The aircraft radome market is anticipated to register a CAGR of over 4% during the forecast period.
- The market is primarily driven due to the growing demand for newer generation aircraft by commercial airlines, and defense forces across the globe.
- The increasing adoption of UAVs is also generating demand for radome structures and is expected to further propel the growth of the market in the coming years.
- Increasing penetration of business aviation in emerging economies and growing demand for business jets from charter operators are expected to drive the demand for aircraft radomes in the general aviation segment.
Scope of the Report
Radomes serve as a structural enclosure that protects the radar system. Nose cones of an aircraft often serve as radomes and are constructed with specific materials like fiberglass, quartz, honeycomb and foam cores that can protect sensitive instruments while allowing electronic signals to pass-through. UAVs have been considered within the scope of the study.
Key Market Trends
Commercial Aviation Segment will Experience the Highest Growth During the Forecast Period
Growing preference for air travel over the past decade has increased the pressure on airlines to modernize and expand their fleet size. As airlines look to tap into emerging economies, they are introducing new routes connecting smaller cities with large hubs. The success of LCCs in the past few years has also resulted in LCC operators opting to increase their fleet size. Several airlines in the past few years have placed orders for newer generation aircraft that are highly fuel-efficient. Since radomes form an integral part of an aircraft, the growing demand for new aircraft is simultaneously generating demand for radome structures. Currently, both Airbus and Boeing have a large order backlog with several aircraft deliveries are scheduled between 2020 and 2025. By the end of February 2019, Boeing's backlog was 5,904 aircraft whereas, the Airbus backlog was 7,390 jets. Also, with the growing demand, the aircraft OEMs are ramping up their production rates. Also, the introduction of new aircraft models such as Boeing 777X, Comac C919, and Irkut MC-21 will further generate demand for aircraft radomes in the coming years.
Asia-Pacific Region will Generate the Highest Demand for Aircraft Radomes During the Forecast Period
The air passenger traffic in the Asia-Pacific region is experiencing accelerated growth which has resulted in several major airlines placing an order for new aircraft to cater to the growing demand for air travel. For instance, in the first half of 2019, China placed an order for 300 aircraft from Airbus. The deal is worth about USD 34 billion and comprises of 290 A320 family aircraft and 10 A350 wide-body jets. Other countries like India, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, and Japan have placed orders for newer generation fuel-efficient aircraft over the past year and have plans to procure several new aircraft even in the coming years. Increasing trade and tourism in this region has also increased the demand for private jets. Economic growth, military modernization plans, and territorial disputes are some of the factors driving the procurement of advanced military aircraft in the Asia-Pacific region. China and India are leading among the other Asia-Pacific countries and are among the top 5 global defense spending countries. Earlier in January 2019, India announced its plan to procure 2 Phalcon airborne warning and control systems from Israel. The AWACS are expected to be mounted on Russian Ilyushin-76 heavy-lift aircraft. India is also planning to purchase 56 C-295 transport aircraft from Airbus under a contract worth about USD 1.7 billion. India also received its first Rafale jet in 2019 with 35 more on order. The Indian government also plans to place an order for an additional 36 jets before the end of 2019. Other countries like China, Japan, South Korea, and some of the south-east Asian countries are modernizing their aerial capabilities by procuring newer generation aircraft with advanced features. Such developments will generate demand for aircraft radomes from this region in the next few years.
General Dynamics Mission Systems, Inc., Astronics Corporation, Meggitt PLC, Northrop Grumman Corporation, FACC AG, and Airbus SE are some of the prominent players in the aircraft radome market. The market is highly competitive due to the presence of several established aerospace manufacturers. The development of innovative products, competitive pricing, and advanced lightweight materials can help companies in achieving long-term contracts with aircraft OEMs. The entry barrier for new players in the aircraft radomes market is moderate and in the past couple of years, few aerospace companies have ventured into the manufacturing of radomes. For instance, Lufthansa Technik expanded its product offering and now manufactures and develops radomes of any type and size for both fuselage-mount and tail-mount connectivity systems.
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