Military Unmanned Ground Vehicle Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2019 - 2024)

The Military Unmanned Ground Vehicle Market is segmented by Mobility (Wheeled and Tracked), Application (Combat, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance, and Explosive Disposal), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

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Study Period:


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Fastest Growing Market:

Middle East and Africa

Largest Market:

North America

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Market Overview

The unmanned ground vehicle market is anticipated to record a CAGR of above 12% during the forecast period.

  • In recent times, many nations, notably the NATO members, have begun to invest heavily in autonomous military systems. Though the focus had been largely on unmanned aerial vehicles, the investments in the development of UGVs have also grown in recent times. This is acting as a major driving factor for the growth of military unmanned ground vehicle market.
  • The need for reducing the number of fatalities and protection of soldiers on the battlefield is driving the demand for UGVs.

Scope of the Report

The market study of military UGVs is confined to the use of UGVs in the military sector only. The market is segmented based on application into combat, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, and explosive disposal. The explosive disposal segment includes mine clearance and bomb disposal applications of UGVS.

Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance
Explosive Disposal
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Latin America
Rest of Latin America
Middle East & Africa
United Arab Emirates
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Segment to Experience the Highest Growth During the Forecast Period

The intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance segment of the market studied is expected to record the highest CAGR during the forecast period. Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance form a vital part of every military complex operations. The success of military missions largely depends on platforms for ISR missions, and to cater to this need, defense companies are working closely with government agencies for the development of UGVs that are likely to play a vital role by providing combatants with additional surveillance and reconnaissance support. Also, the integration of advanced in technology with UGVs for better data acquisition and target identification has become another major investment area for the companies. In 2018, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) developed a hybrid ground and air robotic system for border patrol, reconnaissance, and surveillance defense system, which combines land and aerial capabilities. The new system supports a variety of complex missions, including intelligence, reconnaissance, and surveillance, ambushes, target detection, and remote threat neutralization. Such developments in UGVs to support ISR missions are propelling the growth of the segment during the forecast period.

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Middle East & African Region to Experience the Highest Growth During the Forecast Period

The Middle East & African region is anticipated to experience the highest growth rate during the forecast period. The Middle East & African countries are investing in modern defense, security, and infrastructure technologies. This has also led to various robotics companies to seize the opportunity for unmanned ground vehicles. Various companies in Israel, Qatar, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, among others, are partnering with the major ground vehicle manufacturers to develop autonomous UGVs that will provide explosive devices' removal assistance, help in reconnaissance missions and ammunition transportation, and carry weapons to support combat missions. For instance, in early 2017, International Golden Group (IGG), an Abu Dhabi-based company, signed a co-operation deal with Milrem Robotics for developing and arming unmanned ground vehicles (UGV). The increasing investments by the governments and companies of the region are acting as a major factor for the region’s growth during the forecast period.

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Competitive Landscape

The military unmanned ground vehicle market is highly fragmented with many companies taking a minor share of the market. The key players in the market are QinetiQ Group plc, Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd., General Dynamics, Rheinmetall AG, and Harris Corporation. Players across the globe are working towards developing new UGVs with advanced control systems and technologies, while militaries world over are getting their hands on the latest technology in autonomous armored vehicle systems. Major companies are also concentrating on research on UGVs, and soon these big firms will partner with smaller firms or acquire them to gain access to local market and also gain access to technologies these firms have developed and deployed across the globe along with their experience and expertise.

Major Players

  1. QinetiQ Group PLC
  2. Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd
  3. General Dynamics Corporation
  4. Rheinmetall AG
  5. Harris Corporation

* Complete list of players covered available in the table of contents below

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Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Drivers

    2. 4.2 Market Restraints

    3. 4.3 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      3. 4.3.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Mobility

      1. 5.1.1 Wheeled

      2. 5.1.2 Tracked

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Combat

      2. 5.2.2 Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance

      3. 5.2.3 Explosive Disposal

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

        2. France

        3. Germany

        4. Russia

        5. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 Latin America

        1. Brazil

        2. Rest of Latin America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle East & Africa

        1. United Arab Emirates

        2. Saudi Arabia

        3. South Africa

        4. Israel

        5. Rest of Middle East & Africa


    1. 6.1 Market Share Analysis

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 General Dynamics Corporation

      2. 6.2.2 Rheinmetall AG

      3. 6.2.3 NEXTER Group

      4. 6.2.4 Oshkosh Corporation

      5. 6.2.5 Harris Corporation

      6. 6.2.6 ASELSAN AS

      7. 6.2.7 QinetiQ Group PLC

      8. 6.2.8 Cobham PLC

      9. 6.2.9 Milrem Robotics

      10. 6.2.10 Roboteam Ltd

      11. 6.2.11 Endeavour Robotics (FLIR Systems)

      12. 6.2.12 Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd*

    3. *List Not Exhaustive

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