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

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

Market Snapshot

aircraft radome market overview
Study Period: 2018-2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: 7.39 %

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Market Overview

The Aircraft Radome Market was valued at USD 475 million in 2020, and it is projected to reach USD 818 million by 2026, registering a CAGR of 7.39% during the forecast period (2021-2026).

There was a slump in demand for commercial aircraft in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the global passenger traffic estimated to take 2-3 years to fully recover, the demand for commercial aircraft is expected to be less in the first half of the forecast period, which is expected to hamper the demand for commercial aircraft radomes during the forecast period.

The demand for radomes from the business jets segment is expected to recover faster than the commercial aviation sector, as the business jet demand is projected to recover earlier as compared to the commercial aircraft. On the other hand, with the military aircraft demand showing resilience compared to the commercial and general aviation segments, the demand for radomes from the military segment showcased growth even in 2020.

With the demand for more efficient radomes, manufacturers are expected to invest in new materials for radomes. The demand for aircraft radome with quartz fiber is increasing from both the commercial and the military end-users across the globe. The development of newer generation AESA radars in military aircraft is also expected to drive the development of radomes with better capabilities.

Scope of the Report

Radome serves as a structural enclosure that protects the radar system. The nose cones of an aircraft often serve as radomes, and they are constructed with specific materials, like fiberglass, quartz, honeycomb, and foam cores, that can protect sensitive instruments while allowing electronic signals to pass through. Radomes used on Helicopters and UAVs are excluded from the purview of the report. The aircraft radome market is segmented by application into commercial aircraft, military aircraft, and business jets. The report also offers the market size and forecasts for the aircraft radome market in major countries across all the regions. For each segment, the market size and forecasts are represented by value (USD million).

Commercial Aircraft
Military Aircraft
Business Jets
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 Commercial Aircraft Segment is Projected to Witness the Highest CAGR During the Forecast Period

In segmentation by application, the commercial aircraft segment is expected to grow with the highest CAGR during the forecast period. The growing preference for air travel over the past decade has increased the pressure on airlines to modernize and expand their fleets. Several airlines in the past few years placed orders for newer generation aircraft that are highly fuel-efficient. Though the situation has changed hugely now due to the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a huge order backlog with the aircraft OEMs, with several aircraft deliveries scheduled during the forecast period. By the end of 2020, Airbus reported a backlog of 6,998 jets while Boeing's backlog was 4,997. Though few airlines have deferred most of their aircraft deliveries, these aircraft will be delivered during the latter half of the forecast period. 

Since radomes form an integral part of an aircraft, the growing demand for new aircraft is simultaneously generating demand for radome structures. For instance, in August 2019, FACC was awarded a contract to manufacture radomes for the Airbus A220 family, which has seen an increase in demand in recent years. FACC has started the delivery of the radomes in 2020 and will manufacture them for the Airbus A220 under a life-of-program contract. With the demand for new aircraft expected to recover in the coming months, the aircraft OEMs are ramping up their production rates, which have come down as a result of the pandemic. Additionally, the introduction of new aircraft models, such as Boeing 777X, Comac C919, and Irkut MC-21, may further generate demand for new aircraft radomes in the coming years.

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

Currently, Asia-Pacific has the highest market share among all the regions due to higher aircraft procurement. The region's market is also expected to witness the highest CAGR during the forecast period. The growth in air passenger traffic is predominant in the region. China and India are expected to be among the biggest aviation markets in the world during the forecast period. 

The airline industry in the region has shown signs of recovery in 2020, driven by the recovery in domestic traffic. As a result of a huge drop in passenger traffic in the US due to the COVID-19 pandemic, China crossed the US to become the largest commercial aviation market in 2020. On the other hand, the demand for business jets in the country is also expected to increase, driven by the growing interest in private travel from China and South-East Asian countries. Economic growth, military modernization plans, and territorial disputes are some of the factors driving the procurement of advanced military aircraft in the Asia-Pacific region. China and India are leading among the Asia-Pacific countries and are among the top five global defense spending countries. 

During the forecast period, India plans to launch a major USD 1.4 billion (INR 10,500 crore) project to indigenously develop six airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft. The front end of the Radar and the Identification Friend or foe (IFF) systems shall be housed in an ellipsoidal radome on top of the fuselage of the aircraft installed using pylons. Dassault is currently delivering 36 Rafale jets to India in batches. The Indian government also plans to place an order for an additional 36 jets in 2021. Other countries, like Japan, South Korea, Australia, and some of the southeast Asian countries, are modernizing their aerial capabilities by procuring newer generation aircraft with advanced features. Such developments will generate demand for aircraft radomes from this region during the forecast period.

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Competitive Landscape

General Dynamics Mission Systems Inc., Astronics Corporation, Meggitt PLC, FACC AG, and Airbus SE are some of the prominent players in the aircraft radome market. The market is highly competitive due to the presence of established aerospace manufacturers. The development of innovative products, competitive pricing, and advanced lightweight materials can help companies in achieving long-term contracts with aircraft OEMs. 

The entry barrier for new players in the aircraft radomes market is moderate, which can be observed in the venturing of few aerospace companies into the manufacturing of radomes in the past couple of years. For instance, Lufthansa Technik, which is known for providing MRO services for radomes, has expanded its product offering and has ventured into the development and manufacturing of radomes for both fuselage-mount and tail-mount connectivity systems. Such developments are expected to make the market more competitive in the years to come.

Recent Developments

In November 2020, Meggitt announced that it was awarded a USD 5.6 million contract to develop an updated radome compatible for use with the AESA radar being developed for installation on the UK Royal Air Force’s (RAF’s) Eurofighter Typhoons.

In January 2020, Starwin Industries LLC announced that it was awarded a USD 9,554,000 firm-fixed-price indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for F-16 Bugeye radomes, which strengthens the performance of the AESA radars on F-16s.

In July 2019, FACC announced that it signed a life of program contract with Bombardier Aviation to manufacture radomes for the Bombardier Challenger and Bombardier Global business jet families.

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 Industry Attractiveness - 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

      3. 5.1.3 Business Jets

    2. 5.2 Geography

      1. 5.2.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 5.2.2 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

        2. France

        3. Germany

        4. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.2.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.2.4 Latin America

        1. Brazil

        2. Rest of Latin America

      5. 5.2.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. United Arab Emirates

        2. Saudi Arabia

        3. Israel

        4. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 General Dynamics Mission Systems Inc.

      2. 6.2.2 Astronics Corporation

      3. 6.2.3 Meggitt PLC

      4. 6.2.4 Jenoptik

      5. 6.2.5 Compagnie de Saint Gobain SA

      6. 6.2.6 Northrop Grumman Corporation

      7. 6.2.7 FACC AG

      8. 6.2.8 Airbus SE

      9. 6.2.9 Israel Aerospace Industries

      10. 6.2.10 The NORDAM Group LLC

      11. 6.2.11 Communications & Power Industries LLC

      12. 6.2.12 Cobham PLC

      13. 6.2.13 Starwin Industries


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Frequently Asked Questions

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

The Aircraft Radome Market is growing at a CAGR of 7.39% over the next 5 years.

The Aircraft Radome Market is valued at 475 Million USD in 2018.

The Aircraft Radome Market is valued at 818 Million USD in 2026.

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

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2020.

General Dynamics Mission Systems Inc., Astronics Corporation, Meggitt PLC, FACC AG, Airbus SE are the major companies operating in Aircraft Radome Market.

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