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Weather Radar Market Size, Share & COVID-19 Impact Analysis, By Platform (Airborne and Land-Based), By Component (Transmitter, Antennas, Receiver, Display), By Application (Meteorology & Hydrology, Aviation Industry, Military), and Regional Forecast, 2020-2027

Region : Global | Format: PDF | Report ID: FBI103522



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The global weather radar market size was valued at USD 233.1 million in 2019 and is projected to reach USD 261.4 million by 2027, exhibiting a CAGR of 4.92% during the forecast period.


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A weather radar is a pulse-doppler radar that detects the motion and intensity of rain, snow, or hail to analyze and provide information about weather conditions. The data which is gained through the radar system is used in various industries such as agriculture, tourism, public safety, aviation sector, and others. Owing to the rising fluctuations in natural calamities such as thunderstorms, cyclones, ice storms, and snowstorms, there is a rise in the demand for weather radar systems.

Key players such as Honeywell International Inc. and Vaisala are focused on launching technologically advanced radar systems. Moreover, the dramatic rise in air traffic in recent years has led to a surge in the demand for airborne based radar systems. However, an increase in the development of alternative technologies is anticipated to restrain the market growth.

COVID-19 Pandemic Expected to Affect Airborne Weather Radar Market Severely         

The aviation sector has been severely affected due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Airlines, airports, and major & minor component manufacturers faced financial issues due to the shutdown of countries and air travel. The new aircraft deliveries have been canceled or delayed, which would affect the market for airborne based radar systems. The airports are empty, which has led the owners to delay or postpone the new purchase of equipment required for air traffic control. This market has been most affected in Asia-Pacific.


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Adoption of Advanced Technology Demonstrator (ATD) is a Prominent Trend

An advanced technology demonstrator (ATD) is an S-Band dual-polarized phased array designed specially to use as a weather information radar. A conventional radar consists of a transmitter to transmit radio waves over clouds, a receiver to detect the precipitation, and uses a dish antenna that rotates and tilts to gather data. Whereas, an ATD consists of a flat panel incorporated with a large number of small antennas that broadcast radio waves and collect reflections back from the atmosphere. This phased array system allows the radar to be driven electronically. ATD is the first radar that is integrated with both dual-polarization and phased array technology. With the help of dual-polarization technology, an ATD can detect dry hail, snow, and clear air turbulence, which cannot be detected with the conventional weather radar.


Rising Concern for Protection from Harsh Weather to Propel Market Growth

In the past few years, aircraft crew or passengers have been getting injured due to extreme turbulence caused during the flight. Other instances, such as damage to the fuselage due to hail storms were also reported. It has become necessary to detect and avoid the severe weather conditions for comfortable and safe flight.   

Moreover, changing climate has led to the destruction of infrastructure and human life. The rising adoption of radar for analyzing the weather condition is expected to fuel the market growth rate. For instance, Australia has 60 land-based weather information radars and is focused on installing more radar systems as the continent is prone to severe climate changes and thunderstorms.

Increasing Aircraft Deliveries Anticipated to Drive Market Growth

Airborne weather information radars are integrated into an aircraft to assist the pilot, aircrew, and the passengers about weather conditions so that they can avoid entering into harsh weather. The rising aircraft deliveries is expected to propel the growth of this market as the radar system is required with the manufacturing of each new aircraft. The reason for the increasing aircraft deliveries is the rapidly surging demand for air travel owing to the improving economic conditions of several developing countries. The rising demand for air travel has led airliners to expand their aircraft fleet, thus, creating high demand for new aircraft. This rising need for new aircraft has further generated demand for airborne weather radars.


Drawbacks of Airborne Weather Information Radar Leading Customers to Switch to Substitute Technologies 

The weather radar analyzes the weather condition with a beam that is reflected from the water droplets in the atmosphere. It detects only the presence of liquid, which is a major drawback. For instance, water droplet intensity in a thunderstorm decreases with an increase in altitude; hence the reflectivity is not directly proportional to the level of risk. Thus, the readings of radar used for weather monitoring are not accurate, which has led the users to switch to substitute technologies. Due to these drawbacks, the weather radar market growth is predicted to restrain during the forecast period.

Adoption of Alternative Technology Anticipated to Reduce Demand for Radar for Weather Monitoring Application

The radar can detect rainfall, wet hail, wet turbulence, and wind shear while it cannot detect ice crystals, dry hail, dry snow, clear air turbulence, sandstorms, and lightning and thus can lead an aircraft into a disaster. Hence, to overcome these limitations, manufacturers are focused on developing alternatives for radar technology such as wind profilers, which can be used for all-weather types. The rising demand for the adoption of alternate technologies that can provide more accurate weather data is expected to restrain the growth of this market.


By Platform Analysis

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Land-Based Weather Segment to Grow Significantly Owing to Increasing Demand from Military Bases

Based on the platform, the market is bifurcated into airborne weather information radar and land-based weather information radar. The airborne weather radar segment is estimated to be the dominating segment until F.Y 2019 owing to a rise in the aircraft deliveries. However, the market is expected to showcase a severe decline from F.Y 2020 owing to the outbreak of COVID-19. The market is expected to recover gradually. The land-based radar segment is anticipated to grow significantly owing to the rising fluctuations in the climate. Moreover, the increasing demand for weather stations on military bases is also expected to fuel the growth of land-based radar segments.

By Component Analysis

Antenna Predicted to Be the Fastest-Growing Segment Backed by Technological Advancements

Based on components, the market is classified into transmitter, antenna, receiver, and display. The antenna is predicted to be the largest and fastest-growing segment owing to the rising technological advancements in them. Moreover, the rising investment for the development of antennas for smooth data transmission from weather radar is also expected to support the growth of the segment. The transmitter and receiver segments are also expected to grow substantially during the forecast period owing to the surging adoption of doppler radar in the aviation industry.

By Application Analysis

Meteorology & Hydrology Segment to Exhibit Significant Growth Fueled by Climate Fluctuations

Based on the application, the market is divided into meteorology & hydrology, aviation industry, and military. The aviation industry segment is expected to dominate the market in 2019 owing to the rising expenditure in the development of aircraft, airports, and air traffic control applications. The meteorology & hydrology segment is expected to exhibit a significant growth through the forecast period as an increase is observed in climate fluctuations, which would affect public safety, agriculture, tourism, transport, and other sectors.


North America Weather Radar Market Size, 2019 (USD Million)

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North America is expected to dominate the market during the forecast period due to a rise in the demand for new aircraft owing to the increasing air travel. The U.S. is a hub of major players in aircraft production. The market for weather information radar in the aviation industry is expected to grow rapidly. Asia-Pacific is anticipated to be the fastest-growing region during the forecast period owing to the increasing expenditure on aircraft manufacturing along with the rising spending by the government of countries such as India and China for safeguarding from harsh weather. Moreover, the rising climate fluctuations in the region are also expected to fuel market growth.

The Middle East and Latin America are expected to demonstrate sluggish growth during the forecast period, owing to the decreasing demand for aircraft from airlines due to the reduction in passenger capacity.


Honeywell International is a Leader in Providing Radar Solutions for Weather Information through Technological Innovations

The market is fragmented with the presence of major players such as Honeywell International and Collins Aerospace. Honeywell is a leader in providing airborne based radar solutions. With innovation in technology and a wide product range, the company maintains its leading position in the market. The solid market competition has elevated the standards for new entrants, thereby challenging the major players based on the quality and reliability of their products. Thus, market players are implementing strategic mergers & acquisitions to sustain their position in the global market.



  • January 2020 – The Nepalese Department of Hydrology and Meteorology bought 2 Defender C350 systems from Enterprise Electronics Corporation to expand weather radar coverage in Nepal. This contract will further strengthen the company’s leading position in Asia.

  • March 2020 – EWR Radar Systems was awarded a contract worth USD 20.7 million by the U.S. Air Force to supply 22 portable Doppler weather radar systems. Moreover, the U.S. Air Force could purchase extra 14 devices.


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The market research report provides a detailed analysis of the market and focuses on key aspects such as key OEMs, radar market by types, and radar applications. Moreover, the report offers insights into the weather radar market trends and highlights key global industry developments. In addition to the factors mentioned above, the market report encompasses several direct and indirect factors that have contributed to the growth of the market over recent years.

Report Scope & Segmentation



Study Period


Base Year


Forecast Period


Historical Period



  Value (USD Million)


Platform, Component, Application, and Geography

By Platform

  • Airborne

  • Land-based

By Component

  • Transmitter

  • Antenna

  • Receiver

  • Display


By Application

  • Meteorology & Hydrology

  • Aviation Industry

  • Military

By Geography


  • North America (By  Platform, Component, Application, and Country)

    • The U.S. (By Platform)

    • Canada (By Platform)

  • Europe (By  Platform, Component, Application, and Country)

    • The U.K. (By Platform)

    • Germany (By Platform)

    • France (By Platform)

    • Italy (By Platform)

    • Russia (By Platform)

    • Rest of Europe (By Platform)

  • Asia-Pacific (By  Platform, Component, Application, and Country)

    • China (By Platform)

    • India (By Platform)

    • Japan (By Platform)

    • Australia (By Platform)

    • Rest of Asia-Pacific (By Platform)

  • Rest of the World (By  Platform, Component, Application, and Country)

    • The Middle East & Africa (By Platform)

    • Latin America (By Platform)

Frequently Asked Questions

Fortune Business Insights says that the global market size was valued at USD 233.1 million in 2019 and is projected to reach USD 261.4 million by 2027.

Registering a CAGR of 4.92%, the market will exhibit steady growth in the forecast period (2020-2027).

The aviation industry segment is expected to be the leading segment in this market during the forecast period.

Honeywell International Inc. is the leading player in the global market.

North America dominated the market in terms of share in 2019.

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