Published on : Apr 18, 2016
Military robots are devices that are remotely controlled and are designed for military operations. While presently, some of these devices are use, some are other are still in developmental stage. Military robots offer several advantages, the most remarkable is their ability to perform hazardous tasks, thereby helping avoid casualties. This includes walking on minefields, evacuating hostile buildings, or defusing unexploded bombs.
Currently, 87 countries around the world have military robot capacities that have been deployed at the battlefield. With further advancement of technology, it is expected that military robots will exhibit features of increased reliability and efficiency.
The global military robots market will display a positive growth in the coming years. Worldwide, rising demand for drones for stimulating defense capabilities is the major factor driving the said market. This is primarily to keep a check on terrorist and encroachment activities for which defense departments and governments are investing heavily to obtain and develop these devices. This in a way has helped to compensate for downsizing of military personnel.
Factors such as cutting of defense budgets are restraining growth of this market. Across the world, governments are curtailing defense expenses that do not add advantage to the defense abilities of the country. However, trends such as replacing soldiers with humanoid robots has been markedly observed in this industry. This is because robots that have appearance like robots help with camouflaging and for misleading the enemy about the presence of patrol personnel.
Some top players that are present in the global military robots market are Boston Dynamics, Thales Group, Northrop Grumman Corp., Lockheed Martin Corp., and General Dynamics Corp. Some other prominent vendors that operate in this market are BAE Systems, Turkish Aerospace Industries Saab, Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd., and Elbit Systems.