Aircraft Cameras Market - Growth, Trends, Covid-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Aircraft Cameras Market is segmented by Type (Internal Cameras, and External Cameras), Application (Commercial Aircraft, and Military Aircraft), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Middle-East and Africa). The report offers market sizes and forecasts for all the above segments in value (USD million).

Market Snapshot

Aircraft Cameras Market Overview
Study Period: 2018-2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: Asia-Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: >3 %

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Market Overview

The aircraft cameras market is projected to grow with a CAGR of more than 3% during the forecast period 2021 - 2026.

The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a decline in air passenger traffic, which led to the cancellation and postponement of aircraft orders by many major airlines around the world in 2020. IATA predicts that passenger traffic is anticipated to return to the pre-COVID level by 2024. Nevertheless, with the recovery in passenger traffic in 2021 as compared to that of 2020, some airlines have started ordering and taking deliveries of new aircraft, which is expected to support the growth of the aircraft cameras market in the commercial sector. As compared to the commercial aircraft segment, the military aircraft segment has been relatively less impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, as demand fluctuations are not witnessed from the military end-users, although military aircraft OEMs have witnessed supply chain bottlenecks in 2020.

The demand for cameras is increasing in aircraft for various interior and exterior applications including ground maneuvering, cabin surveillance, external security, military aircraft refueling, observation of aircraft control surfaces, military surveillance, identification and classification purposes, as well as for targeting and self-protection. This is expected to drive the growth of the aircraft cameras during the forecast period.

Scope of the Report

Aircraft cameras provide situational awareness to the pilots regarding the aircraft interior as well as the surroundings of the aircraft. E0/IR cameras mounted on military aircraft are considered under the purview of the study. Cameras used on the UAVs are excluded from the study.

The report is segmented by type and application. By type, it is segmented into Internal Cameras, and External Cameras, and by application into Commercial Aircraft and Military Aircraft. The report also covers the developments in major countries across the globe. The report offers market sizes and forecasts and are represented by value (USD million).

Commercial Aircraft
Military Aircraft
Internal Cameras
External Cameras
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

Increasing Demand for Cameras in Military Applications

Military aircraft use cameras for a wide variety of applications including surveillance, acquiring situational awareness, aerial refueling, targeting, self-protection, monitoring the aircraft exterior, among others. The growing demand for military aircraft, along with the need for enhanced situational awareness for military pilots are driving the growth of the military aircraft segment of the market studied. Newer generation military aircraft are highly dependent on imaging sensors for various operations. For instance, Boeing's new KC-46 tanker is completely dependent on the imagery provided by the cameras of the Remote Vision System for aerial refueling, unlike legacy tankers, where boom operators can rely on visual cues to steer the boom. The growing demand for such newer generation aircraft is expected to drive the market. On the other hand, the growing demand for situational awareness is also necessitating the adoption of various cameras onboard military aircraft. In 2018, Boeing has chosen FLIR Systems to provide the EO/IR surveillance sensor for the U.S. Air Force UH-1N replacement. As part of the contract, FLIR announced that it will provide its Star SAFIRE 380-HDc airborne surveillance camera for the project. Following this, the helicopter, named MH-139 Grey Wolf, was unveiled in December 2019, featuring the forward-looking infrared camera system. Such developments are expected to drive the growth of the segment during the forecast period.

Aircraft Cameras Market Segmentation

Asia-Pacific to Generate the Highest Demand During the Forecast Period

Asia-Pacific is expected to be the major market for aircraft cameras during the forecast period, due to the growing demand for both military and commercial aircraft from the region. Though the recovery of international passenger traffic in the Asia-Pacific continues to lag the rest of the world, a stronger domestic recovery is anticipated to help the commercial aviation sector in the region. Even during the year 2020, over a quarter of all deliveries of Airbus went to the Asia-Pacific region, signifying a better recovery of the market from the region. Even during the forecast period, the deliveries of new commercial aircraft are expected to be the highest from the region, driven by the demand from the LCCs. On the other hand, the countries in the region, like China, India, Japan, South Korea, and Australia are expected to procure a huge number of military aircraft during the forecast period, generating demand for new aircraft cameras during the forecast period. For instance, India is currently taking deliveries of the indigenous Light Combat Helicopter and has a total requirement of around 180 such helicopters. The helicopter features day/night targeting systems for the crew including the helmet pointed sight and electro-optical pod consisting of a CCD camera/FLIR/laser range finder (LRF)/laser designator (LD). Thus, the deliveries of new military aircraft are expected to drive the growth of the aircraft camera systems in the region during the forecast period.

Aircraft Cameras Market_Geography

Competitive Landscape

Elbit Systems Ltd., Latécoère, Meggitt plc, Teledyne FLIR LLC, Collins Aerospace (Raytheon Technologies Corporation) are some of the prominent players in the market. Players in the market are heavily investing in R&D to develop advanced aircraft camera products that offer better situational awareness, thereby attracting new customers for their products. Players are also focusing on obtaining long-term contracts with the aircraft OEMs, which will help them get sustainable revenues over the long term, as the aircraft programs run for years altogether. Newer players are emerging in the military sector, driven by the push from the governments towards indigenization. This is expected to make the market more competitive in the years to come.

Recent Developments

  • In June 2020, FLIR Systems, Inc. announced the release of the Star SAFIRE 380X hardware, firmware and software upgrade to support advanced image-aiding features for its globally deployed Star SAFIRE imagers, including Star SAFIRE 380-HD and 380-HDc. LIR Star SAFIRE systems are fielded on fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters and used for a wide range of military, search and rescue, border and coastal surveillance, and airborne law enforcement applications.
  • In April 2020, Boeing and the US Air Force announced that they have finalized an agreement to fix the KC-46 aerial refueling tanker’s Remote Vision System, which comprises of cameras and sensors that provide boom operators the imagery needed to steer the boom into another aircraft and safely transfer fuel.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    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

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size by Value - USD million)

    1. 5.1 Application

      1. 5.1.1 Commercial Aircraft

      2. 5.1.2 Military Aircraft

    2. 5.2 Type

      1. 5.2.1 Internal Cameras

      2. 5.2.2 External Cameras

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. India

        2. China

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 Latin America

        1. Brazil

        2. Rest of Latin America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. United Arab Emirates

        2. Saudi Arabia

        3. Turkey

        4. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 KID-Systeme GmbH

      2. 6.2.2 Latécoère

      3. 6.2.3 Meggitt plc

      4. 6.2.4 Teledyne FLIR LLC

      5. 6.2.5 Collins Aerospace (Raytheon Technologies Corporation)

      6. 6.2.6 AD Aerospace

      7. 6.2.7 Kappa optronics GmbH

      8. 6.2.8 Cabin Avionics Limited

      9. 6.2.9 Eirtech Aviation Services

      10. 6.2.10 Elbit Systems Ltd.

      11. 6.2.11 L3Harris Technologies Inc.

      12. 6.2.12 Thales Group


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Frequently Asked Questions

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

The Aircraft Cameras Market is growing at a CAGR of >3% over the next 5 years.

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

North America holds highest share in 2020.

Latécoère , Meggitt plc, Teledyne FLIR LLC, Collins Aerospace (Raytheon Technologies Corporation), Elbit Systems Ltd. are the major companies operating in Aircraft Cameras Market.

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