Search and Rescue Robots Market Size & Share, by Operation (Autonomous, Remotely Operated); Platform Type (Ground, Marine, Aerial) - Global Supply & Demand Analysis, Growth Forecasts, Statistics Report 2023-2035

  • Report ID: 3699
  • Published Date: Sep 05, 2023
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Global Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2023 - 2035

Search and Rescue Robots Market size is expected to reach USD 147 Billion by the end of 2035, growing at a CAGR of 21% during the forecast period, i.e., 2023 – 2035. In the year 2022, the industry size of search and rescue robots was over USD 19 Billion. The increasing installation of robots in various industries is boosting market growth.

Furthermore, increasing terrorist activities and attacks are likely to escalate the search and rescue robots market. The United States saw at least one act of domestic terrorism between 2010 and 2021, except in eight states. Additionally, domestic terrorism-related investigations have increased by 357% during the past 10 years.

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Search and Rescue Robots Sector: Growth Drivers and Challenges

Growth Drivers

  • Increased Investment in Defence – There is plenty of potential for new applications with a competitive edge in the global search and rescue robots market for military and defense robotics, which may be able to take advantage of modern warfare capabilities. The US government is investing highly in the production and installation of robots in the military. To make military applications more efficient, governments are investing millions of dollars in robotics. The market is growing largely with the installation of robot software in the military.
  • Advancement in Technology – With the advancement in technology rescue robots can be installed and operated in the areas where the environment is unsuitable for humans. Also, these robots can be used for the collection of data to head start the mission for rescuing the victims by locating the trapped people. Therefore, advancement in technology and robotics is accelerating the market growth. 
  • Increasing Use of Robots - The growth of the search and rescue robots market is driven by the increasing use of robots for chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear CBRN rescue missions and their easy accessibility in a compact and hazardous environment. The majority of people tend to associate factory automation with giant robotic machines, such as those that manufacture the cars' chassis on assembly lines.


  • Hardware and Software Malfunctions – Developers face hardships in building these robots since they are still in the advancement and production process.  Thus, hardware and software malfunctions may hamper the rescue and search robotics market growth.
  • Limited Operational Range of Search and Rescue Robots
  • Higher cost in Manufacturing and Installing the Robots

Search and Rescue Robots Market: Key Insights

Base Year


Forecast Year



~ 21%

Base Year Market Size (2022)

~ USD 19 Billion

Forecast Year Market Size (2035)

~ USD 147 Billion

Regional Scope

  • North America (U.S., and Canada)
  • Latin America (Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America)
  • Asia-Pacific (Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, NORDIC, Rest of Europe)
  • Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC North Africa, South Africa, Rest of the Middle East and Africa)
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Search and Rescue Robots Segmentation

Platform Type (Ground, Marine, Aerial)

Ground segment is expected to hold the largest share of 50% of the search and rescue robots market by the end of 2035. The market is anticipated to grow owing to the adoption of ground rescue and search for electronics warfare and encounter military operations. The increased use of ground robots has declined the cost associated with search and rescue operations while enhancing their capabilities. The installation of robots has reduced the risk of major injury or death. This technology could substantially reduce the cost of search and rescue operations while increasing their ability to do so.

Operation (Autonomous, Remotely Operated)

Remotely operated is expected to escalate the market growth owing to the growing usage of these robots in surveying and mapping solutions. The demand for remote-controlled rescue and search robots in the military has significantly increased in the defense sector for investigation. Additionally, the increasing demand for mobile-controlled robots is expanding the market with a CAGR of 15%. Also, remote-controlled robots are user friendly which means they can be easily operated.

Our in-depth analysis of the global market includes the following segments:

     Platform Type

  • Ground
  • Marine
  • Aerial


  • Autonomous
  • Remotely operated

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Search and Rescue Robots Industry - Regional Synopsis

APAC Market Forecast

The search and rescue robots market in the Asia Pacific is anticipated to hold the largest revenue share of 35% by 2035. Many countries in this region are investing highly in the development of robotics. The military robots in the region are expected to grow at the rate of 11% As per the reports, the Chinese government invested 577 million for the development of intelligent reports under the Made in China 2025 plan. Also, China has set ambitious goals such as the creation of three to five globally competent robot manufacturers or eight to ten industrial clusters to gain 45% domestic market share for Chinese high-end robots. These factors are driving the market growth in the region.

North American Market Statistics

North America is expected to hold the second-largest share of the search and rescue robots market. The search and rescue robots market accounted for USD 18 billion in 2022 and is expected to expand significantly in the forecast period i.e., 2023-2035. The National Institute of Standards and Technology is supporting and investing in the development of these robots.  Furthermore, a growing number of rescue and search robots are being used by the organizations like Royal Canadian Mounting Police. The military, fire departments, and law enforcement have installed a large number of search and rescue robots in the United States.

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Companies Dominating the Search and Rescue Robot Landscape

    • Elbit Systems Ltd.
      • Company Overview
      • Business Strategy
      • Key Product Offerings
      • Financial Performance
      • Key Performance Indicators
      • Risk Analysis
      • Recent Development
      • Regional Presence
      • SWOT Analysis
    • Thales Group
    • Kongsberg Gruppen
    • Forth Engineering Ltd
    • Northrop Grumman Corporation
    • Sony Corporation


In The News

  • Elbit systems completed search and rescue UAS demos for the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency over Wales. The aim was to set long-range flights for drones in civilian airspace.  
  • Kongsberg Geospatial, Larus Technologies, and Civil Air Search and Rescue Association of Canada partnered to develop new methods for using drones, integrated with AI and UAS, in remote search and rescue operations in Canada.

Author Credits:  Abhishek Verma, Hetal Singh

  • Report ID: 3699
  • Published Date: Sep 05, 2023
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Increased investment in defense, advancement in technology, and growing use of robots.

The market size of search and rescue robots is anticipated to attain a CAGR of 21% over the forecast period, i.e., 2023 – 2035.

The major players in the market are Elbit Systems Ltd., Thales Group, Kongsberg Gruppen, Forth Engineering Ltd., Northrop Grumman Corporation, Sony Corporation, Kawasaki Robotics, TELEXISTENCE Inc., FANUC CORPORATION, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd and others.

The ground segment is anticipated to garner the largest market size by the end of 2035 and display significant growth opportunities.

The market in the Asia Pacific region is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2035 and provide more business opportunities in the future.
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