Report : Europe 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 9.9% CAGR, the Europe Airborne SATCOM Market is speculated to be worth US$ 2,950.57 Million by 2028, says Business Market Insights

According to Business Market Insights’ research, the Europe airborne SATCOM market was valued at US$ 1,676.03 million in 2022 and is expected to reach US$ 2,950.57 million by 2028, registering an annual growth rate of 9.9% from 2022 to 2028. Increasing adoption of satellite communication (SATCOM) technology to provide enhanced communication solution and rise in demand for SATCOM on-the-move (OTM) solutions are the critical factors attributed to the market expansion. 

As the airborne in the 21st century is becoming ever more network-centric, satellite communication technology is moving to its next generation, and demand for it is increasing. In the current environment, a connected pilot should have network capabilities that allow real-time information sharing to accomplish mission requirements and preserve operational capability. Due to the large area of responsibility (AOR), it become a difficult task for communication in air that is why to improve communication the SATCOM is important. The introduction of modern airborne SATCOM systems in commercial and military applications is driving demand for new aircraft. Network-centric warfare, which permits communication across all sensors, weapons, and platforms spread across the battle space, has been highlighted by air forces.  

SATCOM is a vital component in creating and realizing network-centric capabilities for aircraft. On air-to-ground, air-to-air, ship-to-air, and air-to-ship platforms, SATCOM technology design elements provide communication channels. The communication satellite terminals make it easier to integrate communication networks on mobile platforms, helicopters, defense aircraft, and commercial aircraft. Airborne SATCOM systems continually undergo technological advancements to ensure high performance. For instance, in November 2019, the French Air Force enhanced its airborne satellite communication capabilities by adopting new technologies from Thales for the Rafale combat aircraft. Further, in June 2021, Honeywell offered specifically designed for military and governmental aircraft. Officially known as JetWave MCX, the solution expands on the success of earlier JetWave products and features technical improvements specifically intended for military customers. As a result, the airborne SATCOM market increases the demand for advanced communication solutions.

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

  • Based on platform, the Europe airborne SATCOM market is segmented into commercial aircraft, military aircraft, helicopters, and UAVs. The commercial aircraft segment held held 38.9% market share in 2022, amassing US$ 651.56 million. It is projected to garner US$ 1,226.02 million by 2028 to expand at 11.1% CAGR during 2022–2028.    
  • Based on component, the Europe airborne SATCOM market is segmented as SATCOM terminals, transceivers, airborne radio, modems and routers, SATCOM radomes, and others. The transceivers held 26.6% market share in 2022, amassing US$ 445.28 million. It is projected to garner US$ 824.20 million by 2028 to expand at 10.8% CAGR during 2022–2028.

By application, the Europe airborne SATCOM market is fragmented into commercial and defese. With 59.9% share of the domain, the commercial segment dominated the market in 2022. It accrued US$ 1,683.94 million in 2022 and is estimated to generate US$ 2,726.41 million by 2028 to grow at a CAGR of 8.4% over the forecast period.

Our regional analysis states that France captured 23.2% market share in 2022. It was assessed at US$ 388.87 million in 2022 and is likely to hit US$ 730.56 million by 2028, exhibiting a CAGR of 11.1% during the forecast period.

Key players dominating the Europe 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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