An Attitude and Heading Reference System (AHRS) is a three-axis sensor system that provides real-time three-dimensional attitude positions namely, pitch, roll, and yaw. AHRS consists of accelerometers, gyroscopes and magnetometers on all three axes. These sensors, in combination with a built-in digital signal processor, create an inertial sensor system capable of measuring the attitude of objects in 3D space. AHRS units are incorporated with traditional Kalman filter algorithms that use magnetic and acceleration measurements to estimate the time-varying gyro bias in real-time. AHRSs use solid-state or Micro-Electromechanical Systems (MEMSs), gyroscopes, accelerometers, magnetometers, and a built-in digital signal processor to obtain information of aircraft attitude. AHRSs are required for navigation, guidance, and control of a vehicle. These systems are widely used in aircraft, helicopters, quad-rotors, ships, unmanned vehicles, and weapon systems.
The growth of the attitude and heading reference system market is fueled by the number of aircraft deliveries and the growth in the aviation market. The attitude and heading reference systems market is projected to grow from USD 537.5 million in 2016 to USD 723.8 million by 2022, at a CAGR of 5.08% from 2016 to 2022. Rise in aircraft deliveries, owing to the increasing air passenger traffic across the globe, and increasing demand of attitude and heading reference systems for use in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are the key factors driving the growth of the attitude and heading reference systems market.
Honeywell International, Inc. (U.S.), Safran S.A. (U.S.), Rockwell Collins, Inc. (U.S.), Northrop Grumman Corporation (U.S.), and Moog, Inc. (U.S.) are the key players in the attitude and heading reference systems market.
Contracts and acquisitions are the key growth strategies adopted by the leading players to strengthen their position in the attitude and heading reference systems market. These players majorly focused on expansion of their geographical presence by making investments in R&D and developing strong relationships with government and civil agency clients.
Honeywell International, Inc. is one of the leading companies operating in the attitude and heading reference systems market. The aerospace segment, through which the company manufactures and distributes attitude heading reference system, contributed a share of 39% of the company’s total sales in 2015. The U.S. Department of Defense is one of the key customer of the company ensuring financial stability. In September 2015, the company introduced new technology-driven attitude and heading reference systems, which have advanced components capable of delivering critical information related to Mach number, attitude, and airspeed to avionics systems.
Safran is one of the leading providers of avionics and inertial navigation systems for civil and defense markets. The company strengthened its product portfolio through a series of acquisitions. In 2014, Safran acquired the aerospace power distribution management solutions and integrated cockpit solutions businesses of Eaton Corporation Plc (Ireland). The acquisition helped Safran to strengthen its presence in North America and expand its product portfolio of avionics and flight controls. In 2013, Safran acquired Coibrys SA, a Swiss company, to expand its portfolio of navigation and stabilization solutions based on MEMS sensors.
Attitude and Heading Reference Systems (AHRS) Market by Type (AHRS, ADAHRS, GPS AHRS), Component (Inertial Sensors, Magnetic Sensors, & Processor), End-use (Civil Aviation, Military Aviation, Unmanned Vehicles, & Marine) & Region - Global Forecast to 2022
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