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Inertial Navigation System Market Size, Share, COVID-19 Impact Analysis & Russia-Ukraine War Impact, By Component (Accelerometers, Gyroscopes, and Others), By Technology (Mechanical Gyro, Ring Laser Gyro, Fiber Optics Gyro, MEMS, and Others), By Platform (Airborne, Ground, Maritime, and Space), By End-User (Commercial and Military), and Regional Forecast, 2023-2030

Last Updated: June 03, 2024 | Format: PDF | Report ID: FBI102849



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The global inertial navigation system market size was valued at USD 11.61 billion in 2022 and is projected to grow from USD 12.29 billion in 2023 to USD 22.15 billion by 2030, exhibiting a CAGR of 8.77% during the forecast period.


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Navigation systems are devices calculating position relative to a reference system point or absolute coordinates. The Inertial Navigation System (INS) consists minimum of three gyroscopes and three accelerometers, which make it possible to produce a navigation solution. Generally, the latitude and longitude are included in this navigation solution. Inertial navigation systems are the most practical and important systems to determine the speed, location, and attitude of vehicles and other equipment.

The measurement of relative motion changes through acceleration measurement to estimate a change in inertial reference frame over time is an essential concept of the INS system. Therefore, the increasing demand for miniaturized accelerometers and gyroscope sensors will emphasize developing next-generation navigation devices with increased performance and miniaturization. Due to this, the growing demand for inertial navigation systems is expected to drive the inertial navigation system market growth from 2023 to 2030.


Decreased Demand for Navigation Devices due to Disruption in Supply Chain Hampered Market Growth amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic were felt by companies in the economic and political uncertainties, including any faltering in global economic conditions or the instability of financial markets. Further, decrease in consumer buying confidence, decline in customer spending, unavailability of raw materials, poor services and supplies, and lowered manufacturing capacity hampered market growth.

Due to disruptions in supply chains across critical locations, the COVID-19 outbreak significantly impacted the market. Major organizations relating to space programs, satellite manufacturers, and automotive industries canceled or remodified their programs due to COVID-19 restrictions, which hampered the global inertial navigation system market share expansion.


Ongoing Skirmishes between Russia and Ukraine Created Lucrative Opportunities for Advanced Navigation Systems for Military Applications

The rise in war has increased the demand for navigation technology and the need for accurate map-reading operations. In the recent ongoing Russia-Ukraine war, SpaceX’s Starlink antenna project amplified the virtue of GPS, INS, and anti-detection systems. This has emerged as a breakthrough technology of navigation systems and will propel market growth in the future. Moreover, technologically advanced airborne systems, space-based navigation technology for accurate positioning of the enemy, and the Ship Inertial Navigation System (SINS) were highly procured during the war.

The recent war has shown the use of multi-platform navigation solutions in preventing accurate location information and other necessary inputs. Latest technology-based navigation solutions with lightweight, compact, and cost-effective systems can also be boarded on UAVs and vehicles. These systems have aerial and ground applications.

Inertial Navigation System Market Trends

Development of a Miniaturized Navigation System Component to Reduce Overall System Size and Weight

With the rising adoption of unmanned vehicles globally, the demand for small-sized advanced navigation solutions is increasing. This leads to an increase in the development of miniaturized, cost-efficient, and portable components, including micro-gyroscope and micro-accelerometers. These micro-sized components help navigation solutions to offer excellent performance at relatively low cost, size, and weight. Moreover, with MEMS technology, further miniaturization of the sensor-integrated system is possible. Therefore, the production of miniaturized MEMS accelerometers and MEMS gyroscopes is increased to achieve accuracy in many military and commercial applications.

For instance, in May 2023, ANELLO Photonics announced the world’s smallest optical gyro-inertial navigation system, ANELLO GNSS INS. Its unique optical gyroscope technology and AI-based sensor fusion engine deliver robust, high-accuracy positioning and orientation for applications in agriculture, construction, trucking, and autonomous vehicles.

Moreover, new investments in military and naval applications boost the navigation system industry. The growing aerospace market and technical developments in avionics are expected to drive the market. Further, the INS provides critical help to these systems while maintaining the highest level of security and providing fully autonomous operating efficiency.

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Inertial Navigation System Market Growth Factors

Growing Need for Highly Accurate Navigation Solutions to Surge Demand for Accurate Navigation will Bolster Market Growth

The growing implementation of innovative technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning, has led to the adoption of advanced robotic vehicles operated remotely using sensor technology. These developing technologies increase the production of upgraded unmanned aerial vehicles or unmanned ground vehicles. Therefore, precise position details, including altitude and orientation of tactical-grade equipment are critical in current conflict scenario such as, Russia-Ukraine War. These details are necessary for efficient target planning and implementation. These systems are an assembly of sensors, such as accelerometers and gyroscopes, which provide information on a moving body's position, orientation, and velocity.

These systems offer precise location information, expanding their utility in defense. As a result, the growing firepower of militaries worldwide and the growing demand for navigational accuracy have aided the market expansion. For instance, in June 2023, the U.S. Navy awarded a contract to Northrop Grumman Corporation for the development and production of AN/WSN-12 Inertial Sensor Module (ISM).

New Technological Advancements in Navigation Solutions Drive Market Growth

The rising aerospace businesses, solid and minor components' availability, and navigation device developments fuel market growth. In addition, increasing technological developments in MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) and the usage of satellite navigation are other factors supporting the expansion of the market size. Manufacturers have developed cost-effective, compact, and efficient solutions using MEMS.

For instance, Safran Electronics & Defense is taking a major step forward in its inertial navigation strategy by developing its inertial micro-sensor strategy by merging its two subsidiaries, the recently acquired Sensonor (Norway) and Safran Colibrys (Switzerland), under a single banner, called Safran Sensing Technologies. More than 20 million micro MEMS sensors have been supplied by the joint venture between these two subsidiaries to sectors such as aeronautics, defense, transport, new mobility, and other industrial applications.


High Cost Associated with Inertial Navigation System to Hamper Market Growth

The system comprises several components widely used for defense applications, including ships, guided munitions, military, special mission helicopters, fighter aircraft, submarines, and short, medium, and long-range missiles. Therefore, the use of INS in critical environment conditions requires regular maintenance. Regular maintenance has high procurement, operation, and maintenance costs. This factor is foreseen to hamper market growth during the forecast period.

The inertial navigation system positioning errors increase with time and is incapable of producing accurate results in the long term due to insufficient initial alignment prior to every initial use of INS. Moreover, the equipment is expensive and data generated by INS is not readily available for use.

Inertial Navigation System Market Segmentation Analysis

By Component Analysis

Gyroscope Segment is Anticipated to be Fastest-Growing Owing to Rising Demand for Detection and Navigation Assistance in Various Platforms

By component, the market is categorized into accelerometers, gyroscopes, and others. The gyroscopes segment is estimated to be the fastest-growing segment during the forecast period. It is estimated that demand for gyroscopes will increase due to the development of efficient, compact, and economical gyroscopes. The gyroscope’s capability to address a higher level of motion detection and navigation assistance aids market growth.

For instance, in November 2022, Inertial Labs, a developer of inertial navigation and measurement units, declared the release of IMU FI-200C high-performance Fiber Optic Gyroscopes (FOG), a revolutionary unit due to its compact, self-contained strap-down, advanced tactical grade inertial measurement units that measure linear accelerations and angular rates with three-axis tactical grade closed loop FOG and three-axis high precision MEMS accelerometers in motionless and high dynamic application.

The accelerometers segment accounted for the largest market share in 2022. The growth is attributed to the increasing adoption of accelerometers in the aerospace industry and other industries. For instance, in February 2022, Physical Logic, Petah Tikva, Israel, was awarded a USD 2 million customer contract to continue developing a new generation of navigation-grade closed loop micro accelerometers, the MAXL CL 4000. The new accelerometer is considered to meet the market requirements of small size, low power consumption, and low-cost navigation grade inertial measurement unit with long-term bias repeatability below 0.25mg and long-term scale factor repeatability below 250 ppm

By Technology Analysis

MEMS Segment Dominates due to Increasing Demand for Precision and Compact Applications

By technology, the market is segmented into mechanical gyro, ring laser gyro, fiber optics gyro, MEMS, and others. The MEMS segment dominated in 2022, and is estimated to be the fastest-growing segment during the forecast period. The segmental growth is significantly increasing due to its critical role in meeting future requirements, considering current demands for more compact, efficient, and intelligent systems. These would help improve performance and efficiency. For instance, in May 2022, for custom MEMS gyroscopes, which are intended for high-precision surface wellbore surveying equipment used in the exploration and recovery of natural resources such as gas, oil, or seawater, EMCORE Corporation was given a 10 years production contract at an estimated value of about USD 21 million.

The fiber optics gyro segment is projected to be the second-fastest growing segment during the forecast period. The growth is attributed to its highly precise and accurate rotation sensors, creating demand for aircraft, spacecraft, ships, and other vehicles. For instance, in October 2022, Advanced Navigation unveiled its new product, the Boreas D70, a Fiber-Optic Gyroscope (FOG) Inertial Navigation System (INS). In accordance with its manufacturer, the technology is well suited for surveying, mapping, and navigation in underwater, maritime, land, and air applications.

By Platform Analysis

Airborne Segment is Anticipated to Grow the Fastest Owing to Increased Applications of Advanced Navigation Technology

By platform, the market is categorized into airborne, ground, maritime, and space. The airborne segment is estimated to be the fastest-growing segment during the forecast period. The demand is increasing due to the growing procurement of military and commercial aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, drones, and space rockets. For instance, in July 2022, BAE Systems made it possible to extend the Digital GPS AntiJam receiver's capabilities. BAE Systems has developed a software to optimize the compatibility of its antenna electronics with industry standards for embedded GPS INS EGI technology, allowing rapid communication between transmitter and receiver components to provide better beamforming.

The space segment accounted for the largest market share in 2022. Rising spending on the space sector, increasing satellite launches, and growing space exploration activities create demand for navigation solutions. Moreover, key players' growing partnerships, acquisitions, and mergers aid segmental growth. For instance, in September 2022, iGroupe Gorge acquired iXblue to bring together ECA Group and iXblue. This operation will create a European high-tech industrial champion in robotics, maritime, navigation, aerospace, and photonics.

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By End-user Analysis

Military Segment Dominates Owing to the Growing Demand for Airborne Platform Solutions

By end-user, the market is categorized into commercial and military. The military segment accounted for the highest market share in 2022. The adoption of navigation systems in defense platforms such as UAVs, UUVs, UGV’s drones, weapons, combat aircraft, combat ships, and combat vehicles is rising. For instance, in January 2023, Honeywell announced that the U.S. Army completed the first flight of Honeywell’s Embedded Global Positioning System/Inertial Navigation System (EGI) equipped with M-Code for the U.S. Army’s EAGLE-M program. Honeywell is prepared for delivery to the U.S. Army and other customers in 2023 of those qualified units equipped with Next Generation Mcode GPS.

The commercial segment is predicted to be the fastest-growing segment during the forecast period, owing to the increasing demand for navigation solutions in commercial platforms, such as commercial aircraft, helicopters, vehicles, and others. For instance, in December 2022, Swiss Air Rescue Service Rega ordered the second consignment of 12,145 Five Blades helicopters to be flown from its mountain bases. The five-bladed H145s will come furnished with a state-of-the-art navigation system tailored to the operators' needs that will boost the mission’s capabilities and the safety of operations. The helicopter will continue to fly safely with Thales Navigational Inertial System in case of loss of GPS signal.


In terms of geography, the market is categorized into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the rest of the world.

North America Inertial Navigation System Market Size, 2022 (USD Billion)

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North America dominated the inertial navigation system market share in 2022. The growth is attributed to the presence of major manufacturers in the region. Increased spending on procurement of advanced systems for military solutions and the presence of many hardware and software developers across the region drives market growth. Further, the adoption is increasing due to the growing use of aircraft and space exploration programs.

Europe is expected to be the fastest-growing region in the market during the forecast period. The market growth is due to the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war. The war creates significant opportunities for navigation devices in the region. The growth is attributed to the military upgradation programs and rising procurement of navigation devices from the U.K., France, Russia, and others. For instance, in September 2022, Collins Aerospace was awarded a multi-million program as part of the U.K. Weapons Sector Research Framework (WSRF) to develop a navigation-grade system for use in future complex weapons platforms.

Asia Pacific is accounted for the second-fastest growing region during the forecast period. The growth is recognized due to the increasing defense expenditure in China, India, South Korea, and other countries. The rapid development in the aviation sector and rising demand for next-generation radar systems for airborne and naval ships drives market growth.

The rest of the world is expected to grow significantly during the forecast period. The growth is accredited to the increasing investments in defense and commercial infrastructure. Furthermore, the increasing demand for unmanned vehicles for surveillance operations, growing defense expenditure, and strengthening military forces by several countries is creating lucrative opportunities.

List of Key Companies in Inertial Navigation System Market

Key Players Focus on Acquisitions and Partnerships to Sustain Market Growth

The inertial navigation system market has numerous prominent players with strong products and brand portfolios. The players involved in the market have adopted various strategies such as the growing investment in research and development programs to build innovative and cost-efficient product lines. Additionally, key players have adopted acquisition and collaboration strategies to maintain and strengthen company position. For instance, in December 2022, Movella partnered with precise positioning sensor manufacturer Fixposition to accelerate the development and commercialization of GNSS inertial navigation sensors that implement visual-inertial odometry.



  • May 2023 – The U.S. Navy awarded a contract to provide ring laser gyros for the AN7/WSN inertial navigation system to Honeywell International Inc., an aerospace division. The AN/WSN-7 is a self-contained, ring laser gyro navigation device that senses ship motions, computes the ship's precise position, velocity, attitude, heading, and rates in digital and analog formats, and forwards the data to other vital ship systems.

  • May 2023 – Exail has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) to replace obsolete gyrocompass systems on the 175-ft WLM Keeper Class Buoy Tenders. The contract shall cover the basic years and nine options for a performance period of 10 years, including Octans gyrocompasses and Netans Navigation Data Distribution Systems NDCs.

  • January 2023 – Inertial Labs, a developer of GPS-Aided Inertial Navigation and Measurement Units, has announced the release of an upgraded version of the INS-U GPS-Aided INS, a revolutionary unit due to its extended version of Differential Pressure Sensor and Embedded Air Data Computer, allowing the team to measure airspeed with up to 600 KNOTS to enhance high dynamic applications.

  • April 2022 – Honeywell enhanced its HGuide industrial navigation portfolio with three new navigation systems; HGuide o360 global/inertial navigation system (GNSS/INS) navigator, HGuide g080 GNSS receiver, and HGuide n500 inertial navigator. These technologically advanced navigational systems exploit the firm's expertise in aeronautics navigation.

  • March 2022 – Parker Hannifin Corporation's Vibration and Harshness Division, the Parker LORD, expands its portfolio of MicroStrain Sensing Products. The company introduced the 3DCMv7AR and 3DCMv7AHRS inertial sensors. These sensors are specifically designed for high-volume OEM robotics applications, providing tactical-grade inertial performance.

  • April 2022 – Honeywell enhanced its HGuide industrial navigation portfolio with three new navigation systems; HGuide o360 global/inertial navigation system (GNSS/INS) navigator, HGuide g080 GNSS receiver, and HGuide n500 inertial navigator. These technologically advanced navigational systems exploit the firm's expertise in aeronautics navigation.

  • March 2022 – Parker Hannifin Corporation's Vibration and Harshness Division, the Parker LORD, expands its portfolio of MicroStrain Sensing Products. The company introduced the 3DCMv7AR and 3DCMv7AHRS inertial sensors. These sensors are specifically designed for high-volume OEM robotics applications, providing tactical-grade inertial performance.


An Infographic Representation of Inertial Navigation System (INS) Market

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The research report provides a detailed industry analysis. It covers all major aspects, such as R&D capabilities and optimization of the operating services. Moreover, the report offers insights into the global inertial navigation system market growth, market trends, regional analysis, Porter’s five forces analysis, competitive landscape of various companies profiled with market competition, and highlights key industry developments. In addition to the above-mentioned factors, it focuses on several factors that have contributed to the global market growth in recent years.

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CAGR of 8.77% from 2023 to 2030


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By Component

  • Accelerometers

  • Gyroscopes

  • Others

By Technology

  • Mechanical Gyro

  • Ring Laser Gyro

  • Fiber Optics Gyro

  • MEMS

  • Others

By Platform

  • Airborne

  • Ground

  • Maritime

  • Space

By End-User

  • Commercial

  • Military

By Geography

  • North America (By Component, Technology, Platform, End-User, and Country)

    • U.S. (By End-User)

    • Canada (By End-User)

  • Europe (By Component, Technology, Platform, End-User, and Country)

    • U.K. (By End-User)

    • Germany (By End-User)

    • France (By End-User)

    • Rest of Europe (By End-User)

  • Asia Pacific (By Component, Technology, Platform, End-User, and Country)

    • China (By End-User)

    • Japan (By End-User)

    • India (By End-User)

    • Rest of Asia Pacific (By End-User)

  • Rest of the World (By Component, Technology, Platform, End-User, and Sub-Region)

    • Latin America (By End-User)

    • Middle East and Africa (By End-User)

Frequently Asked Questions

As per the study by Fortune Business Insights, the market size was USD 11.61 billion in 2022.

The market is likely to grow at a CAGR of 8.77% over the forecast period (2023-2030).

The airborne segment is expected to lead the market due to the rising procurement of commercial and military aircraft and unmanned aerial systems.

The market size in North America stood at USD 4.85 billion in 2022.

Growing need for highly accurate navigation solution to surge demand for navigation solutions.

Some of the top players in the market are Northrop Grumman Corporation, Raytheon Technologies, Corporation, Safran S.A., and Thales Group.

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