Surveillance Drone Market

Surveillance Drone Market Analysis, By Type (Fixed Wing, Multi-Rotor, Hybrid), By Range (VLOS, EVLOS & BLOS), By Mode of Operation (Remotely Piloted, Optionally Piloted, Fully autonomous), By Application & Region - Global Market Insights 20223-2033

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

Surveillance Drone Market Outlook (2023-2033)

The global surveillance drone market has reached a valuation of US$ 5,512.1 million in 2023 and is expected to progress at a CAGR of 14.4% to reach US$ 21,163.2 million by the end of 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. Surveillance drone is gaining higher traction from commercial and military end use for revenue generation, wherein sales of surveillance drone accounted for nearly 16% share of the global drone market at the end of 2022.

Report Attributes


Market Size (2022A)

US$ 4,720.6 million

Estimated Market Value (2023E)

US$ 5,512.1 million

Forecasted Market Value (2033F)

US$ 21,163.2 million

Global Market Growth Rate (2023-2033)

14.4% CAGR

North America Market Share (2022)


North America Market Value (US$ Mn), 2023

US$ 1,659.7 million

Europe Market Share (%), 2023


Europe Market Value (US$ Mn), 2023

US$ 1,730.8 million

China Market Share (%), 2023

~ 13.4%

China Market Value (US$ Mn)

US $ 738 million

Market Share of Top 3 Countries


Key Companies Profiled

  • Aerodyne Group
  • Aesthetix Global
  • Airobotics Ltd.
  • Azure Drone SAS
  • BAE Systems Inc.
  • Cyberhawk Innovations Ltd.
  • Martek Aviation
  • Mistras Group
  • Percepto
  • Avitas Systems Inc.
  • Sky-Futures Ltd.
  • Sphere Drone
  • Tera Drone Corp.
  • Viper Drones

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Sales Analysis of Surveillance drone (2018-2022) Vs. Market Outlook (2023-2033)

Growth in the surveillance and security drones market is attributed to increasing the use of drones in the military applications and other surveillance activities. The surveillance drone revenue is projected to reach US$ 5,512.1 million in 2023, growing at a CAGR of 14.4%.

  • Short Term (2023 Q1 to 2026): Increasing preference for inspection over conventional method will positively impact surveillance drone market growth.
  • Medium Term (2026- 2029): North America and Europe is anticipated to witness comparatively high surveillance drone demand due to increasing number of monitoring applications.
  • Long Term (2029- 2033): Increasing adoption of advanced drones can open new opportunities for surveillance drone market players.

From 2018 to 2022, the global market for surveillance drone registered a CAGR of 12.3%. Fact.MR, a market research and competitive intelligence provider, reveals that the market will exhibit growth at 14.4% CAGR between 2023 and 2033.

Surveillance drone market forecast by Fact.MR

Market share analysis of surveillance drone based on application and region is provided in the above image. Under the application segment, power plant inspection sub-segment dominates with 25.3% market share in 2023.

What’s Driving High Demand for Surveillance Drone across Regions?

“Rising Infrastructure Inspection to Elevate the Surveillance Drone Market Growth”

Drone used for asset management and infrastructure inspections has recently increased due to factors such as how affordable drone services are, how simple they are to operate in remote areas, how accurately thermal imaging cameras can capture images, and how machine learning (ML) techniques can be used to analyze data and make predictions.

Drone-collected market information can be used to spot and anticipate flaws like structural corrosion, coating failures, and other structural damage. Since oil rigs need to be regularly checked in order to increase performance and safety, the oil and gas industry primarily concentrates on inspection and monitoring of oil platforms.

The numerous benefits that drone inspection has over conventional helicopter inspection techniques are also encouraging adoption in a variety of applications. As a result, the surveillance drone market is expected to grow 3.8x in 2023.

“Increasing Wind Turbines Installations to Enhance the Sales of Surveillance Drone”

Increasing number of new wind turbine installations in North America and Europe is expected to boost the market growth during the forecast period. For example, 409 offshore wind turbines were installed in Europe in 2018. This new turbine deployment brings a total of 18,499 MW of installed offshore wind capacity in Europe. 44% of this total capacity was in the UK. These factors are expected to drive the market towards a higher CAGR during the forecast period.

Moreover, increasing use of Al guided drones for wind turbine inspection will further drive the market growth. For example, in September 2020, Aerodyne Group announced a joint venture agreement with Ecopulse, Mexico's leading renewable energy provider. Therefore, the growth of the global surveillance drone market is expected to accelerate at a valuation of US$ 5,512.1 million in 2023.

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What Do Surveillance Drone Manufacturers Need to Watch Out for?

Limited Availability of Skilled Drone Pilots Can Hamper the Market Growth”

Experienced and skilled drone pilots are required to operate drones to survey offshore and onshore structures, and a shortage of such pilots is expected to hinder the growth of this market. According to U.S. federal regulations and policies, drone pilots must have a certified long-range pilot certificate approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Moreover, strict government regulations on the use of drones are expected to hamper the market growth. For example, the state of Arkansas, prohibits the use of drones to monitor critical infrastructure, according to a press release. These factors influence market growth. Lack of expertise in the area are expected to limit the growth of the surveillance drone market during the forecast period.

Country-wise Insights

Why U.S. is Expected to Poise the Demand for Surveillance Drone Market?

North America is the largest region that has contributed to the growth of the global drone surveillance platform market. This is due to the great need for pipeline and offshore inspection and surveillance activities. The U.S. has the largest pipeline in the world, which is why the demand for drones is so high.

The United States leads the drone surveillance market for energy and power industry shares. This dominance is attributed to the widespread adoption of drone technology for pipeline inspection and surveillance applications in the United States. The United States has the world's largest pipeline network and is driving the growth of the North American market. Therefore, the U.S. surveillance drone market is expected to reach US$ 1,496.06 million by 2023.

Why Chinese Surveillance Drone Market Expected to Be Highly Lucrative?

China is also expected to grow at a larger CAGR due to its large population and technological advances. Also, there are some major players in the market such as Terra Drone Corp., Australian UA Pty Ltd. Growing need for surveillance, surveillance due to the complexity of things, inability to reach remote areas, and reliance on drone surveillance platforms further improve the development of the global drone surveillance platform market.

This growth is expected to expand the number of UAV service providers for unmanned aerial systems, especially in China. Therefore, the surveillance drone market in China is expected to reach a valuation of US$ 738.98 million in 2023.

Category-wise Insights

Why is Pipeline Monitoring & Inspection in Application Type a Popular Segment in Surveillance Drone Market?

Natural gas, petroleum, oil and gas, energy, and other industries all have high demands for pipeline safety and monitoring. Testing and monitoring are needed to prevent pipeline damage. The environment could suffer significantly and be negatively impacted by a leak or rupture.

One factor propelling the market expansion for pipeline monitoring systems is the rising number of leakage problems in the oil and gas industries. The pipeline monitoring and inspection application type sub-segment of the surveillance drone market is anticipated to create valuation of US$ 931 million by the end of 2023 as a result of the aforementioned facts.

Why There Is Big Opportunity for Multi-Rotor Drone in Type Surveillance Drone Market?

Surveillance drones can be classified as fixed wing drone, multi-rotor drone, hybrid drone depending on their type. Security forces frequently utilize multirotor drones because they enable them to keep a constant eye on mishaps and incidents from a safe distance while being on high alert for extended periods of time.

Multirotor drones are becoming more and more popular since they are better at navigating tight locations, such those under bridges, can hover above a location to gather more data, and need less room to land and take off.

With the introduction of multirotor drones, the market for extremely long-range multi-rotor drones has increased competition with fixed-wing drones. This would lead to a subsequent rise in demand for multirotor drone type, whose market value is estimated to be around US$ 2960.0 million in 2023.

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Competitive Landscape

Prominent surveillance drone manufacturers are Aerodyne Group, Aesthetix Global, Airobotics Ltd., Azure Drone SAS, BAE Systems Inc., Cyberhawk Innovations Ltd., Martek Aviation, Mistras Group, Percepto, Avitas Systems Inc., Sky-Futures Ltd., Sphere Drone, Tera Drone Corp., Viper Drones.

As there are so many major players in the energy and power drone surveillance market, which operate globally as well as in regional markets, while highly lucrative market opportunities is leading to new entrant in the industry. Owing to which the competitive scenario for surveillance drones is highly fragmented.

These players are committed to offering a wide range of affordable services and solutions to oil and gas companies. Key market players are also able to maintain a sizeable market share due to elements like strategic acquisitions, a focus on boosting simulation and training services, and increased investment in R&D activities.

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

Segmentation of Surveillance Drone Industry Research

  • By Type :

    • Fixed Wing Drone
    • Multi-Rotor Drone
    • Hybrid Drone
  • By Range :

    • Visual Line of Sight (VLOS)
    • Extended Visual Line of Sight (EVLOS)
    • Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS)
  • By Mode of Operation :

    • Remotely Piloted
    • Optionally Piloted
    • Fully autonomous
  • By Application :

    • Pipeline Monitoring and Inspection
    • Offshore Platform Inspection
    • Wind Turbine Inspection
    • Solar Panel Inspection
    • Power Plant Inspection
    • Others
  • Surveillance drone Market by Region :

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

- FAQs -

What is the global surveillance drone market size?

The global surveillance drone market is expected to be at US$ 5,512.1 million in 2023.

Which surveillance drone type holds the highest market share?

Multi-rotor drone will account for 53.7% share of the global market in 2023.

Which regional market accounts for a leading market share?

North America leads the global surveillance drone market accounting for 30.1% market share in 2023.

How is the market for surveillance drone expected to fare in the future?

Worldwide demand for surveillance drone is anticipated to reach US$ 21,163.2 million by 2033-end.

How did the market perform over the past few years?

During 2018-2022, sales of surveillance drone increased at 12.3% CAGR.

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