Aerospace and Defence Unmanned Composites Market

The Unmanned Composites Market is estimated to grow at a CAGR 14.59% rate from 2021 by 2026. The factors expected to fuel the market growth include the increasing need for weight reduction in unmanned systems and increased reliability and durability of composite materials.

The carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) composites segment of the unmanned composites market is expected to witness the highest CAGR during the forecast period. There is an increase in demand for lightweight and cost-effective unmanned system components from OEMs around the world. The carbon fiber is a combination of carbon atoms that are aligned parallel to the main axis of the filament, which provides durability to the structure and is convenient to use in all the commercial applications. These factors are driving the growth of the CFRP segment.

The unmanned composites market has been segmented into Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV), Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV), Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV), Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), passenger drone, and autonomous ship. The UAV segment is expected to dominate the market during the forecast period. UAVs, also commonly termed as drones, are widely used in various military missions. The is a rise in the demand for military UAVs, which are specifically used for aerial surveillance, law enforcement, search and rescue, armed attacks, reconnaissance, and maritime patrol. These UAVs use special composites like boron fiber and aramid fiber, due to which the demand for composites is increasing.

The unmanned composites market in Europe is projected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. The market growth in this region is mainly driven by the deliveries of unmanned systems from the countries such as the UK, France, Russia, and Germany. The unmanned system OEMs based in these countries have increased their deliveries, which, in turn, support the demand for composite materials. The requirement for composite materials for weight reduction is one of the major factors driving the market for unmanned composites in European countries.

Key Market Players include Gurit (Switzerland), Hexcel Corporation (US), Materion Corporation (US), Mitsubishi Rayon (Japan), Owens Corning (US), Renegade Materials Corporation (US), Solvay (Belgium), Stratasys (US), Teijin Limited (Japan), Teledyne (US), and Toray Industries (Japan).

Key Questions Addressed by the Report

  • Growth perspective of the unmanned composites market and the key dynamics and trends governing the market, such as drivers and opportunities.
  • Key sustainability strategies adopted by the leading players in the unmanned composites market.
  • The new and emerging technologies and use cases disrupting the unmanned composites industry.
  • Key applications where unmanned composites play a significant role
  • Key trends and opportunities in the unmanned composites market across different regions and their respective countries.
  • The key players and innovators in the partnership ecosystem.
  • Changes in the competitive landscape of the client ecosystem which impact clients’ revenue.

1.     Introduction

1.1.  Market Definition

1.2.  Study Scope

1.3.  Study Period

1.4.  Market Stakeholders

2.     Research Methodology

2.1.  Secondary Research

2.2.  Primary Research

2.3.  Research Design

2.4.  Data Validation

2.5.  Limitations and Assumptions

3.     Executive Summary

4.     Market Dynamics

4.1.  Drivers

4.1.1.Increasing Need for Weight Reduction in Unmanned Systems

4.1.2.Improved Performance of Unmanned Systems Using Composite Materials

4.1.3.Increased Reliability & Durability of Composite Materials

4.2.  Restraints

4.2.1.High Manufacturing Cost of Unmanned Systems Using Composite Materials

4.2.2.Lack of Standardization in Composite Materials

4.3.  Opportunities

4.3.1.Growing Demand for Unmanned Systems in the Commercial Sector

4.3.2.Increased Spending By Manufacturers of Unmanned Systems in Composite Materials

4.4.  Challenges

4.4.1.Recyclability of Composite Materials

4.4.2.High Repairing Cost of Composite Materials

5.     Unmanned Composites Market, By Type

5.1.  Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer

5.1.1.Carbon fiber


5.2.  Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymer

5.2.1.Glass fiber


5.3.  Boron Fiber Reinforced Polymer

5.3.1.Boron fiber


5.4.  Aramid Fiber Reinforced Polymer

5.4.1.Aramid fiber


6.     Unmanned Composites Market, By Platform

6.1.  UAV

6.2.  UGV

6.3.  ROV

6.4.  USV

6.5.  AUV

6.6.  Passenger Drones

6.7.  Autonomous Ships

7.     Unmanned Composites Market, By Application 

7.1.  Interior


7.1.2.Sandwich panel


7.2.  Exterior




7.2.4.Rotor blade

7.2.5.Tail boom


8.     Unmanned Composites Market, By Region

8.1.  North America



8.2.  Europe


8.2.2. UK

8.2.3. Germany

8.2.4. France

8.2.5. Sweden


8.3.  Asia Pacific

8.3.1. China

8.3.2. Japan

8.3.3. India

8.3.4. Australia

8.3.5. South Korea

8.3.6.Rest of Asia Pacific

8.4.  Middle East




8.5. Rest of the World

9.     Company Profiles

9.1.  Hexcel Corporation

9.2.  Toray Industries, Inc.

9.3.  Stratasys Ltd.

9.4.  Teledyne

9.5.  Gurit

9.6.  Solvay

9.7.  Owens Corning

9.8.  Materion Corporation

9.9.  Mitsubishi Rayon Co. Ltd

9.10. Renegade Materials Corporation

9.11. Teijin Limited

9.12. Unitech Aerospace

9.13. Carbon By Design

9.14. Quantum Composites

* Company introduction, financial information, recent developments, SWOT analysis

10. Conclusion and Recommendations

11. Appendix

11.1.                 About

11.2.                 Related Reports

11.3.                 Glossary

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