Lethal miniature aerial munition systems (LMAMS), also referred to as “kamikaze” drones, have been in existence for decades.It is generally believed that the first LMAMS were developed and used by the Israeli Defense Forces in an anti-radiation role starting in the 1980s.
Considered the first purpose-built loitering munition, Israeli Aerospace Industries’ Harpy combined a drone with an anti-radiation missile, which required a rather large drone platform.Since the concept was introduced, LMAMS have evolved into much smaller form factors with integrated weapons payloads.
Loitering munitions provide small unit leaders with a more precise alternative to guided artillery. They are also cheaper, in most cases, than missiles and rockets used for tactical air-to-ground or ground-to-ground engagements.
LMAMS are man-packable and utilize electro-optical/infrared and other sensors making them very flexible and very accurate. The LMAMS market is entering a growth phase. The analyst anticipates that demand will continue to grow significantly over the next several years. While relatively few defense contractors supply LMAMS to militaries, that number is expected to increase as the requirement for tactical weapons for small group operations grows. The companies currently in the market are mainly well-established defense contractors; however, several of these competitors have only recently provided LMAMS solutions. The market is dominated by US and Israeli defense companies, but strong competition has emerged from defense companies in Poland and Turkey in the past few years. Chinese and Russian companies are also aiming to provide solutions for their own militaries as well as defense partners in Asia, Africa, and South America where Western weapons are not popular. The radar™ reveals the market positioning of companies in an industry using their Growth and Innovation scores as highlighted in the radar™ methodology. The document presents competitive profiles on each of the companies in the radar™ based on their strengths, opportunities, and a small discussion on their positioning. The analyst examines hundreds of companies in an industry and benchmarks them across 10 criteria on the radar™, where the leading companies in the industry are then positioned.
Author: Michael Rowe