The aircraft communication system market size is estimated to be USD 8.2 billion in 2022 to USD 12.8 billion in 2027, at a CAGR of 9.2% from 2022 to 2027. The market is driven by factors such as ongoing technological advancements in the field of aircraft communications and rise in adoption of software defined radio for satellite communications.
L3 Harris Technologies (US), Thales Group (France), Collins Aerospace (US), Elbit systems (Israel) and Honeywell International Inc (US) are some of the leading companies in the aircraft communication system market. To strengthen their position in this market, these companies have implemented a variety of growth strategies which includes new product developments, contracts, collaborations, expansions, certifications, agreements, acquisitions, and R&D activities.
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L3Harris Technologies (US) is a proven and recognized leader in the telecommunications industry, with thousands of installations worldwide. It serves the military and commercial markets; it designs and manufactures standard & customized satellite communications equipment, including up/down converters, test loop translators, uplink power control (UPC) units, and redundant low noise amplifiers (LNA) plates. L3Harris also offers displays, airborne antennas, and cockpit voice & data recorders. It was formed by the merger of L3 Technologies (formerly L-3 Communications) and Harris Corporation in June 2019 and is the sixth-largest defense contractor globally. L3Harris Technologies has four business segments: Integrated Mission Systems, Space & Airborne Systems, Communication Systems, and Aviation Systems.
Thales Group (France) is a key player in the aerospace & defense industry; it develops and delivers a range of airborne, naval, and land systems for the commercial aviation, defense, and homeland security sectors. It is a public limited company listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange with the ticker symbol HO. Thales designs technological solutions and delivers services through its segments, namely Aerospace, Defense & Security, Digital Identity & Security, and Others. The aerospace segment includes the development of onboard systems, solutions, and services for both, commercial and defense customers. The transportation segment offers signaling systems, supervision & communication systems, and revenue collection systems and services. The defense & security segment offers secure communication and information systems, land & air systems, and defense mission systems for security forces.
Collins Aerospace (US) is a subsidiary of Raytheon Technologies Corp., which is a leader in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace & defense industry. It was formed in 2018 after the merger of UTC Aerospace Systems and Rockwell Collins. As a key player in the aircraft communication market, Collins Aerospace offers an innovative range of technologies to the commercial, defense, and security markets. The core strength of the company lies in its communication and connectivity offerings that include SATCOM equipment for land, sea, and airborne applications. It offers satellite communication systems, aircraft communication systems, high-speed transceivers, and SATCOM intermediate gain antennae. Major clients of Collins Aerospace in the aircraft communication systems market are aircraft manufacturers, airlines, and other aircraft component manufacturers, maintenance and overhaul providers, and independent distributors.
Honeywell International Inc. (US) is a leading manufacturer and service provider of airborne SATCOM products, inflight connectivity, integrated flight decks, displays, and navigation and communication systems. The company invents and commercializes technologies that cater to some of the worlds most critical challenges in energy, security, global urbanization, and manufacturing. The gradual increase in global defense spending has provided an opportunity for the company to grow. The company operates through four business segments, namely, Aerospace, Building Technologies, Performance Materials and Technologies, and Safety and Productivity Solutions. Through its aerospace segment, the company provides antennae, radiofrequency components, and subsystems. It provides a multi-channel satellite communication system for communication, which includes data connections and internet access at 432 kbps per channel. A broad range of avionics, including integrated flight decks, navigators, audio panels, radios, transponders, ADS-B transceivers, autopilots, radar-based storm sensors, and in-flight and on-ground communication, are designed, developed, distributed, and serviced by Bendix King, a wholly owned division of Honeywell Aerospace.
A global leader in high technology, Elbit Systems (Israel) works on a variety of projects across the world, notably in the fields of military and homeland security. For use in defense, home security, and commercial applications, it develops a wide range of aerial, ground, and naval systems, and products. In addition to extensive platform modernization activities, its systems and products are placed on new platforms. A variety of training and support services are also offered by the company. Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries operate in the areas of commercial aviation systems and aerostructures, military aircraft and helicopter systems, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), electro-optic, night vision and countermeasures systems, naval systems, land vehicle systems, munitions, command, control, communications, computer, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) and cyber systems, electronic warfare and signal intelligence systems and other commercial activities. The company operates through five business segments: Airborne Systems, C4ISR Systems, Land Systems, Electro-Optic Systems, and Other.
Aircraft Communication System Market by Connectivity (SATCOM, VHF/UHF/L-Band, HF and Data Link), Fit (Line Fit, Retrofit), Platform (Fixed-wing, Rotary-wing, UAVs and eVTOL/eSTOL), Component and Region - Global Forecast to 2027
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