The military trainer aircraft market is estimated to witness a CAGR of over 2%, during the forecast period (2020 - 2025).
- The growing emphasis on the training of fighter pilots on advanced trainer aircraft shall lead to the growth of the military trainer aircraft market.
- On the other hand, the increasing cost of manufacturing military trainer aircraft shall pose as a major restraint for the market.
- Currently, the ongoing trend has shifted from the development of heavier trainer aircraft to light trainer aircraft. Various companies are now focused on the development of light trainer aircraft, with advanced capabilities.
- Technological advancement shall lead to countries, worldwide, replacing their aging military trainer with new light trainer aircraft, and this shall propel growth in the near future.
Key Market Trends
The Fixed-wing Aircraft Segment is Projected to Register the Highest CAGR, During the Forecast Period
Currently, fixed-wing aircraft has the highest share, among all the segments. The increasing number of developments, in terms of fixed-wing military trainer aircraft, and the increasing number of trainer programs, shall lead to the growth of the segment. Moreover, the introduction of various new fighter aircraft by manufacturers, worldwide, shall lead to countries requiring trainer aircraft, in order to train their pilots. In 2018, China flew its military trainer aircraft, which was derived from the Diamond DART0450 aircraft. The TA-20 aircraft is a joint venture development between China Electronics Technology Corporation (CETC) and Wuhu Diamond Aircraft Manufacturing Company. Additionally, the United States Air Force (USAF) awarded The Boeing Company a contract worth USD 9.2 billion, for manufacturing 351 Advanced Pilot Training (APT T-X) aircraft and 46 Ground-based Training Systems (GBTS), to replace the existing fleet of T-38C jet trainers. In addition, India is in the line to conduct the first flight for its homegrown HTT 40 basic trainer aircraft. The prototype aircraft, after its testing operations, shall be used for the first-stage training of all flying cadets. Currently, India relies on the Pilatus PC7 MK2 trainer, which was purchased after the grounding of the older fleet of HPT 32 trainers. The introduction of the new trainer aircraft in the Indian Air Force shall enable the pilots to get a better training experience. Thus, the upcoming developments shall increase the focus on this segment, and will be the reason for its expected high CAGR.
North America will Continue to Hold a Major Share in the Military Trainer Aircraft Market between 2020 and 2025
In the military trainer aircraft market, North America is generating the highest revenue, at present. The North American region is witnessing significant developments, related to military trainer aircraft. New technical solutions and the application of modern technologies have led to the introduction of various combat aircraft configurations, with a significant improvement in reliability, flight performance, and operational performance, through the creation of new features that enhance the ability to integrate sensors and process information. The United States is involved in the development of new, hi-tech fighter jets, and is currently planning to replace the aging trainer aircraft and procure newer generation of trainer aircraft, in order to train the pilots. Currently, Boeing T-X aircraft is a new, advanced pilot training system that is being offered by Boeing, in partnership with Saab, for the T-X advanced pilot training program of the US Air Force (USAF). The T-X aircraft is intended to replace the aging T-38 trainer fleet of the United States Air Force (USAF). In 2018, Aero Vodochody, a Czech aircraft manufacturer, and Israel Aerospace Industries entered into a partnership, to pitch variants of the L-159 and L-39NG jets to the US Air Force and Marine Corps, as light attack platforms. In partnership with IAI, Aero shall offer the USAF a multi-mission aircraft, with the best available technology, thereby, increasing the potential of the US Air Force. The increasing number of deliveries of fighter aircraft shall lead to the US procuring more trainer aircraft. Additionally, Airbus helicopter reported that it shall be introducing the versatile and market-leading H135 aircraft as the future training helicopter for the US Navy, at the Naval Helicopter Association’s Fleet Fly-in at Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Pensacola, Florida, in October 2019. Airbus pilots shall also conduct orientation flights, with the US Navy pilots and other stakeholders, to demonstrate the capabilities of the H135 trainer aircraft. Additionally, the helicopter has been equipped with the most advanced technologies available, like 4-axis autopilot and One Engine Inoperable (OEI) training mode. The H135 trainer aircraft shall provide future pilots with an ideal platform for training missions, conducted over water and in reduced visibility. Thus, the various ongoing developments shall lead to a growth of the military trainer aircraft, in the North American region, in the near future.
Major players, such as Irkut Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corporation, The Boeing Company, Pilatus Aircraft Ltd, and Embraer SA, held significant market shares, as of December 2019. The market for military trainer aircraft is highly fragmented. Various initiatives, as well as product innovations, which are being undertaken by various companies, have led the key players to strengthen their presence in the market. In 2018, the partnership between The Boeing Company and Saab AB was reported to have won a USD 9.2 billion contract, for developing the next generation of training jet for the US Air Force. The indefinite-delivery contract shall enable the US Air Force to procure 351 T-X trainer aircraft, from The Boeing Company.
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