Search and Rescue Drone Market

Search and Rescue Drone Market Size, Share, Growth, Forecast Analysis, By Drone Type (Consumer/Civil, Commercial, Military), By Product Type ( Consumer/Civil, Commercial, Military), By End Use Vertical (Police & Homeland Security, Others), & Region - Global Market Insights 2023-2033

Analysis of Search and Rescue Drone Market Covering 30+ Countries Including Analysis of US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Nordics, GCC countries, Japan, Korea and many more

Search and Rescue Drone Market Outlook

The search and rescue drone market is estimated to reach valuation of US$ 3,254.4 Million in 2023 and will top US$ 11,648.1 Million by 2033, growing with a CAGR of around 13.6% from 2023-2033.

In 2023, the global drone market is estimated to be valued around US$ 33.9 billion, while the drone market is projected to grow at 17.6% CAGR. Also, the global drone market demand will be nearly 7.6 million unit shipments, while the search and rescue drone will have volume of 729.6 000’ units by 2023. Sales of search and rescue drone accounted for nearly 10% share of the global drone market in 2022.

Report Attributes


Market Size (2022A)

US$ 2,811.8 Million

Estimated Market Value (2023E)

US$ 3,254.4 Million

Forecast Market Value (2033F)

US$ 11,648.1 Million

Global Market Growth Rate (2023-2033)

13.6% CAGR

North America Market Share (2023)


North America Market Value (2023)

US$ 979.9 million

Europe Market Share (2023)


Europe Market Value (2023)

US$ 1,021.9 million

China Market Share (2023)


China Market Value (2023)

US$ 410.3 million

Market Share of Top 3 Countries


Key Companies Profiled

  • Aerialtronics
  • C-Astral d.o.o.
  • DJI
  • Draganfly
  • Drone USA Inc.
  • DSLRPros
  • Mavtech
  • Skyfront
  • UAV Solutions, Inc.

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Sales Analysis of Search and Rescue Drone (2018-2021) Vs. Market Outlook (2023-2033)

Search and Rescue (SAR) is part of public safety and includes activities related to searching for missing persons. This is usually the responsibility of the fire brigade in most countries. There are also private SAR teams in the United States and also other countries. For example, Texas EquuSearch is a non-profit organization dedicated to search and rescue.

In 2019, in Snowy Canyon State Park, Utah, a mountain search and rescue operation was carried out at night using drones to rescue a hiker. This rescue team used specialized SAR drones as a light source to locate the victim.

Drones offer unique capabilities used by emergency responders around the world. They are saving many lives by participating in various general emergency and security operations. The Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 has accelerated the usage of drones for public safety. While everyone in India was in a global lockdown, Indian authorities used drones to enforce social distancing and monitor cities.

  • Short Term (2023 Q1 to 2026): The potential to carry heavy payloads will during the time of emergencies to support market growth.
  • Medium Term (2026- 2029): The strengthening of the emergency services by the providers will impact the sales of search and rescue drone.
  • Long Term (2029- 2033): In future, integration of technology will provide scope for more new and unique designs.

From 2018 to 2022, the global market for search and rescue drone registered a CAGR of 9.1%. Fact.MR, a market research and competitive intelligence provider, reveals that the market will exhibit growth at 13.6% CAGR between 2023 and 2033.

Search and rescue drone market forecast by Fact.MR

Market share analysis of search and rescue drone based on end use vertical and region is provided in the above image. Under the end use vertical, police & homeland security sub-segment dominates with 21.9% market share in 2023.

What’s Driving High Demand for Search and Rescue Drone across Regions?

“A safe, efficient, and cost effective product to drive market growth for search and rescue drone.”

Deployment of drone has increased in recent years for a variety of purposes, and their use in search and rescue operations has proven to be one of the most potentially life-saving applications. Equipped with sensors and powerful cameras, it can cover a large area in a short time. It can also be used at night or in low visibility. Search and rescue drones can also be equipped with special equipment such as infrared cameras and speakers. This allows user to locate missing persons and save lives.

Helicopters and manned aircraft cost hundreds of dollars an hour to operate during rescue operations. Drones, only require an initial investment and have a low maintenance cost. The drone takes off from a safe location and scans from a high altitude. This leads to the safety of the team the as they stay back on the ground and get an idea of the rescue operation.

“Utilization of search and rescue drone during emergencies to provide constant growth of the market”

Search and rescue drones are now becoming a popular product for responders conducting any type of emergency response. These drones are designed to provide aerial support to ground teams in searching for the locations of missing and injured people.

The team can rely on UAVs for search and rescue missions while other team members continue conventional search techniques or provide support elsewhere. Equipped with the right sensors and cameras, the drone can cover large areas quickly and efficiently, making it ideal for search missions.

Combined with GPS tracking, drones can even direct rescuers to specific locations. When disasters and incidents threaten lives and livelihoods, responders need information and real-time images to make better decisions and save time. All these advantages of SAR drone will provide a significant surge in the market.

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What Do Search and Rescue Drone Manufacturers Need to Watch Out for?

“Difficulty to maintain a track of the drone during emergency operations to create a challenge”

One of the biggest challenges in using drones for search and rescue operations is the flyer. As there is no clear line of sight of the drone to the person operating it, the drone can quickly become lost. This is especially a problem in large open areas such as mountains and forests.

Another challenge is battery life. Drones can only stay in the air for a limited amount of time, so they have to land to recharge. This can make it difficult to cover large areas or maintain consistent search patterns. Such limitation of the drones will affect its sales negatively.

Country Wise Analysis

How U.S Search and Rescue Drone Market will Grow over the Forecast Period?

Emergency service providers are the ones who work in emergency rescue, and medical services. There are several service providers who provide medical assistance or services at the site of an accident. These service providers become highly active during war situations, natural disaster management situations, etc.

The service provider companies need to keep a stock of all the required equipment including search and rescue drones to be prepared for any emergency situation. Emergency medical service and fire rescue service elements should work in coordination to provide the best services to the victims/patients.

Many such organizations and also private companies exist in the U.S. region. Also, the country utilizes drone technology in all aspects. Hence the U.S. is poised to grow at an impressive CAGR of 10.9% by providing a valuation of US$ 858.4 million in 2023.

How Market for Search and Rescue Drone is Estimated to Rise in India?

Disaster management in India has been an important topic of discussion due to frequent natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes, droughts, etc. The loss of life and property caused by these disasters is constantly increasing worldwide due to the lack of technology to combat the disasters.

Climate change, population growth, and continued ecological degradation. Global disaster management efforts have proven inadequate to respond to the frequency and scale of natural disasters.

Rapid response, Sakal relief fund, and Smile foundation are a few of the NGOs in India working for disaster management. Such organizations need to be prepared for all situations and primary customers for such search and rescue drones. The market in India will achieve a market share of 20.3% in 2023 in the South Asia & Oceania region.

Category wise Insights

How Healthcare Sector Will Lead to Market Growth?

Due to advances in technology and cost-effectiveness, the employment of unmanned aerial vehicles, popularly known as drones, has increased during the past years. Today, they are often utilized for environmental monitoring, farming, commercial product delivery, public safety, leisure, and other purposes.

Recently, drone applications for improving health have been investigated and approved more extensively. Given the requirement for a quick reaction to improve patient outcomes, the use of drone technology in emergency medicine seems particularly intriguing. The utilization of search and rescue drone for healthcare / EMS will garner a revenue share of 12.1% in 2023.

Drones are also extensively researched and employed in mass casualty and catastrophe situations as well as search and rescue activities. Regulation, flying conditions, safety, confidentiality, worries about consent, and specifics of the necessity of usage, creation, and maintenance of a medical drone network to extend their use in emergency care and emergency medical system (EMS).

How Rise in Fire Departments Will Drive Sales of Search and Rescue Drone?

The rising awareness about rescue operations in various countries has led to the formation of different departments to provide on-time assistance during emergency situations. There are about 27,184 registered fire departments in the U.S. and these fire departments operating in the U.S are advancing their response technology with adoption of drones.

Immediate response to fire accidents has always remained a top priority for public as well as private emergency services. Governments are now taking more initiatives to strengthen their fire and rescue departments by investing in those departments. Not only governments, but also some private funding is being provided to strengthen the facilities of rescue operations. The increase in fire department will also lead to increased sales of search and rescue drone by providing a market value of US$ 660.6 million in 2023.

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Competitive Landscape

Fact.MR profiled the following top companies in search and rescue drone market in its report Aerialtronics, C-Astral d.o.o., DJI, Draganfly, Drone USA Inc., DSLRPros, HPDRONES, Mavtech, Skyfront , UAV Solutions, Inc

Drones can now fly farther and higher owing to developments in sensor technology, giving them a clearer view of hard-to-reach places. They will also have stronger cameras and other sensors, enabling them to gather more comprehensive data about possible victims and dangers.

Fact.MR anticipates that search and rescue teams will depend more and more on these adaptable and life-saving devices as drone technology advances. Manufacturers will also shift towards these innovations for generating higher profits. In addition, market participants are developing autonomous technology in order to avoid human errors while incorporating top-notch sensors and cameras for better operation efficiency.

Fact.MR has provided detailed information about the price points of key manufacturers of search and rescue drone positioned across regions, sales growth, production capacity, and speculative technological expansion, in the recently published report.

Segmentation of Search and Rescue Drone Industry Research

  • By Product Type :

    • Fixed Wing
    • Rotary
    • Hybrid Wing
  • By Drone Type :

    • Consumer/Civil
    • Commercial
    • Military
  • By End-User :

    • Police & Homeland Security
    • Fire Departments
    • Healthcare / EMS
    • Defense
    • Disaster Management
    • Others
  • By Region :

    • North America
    • Latin America
    • Europe
    • East Asia
    • South Asia and Oceania
    • Middle East & Africa

- FAQs -

What will be the valuation of search and rescue drone market in 2033?

The market is likely to reach a valuation of US$ 11,648.1 Million by the end of forecast period.

What will be the valuation of rotary drone sub-segment of product type in 2023?

The rotary drone sub-segment is likely to reach a valuation of around US$ 1,747.6 Million in 2023.

Which region will dominate the value generation in overall market?

Europe region holds the leading market share of around 31.4% in 2023 and presumed to increase in same growth curve by the end of 2033.

What is the CAGR of Germany and China for search and rescue drone market?

Germany and China is expected to grow at a CAGR of 11.9% and 13.1% respectively during the forecast period.

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