DJI (China) and Parrot Drone SAS (France) are the Major Players in the Small Drone Market (2022-2027)

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Chicago, Nov. 16, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The report Small Drone Market by Platform (Civil & Commercial and Defense & Government), Type (Fixed Wing, Rotary Wing, and Hybrid), Application, Mode of Operation, Power Source (Fully Powered, Battery Powered) & Region – Global Forecast to 2027″, Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (SUAVs) or small drones are remotely piloted aerial vehicles that have significant roles in the defense as well as commercial sectors. They are used in commercial applications such as monitoring, surveying & mapping, aerial remote sensing, precision agriculture, and product delivery, as well as military applications such as military attacks and border surveillance. SUAVs are adopted by the oil & gas, railway, power plant, and construction industries. The use of small drones for new applications, such as cargo delivery in the commercial & defense sectors, is expected to drive the growth of the market across the globe.

“The small drone market is projected to grow from USD 3.8 billion in 2022 to USD 6.2 Billion by 2027, at a CAGR of 10.1% from 2022 to 2027.”

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Key players in the Small UAV Industry

  • DJI (China),

  • Parrot Drone SAS (France),

  • Israel Aerospace Industry Ltd. (Israel),

  • AeroVironment, Inc. (US), and

  • Lockheed Martin Corporation (US) among others

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SZ DJI Technology Co., Ltd. (DJI) is a global leader in the manufacturing of commercial small drones. The company offers a wide range of small drones and associated components such as light controllers, propulsion systems, aerial and handheld camera gimbals, and other drone accessories. The company provides its solutions for various applications such as energy, agriculture, entertainment, infrastructure, public safety, and construction sectors. The company expands its business by providing solutions by establishing DJI-operated stores and retail stores across the world. The company has its own in-house research and development and manufacturing facilities in China. It has offices in the US, Germany, the Netherlands, Japan, China, and Hong Kong. The company generates most of its revenue from the US and China. It has received funding to the tune of ~USD 105 million to date from various investors.

Parrot Drone SAS

Parrot Drone SAS, commonly known as Parrot, is one of the key players in the small drone market. It designs, develops, and markets unmanned technology products for hobbyists and professionals across the world. Its offerings include drones, accessories, and support services. The company consists of four main segments: Parrot Drones, Pix4D, Parrot SA, and SenseFly. The company provides a wide range of mini drones, including Swing, Hydrofoil, Jumping Range, Airborne Range, Rolling Spider, and AR drones, among others. Some key subsidiaries of Parrot Drone SAS include SenseFly SA (Switzerland), Pix4D (Switzerland), Parrot Inc. (France), Parrot Italia Srl (Italy), and Parrot GmbH (Germany). The company has a customer base in North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. Parrot has a strong presence and generates most of its revenue from the US and the UK. The company has its own in-house R&D facility for small UAV products. It offers products for surveying and mapping, mining and quarrying, engineering and construction, agriculture, environment, and humanitarian applications. Parrot also offers products through its fully owned subsidiary, SenseFly. The subsidiary Micasense (sensors) was sold in January and did not contribute to 2021 revenues, while the subsidiaries SenseFly SA and SenseFly Inc (fixed-wing drones) were divested in October and contributed to revenues until October 19, 2021.

Israel Aerospace Industry Ltd.

Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI) is a leading manufacturer in both defense and commercial markets and delivers state-of-the-art technologies and systems in all domains. The company provides a wide range of solutions and services for aerial defense—from special mission aircraft and advanced unmanned aerial systems (UAS)—to precision-guided munitions, multi-layered missile defense, loitering munitions, upgrades for military aircraft and helicopters, and sophisticated C4I, ISTAR, and navigation systems. It operates in varied markets around the world, from North America through Brazil and Colombia in the South and India and South Korea in the East to Germany in Europe.

AeroVironment, Inc.

AeroVironment, Inc. designs, develops, produces, supports, and operates a technologically‑advanced portfolio of products and services for government agencies and businesses. The company supplies small drone-related services primarily to organizations within the US Department of Defense and to international allied governments, and tactical missile systems and related services to organizations within the US Government. The company is currently focusing on the development of nano air vehicles (NAVs) under a DARPA-sponsored research contract. This new class of air vehicles is mainly designed by considering indoor and outdoor operation needs. AeroVironment’s small drones, including Raven, Wasp AE, and Puma AE, are designed to operate reliably at very low altitudes in a wide range of environmental conditions, providing a vantage point from which to collect and deliver valuable information. Military forces employ small drones to deliver ISR and communications, including real‑time tactical reconnaissance, tracking, combat assessment, and geographic data, directly to the small tactical unit or individual operator, thereby increasing flexibility in mission planning and execution. In commercial applications, small drones enable enterprises to manage valuable assets such as crops, powerlines, and railroad infrastructure.

Lockheed Martin Corporation

Lockheed Martin Corporation is pioneer in design, development, and integration of advanced technology systems and associated solutions. The company majorly serves aerospace and defense and information security and technology sectors. The company operates through four major segments such as missiles and fire control, aeronautics, space, and rotary and mission systems. Lockheed Martin Corporation has established 572 manufacturing plants in 500 cities. The company has strong base in US with presence in all 50 states. Company’s aeronautics segment is involved in R&D, manufacturing, sustainment, integration, support, and upgrade of advanced military aircraft activities. Company’s, military aircraft product portfolio includes unmanned air vehicles, combat and air mobility aircraft, and related technologies. Some subsidiaries of Lockheed Martin are Lockheed Martin Australia Pty Limited (Australia), Lockheed Martin UK Limited (UK), Lockheed Martin Canada Inc. (Canada), Lockheed Martin Global, Inc. (US), and Lockheed Martin Logistics Management, Inc. (US).

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The Asia Pacific region is projected to Grow at highest CAGR during the forecast period

Asia Pacific small drone market is expected to witness substantial growth and register the highest CAGR during the forecast period. The market growth in this region can be attributed to the rise in defense spending.

Moreover, Asia Pacific has rapidly growing economies, such as China, India, and Japan, with increasing purchasing power parity. Most countries in the region are expected to overtake several leading economies of the world by 2030, following the rapid expansion of the nominal GDP of Asia Pacific. Several governments are focusing on enhancing economic development and creating favorable environments for encouraging investments in new technologies. Though military budgets in Asia Pacific are not as high as those in Europe and US, the trend to modernize infrastructure and transportation, among other platforms, is on the rise. In addition to this, China is one of the prime manufacturers and buyers of drones globally for commercial, consumer, and military applications. The country has developed drones with capabilities to operate in low and high temperatures with high-performance efficiencies.

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