Report : Middle East & Africa 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 5.1% CAGR, the Middle East & Africa Airborne SATCOM Market is speculated to be worth US$ 568.55 Million by 2028, says Business Market Insights

According to Business Market Insights’ research, the Middle East & Africa airborne SATCOM market was valued at US$ 421.78 million in 2022 and is expected to reach US$ 568.55 million by 2028, registering an annual growth rate of 5.1% from 2022 to 2028. Development of ultra-compact SATCOM terminals and increasing air passenger traffic are the critical factors attributed to the market expansion. 

One of the most important applications of satellite communication technology is communications on the move (COTM), which provides crucial services to various businesses. COTM provides important applications for first responders, disaster recovery, emergency preparedness, remote access, and other applications to military and commercial end users. Moreover, moving aircraft such as commercial, government, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) equipped with a satellite dish capable of establishing and sustaining communications with a satellite network while the aircraft is in motion are referred to as COTM. Demand for satellite-based on-the-move communications (COTM) emerged as a new trend in defense and commercial aerial communication systems. COTM technologies have become significantly more effective due to the arrival of high-powered L-band satellites with low-gain antenna solutions designed originally for the security and defense industries. In November 2018, Get SAT announced the release of the UltraBlade L-Band antenna for on-the-go L-band airborne applications. Customers and operators, both commercial and military, want faster speeds and more competitive bandwidth pricing. Operators' networks are being constricted as different platforms require new antenna types or ways to purchase connectivity, leading to the development of advanced airborne on-the-move SATCOM solutions.

On the contrary, various cyber security related threats hurdles the growth of Middle East & Africa airborne SATCOM market.

  • Based on platform, the Middle East & Africa 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$ 164.09 million. It is projected to garner US$ 233.52 million by 2028 to expand at 6.1% CAGR during 2022–2028.    
  • Based on component, the Middle East & Africa airborne SATCOM market is segmented as SATCOM terminals, transceivers, airborne radio, modems and routers, SATCOM radomes, and others. The transceivers held 25.9% market share in 2022, amassing US$ 109.06 million. It is projected to garner US$ 154.01 million by 2028 to expand at 5.9% CAGR during 2022–2028.
  • By application, the Middle East & Africa airborne SATCOM market is fragmented into commercial and defese. With 71.8% share of the domain, the commercial segment dominated the market in 2022. It accrued US$ 302.93 million in 2022 and is estimated to generate US$ 418.82 million by 2028 to grow at a CAGR of 5.5% over the forecast period.

Our regional analysis states that the TRest of Middle East & Africa captured 43.2% market share in 2022. It was assessed at US$ 182.00 million in 2022 and is likely to hit US$ 245.61 million by 2028, exhibiting a CAGR of 5.1% during the forecast period.    

Key players dominating the Middle East & Africa 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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