Report : Asia Pacific Airborne SATCOM Market Forecast to 2028 – COVID-19 Impact and Analysis – by Platform (Commercial Aircraft, Military Aircraft, Helicopters, and UAV), Component (SATCOM Terminals, Transceivers, Airborne Radio, Modems & Routers, SATCOM Radomes, and Others), and Application (Defense and Commercial)

At 8.8% CAGR, the Asia Pacific Airborne SATCOM Market is speculated to be worth US$ 2,273.59 Million by 2028, says Business Market Insights

According to Business Market Insights’ research, the Asia Pacific airborne SATCOM market was valued at US$ 1,367.30 million in 2022 and is expected to reach US$ 2,273.59 million by 2028, registering an annual growth rate of 8.8% from 2022 to 2028. Development of ultra-compact SATCOM terminals and increasing air passenger traffic are the critical factors attributed to the market expansion. 

The growing air passenger traffic is driving the expansion of the airborne SATCOM industry. Factors such as increased middle-class interest in air travel, the expansion of this group in emerging nations, and an increase in the worldwide working-age population are predicted to boost total air passenger traffic. The newest ICAO analysis of APAC air traffic shows obvious indicators of a strong APAC recovery in air traffic, with increased carrier confidence and a variety of regional air connectivity and air travel facilitation enhancements. From January to April 2022, air passengers increased by 65% compared to the same period in 2021, while aircraft flight departures increased by 30%. Airline seat capacity increased by 32% during the same period, and with continued supporting conditions for increased air travel demand forecast, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) predicts a stronger overall rate of recovery this year than last.

With the increase in air traffic and aircraft demand, air carriers are increasing their aircraft delivery. The demand for new airlines is not just from existing aircraft reestablishing their fleet but also from new low–cost aircraft entering the market. A repressed interest of leisure travelers being more cost-sensitive post-pandemic, decreased interest for business travel, alongside the adaptability of the minimal expense aircraft plan of action, is surging demand of SATCOM. Many countries plan to construct more airports in the future because of increasing air passenger traffic. For instance, as China's 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25) industries establish plans in accordance with the country's development which was started in 2021. The civil aviation industry aims to improve capacity, speed up airport building, and integrate with other modes of transportation such as railways, highways, and waterways. According to the 14th Five-Year Plan, China will build more than 30 new civil airports and raise civil aviation capacity by 43% to 2 billion passenger trips. Thus, adding new airports and increasing new aircraft will generate new opportunities for the airborne SATCOM market.

On the contrary, various cyber security related threats hurdles the growth of Asia Pacific airborne SATCOM market.

  • Based on platform, the Asia Pacific airborne SATCOM market is segmented into commercial aircraft, military aircraft, helicopters, and UAVs. The commercial aircraft segment held held 40.1% market share in 2022, amassing US$ 547.75 million. It is projected to garner US$ 978.92 million by 2028 to expand at 10.2% CAGR during 2022–2028.    
  • Based on component, the Asia Pacific airborne SATCOM market is segmented as SATCOM terminals, transceivers, airborne radio, modems and routers, SATCOM radomes, and others. The transceivers held 26.1% market share in 2022, amassing US$ 359.54 million. It is projected to garner US$ 630.25 million by 2028 to expand at 9.8% CAGR during 2022–2028.

By application, the Asia Pacific airborne SATCOM market is fragmented into commercial and defese. With 59.3% share of the domain, the commercial segment dominated the market in 2022. It accrued US$ 811.32 million in 2022 and is estimated to generate US$ 1,359.58 million by 2028 to grow at a CAGR of 9.0% over the forecast period.

Our regional analysis states that China captured 36.8% market share in 2022. It was assessed at US$ 503.63 million in 2022 and is likely to hit US$ 810.53 million by 2028, exhibiting a CAGR of 8.3% during the forecast period.    

Key players dominating the Asia Pacific airborne SATCOM market are ASELSAN A.Ş.; Cobham Limited; Collins Aerospace; General Dynamics Mission Systems, Inc.; Honeywell International Inc.; L3Harris Technologies, Inc.; Orbit Communications Systems Ltd.; Thales Group; and Viasat, Inc. among others.   

Few key developments by top market players are as follows:

  • In 2022, Thales announced its partnership with Airbus Perlan Mission II, an internationally acclaimed and world record-setting climate and aerospace research project in order to fly Thales' most recent mobile satellite communications system, FlytLink, in a zero-emission glider to an altitude greater than twice that of a commercial airline flight.
  • In 2022, General Dynamics Mission Systems announced that it has delivered the 1,000th Tri-band radome to Boeing for line-fit installation onto their commercial and military aircraft. These radomes provide physical protection of the aircraft’s antennas to enable reliable in-flight satellite communications (SATCOM) for passengers including Wi-Fi internet connectivity and live television.

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