In latest years, there has been increase in use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for the electronic attacks (EA), suppression of enemy air defense (SEAD), destruction of enemy air defense (DEAD), communication transfer, surveillance, intelligence, reconnaissance (ISR) and combat search and rescue (CSAR), operations.
UAVs are next generation of the aerial platforms deployed by the defense forces around world. The demand for these unmanned systems and the payloads has been fuelled by the successful deployment in the combat missions against the terrorism, particularly in countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq. Furthermore, defense forces around world are investing in the systems to counter-terrorism and also reduce troop casualties. The stratospheric UAV payload technology is reasonable and is principally used in the ISR missions; therefore, demand for the systems is estimated to be important in countries with the limited military budgets.Segment Overview
This segment covers market for the UAV payload technology used in defense sector. In defense sector, the UAV payload technologies are used for the surveillance, intelligence, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions. They can be deployed for border and maritime surveillance, missile detection, environmental surveillance, navigation, and other applications. The UAVs can stay in stratosphere for hours or even days at time, and payloads including high-tech cameras can scan wide geographic area required for the surveillance. Such UAVs are obtained by defense forces of countries for observing national and the sea borders. For instance, UK’s Ministry of Defense has ordered the Zephyr S high-altitude pseudo-satellite from the Airbus SAS for communication and surveillance.Regional Overview
North America accounted for largest market share in 2019. Increasing military spending and technological advancements in the North America has led to high demand for UAVs, with U.S. being the larger market. In U.S., the presence of noticeable defense companies such as the Lockheed Martin Corporation and the aircraft manufacturers such as the Boeing are increasing the market growth. Invention, launches by these companies are bolstering market growth in country. For instance, in 2018, Lockheed Martin Corporation introduced unmanned vehicle control software VCSi which can simultaneously control the multiple UAV types.
Companies such as the Boeing are launching new unmanned systems for the defense forces, which is motivating the market growth. For instance, in February 2019, Boeing launched Boeing Airpower Teaming System, unmanned system that can achieve rapid reconfiguration and the various types of assignments in tandem with the other aircraft. Thus, stratospheric UAV payload technology in North America is projected to register considerable CAGR during the forecast period.Competitor overview
In Nov 2018, Boeing Company's Aurora Flight Services introduced its HAPS called Odysseus, that is solar-powered autonomous aircraft.
In Sept 2018, the Thales Alenia Space, joint venture between the Thales Group and the Leonardo SpA, is preparing stratospheric balloon demonstration for the 4G/5G telecom applications with the Hispasat, Spanish satellite communications operator. Demonstration will test 4G/5G applications by letting direct communications between the smartphones and HAPS with communication payloads.
In Nov 2017, Boeing Company acquired the Aurora Flight Sciences to manufacture advanced aerospace platforms and the autonomous systems.Key Players
- 1Airbus SAS
- The Boeing Company
- Lockheed Martin Corporation
- QinetiQ Group PLC
- Thales Group
- Arca Space Corp.
- Near Space Systems, Inc.
- OpenStratosphere SA
- Signal Intelligence (SIGINT)
- Electronic Intelligence (ELINT)
- Communication Intelligence (COMINT)
- Telemetry Intelligence (TELINT)
By End Use
- Persistent Communication
- Imagery and Sensing
- Direct Broadcast TV
- North America
- Rest of Europe
- South Korea
- Rest of Asia-Pacific
- Saudi Arabia
- Rest of LAMEA