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This market research report identifies players like Aero Telemetry, CIRCOR Aerospace, Fiber Dynamics, GE Aviation, and Héroux-Devtek to be the key vendors in the global UAV landing gear market. This research report also presents a detailed segmentation of the market by application (defense and commercial and civil) and by geography (the Americas, APAC, and EMEA).
Technavio’s market research analyst predicts the global unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) landing gear market to grow at a CAGR of around 13% during the forecast period. The growing focus on research activities and reduced operating expenses have elevated the uses of UAVs in numerous commercial and civil applications. Commercial UAV suppliers are offering small-UAVs that are used in agricultural, aerial photography, and data collection applications. The manufacturers are also developing UAVs to initiate aerial transport services for healthcare supplies. Also, UAVs are gaining usage in the film industry as the aerial and crane shots are becoming more viable and easier through their applications. Such innovative approaches for deploying UAVs in commercial and civil applications have encouraged several landing gear suppliers to develop and offer subsystems that can support multi-terrain operations. Some of the major technological advancements in the UAV landing gear technology include dynamic changes in steering, actuation, and braking systems and the use of corrosion-protective materials and coating.
Owing to the increased performance capability, the commercial UAV drone manufacturers have opted for alternative energy sources to power the UAVs. These technologies are anticipated to eliminate the endurance and flight-range-related difficulties that the existing UAVs are currently facing. Solar-powered UAVs are popular vehicles that have gained significance as they are inexpensive and are used in several commercial and civil applications that allow repeated coverage of an area. The development of hydrogen-powered UAVs is also gaining momentum in the market, which will increase the chances of procuring alternative-powered UAVs in the coming years.
The market is highly competitive with many prominent vendors competing to extend their market shares. Factors such as stringent safety and regulatory norms and high investments requirement will restrict the entry of new players in the market during the forecast period. The rapid adoption of UAVs in the commercial and civil application will prompt the UAV component providers to develop cost-efficient landing gears that can enhance the operation capability of small UAVs. Also, the introduction of alternative powered UAVs will intensify the competition in the market in terms of manufacturing of components.
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Other prominent vendors in the UAV landing gear market include ACP Composites, CESA, UAV Factory, and Whippany Actuation Systems.
The defense segment accounts for the maximum share of the market and occupied around 82% of the total market during 2015. Technological advancements in the aerospace industry have propelled military organizations to adopt UAVs for various combat missions. The rapid innovations in microelectronics components have enabled vendors to offer advanced tactical UAVs that are smaller in size and have lesser weight compared to older UAVs. Also, the employment of medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) UAVs in the defense has increased substantially, contributing to the growth of this segment. With the growing investments in the development of indigenous UAV platforms by several countries that enable them with superior combat capabilities, the segment is expected to continue its dominance in the coming years.
APAC will be the fastest-growing region in the market and is anticipated to grow at a high CAGR of around 19% during the forecast period. Much of the region’s growth can be attributed to the expansion of military capabilities in key countries such as China, Japan, India, and South Korea. The growing initiatives for indigenous aerospace platforms has led to the development of home-grown UAVs and military drones in the region. Several APAC nations are making huge investments in the parts and components for UAVs, which will propel the UAV landing gear market in the region in the coming years.
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