Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology has reached a level of maturity that has put these systems at the forefront of aerospace manufacturing and procurement around the world. Operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and the global war on terrorism have particularly demonstrated the usefulness of UAVs for military uses like intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and communications relay, while their relatively low-cost make them ideal for civilian applications like law enforcement, environmental monitoring and aerial survey.
This 154-page independently-produced PDF report is a definitive assessment of the international military and civilian UAV market in 2010 and beyond, which is forecast to be worth $80 billion by 2020. Rather than solely focusing on the potential value or market share in the coming years, the International Military and Civilian UAV Survey looks at the world's operators and manufacturers of unmanned air systems with profiles for over 450 different UAVs operated or developed in 49 countries. This includes those currently available, undergoing development or in operation. Major programmes, orders, requirements and other areas of relevance are assessed to provide a detailed and complete assessment of the development and operation of these systems. Information contained in this report is drawn from primary and secondary open sources.
More than 250 companies involved in the military and civilian UAV market are mentioned, complete with addresses at the end of the publication. This includes all the major players, including the AAI Corporation, AeroVironment, Aurora Flight Sciences, BAE Systems, Boeing, Cassidian Air Systems, Elbit Systems, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc, Israel Aerospace Industries, Northrop Grumman, Rotax, Sagem, Selex Galileo and many others. The report provides an up-to-date identification of every current UAV manufacturer worldwide and significant suppliers, something not done yet in any other report. While the US, Israel, France, Germany and the UK are among the main countries leading the way in UAV procurement and development, the report also provides a unique assessment of the programmes in some of the world's less well-known UAV manufacturing nations. There is additionally a look at the some of the problems for UAV usage and attempts in the US and Europe to integrate them into non-segregated civilian airspace.
All orders include a detailed excel file providing specifications of UAVs by types as well as major engines, sensors and systems.