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Airborne Surveillance Market Size, Share & Industry Analysis, By Type (Radar, LiDAR, Imaging System), By System (Manned System, Unmanned System), By Application (Commercial, Military)and Regional Forecast, 2021-2028

Region : Global | Report ID: FBI102590 | Status : Ongoing



Airborne surveillance is used for monitoring activities & behavior in the surrounding, detecting & tracking aircraft in flight. The gathering of surveillance is in visual imagery or video format. The surveillance is carried out from airborne vehicles such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), helicopters, and others.

The airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) systems communicate with friendly aircraft, direct fighters towards any flying unidentified object or hostile aircraft, provide data on threats and targets, help fighter aircraft extend their sensor range and make offensive aircraft more difficult to track

Rapid advances in aerial surveillance hardware such as forward-looking infrared (FLIR), micro-aerial vehicles (MAVs), and high-resolution imagery that are capable of identifying objects at very long range is driving the growth of the market.

Key Market Driver -

• Rising demand for UAVs for surveillance • Availability of low-cost UAVs • Rise in technological advancements

Key Market Restraint -

• High cost involved in procurement and deployment of the LiDAR sensor system • Lack of skilled proffesionals

Moreover, rising demand for commercial UAVs along with availability of low cost UAVs is also expected to fuel the market growth. Furthermore, the rising expenditure of various countries such as the U.S. on mapping several terrains is also anticipated to drive the market during the forecast period.

The Boeing E-3 Sentry developed by the Boeing Company provides weather surveillance, communications, command, and control and is used by the United States Air Force, Royal Air Force, Royal Saudi Air Force, French Air Force, and NATO.

Market Segmentation:

The airborne surveillance market is segmented based on type, system, application, and region.

Based on type, the market is segmented into radar, LiDAR, imaging system.  The radar segment is predicted to dominate the market during the forecast period owing to rising adoption of radar systems for aerial surveillance in military & defense sector.

Increase in expenditure by the government of several countries on 3D mapping of terrains will fuel the growth of the market for LiDAR UAVs

Based on the system, the market is divided into manned system and an unmanned system. The unmanned system segment is expected to account for major share in the market during the forecast period. The rising use of unmanned systems has been observed in both military and commercial applications. For military unmanned systems the demand is for radar and imaging system, whereas in commercial unmanned systems the demand is for LiDAR and imaging system.

Based on the application, the market is classified into commercial and military. The commercial segment is further divided into agriculture & forestry, inspection & monitoring, engineering, surveying, & mapping, and insurance. In agriculture & forestry, 3D mapping has become important to implement an effective irrigation system and evaluating forest inventory. Rise in use of drones for engineering, surveying & mapping for planning and construction of railways, roads, etc is fueling the growth of the market

The military segment is further classified into search & rescue, law enforcement, border surveillance and ISR & targeting. The ISR & targeting segment is expected to witness significant growth during the forecast period.

Key Players Covered:

Some of the key players in the air and missile defense radar market include Lockheed Martin Corporation (the U.S.), The Raytheon Company (the U.S.), General Dynamics Corporation (the U.S.), Northrop Grumman Corporation (the U.S.), Reutech Radar Systems (South Africa), Thales Group (France), Saab AB (Sweden) and among others.

Regional Analysis:

By Region, the market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and rest of the world

North America is anticipated to account for the major share of the market during the forecast period. The growth of the market in North America can be credited to the rise in the adoption of aerial surveillance in this region.

Europe plays a vital role in increasing the growth of the market. Owing to the aggressive investment of European countries such as France and Germany in UAV LiDAR technology, the market is expected to witness substantial growth in this region.

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Asia-Pacific region is projected to witness significant growth in the market owing to increasing awareness of clienteles regarding the benefits offered by commercial drones such as high accuracy, low cost, and government approval are the vital factors driving the demand for the market in Asia-Pacific. China has developed military radars that can identify all types of fighter jets and bombers.

The market in the Middle East is expected to grow owing to developing economies and rising demand for aerial surveillance.




By Type

  • Radar

  • LiDAR

  • Imaging System

By System

  • Manned System

  • Unmanned System

By Application

  • Commercial

    • Agriculture & Forestry

    • Inspection & Monitoring

    • Engineering, Surveying, & mapping

    • Insurance

  • Military

    • Search & Rescue

    • Law Enforcement

    • Border Surveillance

    • ISR & Targeting

By Region

  • North America (The U.S., and Canada)

  • Europe (The U.K., Germany, France, Italy, and Rest of Europe)

  • Asia Pacific (Japan, China, India, Australia and Rest of Asia Pacific)

  • Rest of the World (The Middle East & Africa, South America)

Key Industry Developments

  • In April 2019, Northrop Grumman Corporation was awarded a multi-year contract worth USD 3.2 Billion by the U.S. Navy to deliver 24 E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft. The E-2D is the U.S. Navy’s airborne early warning and control aircraft system (AEW&C).

  • In December 2019, Dassault Aviation and Thales Group were awarded a contract by the French Armament General Directorate (DGA) to equip the French Army's future strategic intelligence aircraft with the CUGE universal electronic warfare capability.

Airborne Surveillance Market Size, Share and Global Industry Trend Forecast till 2026
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