NEW YORK, May 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Target drones are autonomously or remotely guided unmanned aircrafts used for various defense operations. These are generally propelled by reciprocating, rotary or rocket engines. These drones are of various size and specifications that define the level of threat imposed by actual target they are imitating to. Earlier, these were generally used by airforce for anti-aircraft target practice during training. But with further development these are now capable of various other operations like reconnaissance, decoy, research and development of various weapons and targeting systems, tracking, monitoring and so on.
Developments are on their way for defense grade autonomous operations of target drones like take off, landing, target following, return to base and so on. Due to strict regulations the OEMs are constrained to limited domains but due to huge scope in future applications the developments are not being stalled. Some of the major aircraft manufacturing units are converting retired combat aircrafts into target drones. The Boeing converted retired QF-16 to full scale aerial target drone with higher capabilities, replacing the existing QF-4 fleet.
The target drone market is segmented into three verticals: by specification, by engine type and applications. Under specification it is further categorized to size, speed, endurance, altitude, autonomy, maneuverability, reach, payload and retrieval system. The report contains in-depth analysis of the vertical segments of this market.
Some of the prominent key players of this market include:
Lockheed Martin Corporation (U.S),
The Boeing Co. (U.S),
Northrop Grumman Corporation (U.S),
Griffon Aerospace, Inc. (U.S),
BAE Systems, plc. (U.K),
BSK Defense S.A (Greece),
Kratos Defense and Security Solutions, Inc. (U.S),
Aerotargets International,LLC (U.S) and many more.
The major keyplayers are profiled in this report including company overview, financial overview, business strategies, product portfolios, recent developments and market shares.
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