The airborne ISR market is projected to grow from USD 12.4 Billion in 2022 to USD 15.6 Billion by 2027, at a CAGR of 4.8% from 2022 to 2027.The growing demand for border surveillance and situational awareness among defense forces has resulted in their increased use of UAVs. Increased R&D activities in the aerospace & defense sector have contributed to developing miniaturized and lightweight components and defense equipment, especially for airborne applications. The proliferation of small infrared cameras in military surveillance applications presents lucrative growth opportunities for low-cost airborne ISR equipment.
Airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) are incredibly important military capabilities. Effective ISR enables kinetic assets the resources they need to be effective on the battlefield. ISR is also an extremely capable deterrent against terrorist attacks and border infiltrations. Modern dissemination techniques enable defense and homeland security forces to deal with threats before they can cause harm. Battlespaces have become highly networked and digitized as military forces of different countries are deploying sophisticated ISR systems to combat enemy attacks effectively. With ongoing military modernization programs in emerging economies, such as China and India, there have been substantial developments in airborne ISR, including electro-optics/infrared systems. Such systems are integral for the ISR capabilities of modern military forces to carry out various critical operations, including counter-terrorism missions and border protection activities.
Some of the major manufacturers of airborne ISR systems include Bae Systems PLC (UK), Elbit Systems (Israel), L3Harris Technologies, Inc. (US), Northrop Grumman (US), Teledyne Technologies, Inc. (US), Leonardo S.p.A (Italy), Honeywell International (US), and Raytheon Technologies (US). These market players focus on new product developments to increase their product offerings and market share. They have also made significant investments in research and development to enhance the operational efficiency of missions. They have well-equipped and strong distribution networks across the North American, European, Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Rest of the World regions.
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Teledyne Technologies, Inc
Teledyne Technologies, Inc. develops electrical and communications equipment for wireless and satellite systems. Its business segments are Instrumentation, Digital Imaging, Aerospace and Defense Electronics, and Engineered Systems. Monitoring and control instruments for maritime, environmental, industrial, and other applications, as well as electronic test and measurement equipment, are available in the Instrumentation segment. High-performance sensors, cameras, and systems in the visible, infrared, ultraviolet, and X-ray spectrum are included in the Digital Imaging segment. Electronic components and subsystems, data collection and communications components and equipment, harsh environment interconnects, and general aviation batteries are all available in the Aerospace and Defense Electronics segment. Engineered Systems include system engineering, integration, advanced technology development, and sophisticated manufacturing solutions.
BAE Systems PLC
BAE Systems PLC secures the second position in the airborne ISR market. The US-based company is a key supplier of surveillance radars to the US military and is the world’s second-largest defense contractor. It showcases strong experience in developing next-generation unmanned EW solutions. It has installed its EW systems on more than 120 different platforms. Some key fixed-wing aircraft platforms where its products are installed include the C-12/RC-12, C-23 Sherpa, C-26, EC-37B, EC-130H, F-15, F-15SA, F-16, F-22, F-35, Harrier, Tornado, U-2 S, and the UC-35. Some key rotary-wing aircraft platforms where its products are installed include the AH-64, CH-47/MH-47, Lynx, Merlin, OH-58D, Puma, Sea King, and the UH-60/HH-60/MH-60, among others. BAE Systems has delivered more than 13,000 EW systems and offers electronic support, attack, protection, and mission support capabilities.
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Lockheed Martin Corporation specializes in the research, design, development, manufacture, and integration of advanced technology systems and related products & services for aerospace & defense, and security sectors. The company operates through four business segments: Aeronautics, Missile and Fire Control (MFC), Rotary and Mission Systems (RMS), and Space Systems. Through the RMS segment, the company offers sonar systems for maritime platforms. The company’s key subsidiaries include Lockheed Martin Australia Pty. Limited, Lockheed Martin UK Limited, Lockheed Martin Canada Inc., Lockheed Martin Global, Inc., and Lockheed Martin Logistics Management, Inc. The company is in the Americas, Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa. The company provides radars that use electro-optical/infrared sensor systems for advanced precision targeting, navigation, threat detection, and next-generation intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance.
Raytheon Technologies Corporation
Raytheon Technologies Corporation is an American multinational aerospace and defense conglomerate headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts. It is one of the largest defense-related systems manufacturers in the world by revenue and market capitalization. The company researches, develop, and manufactures advanced technology products in the aerospace and defense industry, including aircraft engines, avionics, aerostructures, cybersecurity solutions, missiles, air defense systems, and drones. The company offers several airborne ISR-related products that include Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS), AN/APG-79 AESA radar for the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, AN/APG-82(V)1 AESA radar for the F-15E Strike Eagle, Development, Operations and Maintenance (DOMino) cybersecurity for the government domain, and GPS Next-Generation Operational Control System (OCX) ground control.
Airborne ISR Market by Solution (Systems, Software, Services), Platform (Military Aircraft, Military Helicopters, Unmanned Systems), End-user (Defense, Homeland Security), Application and Region- Global Forecast to 2027
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