Global Small Drone Market
Aerospace and Defense

Small Drone Market Outlook 2024-2033: Growth Potential, Drivers And Trends

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Market Growth Trajectory

  • Rapid expansion from $5.16 billion in 2023 to $5.84 billion in 2024.
  • Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 13.2%.
  • Forecasted to reach $9.43 billion by 2028, growing at a CAGR of 12.7%.


Driving Forces Behind Market Expansion

Defense Expenditure Boosts Market

  • Increasing military and defense spending fuels small drone market.
  • Drones enhance reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition capabilities.
  • Global military drone R&D and procurement spending set to increase significantly.

LIDAR Technology Revolutionizes Mapping and Surveying

  • Adoption of Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) technology in small drones.
  • LIDAR drones provide precise three-dimensional information about the Earth’s surface.
  • Example: Redtail LiDAR Systems’ RTL-450 LiDAR sensor.


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Industry Dynamics

Strategic Acquisitions Drive Growth

  • Anduril Industries’ acquisition of Area-I Inc. strengthens drone portfolio.
  • Accelerates innovation in software-defined capabilities and mission autonomy.


Market Segmentation

Diverse Types, Operations, Power Sources, and Applications

  • Segmented by Fixed Wing and Rotary Wing.
  • Operations include Remotely Piloted, Optionally Piloted, and Fully Autonomous.
  • Power sources vary between Fuel and Battery.
  • Applications span Military and Commercial sectors.


Regional Insights

Asia-Pacific Dominance and Growth

  • Asia-Pacific leads the market in 2023.
  • Expected to maintain rapid growth throughout the forecast period.



The small drone market is witnessing unprecedented growth, driven by factors such as rising defense expenditure and advancements in technology like LIDAR. Strategic acquisitions are shaping the industry landscape, fostering innovation and expansion in capabilities. With diverse applications across military and commercial sectors, small drones are becoming integral tools for various operations. As Asia-Pacific emerges as a key player in this market, the future promises continued growth and innovation in the small drone industry.


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The Small Drone Global Market Report 2024  provides comprehensive insights on the small drone market size, trends and drivers, opportunities, strategies, and competitor analysis. The countries covered in the small drone market report are Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Russia, South Korea, the UK, and the USA, and the major seven regions are Asia-Pacific, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, North America, South America, the Middle East, and Africa.


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