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Weather Radar Market Size, Share & COVID-19 Impact Analysis, By Platform (Airborne, Land-Based), By Component (Transmitter, Antenna, Receiver, Display, and Others), By Frequency (C-Band, S-Band, X-Band, and Others), By Application (Meteorology & Hydrology, Aviation Industry, Military) and Regional Forecast, 2023-2030

Last Updated: July 08, 2024 | Format: PDF | Report ID: FBI103522



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The global weather radar market size was valued at USD 117.29 million in 2022 and is projected to grow from USD 136.28 million in 2023 to USD 486 million by 2030, exhibiting a CAGR of 19.9% during the forecast period. North America dominated the weather radar market with a market share of 32.26% in 2022.


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Weather surveillance radar (WSR) is a type of remote sensing technology that is used to detect precipitation such as rain, snow, and hail in the atmosphere and also to estimate its movement and intensity. The radar emits a pulse of energy in the microwave frequency range with the help of a transmitter, which is located at the radar site. This energy travels through the atmosphere until it encounters precipitation such as rain, snow, or hail, which reflects some of the energy back toward the radar.

The radar uses the reflected energy to calculate the distance, direction, and intensity of the precipitation. This information is then processed to create a visual representation of the weather conditions. It is used for various applications such as meteorology & hydrology, aviation, and military. Owing to the rising fluctuations in natural calamities such as thunderstorms, cyclones, ice storms, and snowstorms are expected to drive the growth of the global market size from 2023 to 2030.

COVID-19 Impact

Supply Chain Disruptions and Reduced Demand from Aviation & Tourism Industries Will Hinder Market Growth

The COVID-19 pandemic hampered the global weather radar industry. The pandemic disrupted the global supply chain as companies have faced difficulties in procuring essential components, raw materials, and equipment required for manufacturing. This results in delayed deliveries and production shutdowns. For instance, in April 2020, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) announced that the pandemic affected the availability of supplies and equipment, causing delays in the maintenance and replacement of weather surveillance radar systems.

Due to the pandemic, countries experienced border closures and travel restrictions, reducing the demand for radar systems in various sectors. The aviation industry was severely impacted by the pandemic as many airlines grounded their flights and reduced their operations. Airborne radars are used in aircraft to detect and avoid turbulence. The reduced air traffic and delayed deliveries of new aircraft decrease the demand for weather surveillance radars.

Additionally, the tourism industry was also impacted by the pandemic due to travel restrictions which reduced the demand for weather surveillance systems used in the tourism sector to predict weather conditions for outdoor activities. However, the pandemic led to an increase in remote monitoring of weather conditions by reducing the need for on-site personnel. Various manufacturers have adopted this change by providing cloud-based solutions that enable remote access to weather surveillance radar.


Integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning (ML) Algorithms and the Adoption of Solid-State Technology are Prominent Market Trends

Artificial Intelligence (AI)  and ML algorithms are highly effective in processing and analyzing the massive amount of data generated by radars. This helps meteorologists and weather forecasting agencies to provide more accurate and reliable weather forecasts and warnings. They can also help in identifying the complex patterns in the data and provide insights that are difficult or impossible to detect. For instance, in September 2021, DeepMind, an AI firm based in the U.K., in collaboration with the Met Office, which is the national weather service of the U.K., created a deep-learning tool known as DGMR. This tool is capable of accurately predicting the probability of rainfall in the upcoming 90 minutes, which is considered to be one of the most challenging tasks in the field of weather forecasting.

Solid-state radar systems incorporate electronically embedded sensors that operate cohesively without causing any in-band interference. These systems leverage pulse compression to concentrate energy on targets and enhance the resolution of the display. Additionally, they optimize technology that utilizes the Doppler Effect to leverage the relative motion of targets. They are energy-efficient, require less maintenance, and provide higher-resolution images and more detailed data on weather conditions. Furthermore, strategic partnerships and collaborations, product innovations, and developments push weather radar market growth.

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The rising Frequency and Severity of Natural Calamities is expected to catalyze the Market Growth

The world has witnessed increasing natural disasters such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and wildfires. These calamities occur more frequently, resulting in significant damage, substantial economic losses, and loss of life. For instance, in March 2023, the Emergency Event Database (EM-DAT) recorded 387 natural disasters, leading to the loss of 30,704 lives and affecting 185 million individuals, with economic losses totaling approximately USD 223.8 Billion. Therefore, accurate weather and climate predictions are crucial for public safety and supporting local economies. Weather surveillance radars can cover large areas to provide the necessary information, which assists in predicting severe weather conditions accurately.

The forecasted information can aid in preventing or mitigating economic loss and avoid various risks and damage to infrastructure, agriculture, and public safety. Additionally, these radars are also widely implemented in the aviation industry to ensure safe and efficient air travel. They provide pilots with real-time data on weather conditions to make informed decisions about flight paths and landing approaches. These factors are expected to contribute to the growth during the weather radar market forecast period.

Increasing Government Investments Projected to Boost the Growth of the Market

Governments all around the world are investing in the deployment of weather surveillance radars to support weather forecasting and warning systems, disaster management, and military operations. For instance, in April 2022, the U.S. government increased the budget by about USD 450 Million for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The administration is intended to request USD 1 Billion from NOAA for the fiscal year 2023, to expand the agency's climate information services and accelerate work on next-generation weather observation systems.

Additionally, man-portable weather sensing radars are utilized for quick deployment as a short-range weather surveillance radar/electronic warfare system in military operations. Portable weather-sensing radars are ground-based Doppler radar systems that can be transported by one or two soldiers. These types of radars are compact and man-portable but can be scaled to larger apertures for increased performance. They also used to plan and schedule various drill operations by using weather forecast data provided by the radars. These advantages result in the increasing adoption of weather-sensing radars which propel the market's growth.


Technical Challenges and High Installation and Maintenance Costs are expected to hinder the Market Growth

Weather radar systems rely heavily on the analysis and quality of data collected. Technical errors such as inconsistencies in the data can lead to incorrect weather predictions, which can have serious consequences for industries such as aviation, transportation, and agriculture. Calibrating these radar systems is crucial for ensuring accurate readings. However, the process is affected by various factors such as changes in temperature, humidity, and atmospheric conditions. Developing calibration techniques that account for all these variables is hindering market growth.

High installation and maintenance costs are also affecting the growth of the market as weather surveillance radar require specialized hardware, software, and infrastructure. These systems are costly to procure and install. The maintenance costs are also high as the systems need to be regularly serviced and calibrated to ensure their accuracy and reliability. These factors are restraining the growth of the market.


By Platform Analysis 

Airborne is anticipated to Command the Market Owing to Growing Demand for Weather Surveillance Systems from Aviation Industry

By Platform, the market is bifurcated into land-based and airborne. Land-based radars are mounted on the ground and are used for weather surveillance. This segment is expected to register significant growth during the forecast period due to the growing demand for weather surveillance systems for disaster management.

Airborne radar systems are used in aircraft and are necessary for pilots to examine the intensity of convective weather and avoid thunderstorms and other climatic conditions. This segment is also estimated to be the fastest growing during the forecast due to the growing demand for weather surveillance systems from the aviation industry to enhance flight safety and optimize air traffic management.

By Frequency Analysis 

X-Band Segment is the Dominating Owing to the Rising Demand for Compact and High-Frequency Radars 

The frequency segment is segregated into C-band, S-band, X-band, and others. X-band has smaller antennas and higher target resolution. For instance, large aircraft are equipped with X-band radars to detect turbulence and other meteorological phenomena. This segment dominates the market and is estimated to be the fastest-growing segment during the forecast period due to rising demand for compact and precision radars.

S-band is also anticipated to grow significantly due increasing adoption of precision and long-range weather surveillance radars. This frequency can operate accurately amid heavy precipitation or cloud cover applications in long-range view. Rising investments in new airports will drive the market of S-band weather radar globally.

By Component Analysis 

Owing to the Modernization and Upgradation of Weather Surveillance Radars, the Antenna Segment is the Dominating one

The component segment is categorized into transmitter, antenna, receiver, display, and others. An antenna is an electronic device that is used to transmit data in the form of signals. The antenna segment dominates the market and is estimated to be the fastest-growing segment during the forecast period owing to the modernization and development of old weather surveillance radars.

Transmitter holds the second-largest share in the component segment. A transmitter is an electronic device used to produce radio waves in order to transmit data with the help of an antenna. The rising demand for reliable wireless communication is anticipated to boost the market for the transmitter segment.

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By Application Analysis 

Military Segment Dominates the Market Owing to the Increased Demand for Weather Surveillance and Monitoring For Military Aircraft

The market by application is segmented into meteorology & hydrology, the aviation industry, and the military. The military segment dominates the market in the base year and is expected to be the fastest-growing segment due to the increased demand for weather surveillance and monitoring for military aircraft globally.

The aviation industry segment is predicted to witness significant growth during the forecast period. The segment's growth is due to the increasing air traffic. Furthermore, increasing demand for air travel is also expected to foster the growth of the segment in the forecast period.


In terms of geography, the market is divided into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Rest of the World.

North America Weather Radar Market Size, 2022 (USD Million)

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North America dominated the market in 2022 and was valued at USD 37.84 million in 2022. This growth is attributed to the presence of major OEMs. The increasing demand for commercial and military aircraft is expected to drive the region’s growth. For instance, in December 2022, United Airlines, a U.S.-based commercial aviation company, ordered 100 Boeing 787 Dreamliners with options to purchase 100 more. The delivery of new wide-body planes is expected between 2024 and 2032.

The market in Asia Pacific holds the second-largest share in the market and is expected to be the fastest-growing region during the forecast period. This regional market growth is due to growing research activities in meteorology and hydrology to anticipate climatic conditions. For instance, in April 2022, Taiwan’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) selected Enterprise Electronics Corporation (EEC) to Supply a Shipboard Weather Surveillance System for Taiwan’s "New Ocean Researcher 1” Oceanic Research Vessel, which will be operated by National Taiwan University (NTU) to improve regional climate models and weather forecasts for Taiwan.

Europe captured a significant market share in the base year. The growth of the region is attributed to factors such as increasing demand for weather surveillance radar systems to provide real-time information about weather conditions. Furthermore, the rising demand for weather forecasting services from renewable energy and media and entertainment sectors is also expected to boost the growth of the market in the region.

Rest of the World is anticipated to witness moderate growth in the market during the forecast period. This regional market growth is due to the growing use of weather surveillance systems in the agriculture sector to optimize crop management and improve yield.


Increasing Geographical Presence, Technological Advancements and Product Innovations are the Key Focus of Leading Players 

The global market is relatively consolidated with key players, such as Collins Aerospace, Honeywell International Inc., EWR Radar Systems Inc., Enterprise Electronics Corporation, LEONARDO Germany GmbH, and others. Major players focus on increasing their geographical presence, technological advancements, and product innovations in emerging markets to increase their market share. For instance, in March 2021, LEONARDO Germany GmbH signed multiple contracts to supply weather surveillance radars in regions including the Americas, the Asia Pacific, Europe, and Middle East. By launching SKIRON3D®, a state-of-the-art Doppler LIDAR system that can measure winds and detect hazardous wind-based phenomena, the company has also expanded its portfolio.



  • April 2023 - Honeywell International Inc., was selected by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) to upgrade its Sikorsky MH-60 Jayhawk and Eurocopter MH-65 Dolphin multisession helicopters with Honeywell’s IntuVue RDR-7000 weather surveillance radar system.

  • January 2023 - The Indian government announced its plans to add 25 more radars in the next two to three years by covering the entire country with Doppler radars by 2025. The Doppler radar network has increased from 15 to 37 between 2013 and 2023 and the network will grow to 62 with the addition of new radars.

  • October 2022 - Enterprise Electronics Corporation (EEC) announced that it has been awarded a contract to deliver three new Defender C350 Doppler radar systems and associated services to the Meteorological Service of New Caledonia (SMNC). The three existing EEC-supplied single polarization radars, which have been operating since 1998 will be replaced by this new radar network.

  • September 2022 - Enterprise Electronics Corporation (EEC) partnered with GAMIC to explore more solutions for weather surveillance radar projects in Europe. Gamic GmbH is a Germany-based radar system manufacturing company specializing in radar hardware and software services.

  • July 2022 - Ontic Engineering & Manufacturing Inc., a U.S.-based manufacturer and distributor of air transportation equipment and supplies signed an exclusive license agreement with Honeywell for the RDR4A/B Weather Surveillance Radar Systems.


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Report Scope & Segmentation



Study Period


Base Year


Estimated Year


Forecast Period


Historical Period


Growth Rate

CAGR of 19.9% from 2023 to 2030


Value (USD Million)


Platform, Component, Frequency, Application and Geography

By Platform

  • Land-Based

  • Airborne

By Component

  • Transmitter

  • Antenna

  • Receiver

  • Display

  • Others

By Frequency

  • C-Band

  • S-Band

  • X-Band

  • Others

By Application

  • Meteorology & Hydrology

  • Aviation Industry

  • Military

By Geography

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

    • U.S. (By Platform)

    • Canada (By Platform)

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

    • 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, Frequency, Application, and Country)

    • China (By Platform)

    • India (By Platform)

    • Japan (By Platform)

    • Australia (By Platform)

    • Rest of Asia-Pacific (By Platform)

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

    • Latin America (By Platform)

    • Middle East & Africa (By Platform)

Frequently Asked Questions

As per the Fortune Business Insights study, the market size was USD 117.29 Million in 2022.

The market is likely to grow at a CAGR of 19.9% over the forecast period (2023-2030).

The Airborne segment is expected to lead the market due growing demand for weather surveillance systems from aviation industry.

The market size in North America stood at USD 37.84 Million in 2022.

Rising frequency and severity of natural calamities and increasing government investments are expected to drive the market.

Some of the top players in the market are Collins Aerospace, Honeywell International Inc., EWR Radar Systems Inc., Enterprise Electronics Corporation, LEONARDO Germany GmbH, and others.

U.S. dominated the market in weather radar in 2022.

Technical challenges and high installation and maintenance costs are expected to hamper the market.

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