1 Overview
8.2 Europe Unmanned Helicopters Market Analysis, By Product Type, 2015 – 2025
8.2.1 Market Analysis
8.3 Europe Unmanned Helicopters Market Analysis, By Service Ceiling, 2015 – 2025
8.3.1 Market Analysis
8.4 Europe Unmanned Helicopters Market Analysis, By Application, 2015 – 2025
8.4.1 Market Analysis
8.5 Europe Unmanned Helicopters Market Analysis, By Region, 2015 – 2025
8.5.1 U.K.
8.5.1.1 U.K. Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, by Product Type, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
8.5.1.2 U.K. Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, by Service Ceiling, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
8.5.1.3 U.K. Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, by Application, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
8.5.2 Germany
8.5.2.1 Germany Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, by Product Type, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
8.5.2.2 Germany Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, by Service Ceiling, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
8.5.2.3 Germany Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, by Application, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
8.5.3 France
8.5.3.1 France Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, by Product Type, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
8.5.3.2 France Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, by Service Ceiling, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
8.5.3.3 France Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, by Application, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
8.5.4 Russia
8.5.4.1 Russia Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, by Product Type, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
8.5.4.2 Russia Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, by Service Ceiling, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
8.5.4.3 Russia Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, by Application, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
8.5.5 Rest of Europe
8.5.5.1 Rest of Europe Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, by Product Type, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
8.5.5.2 Rest of Europe Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, by Service Ceiling, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
8.5.5.3 Rest of Europe Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, by Application, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)

Chapter 9 Asia Pacific Unmanned Helicopters Market Analysis
9.1 Overview
9.2 Asia Pacific Unmanned Helicopters Market Analysis, By Product Type, 2015 – 2025
9.2.1 Market Analysis
9.3 Asia Pacific Unmanned Helicopters Market Analysis, By Service Ceiling, 2015 – 2025
9.3.1 Market Analysis
9.4 Asia Pacific Unmanned Helicopters Market Analysis, By Application, 2015 – 2025
9.4.1 Market Analysis
9.5 Asia Pacific Unmanned Helicopters Market Analysis, By Region, 2015 – 2025
9.5.1 China
9.5.1.1 China Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, by Product Type, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
9.5.1.2 China Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, by Service Ceiling, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
9.5.1.3 China Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, by Application, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
9.5.2 Japan
9.5.2.1 Japan Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, by Product Type, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
9.5.2.2 Japan Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, by Service Ceiling, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
9.5.2.3 Japan Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, by Application, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
9.5.3 South Asia
9.5.3.1 South Asia Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, by Product Type, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
9.5.3.2 South Asia Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, by Service Ceiling, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
9.5.3.3 South Asia Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, by Application, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
9.5.4 Rest of Asia Pacific
9.5.4.1 Rest of Asia Pacific Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, by Product Type, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
9.5.4.2 Rest of Asia Pacific Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, by Service Ceiling, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
9.5.4.3 Rest of Asia Pacific Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, by Application, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)

Chapter 10 Rest of the World (RoW) Unmanned Helicopters Market Analysis
10.1 Overview
10.2 RoW Unmanned Helicopters Market Analysis, By Product Type, 2015 – 2025
10.2.1 Market Analysis
10.3 RoW Unmanned Helicopters Market Analysis, By Service Ceiling, 2015 – 2025
10.3.1 Market Analysis
10.4 RoW Unmanned Helicopters Market Analysis, By Application, 2015 – 2025
10.4.1 Market Analysis
10.5 RoW Unmanned Helicopters Market Analysis, By Region, 2015 – 2025
10.5.1 Middle East & Africa (MEA)
10.5.1.1 MEA Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, by Product Type, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
10.5.1.2 MEA Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, by Service Ceiling, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
10.5.1.3 MEA Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, by Application, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
10.5.2 Latin America
10.5.2.1 Latin America Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, by Product Type, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
10.5.2.2 Latin America Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, by Service Ceiling, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
10.5.2.3 Latin America Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, by Application, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)

Chapter 11 Company Profiles
11.1 Aeroscout GmbH
11.2 Airbus SE
11.3 AirStar International, Inc.
11.4 American Unmanned Systems, LLC
11.5 Aurora Flight Sciences (a Boeing company)
11.6 Aviation Industry Corporation of China
11.7 Boeing Company
11.8 China North Industries Corporation (Norinco)
11.9 Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd.
11.10 Leonardo S.p.A.
11.11 Lockheed Martin Corporation
11.12 Northrop Grumman Corporation
11.13 Russian Нelicopters JSC
11.14 Saab Group
11.15 Yamaha Motor Company

Note : Profiles of specific players, if required, shall be added to the report upon request

List of Tables :

TABLE 1 Market Snapshot: Global Unmanned Helicopters Market
TABLE 2 Impact Indicators
TABLE 3 Impact Analysis of Drivers and Restraints
TABLE 4 North America Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, By Product Type, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 5 North America Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, By Service Ceiling, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 6 North America Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, By Application, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 7 U.S. Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, By Product Type, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 8 U.S. Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, By Service Ceiling, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 9 U.S. Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, By Application, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 10 Canada Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, By Product Type, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 11 Canada Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, By Service Ceiling, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 12 Canada Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, By Application, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 13 Europe Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, By Product Type, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 14 Europe Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, By Service Ceiling, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 15 Europe Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, By Application, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 16 U.K. Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, By Product Type, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 17 U.K. Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, By Service Ceiling, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 18 U.K. Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, By Application, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 19 Germany Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, By Product Type, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 20 Germany Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, By Service Ceiling, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 21 Germany Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, By Application, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 22 France Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, By Product Type, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 23 France Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, By Service Ceiling, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 24 France Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, By Application, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 25 Russia Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, By Product Type, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 26 Russia Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, By Service Ceiling, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 27 Russia Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, By Application, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 28 Rest of Europe Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, By Product Type, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 29 Rest of Europe Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, By Service Ceiling, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 30 Rest of Europe Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, By Application, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 31 Asia Pacific Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, By Product Type, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 32 Asia Pacific Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, By Service Ceiling, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 33 Asia Pacific Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, By Application, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 34 China Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, By Product Type, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 35 China Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, By Service Ceiling, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 36 China Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, By Application, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 37 Japan Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, By Product Type, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 38 Japan Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, By Service Ceiling, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 39 Japan Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, By Application, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 40 South Asia Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, By Product Type, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 41 South Asia Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, By Service Ceiling, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 42 South Asia Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, By Application, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 43 Rest of Asia Pacific Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, By Product Type, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 44 Rest of Asia Pacific Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, By Service Ceiling, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 45 Rest of Asia Pacific Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, By Application, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 46 RoW Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, By Product Type, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 47 RoW Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, By Service Ceiling, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 48 RoW Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, By Application, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 49 MEA Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, By Product Type, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 50 MEA Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, By Service Ceiling, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 51 MEA Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, By Application, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 52 Latin America Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, By Product Type, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 53 Latin America Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, By Service Ceiling, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 54 Latin America Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, By Application, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 55 Aeroscout GmbH: Company Snapshot (Company Details, Geographical Presence, Product Portfolio, Business Strategy Analysis, Recent Developments)
TABLE 56 Airbus SE: Company Snapshot (Company Details, Geographical Presence, Product Portfolio, Business Strategy Analysis, Recent Developments)
TABLE 57 AirStar International, Inc.: Company Snapshot (Company Details, Geographical Presence, Product Portfolio, Business Strategy Analysis, Recent Developments)
TABLE 58 American Unmanned Systems, LLC: Company Snapshot (Company Details, Geographical Presence, Product Portfolio, Business Strategy Analysis, Recent Developments)
TABLE 59 Aurora Flight Sciences (a Boeing company): Company Snapshot (Company Details, Geographical Presence, Product Portfolio, Business Strategy Analysis, Recent Developments)
TABLE 60 Aviation Industry Corporation of China: Company Snapshot (Company Details, Geographical Presence, Product Portfolio, Business Strategy Analysis, Recent Developments)
TABLE 61 Boeing Company: Company Snapshot (Company Details, Geographical Presence, Product Portfolio, Business Strategy Analysis, Recent Developments)
TABLE 62 China North Industries Corporation (Norinco): Company Snapshot (Company Details, Geographical Presence, Product Portfolio, Business Strategy Analysis, Recent Developments)
TABLE 63 Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd.: Company Snapshot (Company Details, Geographical Presence, Product Portfolio, Business Strategy Analysis, Recent Developments)
TABLE 64 Leonardo S.p.A.: Company Snapshot (Company Details, Geographical Presence, Product Portfolio, Business Strategy Analysis, Recent Developments)
TABLE 65 Lockheed Martin Corporation: Company Snapshot (Company Details, Geographical Presence, Product Portfolio, Business Strategy Analysis, Recent Developments)
TABLE 66 Northrop Grumman Corporation: Company Snapshot (Company Details, Geographical Presence, Product Portfolio, Business Strategy Analysis, Recent Developments)
TABLE 67 Russian Нelicopters JSC: Company Snapshot (Company Details, Geographical Presence, Product Portfolio, Business Strategy Analysis, Recent Developments)
TABLE 68 Saab Group: Company Snapshot (Company Details, Geographical Presence, Product Portfolio, Business Strategy Analysis, Recent Developments)
TABLE 69 Yamaha Motor Company: Company Snapshot (Company Details, Geographical Presence, Product Portfolio, Business Strategy Analysis, Recent Developments)

List of Figures :

FIG. 1 Global Unmanned Helicopters: Market Segmentation
FIG. 2 Global Unmanned Helicopters Market: Research Methodology
FIG. 3 Top-Down and Bottom Up Approach
FIG. 4 Global Unmanned Helicopters Market, By Product Type, 2016 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 5 Global Unmanned Helicopters Market, By Service Ceiling, 2016 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 6 Global Unmanned Helicopters Market, By Application, 2016 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 7 Global Unmanned Helicopters Market, By Geography, 2016 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 8 Global Unmanned Helicopters Market Value and Growth, 2015 – 2025, (US$ Mn) (Y-o-Y %)
FIG. 9 Attractive Investment Proposition
FIG. 10 Market Positioning of Key Unmanned Helicopter Manufacturers, 2016
FIG. 11 Global Unmanned Helicopters Market Value Contribution, By Product Type, 2016 & 2025 (%)
FIG. 12 Global Fully Autonomous Helicopters Market Value, 2015 – 2025, (US$ Mn)
FIG. 13 Global Semi-autonomous Helicopters Market Value, 2015 – 2025, (US$ Mn)
FIG. 14 Global Unmanned Helicopters Market Value Contribution, By Service Ceiling, 2016 & 2025 (%)
FIG. 15 Global Unmanned Helicopters (Upto 5,000 Feet) Market Value, 2015 – 2025, (US$ Mn)
FIG. 16 Global Unmanned Helicopters (5,000 to 20,000 Feet) Market Value, 2015 – 2025, (US$ Mn)
FIG. 17 Global Unmanned Helicopters (Above 20,000 Feet) Market Value, 2015 – 2025, (US$ Mn)
FIG. 18 Global Unmanned Helicopters Market Value Contribution, By Application, 2016 & 2025 (%)
FIG. 19 Global Unmanned Helicopters Market Value from Defense, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 20 Global Unmanned Helicopters Market Value from Civil, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 21 Global Unmanned Helicopters Market Value from Commercial, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 22 North America Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, 2015 – 2025, (US$ Mn)
FIG. 23 Europe Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, 2015 – 2025, (US$ Mn)
FIG. 24 Asia Pacific Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, 2015 – 2025, (US$ Mn)
FIG. 25 RoW Unmanned Helicopters Market Value, 2015 – 2025, (US$ Mn)

On the basis of application, the global unmanned helicopters market is segmented into following categories:

  • Military & Defense
  • Civil & Homeland Security
  • Commercial

Their contribution to the global unmanned helicopters market in 2016 is as shown in the figure below:

Unmanned Helicopters Market

In 2016, the overall unmanned helicopters market worldwide was dominated by the military & defense segment. In 2016, the military & defense segment accounted for more than 50% of the total revenue generated globally. High revenue share of the segment is attributed to the strong expenditure over unmanned systems across different regions. Majority of unmanned helicopters are primarily designed to serve military applications so as to reduce the personnel loss occurring from manned helicopter casualties. With the growing emphasis towards expanding the unmanned systems fleet, the military & defense segment would continue dominating the market over the forecast period.

The civil & homeland security segment follows the military & defense segment. These unmanned systems are expected to gain popularity for applications such as disaster relief and surveillance among others. The commercial segment is set to register the highest growth in market over the forecast period. Autonomous helicopters are believed to emerge greatly efficient for applications such as cargo, transportation, photography and several others. Since eliminating human operator reduces operational cost significantly, autonomous helicopters may witness substantial demand in the following years.

Based on the geography, the global unmanned helicopters market is segmented as per following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • U.K.
    • Germany
    • France
    • Russia
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • Japan
    • China
    • South Asia
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Rest of the World (RoW)
    • Middle East & Africa (MEA)
    • Latin America

Unmanned Helicopters Market

The overall unmanned helicopters market worldwide is dominated by the North America region. In 2016, North America accounted for more than forty percent of the total unmanned helicopters market revenue generated worldwide. The market here is mainly backed by the U.S. having huge expenditure over unmanned systems for the defense sector. In addition, the country is home to large number of major aerospace & defense companies. These companies focus on extensive research & development for improving helicopter designs with an aim of acquiring contracts from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).

With the continually growing expenditure on expanding the unmanned systems fleet, North America is estimated to remain the largest market for unmanned helicopters in the following years. Nevertheless, Asia Pacific is poised to emerge as the most lucrative market for unmanned helicopters during the forecast period. China is projected to emerge as the major driving nation for unmanned helicopters industry in Asia Pacific. Apart from China, countries such as Japan, India and South Korea too represent promising markets. In addition, Russia and Israel too are prominent markets for unmanned helicopters.

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