GVR Report cover Unmanned Ground Vehicles Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Unmanned Ground Vehicles Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Operation, By Mobility, By Size, By System, By Application, By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2023 - 2030

  • Report ID: GVR-4-68040-022-6
  • Number of Pages: 180
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Range: 2018 - 2021
  • Industry: Technology

Report Overview

The global unmanned ground vehicles market size was estimated at USD 2.92 billion in 2022 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.8% from 2023 to 2030. The growth of the market can be attributed to the rising demands for UGV systems in both commercial and military applications, coupled with advancements in UGV technologies, which in turn have lowered the cost of UGV ownership and increased their accessibility for civilian usage. Unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) are robots that can operate over land, air, and water. It can perform tasks without any need for human operators. UGVs are also referred to as robotic platforms or remotely controlled vehicles. They are used in a variety of commercial, civilian, and military applications such as surveillance, an inspection of dams, nuclear power plants, hazardous chemical regions, bomb disposal in conflict zones, and search & rescue efforts during accidents or natural calamities. 

U.S. unmanned ground vehicles market size, by operation, 2020 - 2030 (USD Billion)

The increasing use of robots in hazardous and dangerous environments such as biological, radiological, nuclear, and chemical threats are anticipated to drive the growth of the global UGV market. UGVs assist in countering the risk posed by explosive ordnance (EO), which includes landmines and improvised explosive devices, as a result, the demand for unmanned ground vehicles is expected to rise exponentially during the forecast period, thereby boosting the growth of the market.

The COVID-19 outbreak had a ripple effect on the global unmanned ground vehicle market. The pandemic led the UGV industry to face numerous challenges, including reductions in defense spending across several regions, logistic challenges, and disruptions in the supply chains of raw materials, among others. However, to withstand the drop in operating performance and revenue of the military sector, service providers and defense systems manufacturers had to limit expansion and R&D spending. Some of the difficulties seen in the unmanned ground vehicle market across the year included the poor production rate and the delay in purchase orders. 

Operation Insights

Based on the operation segment, the global market is segmented into teleoperated, autonomous, and tethered. During the forecast period, the autonomous segment is likely to exhibit a substantial CAGR of 8.3%. This can be attributed to their capability to make decisions without human intervention, including firing at a target. These robotic systems can replace human soldiers in a range of different hazardous tasks, such as patrolling vulnerable areas and barring access to Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), among others.

Teleoperated segment is expected to share the largest market share during the forecast period owing to its wide usage in numerous operations, including rescue and search, surveillance, and others. Additionally, the advantages of the teleoperated segment include enhanced situational awareness, head-aimed remote viewer, digital video feed, low latency, and others.

Mobility Insights

Based on the mobility segment, the market is divided into wheels, tracks, legs, and hybrid. The tracks segment was valued at over USD 1.29 billion million in 2022 and is expected to emerge as the dominant segment during the forecast period owing to the increasing defense spending along with the procurement of next-generation tracked UGVs from various countries. For instance, in May 2021, FLIR Systems Inc. received over USD 70 million in new orders for their innovative and advanced ground robots from the US Armed Services.

The hybrid segment is projected to grow at the fastest CAGR of 10.4% during the forecast period owing to their configuration ability for different roles, which include logistics support platform, observation, target acquisition, reconnaissance, and medical evacuation, among others.

Size Insights

On the basis of size, the global market has been fragmented into small, medium, large, and very large. The small-size segment witnessed a significant market share of over 23% in 2022. This growth is a result of UGVs being used more frequently for military purposes, such as Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions, combat operations, and search and rescue operations.

The large-size segment is projected to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period. This can be attributed to their ability to move bigger objects and operate around difficult terrains. These ground vehicles are used by civil security and military forces to analyze, detect, and defeat threats posed by Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD).

System Insights

The system segment is classified into payloads, navigation and control systems, power system, and others. Over the forecast period, the navigation and control segment is expected to witness a considerable CAGR of 8.0%. Simple image-based control techniques used by the system make it user-friendly and reduce operator workload. The navigation system uses a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receiver and real-time roll, pitch, and heading data to preserve accuracy in the case of a signal breakdown (tunnels, trees, buildings, and others). These factors are expected to drive growth further.

The payloads segment is expected to share a major market share during the forecast period owing to the improved performance of the vehicle by technological advancements in control, sensing, and computing-enabled advanced technologies.

Application Insights

Based on application segments, the market is differentiated into commercial, military, and government & law enforcement. The military segment accounted for the largest market share and is expected to continue its dominance during the forecast period. Using military unmanned ground vehicles for transportation improves logistical efficiency and enhances army movement. These vehicles help the military pick up casualties and carry battlefield equipment off the field. These factors are projected to fuel the segment growth further.

The commercial segment is projected to register the highest CAGR of over 11.1% during the forecast period. This growth can be attributed to the growing use of commercial applications, such as transportation, automotive sectors, healthcare sector, and others. These robots can also be benefitted from Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) to adapt to the environment. 

Global unmanned ground vehicles market share, by size, 2022 (%)

Regional Insights

North America accounted for the highest market share of over 40% in 2022 and is expected to retain its dominance during the forecast period. This can be attributed to factors including the growing defense budget and increasing investments in the procurement of next-generation military UGVs for numerous countries in the area, notably the U.S. For instance, in March 2021, the US Air Force successfully implemented four-legged unmanned ground vehicles, also known as robot dogs, in order to patrol the Tyndall Air Base. In order to protect civilians and secure facilities in the future, these technologies are anticipated to be implemented in civil airports.

Unmanned Ground Vehicles Market Trends by Region

The Asia Pacific is expected to witness the fastest CAGR of 10.9% during the forecast period. The continued development of UGVs for the military sectors in countries such as India, China, and Japan is a major factor in the rise in the region's market growth. Furthermore, the demand for UGVs is also growing due to factors such as the rapid growth of military forces, escalating political tensions between nearby nations, and the rise in terrorism.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

Key players in the unmanned ground vehicle market are offering and expanding their product portfolios by investing in product research & development and delivering competitive pricing, which embroiders market rivalry. For instance, in May 2022, BAE Systems plc demonstrated a lower hull based, the M113 armored fighting vehicle Robotic Technology Demonstrator (RTD), as part of its effort to create a vehicle that suffices US Army criteria for the Robotic Combat Vehicle-Medium (RCV-M).

The competition in this market is high, although technological advancements are allowing companies to save time and cost while increasing their efficiency and effectiveness. Constant research and development are leading to the industry becoming more common and standard even if it requires some investment. Due to globalization, the unmanned ground vehicle trend is present in global markets over boundaries. Some of the prominent players in the global unmanned ground vehicles market are:

  • BAE Systems plc

  • General Dynamics Corporation

  • Hexagon AB

  • L3Harris Technologies, Inc.

  • Lockheed Martin Corporation

  • Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

  • Oshkosh Defense LLC

  • QinetiQ Group Plc

  • Raytheon Technologies Corporation

  • Rheinmetall AG

Unmanned Ground Vehicles Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2023

USD 3.11 billion

Revenue forecast in 2030

USD 5.62 billion

Growth rate

CAGR of 8.8% from 2023 to 2030

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2018 - 2021

Forecast period

2023 - 2030

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million, and CAGR from 2023 to 2030

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Operation, mobility, size, system, application, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Latin America; MEA

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; U.K.; Germany; China; India; Japan; Brazil

Key companies profiled

Lockheed Martin Corporation; Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation; BAE Systems plc; Rheinmetall AG; Raytheon Technologies Corporation; QinetiQ Group Plc; L3Harris Technologies, Inc.; General Dynamics Corporation; Hexagon AB; Oshkosh Defense LLC

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Global Unmanned Ground Vehicles Market Segmentation

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2018 to 2030. For this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global unmanned ground vehicles market report based on application, operation, mobility, size, system, application, and region:

  • Operation Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Teleoperated

    • Autonomous

    • Tethered

  • Mobility Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Wheels

    • Tracks

    • Legs

    • Hybrid

  • Size Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Small

    • Medium

    • Large

    • Very Large

  • System Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Payloads

    • Navigation And Control System

    • Power System

    • Others

  • Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Commercial

      • Agriculture

      • Manufacturing

      • Mining

      • Supply Chain

      • Others

    • Military

      • Explosive Ordinance Disposal

      • Equipment Carrying

      • Forward Reconnaissance

      • Mobile Weapon Platform

      • Combat

      • Surveillance And Reconnaissance

      • Others

    • Government & Law Enforcement

      • Urban Search And Rescue

      • Fire Fighting

      • Nuclear Response

      • Crowd Control

      • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

    • Europe

      • U.K.

      • Germany

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

    • Latin America

      • Brazil

      • Mexico

    • Middle East And Africa

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