Airborne ISR Market - Growth, Trends and Forecast (2020 - 2025)

The market is segmented by Purpose (Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance), Type (Manned, Unmanned), Sub-market (Maritime Patrol, Airborne Ground Surveillance (AGS), Airborne Early Warning System (AEW), Signals Intelligence (SIGINT)), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

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Fastest Growing Market:

Asia Pacific

Largest Market:

North America

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Market Overview

The airborne ISR market is anticipated to register a CAGR of 5.25% during the forecast period.

  • Terrorism and cyber attacks are the two top risks that are continuously hampering stabilizing actions, along with unstable geopolitics, like deteriorating relations between the United States, Saudi Arabia, and Iran and border issues between India, China, and Pakistan, among others, which are majorly driving the demand for advanced border surveillance solutions that are impacting the airborne ISR market.
  • Advanced data integration with multi-level comparative analysis to provide data accuracy and management may provide new market opportunities for the airborne ISR market.

Scope of the Report

ISR stands for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance. It is the coordinated and integrated acquisition, processing, and provision of accurate, timely, coherent, and assured information and intelligence to support defense missions. The current market study is on airborne ISR, which includes aircraft and UAVs used for ISR missions, globally.

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Key Market Trends

Unmanned segment to experience the highest growth

The unmanned segment of the airborne ISR market is expected to grow rapidly during the forecast period. Nowadays, many ISR missions and border control missions are made easy due to the development of advanced UAVs. With the integration of electro-optic sensors, UAVs can be used for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions, along with a simultaneous transfer of data to the ground station. Recently, in February 2019, Kratos Defense & Security Solutions has received a USD 14 million contract to develop a new tactical UAV, Aethon, that will also be capable of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions. Due to advancements in technology and ease of usage, the unmanned segment is expected to witness rapid growth during the forecast period.

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North America region dominates in terms of market share

Currently, the North America airborne ISR market has the highest market share. With the on-going conflicts at the border with Mexico, the United States is in plans to increase its ISR capabilities to prevent drug trafficking organizations and illegal migration. In 2017, the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) completed 635 drone missions with 5,625 hours of flight. CBP used unarmed MQ-9 Predator B drones that are equipped with cameras and sensors to monitor the border, drug trafficking, and other issues within 100 miles of the US borders. With such prevailing tensions between the United States and Mexico, the market of North America is expected to grow significantly during the forecast period.

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Competitive Landscape

The airborne ISR market is highly fragmented, with multiple players dominating the market, owing to various geographical locations favoring sales. General Dynamics Corporation, The Boeing Company, L3 Technologies Inc., BAE Systems PLC, and Elbit Systems Ltd, are the few prominent firms benefited from the geographical advantage. Majority of the geographic regions have local players who are equally strong and provide smaller sub-systems of a larger network/project in partnership with the global leaders. Local players in North America, Middle East, and Asia are particularly threatening the global leaders, as they aim to provide all-round solutions at a fraction of the cost quoted by these global leaders, without compromising on quality or reliability.

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Table Of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 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 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Purpose

      1. 5.1.1 Intelligence

      2. 5.1.2 Surveillance

      3. 5.1.3 Reconnaissance

    2. 5.2 Sub-market

      1. 5.2.1 Maritime Patrol

      2. 5.2.2 Airborne Ground Surveillance (AGS)

      3. 5.2.3 Airborne Early Warnings (AEW)

      4. 5.2.4 Signals Intelligence (SIGNIT)

    3. 5.3 Type

      1. 5.3.1 Manned

      2. 5.3.2 Unmanned

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Rest of North America

      2. 5.4.2 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

        2. France

        3. Germany

        4. Russia

        5. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.4.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. India

        2. China

        3. Japan

        4. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.4.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.4.5 Middle East & Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. United Arab Emirates

        3. South Africa

        4. Israel

        5. Rest of Middle East & Africa


    1. 6.1 Mergers & Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Vendor Market Share

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Lockheed Martin Corporation

      2. 6.4.2 L3 Technologies Inc

      3. 6.4.3 BAE Systems plc

      4. 6.4.4 Raytheon Company

      5. 6.4.5 Northrop Grumman Corporation

      6. 6.4.6 United Technologies Corporation

      7. 6.4.7 The Boeing Company

      8. 6.4.8 Saab AB

      9. 6.4.9 Harris Corporation

      10. 6.4.10 Airbus SE

      11. 6.4.11 General Dynamics Corporation

      12. 6.4.12 Elbit Systems Ltd

  7. *List Not Exhaustive

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