Drone Simulator Software Market By Operating System (Windows, Mac, Linux), By Application (Defense & Law Enforcement, Commercial) - Growth, Future Prospects And Competitive Analysis, 2018 – 2026

The growing adoption of drones across various industries will influence the drone simulator software market positively.

With the increasing penetration of drones in commercial and defense applications, the drone simulator software market is expected to grow rapidly over the forecast period. Drone simulator software is designed to create an environment in accordance with a pilot's needs as well as the type of drone. This helps test one's skills as a drone pilot as well as train people to operate drones. The overall drone simulator software market is primarily driven by the increasing penetration of drones for various applications such as defense, photography, sports, and surveillance, among others.

Over the past few years, the overall drone industry has undergone immense advancements, ranging from longer flight times to larger payloads. The overall drone industry is expected to cross the 3 million mark in terms of units in 2018. As a result, there has been significant growth in the demand for drone-generated data for use in commercial applications, thereby influencing the drone simulator software market's growth positively. Simulations designed specifically for first-person view (FPV) freestyle and drone racing have become more popular in recent years.

Another prominent factor supporting the market's growth is the high cost of drones. Drones are expensive products (ranging from a few hundred to several thousand dollars), making it very important for users to undergo proper training before piloting the real drone. Subsequently, more users have now turned to drone simulators in order to avoid accidents and crashes. Moreover, drone simulator software is easy to install and can be used on a computer with minimal cost. This further creates positive demand for drone simulator software. Drones are widely used for military purposes in order to perform operations such as border security, surveillance, and combat missions, among others. These factors further arouse the need for related training activities, thereby spurring the demand for drone simulator software.

Market Synopsis

High defense sector spending will continue to drive segment growth.

In 2017, the defense and law enforcement segment led the overall worldwide market for drone simulator software. The segment contributed to over 2/3 of the total market value in 2017. The segment's expansion is primarily due to high spending on drones and widespread adoption in applications such as border surveillance, reconnaissance, and combat missions. Growing geopolitical tension between countries is further leading to increased adoption of drones in the military segment. Drone simulator software market growth is expected to go hand-in-hand with the continually increasing penetration of drones, especially in the defense sector.

Moreover, the widening application of drones for police surveillance and traffic monitoring is further contributing to the defense and law enforcement segment's growth. In the commercial segment, the demand for drone simulator software has emerged from the increasing usage of drones across photography, journalism, delivery, and sports. Moreover, moviemakers and photographers are considering the use of drones for capturing quality videos and photographs. This gives rise to additional training requirements using drone simulators, thereby aiding the market's growth.

The widespread use of drones in North America contributes to the rise in demand for drone simulator software.

The global drone simulator software market is dominated by North America, which contributes more than 1/3 of the overall market value generated worldwide. The drone simulator software market growth here is majorly attributed to the strong drone sales in the region, along with the presence of major companies, including Aegis Technologies, CAE, Inc., and L-3 Link Simulation & Training, among others. North America enjoys a high penetration of drones, which are widely used across defense and commercial applications. Moreover, the rising popularity of the Drone Racing League (DRL) in the U.S. is another prominent factor influencing the drone simulator software market's growth positively.

Asia Pacific is estimated to witness significant growth over the forecast period. The growth can be attributed to countries such as China, India, Japan, South Korea, and a few others having significant expenditures on military drones. Asia Pacific has witnessed numerous geopolitical tensions amongst its countries in the recent past, paving the way for the drone market. According to a list released by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), China was the second biggest military spender in 2016, making the country a promising market for drones as well as related training software. Similarly, India too is on a buying spree for military equipment, including drones. Considering the wide application of drones in the military space in the region, the requirement for skilled pilots has also increased, which in turn is expected to drive the drone simulator software market during the forecast period.

Key strategies adopted by the players and the outlook of the market

Offering product differentiation is one of the most common strategies adopted by the players in this market. This strategy is particularly helpful in addressing the increasing competition in the market and also generating increased sales. Moreover, as a result of the wide array of applications that drones are used for further creates the need on the part of the drone simulator software market players to cater to varied requirements. For instance, FPV free riders offer fliers six different scenarios to practice on. Similarly, ImmersionRC allows users to customize a drone by changing motors and batteries.

The drone simulator software market has an enormous growth opportunity in the years to come, benefiting from drone delivery services. Delivery drones are expected to gain significant prominence in the following years. JD.com, a Chinese online retailer, has already started drone delivery in four provinces in China. Similarly, Zipline and DHL are planning to use drones to deliver medicines in rural and remote areas. Even companies such as Google, Inc., Amazon.com, Inc., and United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS) are working towards drone delivery service. For instance, in 2013, Amazon announced its plans for a new drone delivery service called Prime Air. In December 2016, the company made its first drone delivery in the U.K. Moreover, Amazon plans to further expand its drone delivery service, which would enable it to cater to a larger customer group. These factors are expected to positively affect the adoption of drone simulator software in the coming years for training-related activities.

Periods of History and Forecast

2016 : Historic year.

2017: Base Year

2018–2026: Forecast Period

This research report presents the analysis of each segment from 2016 to 2026, considering 2017 as the base year for the research. The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for each of the respective segments is calculated for the forecast period from 2018 to 2026.

Report Scope by Segments

A segment of Operating Systems (2016-2026; US$ Mn)

  • Windows
  • Mac
  • Linux

Application Segment (2016-2026; millions of dollars)

  • Defense and Law Enforcement
  • Commercial

Geography Segment (2016-2026; millions of dollars)

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • France
    • Italy
    • U.K.
    • Russia
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia-Pacific
    • India
    • China
    • Japan
    • Rest of Asia-Pacific
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Middle East and Africa
    • GCC Countries
    • South Africa
    • Rest of Middle East and Africa

Some of the major players profiled in the report are Aegis Technologies, CAE, Inc., Zen Technologies Ltd., Leonardo S.p.A., HELI-X, Selex ES, RealFlight Software, ImmersionRC Ltd., L-3 Link Simulation & Training, Hotprops, among others.

Key questions are answered in this report.

  • What is the global market size?
  • What are the current trends affecting the drone simulator software market?
  • What are the valuable opportunities for the players?
  • What are the key strategies adopted by the leading players in the market?
  • Which are the emerging markets?

Frequently Asked Questions:

The market for Drone Simulator Software Market is expected to reach Us$ XX Bn By 2026.

The Drone Simulator Software Market is expected to see significant CAGR growth over the coming years, at 17.2%.

The report is forecasted from 2018-2026.

The base year of this report is 2017.

CAE, Inc., Zen Technologies Ltd., Leonardo S.p.A., HELI-X, Selex ES, RealFlight Software, ImmersionRC Ltd., L-3 Link Simulation & Training, Hotprop are some of the major players in the global market.

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Published Date:  Mar 2018
Category:  Aerospace & defense
Report ID:   59044
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