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Aircraft Communication Systems - Market Share Analysis, Industry Trends & Statistics, Growth Forecasts 2019 - 2029

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  • 110 Pages
  • February 2024
  • Region: Global
  • Mordor Intelligence
  • ID: 5012397
The Aircraft Communication Systems Market size is estimated at USD 5.37 billion in 2024, and is expected to reach USD 8.40 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 9.37% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

Key Highlights

  • The surge in global air passenger traffic has encouraged the procurement of new-generation commercial aircraft. Furthermore, the evolution of technology has expanded the application scope of military aviation, leading to substantial growth in the demand for aircraft communication systems. These systems are used for monitoring and directing aircraft mid-flight in conjunction with other systems, such as navigation and flight management.
  • Aviation authorities worldwide are mandating the adoption of certain communication technologies and protocols to enhance air traffic management and safety. The rise in demand for in-flight entertainment and connectivity services from passengers also pushed airlines to upgrade their communication systems.
  • The technological shift towards integrating advanced systems into an aircraft for performance and safety enhancement has resulted in the gradual development of sophisticated onboard communication systems, such as the aircraft communications addressing and reporting system (ACARS). As ACARS becomes a standard part of the cockpit installation of an aircraft, the growth prospects of the market are anticipated to be positive during the forecast period.

Aircraft Communication Systems Market Trends

Commercial Aircraft Segment to Dominate Market Share During Forecast Period

  • The commercial aircraft segment represented a significant share of the aircraft communication systems market in the base year, mainly because commercial aircraft deliveries outnumbered those of military aircraft.
  • According to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), air passenger traffic is projected to reach approximately 10 billion by 2040, with an estimated 90 million commercial aircraft departures worldwide each year. This underscores the need to introduce numerous new commercial aircraft during the forecast period. Consequently, many airline operators have launched ambitious fleet modernization initiatives to increase revenue per aircraft while also improving market share and sustainability.
  • For instance, Airbus projected a prospective market for 1,880 aircraft deliveries to Indian airline operators by 2040 to support the rapid expansion of the Indian aviation industry. Since aircraft communication systems are vital for maintaining constant contact between pilots and air-traffic control (ATC) ground stations, new-generation aircraft are expected to integrate sophisticated communication systems like WebCS.
  • Furthermore, the emergence of satellite communication systems is anticipated to increase the adoption of advanced aircraft communication systems to enhance onboard safety and pilots' situational awareness. These developments are likely to stimulate market growth during the forecast period.

North America to Register Highest Growth During the Forecast Period

  • The North American aircraft communication systems market is experiencing growth due to the robust aviation infrastructure in the region. The US and Canada, which are technologically advanced countries with mature markets, are included in this region. There has been a rapid increase in the demand for new aircraft, both commercial and military, which has created a parallel requirement for investments in airframe systems and associated component manufacturing sectors.
  • In addition, the presence of several prominent aircraft system designers and integrators in the region has led to substantial funds being channeled into the development of advanced communication technologies. This, in turn, has encouraged tier-1 and tier-2 component suppliers to enhance their offerings and reduce the overall cost of ownership of their products, making them more attractive for integration into the aircraft models of major original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the region.
  • For instance, in March 2023, the US Air Force (USAF) awarded Boeing a USD 184 million contract to improve the advanced communications capabilities of the KC-46A Pegasus tanker aircraft. The recently signed contract aims to improve the data and communications connectivity provided by the Pegasus aircraft to joint and allied forces, improving their battle-space situational awareness.
  • During the forecast period, several new routes are being considered for launch, which has a positive outlook for the market. Prominent carriers, such as American Airlines and Air Canada, have already launched or are considering launching new routes to address the growing demand for air travel.

Aircraft Communication Systems Industry Overview

The aircraft communications systems market is semi-consolidated, with several players holding significant shares. Prominent players in the market include Honeywell International Inc., Northrop Grumman Corporation, Thales Group, L3Harris Technologies Inc., and General Dynamics Corporation. Innovation is crucial for players to gain a competitive edge over their rivals and ensure sustainability.

For instance, In January 2023, Northrop Grumman Corporation was awarded a contract worth USD 464.4 million by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center to provide support for the E-11A aircraft program. The contract is scheduled to be completed by January 2028. As per the terms of the contract, Northrop will provide Battlefield Airborne Communications Node E-11A (BACN E-11A) platform maintenance and main operating base contractor logistics support establishment.

Vendors in the market focus on designing, engineering, and manufacturing high-performance communication systems for aircraft. As a result, the market is directly affected by economic factors and trends that impact the aerospace industry, including the possible consolidation of the market through backward integration activities of aircraft original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

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Table of Contents

1.1 Study Assumptions
1.2 Scope of the Study
4.1 Market Overview
4.2 Market Drivers
4.3 Market Restraints
4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis
4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants
4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers
4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products
4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry
5.1 Components
5.1.1 Transponder
5.1.2 Display and Processor
5.1.3 Antenna
5.2 Aircraft Type
5.2.1 Commercial Aircraft
5.2.2 Military Aircraft
5.3 Geography
5.3.1 North America United States Canada
5.3.2 Europe United Kingdom Germany France Italy Russia Rest of Europe
5.3.3 Asia-Pacific China India Japan South Korea Australia Rest of Asia-Pacific
5.3.4 Latin America Brazil Mexico Rest of Latin America
5.3.5 Middle-East and Africa Saudi Arabia United Arab Emirates Turkey South Africa Rest of Middle-East and Africa
6.1 Vendor Market Share
6.2 Company Profiles
6.2.1 Honeywell International Inc.
6.2.2 Northrop Grumman Corporation
6.2.3 THALES
6.2.4 Raytheon Technologies Corporation
6.2.5 L3Harris Technologies, Inc.
6.2.6 General Dynamics Corporation
6.2.7 Iridium Communications Inc.
6.2.8 Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc.
6.2.9 ViaSat Inc.
6.2.10 Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG
6.2.11 Gogo Inc.
6.2.12 Elbit Systems Ltd.
6.2.13 BAE Systems plc
6.2.14 Cobham Limited
6.2.15 Garmin Ltd.
6.2.16 Orbit Communications Systems Ltd.

Companies Mentioned (Partial List)

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes, but is not limited to:

  • Honeywell International Inc.
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Raytheon Technologies Corporation
  • L3Harris Technologies, Inc.
  • General Dynamics Corporation
  • Iridium Communications Inc.
  • Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc.
  • ViaSat Inc.
  • Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG
  • Gogo Inc.
  • Elbit Systems Ltd.
  • BAE Systems plc
  • Cobham Limited
  • Garmin Ltd.
  • Orbit Communications Systems Ltd.