“Target Drones offer a solution for threat simulation trainings”
The target drones market is projected to grow from USD 3.79 billion in 2016 to USD 6.20 billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 8.55% from 2016 to 2022. The growth of the target drones market can be mainly attributed to factors, such as increased emphasis on enhanced military training and various advantages of target drones over manned target vehicles. However, lack of skilled and trained personnel to operate and control target drones may restrain the growth of this market.

“The sub-scaled market segment is estimated to lead the target drones market in 2016”
Based on target type, the sub-scaled segment is estimated to lead the target drones market in 2016. The growth of this segment can be attributed to the increased procurement of sub-scaled aerial target drones by armed forces across the globe because advanced capabilities in simulating the threat scenario at comparatively low-cost.

“The linefit segment is projected to witness highest growth during the forecast period”
Based on fit, the linefit is projected to witness the highest growth from period 2016 to 2022. Owing to limited defense budget allocation in emerging countries, customization of fighter aircraft is not feasible, as most of the emerging countries procure fighter aircraft from the U.S. and Russia, and cannot afford to convert them into aerial targets. Hence, target drones are majorly linefitted.

“North America is estimated to be the largest market for target drones in 2016”
Based on region, North America is estimated to be the largest market for target drones in 2016. The U.S. is the only country converting old fighter aircraft into aerial targets to help in simulating real-time threat scenarios for military anti-aircraft and missile testing training exercises. The U.S. Air Force is planning to convert a total of 126 units of F-16 into QF-16 target drones. The U.S. is a major procurer of sub-scaled aerial targets. Kratos’ unmanned combat aerial target vehicles business is anticipated double in next two year, based on the contracts awarded to the company by the U.S. Air Force.

Break-up of profile of primary participants in the target drones market:

  • By Company Type - Tier 1 – 30%, Tier 2 – 35%, and Tier 3 – 35%
  • By Designation – C Level – 32%, Director Level – 38%, and Others – 30%
  • By Region – North America - 27%, Europe – 18%, Asia-Pacific – 46%, and RoW – 9%

Major companies profiled in the report include The Boeing Company (U.S.), Northrop Grumman Corporation (U.S.), QinetiQ Group plc (U.K.), Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (U.S.), Saab AB (Sweden), Lockheed Martin Corporation (U.S.), Airbus Group (Netherlands), Leonardo S.p.A. (Italy), ASV Global (U.K.), and AeroTargets International, LLC (U.S.).

Research Coverage:
This research report categorizes the target drones market based on engine type (internal combustion engines, jet engines, and others), end user (defense, homeland security, and commercial), fit (linefit and customized fit), platform (aerial targets, ground targets, underwater targets, and sea surface targets), and target type (full scaled, Sub-Scaled, towing, free flying and sub-scaled). These segments and subsegments were mapped across major regions, namely, North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, MENA and Rest of the World (RoW)

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