The aircraft antenna market is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of more than 6% during the forecast period.
- Development of next-generation aircraft for commercial, military, and general aviation is fuelling the demand for antennas with a smaller size, high gain, and bandwidth. For instance, the increasing demand for better connectivity onboard commercial aircraft has led to the installation of Ku-/Ka-band antennas to support SATCOM solutions.
- Increasing passenger traffic in the commercial aviation industry and need for a separate and encrypted channel for communication in the military sector (for both manned and unmanned platforms) are fuelling the investments into the development of advanced antennas that provide large and secure bandwidth.
- The market of aircraft antenna is highly fragmented with many players in the market that provide various antennas at various frequency ranges of different shapes and sizes.
Scope of the Report
The market study includes various types of antennas used onboard commercial, military and general aviation aircraft of different frequencies, shapes, and sizes. The scope of the market includes all the antennas used on all the manned and unmanned platforms.
Key Market Trends
Military Segment to Experience the Highest Growth During the Forecast Period
The increasing military spending of countries around the world has fuelled the plans for procurements of newer generation aircraft and modernization of existing aircraft with advanced technology. For FY 2020, the US Department of Defense (DoD) requested a defense budget of USD 718 billion to make its military force a more lethal, agile, and innovative joint force. Under this budget, the DoD plans to invest in the development of future attack reconnaissance aircraft, future attack reconnaissance aircraft, future long-range assault aircraft and sixth-generation combat aircraft within the Next Generation Air Dominance program. These programs are in their initial stages, due to which the aircraft antenna manufacturers can capture new contracts of such programs to increase their presence in the market. Also, the country is in plans to procure UAVs (mainly MQ-25 UAS) and surveillance aircraft to monitor the threats along water and land borders of the country. Such development and procurement plans of the US and its alliance countries is anticipated to support the growth of the segment during the forecast period.
Also, the Air Force Research Lab was developing a liquid antenna that can streamline communications equipment on aircraft. Once installed, this antenna is reconfigurable to any frequency or direction for the propagation of data. Development into such R&D projects is anticipated to bolster the growth of the Military segment in the coming years.
Asia-Pacific Region is Expected to Generate the Highest Demand During the Forecast Period
The Asia-Pacific region is achieving unprecedented long-term growth in commercial aviation backed up by a large number of aircraft scheduled for future delivery to carriers in the region. This increasing air fleet is helping the airlines to increase the connectivity to/from/within the region to support a wide spectrum of industries like tourism, trade, etc. The new aircraft are fitted with advanced antenna systems as the travelers are increasingly opting for better onboard connectivity services. Companies are bringing new IFC services to passengers to enhance their experience. In March 2018, Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic) and APT Mobile Satcom Limited (APSATCOM) entered into collaboration on the development of Extreme Throughput Satellite (XTS) service through APSTAR-6D satellite. This satellite is anticipated to provide Panasonic customers with multiple gigahertz of new Ku-band capacity over China and other high-density routes around East Asia including Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai, Beijing, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Singapore using narrow XTS spot beams. Such new technologies exclusive to the Asia-Pacific region are anticipated to support the growth of aircraft antennas.
Also, the growth of military spending of countries in the region is supporting the development and procurement of new generation advanced military aircraft. These aircraft are fitted with advanced antennas to provide a better data links between satellite-aircraft, aircraft-aircraft, and aircraft-ground station. With current geopolitical tensions in the countries, the equipping better ISR capabilities gain high importance and to transmitted efficiently, the antennas of higher gain are required. Due to the aforementioned reasons, the demand for aircraft antennas in the Asia-Pacific region is anticipated to grow at the highest growth during the forecast period.
The market of aircraft antenna is highly fragmented with several players that provide various antennas at various frequency ranges (VHF & UHF Band, Ka/Ku/K Band, X Band, and others) of different shapes and sizes. The prominent players in the aircraft antenna market are Cobham plc, CMC Electronics Inc., L3 Harris Technologies, Inc., Honeywell International Inc., and HR Smith Group. Cobham plc currently has the highest market share in the commercial segment as it provides communication and navigation antennas to the majority of Airbus and Boeing aircraft. Various players are investing in technological innovations in the design of advanced antenna systems for better and uninterrupted services. Such efforts are envisaged to enhance the business prospects of the antenna manufacturers. For instance, Boeing Phantom Works introduced a low-profile electronically steered flat conformal antenna for high-speed data on military aircraft. This antenna is scheduled to enter production in 2020 and will be installed in the Navy’s MQ-25 unmanned mid-air refueling tanker program. The new aircraft programs are anticipated to propel the R&D investment as well as the global footprint of the antenna manufacturers.
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