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Global Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Market by Type (Helicopters, Multi-Rotors, Quadcopters), By Application (Aerial Imaging, Aerial Games, Other) And By Region (North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Middle East & Africa), Forecast From 2022 To 2030-report

Global Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Market by Type (Helicopters, Multi-Rotors, Quadcopters), By Application (Aerial Imaging, Aerial Games, Other) And By Region (North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Middle East & Africa), Forecast From 2022 To 2030

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Market Overview:

The global small unmanned aerial vehicles market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 16.5% during the forecast period from 2018 to 2030. The market growth can be attributed to the increasing demand for small unmanned aerial vehicles for commercial and recreational applications. Additionally, the growing adoption of small unmanned aerial vehicles in military and defense applications is also contributing to the growth of this market. Based on type, the global small unmanned aerial vehicles market can be segmented into helicopters, multi-rotors, and quadcopters. Of these, helicopters are expected to account for a major share of the global small unmanned aerial vehicles market in terms of revenue during the forecast period. This can be attributed to their high efficiency and ability to carry heavy payloads over long distances.

Global Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Industry Outlook

Product Definition:

Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (SUAVs) are small, unmanned aircraft systems that typically weigh less than 55 pounds. SUAVs are used for a variety of purposes including aerial photography, land surveys, and crop monitoring.


Helicopters are powered by a rotary engine and they are capable of sustained and rapid vertical ascents. They can be either single-rotor or multi- rotor with up to eight blades. Helicopters have been in use for more than a century, but only recently has their application expanded beyond military & defense into commercial applications such as oil & gas, law enforcement, rescue operations, etc.


Multi-rotors are a type of aerial vehicle that is generally composed of two or more rotors which are used to provide directional stability and flight control to the system. Multi-rotor UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) can be distinguished from helicopters as they do not have any tail rotor.

Application Insights:

Aerial imaging was the dominant application segment in 2017 and is expected to continue its dominance over the forecast period. The increasing need for aerial images for various applications, such as land use planning, infrastructure monitoring, security & surveillance has contributed to the growth of this segment. Aerial games are also expected to witness significant growth over the forecast period owing to rising adoption of UAVs by schools and educational institutions. Moreover, government initiatives that aim at encouraging innovation in education are likely to contribute further. Other applications include data collection (for agriculture purposes), mapping & navigation assistance and others (remote sensing).

The aerial imaging segment accounted for a revenue share of around 40% in 2017 while that of other segments combined accounted for a revenue share less than 10%. This indicates a high demand from other applications which could be attributed towards higher costs associated with operating these aircraft compared to their conventional helicopters counterparts.

Regional Analysis:

North America dominated the global small unmanned aerial vehicles market in terms of revenue share in 2016. The growth can be attributed to the increasing demand for UAVs for commercial applications such as real estate, agricultural monitoring, and inspection of power lines and pipelines. Moreover, presence of key companies such as DJI Innovative Technology Co., Ltd., Parrot International GmbH, Yuneec International BVBA has fueled regional growth.

The Asia Pacific region is expected to witness significant growth over the forecast period owing to rising government initiatives pertaining to use of drones for disaster management operations and other activities. For instance; In India Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Systematic Training Programme was launched under National Security Agency (NSA) project which involved training professionals on how operate UAS with special emphasis on using them during natural calamities or terrorist attacks for efficient delivery of goods/supplies or search-and-rescue operations thus boosting industry expansion across this region.

Growth Factors:

  • Increasing demand for small unmanned aerial vehicles for commercial and military applications
  • Rising popularity of drones among hobbyists and enthusiasts
  • Technological advancements in small unmanned aerial vehicle technology
  • Growing number of drone pilots and operators
  • Proliferation of drone racing as a sport

Scope Of The Report

Report Attributes

Report Details

Report Title

Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Market Research Report

By Type

Helicopters, Multi-Rotors, Quadcopters

By Application

Aerial Imaging, Aerial Games, Other

By Companies

Aeronautics, DJI, AeroVironment, Airbus Group, Boeing, Elbit Systems, Finmeccanica, Israel Aerospace Industries, Lockheed Martin, Textron Systems, Xi'an Aisheng Technology Group, Ehang, HobbyKing, Horizon Hobby

Regions Covered

North America, Europe, APAC, Latin America, MEA

Base Year


Historical Year

2019 to 2020 (Data from 2010 can be provided as per availability)

Forecast Year


Number of Pages


Number of Tables & Figures


Customization Available

Yes, the report can be customized as per your need.

Global Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Market Report Segments:

The global Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles market is segmented on the basis of:


Helicopters, Multi-Rotors, Quadcopters

The product segment provides information about the market share of each product and the respective CAGR during the forecast period. It lays out information about the product pricing parameters, trends, and profits that provides in-depth insights of the market. Furthermore, it discusses latest product developments & innovation in the market.


Aerial Imaging, Aerial Games, Other

The application segment fragments various applications of the product and provides information on the market share and growth rate of each application segment. It discusses the potential future applications of the products and driving and restraining factors of each application segment.

Some of the companies that are profiled in this report are:

  1. Aeronautics
  2. DJI
  3. AeroVironment
  4. Airbus Group
  5. Boeing
  6. Elbit Systems
  7. Finmeccanica
  8. Israel Aerospace Industries
  9. Lockheed Martin
  10. Textron Systems
  11. Xi'an Aisheng Technology Group
  12. Ehang
  13. HobbyKing
  14. Horizon Hobby

Global Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Market Overview

Highlights of The Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Market Report:

  1. The market structure and projections for the coming years.
  2. Drivers, restraints, opportunities, and current trends of market.
  3. Historical data and forecast.
  4. Estimations for the forecast period 2030.
  5. Developments and trends in the market.
  6. By Type:

    1. Helicopters
    2. Multi-Rotors
    3. Quadcopters
  1. By Application:

    1. Aerial Imaging
    2. Aerial Games
    3. Other
  1. Market scenario by region, sub-region, and country.
  2. Market share of the market players, company profiles, product specifications, SWOT analysis, and competitive landscape.
  3. Analysis regarding upstream raw materials, downstream demand, and current market dynamics.
  4. Government Policies, Macro & Micro economic factors are also included in the report.

We have studied the Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Market in 360 degrees via. both primary & secondary research methodologies. This helped us in building an understanding of the current market dynamics, supply-demand gap, pricing trends, product preferences, consumer patterns & so on. The findings were further validated through primary research with industry experts & opinion leaders across countries. The data is further compiled & validated through various market estimation & data validation methodologies. Further, we also have our in-house data forecasting model to predict market growth up to 2030.

Regional Analysis

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa
  • Latin America

Note: A country of choice can be added in the report at no extra cost. If more than one country needs to be added, the research quote will vary accordingly.

The geographical analysis part of the report provides information about the product sales in terms of volume and revenue in regions. It lays out potential opportunities for the new entrants, emerging players, and major players in the region. The regional analysis is done after considering the socio-economic factors and government regulations of the countries in the regions.

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Global Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Market Statistics

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1. Executive Summary

2. Assumptions and Acronyms Used

3. Research Methodology

4. Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Market Overview
   4.1. Introduction
      4.1.1. Market Taxonomy
      4.1.2. Market Definition
   4.2. Macro-Economic Factors
      4.2.1. Industry Outlook
   4.3. Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Market Dynamics
      4.3.1. Market Drivers
      4.3.2. Market Restraints
      4.3.3. Opportunity
      4.3.4. Market Trends
   4.4. Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Market - Supply Chain
   4.5. Global Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Market Forecast
      4.5.1. Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Market Size (US$ Mn) and Y-o-Y Growth
      4.5.2. Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Market Size (000’ Units) and Y-o-Y Growth
      4.5.3. Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Market Absolute $ Opportunity

5. Global Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Market Analysis and Forecast by Type
   5.1. Market Trends
   5.2. Introduction
      5.2.1. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Type
      5.2.2. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Type
   5.3. Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Market Size and Volume Forecast by Type
      5.3.1. Helicopters
      5.3.2. Multi-Rotors
      5.3.3. Quadcopters
   5.4. Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Type
   5.5. Market Attractiveness/Growth Potential Analysis by Type

6. Global Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Market Analysis and Forecast by Application
   6.1. Market Trends
   6.2. Introduction
      6.2.1. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Application
      6.2.2. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Application
   6.3. Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Market Size and Volume Forecast by Application
      6.3.1. Aerial Imaging
      6.3.2. Aerial Games
      6.3.3. Other
   6.4. Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Application
   6.5. Market Attractiveness/Growth Potential Analysis by Application

7. Global Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Market Analysis and Forecast by Sales Channel
   7.1. Market Trends
   7.2. Introduction
      7.2.1. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Sales Channel 
      7.2.2. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Sales Channel
   7.3. Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Market Size and Volume Forecast by Sales Channel 
      7.3.1. Manufacturer/Distributor/Service Provider
      7.3.2. Aftermarket
   7.4. Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Sales Channel
   7.5. Market Attractiveness/Growth Potential Analysis by Sales Channel

8. Global Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Market Analysis and Forecast by Region
   8.1. Market Trends
   8.2. Introduction
      8.2.1. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Region
      8.2.2. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Region
   8.3. Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Market Size and Volume Forecast by Region
      8.3.1. North America
      8.3.2. Latin America
      8.3.3. Europe
      8.3.4. Asia Pacific
      8.3.5. Middle East and Africa (MEA)
   8.4. Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Region
   8.5. Market Attractiveness/Growth Potential Analysis by Region
   8.6. Global Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Demand Share Forecast, 2019-2029

9. North America Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Market Analysis and Forecast
   9.1. Introduction
      9.1.1. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Country
      9.1.2. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Country
   9.2. North America Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Market Size and Volume Forecast by Country
      9.2.1. U.S.
      9.2.2. Canada
   9.3. Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Country
   9.4. North America Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Market Size and Volume Forecast by Application
      9.4.1. Aerial Imaging
      9.4.2. Aerial Games
      9.4.3. Other
   9.5. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Application
   9.6. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Application
   9.7. North America Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Market Size and Volume Forecast by Type
      9.7.1. Helicopters
      9.7.2. Multi-Rotors
      9.7.3. Quadcopters
   9.8. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Type
   9.9. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Type
   9.10. Market Attractiveness/Growth Potential Analysis
      9.10.1. By Country
      9.10.2. By Product Type
      9.10.3. By Application
      9.10.4. By Sales Channel
   9.11. North America Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Demand Share Forecast, 2019-2029

10. Latin America Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Market Analysis and Forecast
   10.1. Introduction
      10.1.1. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Country
      10.1.2. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Country
      10.1.3. Latin America Average Pricing Analysis
   10.2. Latin America Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Market Size and Volume Forecast by Country
      10.2.1. Brazil
      10.2.2. Mexico
      10.2.3. Rest of Latin America
   10.3. Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Country
   10.4. Latin America Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Market Size and Volume Forecast by Application
      10.4.1. Aerial Imaging
      10.4.2. Aerial Games
      10.4.3. Other
   10.5. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Application
   10.6. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Application
   10.7. Latin America Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Market Size and Volume Forecast by Type
      10.7.1. Helicopters
      10.7.2. Multi-Rotors
      10.7.3. Quadcopters
   10.8. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Type
   10.9. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Type
   10.10. Market Attractiveness/Growth Potential Analysis
      10.10.1. By Country
      10.10.2. By Product Type
      10.10.3. By Application
      10.10.4. By Sales Channel
   10.11. Latin America Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Demand Share Forecast, 2019-2029

11. Europe Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Market Analysis and Forecast
   11.1. Introduction
      11.1.1. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Country
      11.1.2. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Country
      11.1.3. Europe Average Pricing Analysis
   11.2. Europe Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Market Size and Volume Forecast by Country
      11.2.1. Germany
      11.2.2. France
      11.2.3. Italy
      11.2.4. U.K.
      11.2.5. Spain
      11.2.6. Russia
      11.2.7. Rest of Europe
   11.3. Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Country
   11.4. Europe Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Market Size and Volume Forecast by Application
      11.4.1. Aerial Imaging
      11.4.2. Aerial Games
      11.4.3. Other
   11.5. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Application
   11.6. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Application
   11.7. Europe Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Market Size and Volume Forecast by Type
      11.7.1. Helicopters
      11.7.2. Multi-Rotors
      11.7.3. Quadcopters
   11.8. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Type
   11.9. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Type
   11.10. Market Attractiveness/Growth Potential Analysis
      11.10.1. By Country
      11.10.2. By Product Type
      11.10.3. By Application
      11.10.4. By Sales Channel
   11.11. Europe Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Demand Share, 2019-2029

12. Asia Pacific Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Market Analysis and Forecast
   12.1. Introduction
      12.1.1. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Country
      12.1.2. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Country
      12.1.3. Asia Pacific Average Pricing Analysis
   12.2. Asia Pacific Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Market Size and Volume Forecast by Country
      12.2.1. China
      12.2.2. Japan
      12.2.3. South Korea
      12.2.4. India
      12.2.5. Australia
      12.2.6. Rest of Asia Pacific (APAC)
   12.3. Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Country
   12.4. Asia Pacific Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Market Size and Volume Forecast by Application
      12.4.1. Aerial Imaging
      12.4.2. Aerial Games
      12.4.3. Other
   12.5. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Application
   12.6. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Application
   12.7. Asia Pacific Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Market Size and Volume Forecast by Type
      12.7.1. Helicopters
      12.7.2. Multi-Rotors
      12.7.3. Quadcopters
   12.8. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Type
   12.9. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Type
   12.10. Market Attractiveness/Growth Potential Analysis
      12.10.1. By Country
      12.10.2. By Product Type
      12.10.3. By Application
      12.10.4. By Sales Channel
   12.11. Asia Pacific Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Demand Share, 2019-2029

13. Middle East & Africa Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Market Analysis and Forecast
   13.1. Introduction
      13.1.1. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Country
      13.1.2. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Country
      13.1.3. Asia Pacific Average Pricing Analysis
   13.2. Middle East & Africa Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Market Size and Volume Forecast by Country
      13.2.1. Saudi Arabia
      13.2.2. South Africa
      13.2.3. UAE
      13.2.4. Rest of Middle East & Africa (MEA)
   13.3. Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Country
   13.4. Middle East & Africa Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Market Size and Volume Forecast by Application
      13.4.1. Aerial Imaging
      13.4.2. Aerial Games
      13.4.3. Other
   13.5. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Application
   13.6. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Application
   13.7. Middle East & Africa Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Market Size and Volume Forecast by Type
      13.7.1. Helicopters
      13.7.2. Multi-Rotors
      13.7.3. Quadcopters
   13.8. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Type
   13.9. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Type
   13.10. Market Attractiveness/Growth Potential Analysis
      13.10.1. By Country
      13.10.2. By Product Type
      13.10.3. By Application
      13.10.4. By Sales Channel
   13.11. Middle East & Africa Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Demand Share, 2019-2029

14. Competition Landscape
   14.1. Global Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Market: Market Share Analysis
   14.2. Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Distributors and Customers
   14.3. Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Market: Competitive Dashboard
   14.4. Company Profiles (Details – Overview, Financials, Developments, Strategy) 
      14.4.1. Aeronautics Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.2. DJI Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.3. AeroVironment Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.4. Airbus Group Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.5. Boeing Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.6. Elbit Systems Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.7. Finmeccanica Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.8. Israel Aerospace Industries Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.9. Lockheed Martin Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.10. Textron Systems Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.11. Xi'an Aisheng Technology Group Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.12. Ehang Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.13. HobbyKing Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.14. Horizon Hobby Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.15. COMPANY 15 Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.16. COMPANY 16 Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.17. COMPANY 17 Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.18. COMPANY 18 Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.19. COMPANY 19 Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.20. COMPANY 20 Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook

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