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Surveillance Radars Market Size, Growth, Share & Russia-Ukraine War Impact Industry Analysis, By Platform (Airborne, Ground, Space, and Naval), By Radar Type (Short-Range, Medium-Range, and Long-Range), By Application (Commercial, Defense, Homeland Security, and Others), and Regional Forecast, 2023-2030

Last Updated: July 01, 2024 | Format: PDF | Report ID: FBI104290



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The global surveillance radars market size was valued at USD 8.90 billion in 2022 and is projected to grow from USD 9.90 billion in 2023 to USD 19.94 billion by 2030, exhibiting a CAGR of 10.5% during the forecast period. Asia Pacific dominated the surveillance radars market with a market share of 37.19% in 2022.


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Radars monitor various activities in critical infrastructure and facilities such as airports, camps, borders, and ports. These probes are used to detect and track non-linear, cooperative, and moving targets for national security. In addition, it is used to improve border security in both the commercial and defense sectors. These radar systems can operate on various platforms, including land, naval, air, and space. radars are an essential part of border security operations.

Most radars operate in the S-band frequency range. These systems are primarily used for search and targeting functions. In addition, air-to-ground radars can be used in aerospace and maritime security applications to screen various targets, including aircraft, ultralight aircraft, stealth, Unscrewed Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), helicopters, boats, and ships. The radar thus supports the military and defense forces in their tactical mission in unknown areas and works within their line of sight.


Procurement of Surveillance Radars Raised Due to Russia-Ukraine War Impact on the Market

The war between Russia and Ukraine has disturbed the ability of the global economy to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, at least in the short term. The war between the two countries resulted in economic sanctions from several countries, rising commodity prices, and supply chain disruptions that affected many markets worldwide. The war between Russia and Ukraine has predisposed a new way of using defense spending and purchases. Many countries worldwide have reviewed their defense spending and procurement plans and made the necessary changes following situations such as the war between Russia and Ukraine. India, China, Canada, Estonia, Iraq, and Taiwan have prioritized their defense spending on the radar industry to build the necessary infrastructure to combat the growing threats. Therefore, the war between Russia and Ukraine catalyzed the global demand for radars.

  • In June 2022, Blighter Surveillance Systems, a British designer and manufacturer of electronic scanning intelligence and surveillance solutions, supplied many of its A422 radars as part of an Anti-UAS capability to support Ukrainian forces in the ongoing conflict with Russia. The A422 is a medium-range military airborne radar capable of detecting and reporting air and ground targets up to 20 km away. The radar has unprecedented noise reduction near horizons, cities, and coastlines.


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Development of Active Electronically Steered Array Radar Technology Drives the Surveillance Radars Market

AESA radar technology uses a new generation of Trans-Receive (TR) modules and high-performance software-defined radios (SDRs) that can also be used for radio communications at very high data rates. The AESA radar is used extensively to upgrade and replace older radar technology. The AESA design uses a modular concept increasing its reliability. Failure of a critical TR module does not render the entire radar unusable, and the system can be restored by replacing the module quickly.


Advancement in Border Surveillance System has Increased the Demand for Air Surveillance Radars

Border surveillance systems, such as autonomous drones and acoustic radar technologies, have evolved and continue to make significant advances. Mobile border security radars have made it possible to secure the borders of various countries more effectively. In addition, these radars are used to increase the detection rate at strategic locations. In addition, state-of-the-art low-false-alarm radars have led countries with border disputes, drug trafficking, and illegal immigration to these advanced radars to aid in border security. Thus, the radars market is expected to grow notably during the forecast period.

  • For instance, in November 2021, Washington-based Echodyne won a USD 20 million, five-year contract with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Customs and Border Protection Innovation Team to expand the company's deployment of compact radar systems and explore new applications for radars at the borders of the U.S. and ports.

Expansion of New and Maintenance of Existing Airports will Propel the Surveillance Radars Market Growth

Airport radars are in growing demand and used in airports to reduce accidents. As radar technology advances, air travel becomes more efficient and safer. Governments have made enormous investments to increase internal security, introducing highly sophisticated airport radars. Also, the development of new and existing airports is one of the major factors driving the global radars market growth. In recent years, passenger air traffic has increased, so airport radar systems have been rapidly deployed to mitigate potential airport threats.

  • In November 2022, Spanish technology and consulting firm Indra was awarded a contract by German air navigation service provider DFS to upgrade the country's aerial radar network with new technology. The contract of more than USD 103 million will be realized within 13 years and contains an extension clause based on the release of various planned options.


High Maintenance Cost is Hindering Market Growth

Radar requirements include high operational efficiency, using advanced systems, cross-platform compatibility, and a wide frequency range. Radars can operate in very harsh environments, and failure of any battlefield equipment can cause catastrophic damage. In January 2023, Thales offered S1850M radar probe supply and support to French, Italian, and British Armies. Thales has signed a service contract with OCCAR (Organization for Joint Arms Cooperation) for the French, Italian, and British navies. This new significant service agreement covers three years with an optional two-year term.


By Platform Analysis

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Developing Technological Advancements in the Space Segment makes it Fastest Growing

By platform, the market is classified into airborne, ground, space, and naval. In 2022, the ground segment dominated the market by having the largest share. The space segment is estimated to be the fastest growing during the forecast period due to its technological advantage over other platforms. For instance, in March 2022, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) announced the launch of a space-based radar for tracking space debris under the NETRA project. This project will be able to track debris over 1500 km of range.

Increasing satellite targets and decreasing launch costs will further boost the growth of the space segment. The aviation and naval segments are also expected to grow marginally due to increased demand from airlines and navies or coastal forces.

By Radar Type Analysis

Increasing Defense Applications in Long-Range Surveillance Radars Will Boost the Market Growth

Based on radar type, the market is trifurcated into short-range, medium-range, and long-range. The long-range segment is expected to grow fastest over the forecast period. Rising applications in defense and space-based synthetic aperture radars will catalyze the growth of long-range radars during the forecast period. Medium-range radars possess the second highest share in the market, and the segment is anticipated to grow due to upgrading or new procurements across the globe. Smart traffic management initiatives of several governments back the demand for short-range radars.

  • In September 2022, the Iranian government announced the deployment of the horizon radar with a range of 3,000 km.

By Application Analysis

Due to Increased Defense Budget, Defense Radars Segment to Hold Dominance in the Forecast Period

The market is divided into commercial, defense, homeland security, and others based on application. The defense segment is projected to grow at the highest CAGR between 2023 and 2030. Cross-border conflicts and increased defense budget are the main drivers for the growth of the defense segment. Business surveys are also expected to grow significantly due to increased demand from the aerospace industry. Home security radars have the third largest market share. The growing focus on artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled traffic management systems drives the demand for home security radars. Other segments include radars used by wildlife departments, airlines, and many others to track animals, birds, and other moving entities.


Asia Pacific Surveillance Radars Market Size, 2022 (USD Billion)

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The global market is divided into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East & Africa, and South America.

Asia Pacific is estimated to account for the highest market share during the forecast period. This market growth is attributed to the growing demand for advanced naval radars from developing countries such as India and China. Additionally, demand for ballistic missile systems from defense services in the Asia Pacific region has aided market growth. In May 2021, South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) awarded defense systems company LIG Nex1 a USD 145.4 million contract for mass production of the initial Maritime Surveillance Radars-II.

North America is estimated to be the second-largest market. All North American countries have large budgets for their defense departments. The U.S. has increased its military and defense spending to upgrade its aging fleet and acquire advanced equipment for future endeavors. North America has an enormous coastline of about 8.5 lakh miles. Such a long coastline creates enormous opportunities for deploying coast guard radar systems in the region. Additionally, governments of North American countries such as the U.S. and Canada are spending reasonable defense budgets to remain major powers, offering good opportunities to market players providing Coast Guard Radar Systems.

The Europe market was the third-largest market and is expected to grow significantly due to increased investment in defense and commercial industries. Increasing investment by regional manufacturers to modernize production facilities and infrastructure will bring an advantage to companies operating in the radar sensor market. Also, the increase in industrial automation will positively impact the market players to develop new sensor technology and gain a high competitive advantage.

In the Middle East & Africa, increased investments from countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Israel are catalyzing the growth of the radar market. In August 2022, Spanish defense company Indra offered Saudi Arabia several radar systems for the Royal Saudi Air Defense Force (RSADF) and a Transfer of Technology (ToT) contract.

South America expects moderate growth due to new acquisitions from Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and other countries. For example, in April 2022, Thales announced to install new air traffic radars in Calama and Chile that will run entirely on solar energy.


Key Players are Focused on Providing Advanced Surveillance Radars

The global market is highly competitive and has several major players. Regarding market share, some of these players dominate the market significantly. In recent years, the market has become highly competitive due to rapid development of radar technology and several companies focusing on research & development aimed at developing innovative solutions in the market.



  • March 2023 – Blighter Surveillance Systems, a U.K.-based designer and manufacturer of electronic scanning radars and surveillance solutions has been awarded a contract to supply multi-modal A800 3D e-scanning radars to Raytheon UK for a laser weapons project with the U.K. Ministry of Defense.

  • February 2023 – Hensoldt won a contract from CAE Aviation to provide multi-functional surveillance radars for its surveillance aircraft.

  • February 2022 – SRC Inc. was awarded a contract worth USD 8.79 million from the U.K. to provide support services for the AN/TPQ-49 radar. The contract includes provisions for up to USD 4.39 million in additional support to be purchased.

  • August 2021 - Hensoldt was selected by the Federal Bundeswehr Agency for Equipment, Information Technology and Operational Support (BAAINBw) to provide the German Armed Forces with new research to modernize aerospace surveillance and develop Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) capabilities.

  • June 2021 – The Indian Ministry of Defense signed a contract with Mahindra Telephonics Integrated Systems Ltd. to procure 11 Monopulse Secondary long-range radars for the Indian Navy and Indian Coastguard at USD 43.4 million.


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By Platform, Radar Type, Application, and Region

By Platform

  • Airborne

  • Ground

  • Space

  • Naval

By Radar Type

  • Short-Range

  • Medium-Range

  • Long-Range

By Application

  • Commercial

  • Defense

  • Homeland Security

  • Others

By Region

  • North America

    • U.S. (By Platform)

    • Canada (By Platform)

  • Europe

    • U.K. (By Platform)

    • Germany (By Platform)

    • France (By Platform)

    • Italy (By Platform)

    • Russia (By Platform)

    • Rest of Europe (By Platform)

  • Asia Pacific

    • China (By Platform)

    • Japan (By Platform)

    • India (By Platform)

    • South Korea (By Platform)

    • Rest of Asia Pacific (By Platform)

  • Middle East & Africa

    • UAE (By Platform)

    • Saudi Arabia (By Platform)

    • Israel (By Platform)

    • Rest of Middle East & Africa (By Platform)

  • South America

    • Brazil (By Platform)

    • Argentina (By Platform)

    • Rest of South America (By Platform)

Frequently Asked Questions

Fortune Business Insights states that the global market size was USD 8.90 billion in 2022 and is projected to reach USD 19.94 billion by 2030.

Registering a CAGR of 10.5%, the market will exhibit rapid growth during the forecast period.

The long-range surveillance radars segment will dominate this market during the forecast period.

Raytheon Technologies, Thales Group, Lockheed Martin, and BAE Systems are the leading players in the global market.

Asia Pacific topped the market in terms of market share in 2022.

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