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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 the latest patents in the field of robotics to innovate and improve their businesses. These patents cover a range of technologies and applications that can benefit the acquirer. The University of Macau's patent simplifies attitude estimation through a cascade solution method, improving accuracy and efficiency crucial for robotics. Nanjing University's patent uses UAVs to measure antenna radiation patterns, enabling precise optimization of communication systems. AutobotX LLC's patented system automates cargo delivery using UAVs, reducing costs and increasing efficiency. Wing Aviation LLC's patent enhances payload handling on UAVs, ensuring safe and controlled operations. These innovations collectively offer the acquirer advancements in attitude estimation, antenna measurement, cargo delivery, and payload handling, leading to improved robotics capabilities.
The industry experienced a 42% decline in the number of robotics-related patent applications in Q3 2023 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 50% compared with Q3 2022.
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 Q3 2023, the number of robotics-related deals in the aerospace, defense & security industry grew by 113% compared with Q3 2022. On a quarterly basis, there was 6% increase in the number of deals in Q3 2023 compared with the previous quarter.
Impact on hiring
In terms of new job posting, in Q3 2023, the aerospace, defense & security industry experienced a 0.54% drop compared with the previous quarter. On an annual basis, job postings also declined by 25%. Notably, Architecture and Engineering Occupations, with a share of 22%, emerged as the top robotics-related job roles within the aerospace, defense & security industry in Q3 2023, with new job postings drop by 5% quarter-on-quarter. Computer and Mathematical Occupations came in second with a share of 17% in Q3 2023, with new job postings dropping by 18% over the previous quarter. The other prominent robotics roles include Management Occupations with a 7% share in Q3 2023, and Business and Financial Operations Occupations with a 5% share of new job postings.
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, China, Germany, South Korea and France also maintain significant positions in robotics adoption within the aerospace, defense & security industry.
In conclusion, the aerospace, defense & security industry is navigating a dynamic landscape marked by declines in quarterly patent applications but a notable surge in robotics-related deals. With a focus on strategic investments and talent acquisition, key players are driving innovation to capitalize on transformative technologies and secure their positions at the forefront of advancements in robotics.
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