The aerospace, defense & security sector is enhancing operations through advancements in robotics, with companies like Boston Dynamics, Samsung, and Lyten Inc. developing technologies for unmanned aerial systems and UAV flight management. These innovations are boosting the effectiveness and reliability of defense operations. The US, UK and China are leading in robotics adoption, influencing trends in innovation, investment, and hiring across various industries. The impact of robotics extends beyond the aerospace, defense & security sector, influencing various industries. GlobalData’s robotics in defense report provides comprehensive analysis of the market. Buy the report here.

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This article presents a quarterly round-up of the latest trends in the aerospace, defense & security industry regarding robotics. It provides an overview of recent developments in robotics-related deals, talent acquisition, and patent filings within the aerospace, defense & security industry.

Diverse applications of robotics in aerospace, defense & security industry

Defence companies are leveraging new robotics technologies through recent patents to innovate and enhance their operations. These patents include a transport system for unmanned aerial vehicles, a landing system with a rotatable ring, and an unmanned aerial vehicle with a hollow interior portion in a truss. Additionally, there is a patent for identifying and remediating gas leaks using an unmanned aerial vehicle. These technologies showcase advancements in automation, control systems, and environmental sensing. By acquiring these patents, Defence companies can improve their surveillance, transportation, and maintenance capabilities, ultimately enhancing their efficiency and effectiveness in various operations related to robotics. The integration of these technologies will enable the acquirer to stay at the forefront of Robotics innovation in the Defence sector.

The industry experienced a 33% decline in the number of robotics-related patent applications in Q1 2024 compared with the previous quarter. On an annual basis, the number of robotics-related patent applications in the aerospace, defense & security industry witnessed a drop of 20% compared with Q1 2023.

Strategic deal trends in robotics in aerospace, defense & security industry

Aerospace, Defense & Security companies are not only focusing on innovation to enhance their patent portfolios but are also making strategic investments in robotics. These investments aim to secure lucrative deals with partners and position themselves at the forefront of industry advancements. Some of the recent deals underscore the importance of robotics in the aerospace, defense & security industry.

In Q1 2024, the number of robotics-related deals in the aerospace, defense & security industry declined by 24% compared with Q1 2023. On a quarterly basis, there was 10% increase in the number of deals in Q1 2024 compared with the previous quarter.

Impact on hiring

In terms of new job posting, in Q1 2024, the aerospace, defense & security industry experienced a 21% growth compared with the previous quarter. On an annual basis, job postings also grew by 38%. Notably, architecture and engineering occupations, with a share of 18%, emerged as the top robotics-related job roles within the aerospace, defense & security industry in Q1 2024, with new job postings drop by 5% quarter-on-quarter. Computer and mathematical occupations came in second with a share of 12% in Q1 2024, with new job postings dropping by 18% over the previous quarter. The other prominent robotics roles include management occupations with an 8% share in Q1 2024, and production occupations with a 4% share of new job postings.

Societe Anonyme Belge de Constructions Aeronautiques, Sierra Nevada, EDGE Group, Hensoldt, and AeroVironment are among the top companies leading in robotics hiring within the aerospace, defense & security industry.

Countries driving adoption of robotics in aerospace, defense & security industry

The US is the leading country in robotics adoption within the aerospace, defense & security industry, boasting the highest number of robotics-related patents, jobs, and deals. Meanwhile, India, China, the Ukraine and South Korea also maintain significant positions in robotics adoption within the aerospace, defense & security industry.

Robotics advancements are driving significant improvements in the aerospace, defense, and security industry, enhancing efficiency and operational effectiveness. The integration of these technologies is crucial for future innovation and competitiveness.

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