Aircraft Antenna Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Aircraft Antenna Market is segmented by End User (Commercial, Military, and General Aviation), Application (Communication, Navigation, and Surveillance), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

aircraft antenna market overview
Study Period: 2018-2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: >6 %

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Market Overview

The aircraft antenna market is anticipated to register a CAGR of more than 6% during the forecast period.

  • Development of next-generation aircraft for commercial, military, and general aviation is fueling the demand for antennas with a smaller size, high gain, and bandwidth. For instance, the increasing demand for better connectivity onboard commercial aircraft has led to the installation of Ku-/Ka-band antennas to support SATCOM solutions.
  • Increasing passenger traffic in the commercial aviation industry and need for a separate and encrypted channel for communication in the military sector (for both manned and unmanned platforms) are fueling the investments in the development of advanced antennas that provide large and secure bandwidth.
  • The market of aircraft antenna is highly fragmented with many players in the market that provide various antennas at various frequency ranges of different shapes and sizes.

Scope of the Report

The market study includes various types of antennas used onboard commercial, military, and general aviation aircraft of different frequencies, shapes, and sizes. The scope of the market includes all the antennas used on all the manned and unmanned platforms.

Navigation and Surveillance
End User
General Aviation
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Latin America
Rest of Latin America
Middle-East and Africa
Saudi Arabia
United Arab Emirates
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

The Military Segment to Experience the Highest Growth During the Forecast Period

The increasing military spending of countries around the world has fueled the plans for procurements of new generation aircraft and modernization of existing aircraft with advanced technology. For FY 2020, the US Department of Defense (DoD) requested a defense budget of USD 718 billion to make its military force a more lethal, agile, and innovative joint force. Under this budget, the DoD plans to invest in the development of future attack reconnaissance aircraft, future long-range assault aircraft, and sixth-generation combat aircraft within the Next Generation Air Dominance program. These programs are in their initial stages, due to which the aircraft antenna manufacturers can capture new contracts of such programs to increase their presence in the market. Additionally, the country is in plans to procure UAVs (mainly MQ-25 UAS) and surveillance aircraft to monitor the threats along water and land borders of the country. Such development and procurement plans of the United States and its alliance countries are anticipated to support the growth of the segment during the forecast period.

Moreover, the Air Force Research Lab was developing a liquid antenna that can streamline communications equipment on aircraft. Once installed, this antenna is reconfigurable to any frequency or direction for the propagation of data. The development of such R&D projects is anticipated to boost the growth of the military segment in the coming years.

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The Asia-Pacific Region is Expected to Generate the Highest Demand During the Forecast Period

The Asia-Pacific region is achieving unprecedented long-term growth in commercial aviation backed up by a large number of aircraft scheduled for future delivery to carriers in the region. This increasing air fleet is helping the airlines to increase the connectivity to/from/within the region to support a wide spectrum of industries, like tourism and trade. The new aircraft are fitted with advanced antenna systems, as the travelers are increasingly opting for better onboard connectivity services. Companies are bringing new IFC services to passengers to enhance their experience. In March 2018, Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic) and APT Mobile Satcom Limited (APSATCOM) entered a collaboration for the development of Extreme Throughput Satellite (XTS) service through APSTAR-6D satellite. This satellite is anticipated to provide Panasonic customers with multiple gigahertz of new Ku-band capacity over China and other high-density routes around East Asia, including Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai, Beijing, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, and Singapore, using narrow XTS spot beams. Such new technologies, exclusive to the Asia-Pacific region, are anticipated to support the growth of the aircraft antennas market.

Moreover, the growth of military spending of countries in the region is supporting the development and procurement of new generation advanced military aircraft. These aircraft are fitted with advanced antennas to provide a better data links between satellite-aircraft, aircraft-aircraft, and aircraft-ground station. Due to the aforementioned reasons, the demand for aircraft antennas in the Asia-Pacific region is expected to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period.

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Competitive Landscape

The market of aircraft antenna is highly fragmented with several players that provide various antennas of various frequency ranges (VHF & UHF Band, Ka/Ku/K Band, X Band, and others) and different shapes and sizes. The prominent players in the aircraft antenna market are Cobham PLC, CMC Electronics Inc., L3Harris Technologies Inc., Honeywell International Inc., and HR Smith Group. Cobham PLC currently has the highest market share in the commercial segment, as it provides communication and navigation antennas to the majority of Airbus and Boeing aircraft. Various players are investing in technological innovations in the design of advanced antenna systems for better and uninterrupted services. Such efforts are envisaged to enhance the business prospects of the antenna manufacturers. For instance, Boeing Phantom Works introduced a low-profile electronically steered flat conformal antenna for high-speed data on military aircraft. This antenna is scheduled to enter the production in 2020 and will be installed in the Navy’s MQ-25 unmanned mid-air refueling tanker program. The new aircraft programs are anticipated to propel the R&D investment, as well as the global footprint of the antenna manufacturers.

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 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 Application

      1. 5.1.1 Communication

      2. 5.1.2 Navigation and Surveillance

    2. 5.2 End User

      1. 5.2.1 Commercial

      2. 5.2.2 Military

      3. 5.2.3 General Aviation

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

        2. France

        3. Germany

        4. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 Latin America

        1. Brazil

        2. Mexico

        3. Rest of Latin America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. United Arab Emirates

        3. Qatar

        4. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 CMC Electronics Inc.

      2. 6.2.2 Cobham Limited

      3. 6.2.3 L3Harris Technologies Inc.

      4. 6.2.4 Honeywell International Inc.

      5. 6.2.5 Ball Corporation

      6. 6.2.6 NovAtel Inc.

      7. 6.2.7 R.A. Miller Industries (RAMI)

      8. 6.2.8 HR Smith Group of Companies

      9. 6.2.9 United Technologies Corporation

      10. 6.2.10 PIDSO- Propagation Ideas & Solutions

      11. 6.2.11 AeroVironment Inc.*

    3. *List Not Exhaustive

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Aircraft Antenna Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Aircraft Antenna Market is growing at a CAGR of >6% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2020.

Cobham Limited, CMC Electronics Inc., L3Harris Technologies Inc., Honeywell International Inc., HR Smith Group of Companies are the major companies operating in Aircraft Antenna Market.

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