The simulator market is anticipated to register a CAGR of above 3.5% during the forecast period.
- The training of pilots and military personnel in real aircraft, land vehicles, and ships involves many risks and sometimes may lead to hazardous situations and loss of lives. Simulators provide a realistic experience and safe training. This need for safe and efficient training is driving the simulator market.
- The increasing fleet of aircraft across the world is generating demand for efficient pilots, which in turn, is generating demand for simulators over the forecast period.
- Regulatory bodies are also making it mandatory to use the simulators for initial training, which is also supporting the growth of the simulators market.
Key Market Trends
The Air Segment is Expected to Experience the Highest Growth During the Forecast Period
The air segment of the market studied is expected to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period. This is majorly due to the complexity and risk involved in aircraft than compared to the other end users. For example, a single mistake by pilots onboard a passenger aircraft while landing or take-off may cost the lives of all the passengers on aircraft. Such complexity has made the regulatory bodies, like the FAA, to mandate the use of simulators for pilot training. Moreover, the use of new aircraft in the military may require training for pilots to familiarize with the new equipment and systems. In such situations, providing hands-on experience may be difficult, due to high-cost involvement. In such cases, the simulators act as the preferred option.
The Asia-Pacific Region is Expected to Experience the Highest Growth During the Forecast Period
The Asia-Pacific region is anticipated to have the highest growth during the forecast period. The investments in the aviation industry by public and private companies, along with the growth of tourism in countries, like China, India, Japan, Indonesia, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Australia, and Vietnam, are some of the major driving factors of the simulator market. Additionally, increasing defense spending and the territorial issues between the countries are resulting in the procurement of new aircraft, land vehicles, and naval vessels, like frigates, destroyers, and submarines, etc. This procurement of new equipment may generate demand for trained military personnel to handle the equipment, which in turn, may increase the demand for advanced simulators. The aforementioned factors are some of the major factors that are propelling the growth of the simulator market in this region.
The simulators market is highly fragmented, due to the presence of the number of players who provide different types of simulators based on end-user. Some of the prominent players in the simulator market are Collins Aerospace (United Technologies Company), CAE Inc., L3Harris Technologies, Inc., FlightSafety International (Berkshire Hathaway Inc.), and Thales Group. Simulator manufacturers are required to build a brand and reach out to geographical extremes to get customers. Manufacturers may have the first-mover advantage, as simulators tend to be able to be reconfigured or upgraded to support new aircraft. The ability of the manufacturers to upgrade their simulators to new generation aircraft may tend to benefit and dominate the market throughout the forecast period.
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