Tracking and mapping data, platforms and capabilities


Components, products and companies


Market trends and emerging opportunities

AI + business intelligence for the defense sector

The character of war is changing

The revolutionary nature of the onset of AI and the dawn of Industry 4.0 threatens to make current defense strategies obsolete. The business of war is being quickly overtaken by the advent of AI.

RAIN Research is a niche international defense research company focused on AI developments in the sector. RAIN+ Industry Reports provide new actionable insights for those involved in defense sector product development, investment, or procurement. The reports are essential reading for anyone tracking the policy implications of AI on the future of defense structures.

RAIN+ Industry Reports

RAIN+ Industry reports offer actionable insights and market trend analysis to help decision makers reach critical decisions.  Based on data-driven research, our reports  offer vital intelligence and analytics for businesses and investors. 

Our reports breakdown the complexity of how AI is most impacting defense sector products. We combine extensive open-source data gathering with subject matter expert analytics and insight. Our reports provide an unique combination of specific AI-enabled research and development metrics. Analytics of products and components, key companies, regulatory environments and the broader geopolitical context are for the first time offered together in one place.

RAIN+ Industry Methodology

RAIN+ Industry provides metrics and maps of platform characteristics, global developments and geopolitical dynamics. We benchmark technology maturity horizons and AI use. RAIN+ Industry uses leveraged data and expert analysis to identify key trends, and provide industry forecasts for this fast moving sector. 

NEW from RAIN Research


High-Altitude Platform Systems + Artificial Intelligence

A detailed industrial intelligence guide to the frontier technology of HAPS: Uncrewed Stratospheric Vehicles. 

The stratosphere is the next frontier for defense competition. Driven by AI and decades in the making, High Altitude Platform Systems have arrived. Essential reading for investors, governments and companies active in the HAPS segment, The Militarisation of the Stratosphere evaluates 33 high-flying solar gliders, balloons and airships.

‘The Militarisation of the Stratosphere’ is a roadmap providing key insights to help clarify the complexity of this sector or those interested in unlocking its huge potential. Uncrewed stratospheric possibilities offer rich rewards as well as risks, both from a commercial and national security perspective. 

A comprehensive bundle of three complete reports, serves as navigational guides to this new market:

01 Metrics + Mapping provides a complete overview and analysis of the HAPS segment and ecosystem, examining key metrics related to HAPS including commercial and military interests, applications, and developments.

02 Review + Benchmarking analyses the performance of the 33 leading HAPS platforms and payloads according to three primary AI Capabilities: Flight Automation, Connectivity and Targeting. 

03 Trends + Forecasts provides analysis of key commercial and military trends and forecasts for the HAPS segment, including critical factors for success, military deployment of HAPS’ future uses, likely HAPS market leaders and emerging sensor capabilities. 

NEW RAIN Research


High-Altitude Long-Endurance Uncrewed Systems on the Battlefield

Essential reading for investors, companies and governments interested in the HALE segment, EYE IN THE SKY evaluates 12 HALE platforms and payloads.

01 Metrics + Mapping provides a comprehensive overview and analysis of the entire HALE segment and ecosystem. It examines key metrics related to HALEs, such as costs, capabilities and technological maturity, and maps global development, market dynamics and military use.

02 Benchmarking performance + AI autonomy evaluates the performance of  HALE systems according to the three primary RAIN+ AI Capabilities: Flight Automation, Connectivity and Automated Target Recognition. It also analyses the potential of AI for the HAPS segment.

03 Trends + Forecasts provides analysis of key commercial and military meta trends and forecasts for the HALE segment, taking into account key geopolitical and technological factors.

RAIN+ offers comprehensive downloadable reports with full written analysis and access to near real-time updated data sets. 

RAIN+ Bespoke can undertake fully customised research services and tailored reporting for your business or organisation.

Personalised to your exact requirements, RAIN+ Bespoke provides you with the market intelligence you need.


Coming soon - mapped by RAIN

WHO'S WHO in AI + Defense


  • Understand the institutional ecosystem of AI and defense
  • Track who’s who in the sector and find the contacts you need to do business
  • Be prepared for what’s next in the sector

The first RAIN 500 report maps 500 individuals working in the field of artificial intelligence and defense in the United States, with other regions to follow. Individuals across 15 spotlight categories are presented with detailed profiles to form the ‘RAIN 150’.

In addition to the who’s who of individuals, RAIN 500 provides an overview of the institutional landscape, covering the government, private sector and civil society, as well as analysis, trends and developments related to the people who are driving AI and defense in the US.

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George Howell
Director of RAIN+ Industry

George Howell is Director of RAIN+ Industry. He is a Development Studies and Innovation Management specialist on both geopolitical and urban security challenges, with over ten years of experience in the security and defense policy environment.

Rutger Veltman

Rutger Veltman is Analyst for the RAIN+ Ethics and RAIN+ Industry divisions. He brings extensive research experience, with a special focus on drone warfare, security and international relations. He holds an MA Modern Middle Eastern Studies (Distinction), a BA Modern Middle Eastern Studies and a BSc International Relations from Leiden University. 

Peter Wilcox

Peter Wilcox is a Researcher for RAIN+ Industry. With a technical background, Peter is an IT specialist and data analyst with more than 20 years of experience in his field.  

Larein Zhang

Larein Zhang is a Researcher for RAIN+ Industry and also supports the RAIN+ News team. She graduated from Cardiff University with an MA in International Journalism and previously worked for Nielsen as an analyst in Consumer Insights.