An Advanced-Surface Movement Guidance and Control System (A-SMGCS) carries out routing, guidance, and surveillance functions to control the movement of aircraft and ground vehicles at airports to maintain the declared surface movement rate at airports under all weather conditions within the Aerodrome Visibility Operational Level (AVOL) while maintaining the required airport safety level. (Source: International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) doc 9830: Advanced Surface Movement Guidance and Control Systems (A-SMGCS) manual)). The growth of the A-SMGCS market is driven by a number of factors, which include the development of airport structures across the globe to tackle increased air traffic, increase in the number of flight delays and cancellations due to congestions at airports, the impact of weather conditions on the operations of airports.
The A-SMGCS market is estimated to be USD 4.04 Billion in 2018 and is projected to reach USD 5.34 Billion by 2023, at a CAGR of 5.73% from 2018 to 2023. The growth of the market can be attributed to the increased demand and requirement for advanced airport systems that ensure safe and smooth airport operations.
Some of the major players operating in the A-SMGCS market include Saab Group (Sweden), Indra Sistemas, (Spain), Thales Group (France),ATRiCS (Germany), and ADB Safegate (Belgium). These key players offer various A-SMGCS product types, such surface movement radars, ADS-B ground stations, multilateration (MLAT) surveillance sensors, and human-machine interface (HMI) displays. These companies focus on both organic and inorganic growth strategies to strengthen their position in the A-SMGCS market.
Saab Group (Sweden) is one of the leading players in the A-SMGCS market. Saab Sensis (US), which is a subsidiary of Saab Group, provides air traffic control solutions. It also offers solutions to carry out the smooth operation of airlines and airports. Saab Sensis is continuously working on creating a strong local presence in the US. It is also focusing on establishing strong relationships with its customers in the aviation-related markets. As of March 2018, the advanced-surface movement guidance and control systems offered by Saab Group are operational in over 100 airports across the globe, including the US (at its 45 largest airports), Europe (Germany, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Russia, Norway, and Turkey), Asia (China, South Korea, and India), and South America (Brazil). The company has a strong customer base in the A-SMGCS market and, as such, has received contracts for the supply its products from various airport authorities and navigation service providers across the globe. In 2017, it received a contract from Cengiz Construction (Turkey) to supply a complete integrated air traffic control tower system for the under-construction Istanbul New Airport. As part of its integrated tower solution, the company is expected to deliver a complete A-SGMCS, which includes aircraft routing and guiding controls, airfield ground lighting control and monitoring, electronic flight strips, a large array of MLAT sensors, and 5 SR-3 surface movement radars.
Indra Sistemas (Spain) is another leading player in the A-SMGCS market. The company concentrates on R&D activities to expand its product portfolio to gain a competitive advantage over other players in the market. It is one of the leading manufacturers of airport traffic control equipment and, as such, is focusing on this segment for revenue growth in the coming years. The company is forming alliances with various other companies, such as Lockheed Martin (US) and Alcatel-Lucent (France), to develop next-generation radar and security systems. The company also focuses on inorganic growth strategies to strengthen its position in the A-SMGCS market. For instance, in April 2017, it received a contract from the Central American Corporation for Air Navigation Services (COCESNA) (Honduras) to upgrade seven air traffic surveillance radars distributed in four countries, that is, Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Guatemala, in addition to the Cayman Islands. Indra Sistemas also incorporated ADS-B receivers in its mode S radar systems to reinforce the operations of these radar systems. The mode S radar systems are based on antennas that collect information radiated automatically by aircraft, thereby enabling the identification and location of these aircraft.
Advanced-Surface Movement Guidance & Control System (A-SMGCS) Market by Application (Surveillance, Planning, Monitoring, Guidance), Offering (Hardware, Software, Maintenance), Level (Level 1, 2, 3, 4), Investment, Sector, Region - Global Forecast to 2023
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