This study intends to analyse diverse aspects of the global radar simulator market. The insights offered in this report are expected to aid in market growth examination over the forecast timeline.
Market Analysis in Brief
In 2022, the radar simulator market reflected modest growth and per industry figures, roughly equalling US$3 Bn in terms of value. According to a preliminary study carried out by Fairfield Market Research, the radar simulator industry will continue to grow at a stable CAGR till 2030 end. The largest radar simulator companies, in no particular order, include Rockwell Collins, Harris Corporation, Ultra Electronics, and Cambridge Pixel. The Asia Pacific region is slated to account for the highest market share in the coming years.
Key Report Findings
Rise in Air Passenger Traffic
Post COVID-19, there has been a gradual surge in air passenger traffic across the globe, mainly due to effective vaccination drives that resulted in eased travel restrictions. With this increase in air passenger traffic, it became imperative for airports and airlines to heavily invest in airport infrastructure in a bid to improve operations while delivering a favourable passenger experience. This has significantly fuelled the demand for simulators in airports worldwide, thus pushing the growth of the radar simulator market.
According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the volume of air passengers is expected to increase considerably in the coming years, thus generating potential opportunities apropos to the demand for aircrafts, radar handlers, ATC operators, thus contributing towards the growth of the radar simulator market. As per the IATA, the recovery in air travel further improved in December 2022 and overall traffic increased by 64.4% in comparison to the previous year.
Furthermore, the International Air Transport Association predicts that there would be a further increase in air passenger traffic by around 94% in 2023, roughly 103% in 2024, and over 110% in 2025 globally. This is poised to trigger the need for more aircraft, in turn complementing the demand for radar simulators. Moreover, additional aircraft volume must be managed efficiently at airports to avoid any mishaps such as collisions. Accurate scheduling and the redirecting of aircraft have become vital to manage overall airport operations.
That said, the increase in number of landings and take-offs at airports has necessitated the need for trained ATC (Air Traffic Control) professionals. The training of ATC personnel to manage airline activities has fuelled the need for radar simulators. In addition, the proliferation of new radar technology and new air routes, as well as the demand for advanced radar systems increased, thus driving the need for trained air traffic control professionals. In this backdrop, rising air passenger traffic is expected to bolster growth prospects for the radar simulator market on a global front.
Increasing Air Cargo Transport
As a surge in air passenger traffic continues, air transport activities have also reflected an unprecedented rise as compared to the pre-COVID era. There has been a significant rise in air cargo since 2022. Post the COVID 19 pandemic, air cargo increased by 2.9% as compared to February 2021, according to the International Air Transport Association. This is expected to bode well for the radar simulator market. Furthermore, increasing investments by governments in the aerospace sector have boosted the adoption of modern aircraft equipment such as radar simulators.
Air cargo transportation plays a vital role in the economic growth of a country. This has led to the development and adoption of modern systems to efficiently monitor the functioning of airports and aircraft. In addition, growth in the number of air traffic controlling tower installations has further fuelled the need for advanced radar simulators for personnel. In January 2022, a contract was signed between Marshall Aerospace and Air Navigation Solutions to offer an air traffic simulator for airport trainees. This factor remains instrumental in driving growth in the radar simulator market.
The pandemic induced the biggest global recession since the Great Depression. The pandemic scenario negatively impacted the aerospace sector, resulting in a significant decline in civil aviation. This further resulted in decreased air traffic in 2020 and slow growth in terms of airport infrastructure. Furthermore, the pandemic and associated containment measures affected trade, resulting in a drop in air cargo volumes.
International air trade being disrupted by the pandemic also had an impact on the radar simulator market owing to the limited supply of equipment to the aerospace and military sectors. The entire aerospace supply chain was disturbed by this pandemic, resulting in a significant backlog of major orders among key players in the radar simulator market. However, post COVID-19, the scenario has turned lucrative as trade volumes continue to increase considerably.
High Development and Maintenance Costs, and Lack of Skilled Workers
While radar simulators have advanced significantly in recent years, there is certainly room for improvement with specific technological limitations needing addressal. It can be complex and expensive to develop and maintain radar simulation systems. This would make it hard for certain organizations to invest further in these systems. Moreover, these systems require skilled personnel to maintain and operate them effectively. Factors such as these are all expected to potentially hamper the growth trajectory of the global radar simulator market.
Growth Opportunities Across Regions
Asia Pacific Likely to Reign Supreme
With stable economic growth and lucrativeness in emerging economies, the Asia Pacific region has been paving an optimistic scenario for the radar simulator market. The aerospace industry in the region has reflected unprecedented growth owing to the increasing number of air travelers, at both international and local levels. Furthermore, the growing number of aircraft deliveries backed by growing passenger traffic has necessitated the need for advanced ATC personnel training. This factor has pushed the sales of radar simulators in the Asia Pacific.
In addition, military powerhouses in the region such as China, Japan, and India are heavily investing in technology such as upgrading existing radar technology, to enhance their aerial capabilities. These factors have uplifted the growth of the radar simulator market in the Asia Pacific, and this is expected to continue further going forward.
Radar Simulator Market: Competitive Landscape
A few of the major players in the radar simulator market include L3 Harris Technologies Inc., Raytheon Technologies Corporation, Buffalo Computer Graphics, ARI Simulation, Ultra Electronics Holdings Plc, AceWavetech, Micro Nav Limited, Rockwell Collins and Adacel Technologies Limited, to name a few. To gain a competitive edge, various established industry players are now more focused on new product launches, partnerships, collaborations, acquisitions, and alliances.
Regional Classification of the Global Radar Simulator Market is Described Below:
Middle East and Africa
*Regions and countries are subject to change based on data availability
Key Elements Included In The Study: Global Radar Simulator Market
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