A radome is a structural, weatherproof enclosure that protects a radar antenna or microwave aerial system. Radomes are streamlined structures designed to withstand impact from debris and harsh weather elements such as rain, snow, and hail while transmitting electromagnetic signals to and from the antenna with minimal attenuation or distortion. Aircraft radomes play a critical role in military and commercial airborne radar systems.
There are two primary drivers that are expected to boost the global aircraft radome market during the forecast period. Firstly, the increasing military spending on advanced airborne radars and missile guidance systems across developed as well as developing nations is expected to drive the demand for radomes. Between 2023-2030, countries such as the United States, China, India, and various European nations are likely to invest heavily in next-generation fighter jets, UAVs, and missile defense programs that rely on advanced radomes for protection and functionality. Secondly, the steady growth of commercial aircraft fleets along with rising passenger and cargo traffic is also projected to fuel the need for new aircraft with upgraded collision avoidance radar systems that incorporate advanced composite radomes. Over the next few years, demand for new regional aircraft in developing markets and narrowbody and widebody jets from established manufacturers is expected to rise significantly thus driving the aircraft radome market.
Market Key Trends:
The aircraft radome market has been witnessing tremendous growth over the past few years. One of the major trends in this Aircraft Radome Market has been the increasing adoption of composite materials for manufacturing radomes. Composite materials like carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) composites provide high strength to weight ratio and durability. They also help reduce overall aircraft weight. This has been a key enabler for improving fuel efficiency of aircraft. Airframers have been focusing on weight reduction strategies to reduce operating costs of aircraft. Hence, the use of advanced composite materials for radome manufacturing is expected to grow in the coming years.
Strengths: Composite materials provide high strength, durability and reduce aircraft weight. This improves fuel efficiency.
Weaknesses: High material and manufacturing costs of advanced composites. Composite radomes also require specialized manufacturing techniques.
Opportunities: Growing demand for new aircraft from commercial and defense sector. Development of advanced radar systems is also driving the need for improved radome capabilities.
Threats: Stringent aviation regulations. Long product certification cycles increase time to market for new radome designs.
The global Aircraft Radome market is expected to witness high growth, exhibiting CAGR of 8.6% over the forecast period, due to increasing aircraft deliveries worldwide. North America is expected to dominate the aircraft radome market during the forecast period. This can be attributed to strong presence of radome manufacturers in the US. Major aerospace companies like Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Northrop Grumman are also based in the region driving regional demand.
The global aircraft radome market size was estimated at US$ 640.7 Million in 2023. Stringent aircraft performance and reliability standards are driving manufacturers to adopt advanced materials like composites for radome construction. Composite radomes provide protection to radars from all external influences and enable optimal radar performance.
Key players operating in the Aircraft Radome market are General Dynamics, Airbus, Nordam, Saint-Gobain, Meggitt, Starwin Industries, Kitsap Composites, Orbital ATK, Jenoptik, Harris, Vermont Composites, Pacific Radomes, Royal Engineered Composites, AVIC, ATK, Kelvin Hughes, Raytheon, Leonardo, Ducommun and CPI. Major players are focusing on developing Integral radome solutions with integrated components to reduce assembly work and simplify overall radome design.
1. Source: Coherent Market Insights, Public sources, Desk research
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