The radar simulators market is poised to register a CAGR of over 2.5% during the forecast period 2020-2025. A radar simulator emulates various radar profiles to provide the users with an apt environment for training or to perform functional tests on a system. The system comprises both hardware and software components.
- The emergence of modern warfare systems, such as electronic warfare (EW) and network-centric warfare (NCW) have bolstered the use of radars in military operations, thereby driving the demand for radar simulators for training military personnel.
- Different types of radar simulators are being configured with multiple technologies to address emerging threats. This has fostered the integration of modular architecture design for radar simulators.
Scope of the Report
The market study encompasses both the hardware and software components of a radar simulator. A software-based radar system generates simulated radar video data, by combining any particular assortment of tracks, AIS, navigation, and secondary radar data. The radar simulator is capable of creating moving targets through the integrated graphical tools to simulate real-time scenarios for use by trainers and system testers. The hardware segment considers components such as antenna, transmitters, receiver, waveform generator, and microcontrollers, that are used to create a physical setup of the radar simulator.
Key Market Trends
Growth in Air Passenger Traffic Bolstering Requirement of Trained ATC Personnel
Air travel has become more efficient and accessible, hence the number of global air passengers have increased by around 38.88% between 2013 and 2018. This has resulted in a widespread need for new aircraft to cater to the increasing passenger flow. Thus, several airline operators have initiated procurement drives to upgrade their fleet so as to minimize operating costs while also concentrating on services to enhance the convenience and luxury of onboard passengers. Around 1,830 new aircraft were delivered globally during 2018. The additional aircraft traffic needs to be efficiently managed at the airports. Hence, proper scheduling and aircraft redirecting are required for managing airport operations. The growth in the number of takeoffs and landings at a particular airport requires trained air traffic control (ATC) personnel, who are acquainted with diverse radar hardware and software used globally. Training of such personnel is expected to drive the demand for radar simulators. Furthermore, with the proliferation of new air-routes and radar technologies, several radar systems are being installed globally at new airports, thereby driving the demand for trained ATC controllers and indirectly driving the radar simulators market.
Military radars are more sophisticated than commercial radars, hence they require additional skills to ensure proper operation for valid detection of radar signatures of airborne assets operating within the airspace. Furthermore, with the increase in the global fleet size of next-generation military aircraft, radar technology is also emerging, thereby driving the demand for radar simulator systems for personnel training.
Rapid Growth of the Aerospace Industry in Asia-Pacific
The robust economic growth, coupled with favorable population and demographic profiles of the populace in developing countries, especially in the Asia-Pacific region is driving the air passenger traffic in the region. Thus, Asia-Pacific is expected to generate the highest demand for radar systems during the forecast period. The demand is mainly due to the increasing orders and deliveries of new aircraft, propelled by ever-growing passenger traffic in the region. As of September 2019, there were 411 narrow-body aircraft and 160 wide-body aircraft delivered to this region by various aircraft OEMs. By 2025, China is forecasted to become the world's largest aviation market in terms of air traffic, India is forecasted to develop into the world's third-largest aviation market, while other countries such as Indonesia and Thailand are forecasted to enter the top 10 global markets.
Furthermore, the regional military powerhouses such as China, India, and Japan are investing significant resources towards the development of their aerial capabilities, including the up-gradation of their existing radar technologies. In June 2019, China reportedly developed an over-the-horizon maritime early warning radar system capable of detecting a stealth aircraft beyond visual range. The operation of such sophisticated technology requires proper training that can be facilitated by the use of radar simulators since they can be set up to match the exact working characteristics of real systems. Such favorable trends are anticipated to drive the demand for radar simulators in the region.
The radar simulators market is characterized by the presence of a limited number of dominant vendors operating at a global level. The market is highly competitive, with players competing to gain the largest market share. Constraints associated with the modularity of the design due to the integration of several radar features into a single platform impedes the growth of the market. It is crucial for vendors to provide advanced radar simulators to end-users to survive in an intensely competitive market environment. The dominant market players include Mercury Systems Inc., L3Harris Technologies, Inc., BUFFALO COMPUTER GRAPHICS, Rockwell Collins (United Technologies Corporation), ARI Simulation and Ultra Electronics. These players mainly compete based on their in-house manufacturing capabilities, global footprint network, product offerings, R&D investments, and a strong client base. The competitive environment in the market is likely to intensify further due to an increase in product/service extensions and technological innovations.
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