Combat Drone Market

Combat Drone Companies - Northrop Grumman (US) and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (US) are the Key Players

Combat drones, also known as unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs) or battlefield UAVs, are unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that are used for intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR) and carry aircraft ordnance such as missiles, ATGMs, and/or bombs in hardpoints for drone strikes. These drones are usually under real-time human control, with varying levels of autonomy. The combat drone market is set to grow significantly in the coming years, driven by increasing demand for unmanned systems from militaries across the world. Other Factors positively influencing the market are the development of more advanced combat drones with longer ranges, greater payload capacity, and improved sensors.

The combat drones market is valued at USD 7.2 billion in 2023 and is projected to reach USD 10.8 billion by 2028, at a CAGR of 8.6%. The combat drone industry has witnessed numerous technological advancements over the years in terms of system and payload capabilities. R&D in the field of software technologies and data analytics used in combat drones have enhanced the design of combat drones over the years. It has also led to changes in the size, endurance, power, and propulsion systems of combat drones.

Major Combat Drone Companies Include:

  • Northrop Grumman Corporation (US)
  • Raytheon Technologies Corporation(US)
  • Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd.(Israel)
  • General Atomics Aeronautical Systems(US)
  • Teledyne FLIR LLC. (US)

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Northrop Grumman Corporation

Northrop Grumman Corporation provides innovative systems, products, and solutions in unmanned systems, and also missile-oriented drones leverage cutting-edge technologies to deliver the complex requirements of modern warfare.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a global aerospace, defense, and security company with four business divisions: Aeronautics Systems, Mission Systems, Space Systems, and Technology Services. The Aeronautics Systems division provides a wide range of products and services, including situational awareness systems, early warning systems, air radar and management systems, navigation systems, communication systems, and logistics services. The division is reported in two business areas: Autonomous Systems and Manned Aircraft. Northrop Grumman has a presence in over 40 countries around the world, with major operations in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia Pacific.

Raytheon Technologies Corporation

Raytheon Technologies Corporation is a global aerospace and defense company that provides high-technology products and services to customers in over 150 countries. The company was formed in 2020 through the merger of Raytheon Company and United Technologies Corporation, headquartered in Arlington, Virginia.

The company's products and services include aerostructures, avionics, interiors, mechanical systems, mission systems, and power & control systems for commercial, regional, and business aviation, as well as military applications. Pratt & Whitney, one of Raytheon Technologies' business segments, designs, manufactures, and services advanced aircraft engines and auxiliary power systems for commercial, military, and business aircraft. Raytheon Intelligence and Space, another business segment, delivers disruptive technologies and solutions to civil, military, and commercial customers worldwide. Raytheon Missiles and Defense produce a broad portfolio of advanced technologies, including air & missile defense systems, to deliver end-to-end solutions to detect, track, and engage threats.

Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd.

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is a leading manufacturer of state-of-the-art aerospace and defense technologies and systems. The company operates in both defense and commercial markets, and its products and services are used by customers around the world.

IAI's wide range of solutions and services includes special mission aircraft, advanced unmanned aerial systems (UAS), precision-guided munitions, multi-layered missile defense, loitering munitions, and upgrades for military aircraft and helicopters. The company also operates in varied markets around the world, from North America to South America, Asia, and Europe.

IAI is committed to innovation and has a strong track record of developing new technologies that meet the needs of its customers. The company is also a major player in the global aerospace and defense industry, and its products and services play a vital role in protecting national security and ensuring global stability.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) is a subsidiary of General Atomics that specializes in research and technology development in the field of remotely operated surveillance aircraft. GA-ASI provides long-endurance, mission-capable unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with integrated sensor and data link systems that enable persistent flight for situational awareness and rapid strike.

GA-ASI's products and services include remotely piloted aircraft (RPAs), ground control stations (GCS), detect and avoid systems, sensor control/image analysis software, pilot training, and support services. The company supports warfighters and civil operations around the world.


Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space, and related services. The company has been serving customers in the aerospace & defense industry for over 40 years. It operates in 170 locations across the globe through three divisions, namely, Airbus, Defense and Space, and Helicopters. Airbus offers the military drone through Defense and Space segment.

The Defense and Space segment engages in military aircraft and Unmanned Aerial Systems design, development, delivery, and support, such as combat, mission, and transport aircraft, and Unmanned Aerial Systems and their associated services. Space Systems design, development, delivery, and support of a full range of civil and defense space systems for telecommunications, earth observations, navigation, science, and orbital systems. Connected Intelligence provision of services around data processing from platforms, secure communication, and cyber security. In addition, the main joint ventures design, develop, deliver, and support missile systems as well as space launcher systems.

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