Small Drones Market to Exceed $10 Billion by 2020

Small drones is the segment of the market booming year after year as reported by MarketsandMarkets Research.

The Report

They issued and updated a report, predicting that the global small drones market will exceed $10 Billion by 2020, with nano drones leading the way in the segment.  The report predicts that security and law enforcement will be the largest verticals in the market, followed by agriculture and drone delivery.

The global small drones market is projected to grow from USD 5.80 Billion in 2015 to USD 10.04 Billion by 2020, at a CAGR of 11.6% during the forecast period,” says the report summary. “Factors such as rising demand for operational efficiency for surveillance and reconnaissance, and minimized human intervention in combat and other risky military operations and in commercial avenues, such as agriculture and transportation for crop monitoring and packet delivery respectively, are the major factors that will drive the global market.”

Nano Drones

Drone market predictions vary enormously based upon what exactly is measured, but there is a clear pattern on this segment: the nano drones came here to stay a looong time, and the evidence here is their CAGR (Compound annual growth rate – equivalent to the more generic exponential growth rate when the exponential growth interval is one year) of 11.6% for the 2015-2020 period.


Nano drones offer many advantages to consumers and regulators.  Less conspicuous and able to access small spaces, nano drones can be the ideal application for military and law enforcement applications.  Their extemely light weight and small size make them unlikely to inflict much damage in case of an accident – a desirable characteristic from a regulation standpoint.

Key Players

The report names several major players – all recognizable as leading in the military market.  AeroVironment (U.S.), Lockheed Martin (U.S.), Israel Aerospace Industries (Israel), and Elbit Systems (Israel) were listed as market leaders.

Growth is not expected to come primarily from Europe and the U.S. “The Asia-Pacific region is expected to exhibit the highest growth rate in the small drones market, and is projected to grow at a highest CAGR during the forecast period from 2015 to 2020,” says the report. “The Asia-Pacific market is expected to grow at the highest CAGR, because several Asia-Pacific countries such as India, China, Australia, South Korea, and others have focused production of small drones for commercial and defense purposes, such as crop monitoring, logistics, reconnaissance and surveillance, among others.”


Researchers caution, however, that industry growth faces challenges – namely, regulation. “The growth of the small drones market could, however, be affected by certain major restraints in the coming years. These factors include strict airspace regulations across major countries of the world, especially the U.S., where FAA pioneered in setting regulations for commercial use of drones in the region.

(post via MarketsandMarkets)