Aerostat Systems Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Aerostat Systems Market is segmented by Type (Small, Medium, and Large), Application (Military and Law Enforcement, and Commercial and Environmental Research), Payload (Surveillance Radar, Communication Relay, Navigation System,and Other Payloads), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

Study Period:

2018 - 2026

Base Year:


Fastest Growing Market:

North America

Largest Market:

North America


>10 %

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Market Overview

The aerostat system market is expected to register a CAGR of more than 10% during the forecast period 2020 - 2025.

  • The cost of gathering intelligence using manned and unmanned aerial systems is high, primarily due to high operating and maintenance costs. This has resulted in several countries adopting aerostat as an alternative. Aerostat systems require less maintenance and can operate 24/7 for weeks or even months at a time, offering an incredible line-of-sight.
  • Other than military applications, aerostats are becoming popular for environmental research and commercial applications, like internet connectivity. Aerostats made by companies, such as Altaeros and Loon LLC, are being used to expand LTE networks and 5G technology in remote areas at a significantly low cost and energy.
  • However, the aerostat systems market faces certain challenges and limitations with respect to operational altitude and survivability in adverse weather conditions.

Scope of the Report

The aerostat systems market covers the latest trends and technological developments in the market and also offers insights into its application in the military and commercial sectors. The market estimate includes revenue generated through maintenance services and upgrades.

Military and Law Enforcement
Commercial and Environmental Research
Surveillance Radar
Communication Relay
Navigation System
Other Payloads
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Latin America
Rest of Latin America
Middle-East and Africa
United Arab Emirates
Saudi Arabia
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

The Communication Relay Segment to Exhibit the Highest Growth Rate During the Forecast Period

With the increasing penetration of smartphones in developing economies and rural areas, it has become necessary to provide enhanced and fast Internet connection to harness the full advantages of handheld devices. Modern aerostat systems are capable of carrying communication payloads up to 300 kg to stratospheric heights and can provide connectivity over a vast area by using the existing terrestrial communication spectrum. Aerostat systems are witnessing increasing applications in battlefield communication systems for enhancing the situational awareness of combat units and assets. Aerostat systems are being tested with communication and network relays in combat zones and when used in combination with drones and UAVs, the communication network can be expanded exponentially and remotely located combat units and assets can receive data and information of high quality.


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North America to Exhibit the Highest Growth Rate During the Forecast Period

North America held the largest market share in 2019, and it is expected to exhibit the highest growth rate during the forecast period as well. The United States is the largest market for aerostat systems in North America and it is investing heavily in aerostat systems for communication and surveillance purpose. In February 2020, Peraton received a USD 277.5 million contract for Tethered Aerostat Radar Systems (TARS) from the US Department of Homeland Security for low range border and maritime surveillance operations. In August 2019, Drone Aviation Holding Corp. delivered WASP Aerostat systems to the US Border Patrol (United States Custom and Border Protection) for providing operational support service on the southwest borders of the country. Raven Industries also received a USD 10.4 million contract in 2019 for its TIF-25K aerostat systems to be deployed in Afghanistan. Many aerostat manufacturers in the United States are collaborating with telecommunication service providers to provide enhanced telecommunication network quality to users. In February 2019, Altaeros launched the world's first aerial cell tower SuperTower ST200 to provide enhanced 4G LTE networks. In the United States, aerostat systems will also find application in urban drone tracking operations to provide protection to high value assests. In October 2019, DARPA announced that it will be testing the drone tracking technology using sensor based aerostats. Such developments are expected to propel the growth of the aerostat market in North America during the forecast period.


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Competitive Landscape

The aerostat systems market is moderately consolidated, as few major players occupy a major share in the market. Some of the prominent players in the market are Lockheed Martin Corporation, Raytheon Technologies, Raven Industries, and Israel Aerospace Industries, among others. The aerostat systems have an immense potential for commercial application, especially in the communication category. Many aerostat manufacturers are collaborating with telecom service providers to provide expanded telecom services to operators. Loon LLC partnered with telecom operators, such as Telkom of Kenya, AT&T, Telefonica in Peru, etc., to provide LTE network coverage.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Small

      2. 5.1.2 Medium

      3. 5.1.3 Large

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Military and Law Enforcement

      2. 5.2.2 Commercial and Environmental Research

    3. 5.3 Payload

      1. 5.3.1 Surveillance Radar

      2. 5.3.2 Communication Relay

      3. 5.3.3 Navigation System

      4. 5.3.4 Other Payloads

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 5.4.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Italy

        5. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.4.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.4.4 Latin America

        1. Brazil

        2. Rest of Latin America

      5. 5.4.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. United Arab Emirates

        2. Saudi Arabia

        3. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 Lockheed Martin Corporation

      2. 6.2.2 Raytheon Technologies Corporation

      3. 6.2.3 Raven Industries Inc.

      4. 6.2.4 Worldwide Aeros Corp.

      5. 6.2.5 Israel Aerospace Industries Limited

      6. 6.2.6 TCOM LP

      7. 6.2.7 Allsopp Helikites Limited

      8. 6.2.8 ILC Dover LP

      9. 6.2.9 RosAeroSystems International Limited


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Aerostat Systems Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Aerostat Systems Market is growing at a CAGR of >10% over the next 5 years.

North America is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2019.

  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Raytheon Technologies Corporation
  • Raven Industries Inc.
  • Worldwide Aeros Corp
  • Israel Aerospace Industries Limited

Are the major companies operating in Aerostat Systems Market.

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