Airbus (EADSY) is making a move into the U.S. market for commercial-drone services, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Airbus' new subsidiary Airbus Aerial marks the firm's first venture into unarmed aerial vehicles.

The French aircraft manufacturer currently lags behind Boeing (BA) - Get Report and Lockheed Martin (LMT) - Get Report in the production of unmanned aircraft systems, the Journal said.

Airbus intends to utilize the drones to offer services from monitoring agriculture to reviewing bridge maintenance to inspecting rail lines and cellphone towers. Trials could start this year.

"The drone-services market will grow incredibly fast" over the next decade or 15 years, and the company's pedigree in airborne technology and hardware certification will "provide customers choices they don't have today," head of Airbus Defence and Space Dirk Hoke said.

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