Military Aircraft Digital Glass Cockpit Systems Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2030)

The Military Aircraft Digital Glass Cockpit Systems Market is segmented by Aircraft Type (Fighter Jet, Transport Aircraft, Helicopter, and Other Aircraft Types), 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 billion).

Market Snapshot

Digital Glass Military Aircraft Cockpit Systems Market Overview
Study Period: 2018 -2030
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: >3 %
Digital Glass Military Aircraft Cockpit Systems Market Key Players

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Market Overview

The military aircraft digital glass cockpit systems market is anticipated to register a CAGR of more than 3% during the forecast period.

The military aircraft industry has been relatively less impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic as compared to the commercial aircraft industry, which has helped the market for the related digital glass cockpit systems. Though the pandemic forced supply chain bottlenecks due to lockdowns and made the OEMs impose production cuts, most of them have streamlined their production rates by the end of 2020. 

Furthermore, though the global defense expenditure is on an increasing trend in 2020, the global economic slowdown is anticipated to result in a subsequent decline in defense spending of some countries on a short-term basis. However, cancellations of aircraft orders are not anticipated, although some programs might experience slight delays.

Cockpit technology has been advancing at a great pace in the last five years. Newer generation digital glass cockpit systems provide a great amount of information at the fingertips of the pilot than it was formerly in the conventional systems. These newer technologies are expected to provide opportunities for the growth of the market in the years to come.

Scope of the Report

Digital glass cockpit systems are also known as electronic flight information systems (EFIS) or cockpit display systems (CDS). The systems consist of digital flight instrument displays, which are mostly LCD screens. Digital glass cockpit systems use different displays driven by flight management systems, which can be adjusted to display the information regarding various aspects of the flight as required by the pilot. 

The market is segmented by Aircraft Type into Fighter Jet, Transport Aircraft, Helicopter, and Other Aircraft Types. The other aircraft types include multi-mission aircraft and trainer aircraft, among others. The report also offers the market size and forecasts for the market in major countries across various regions. For each segment, the market sizes and forecasts are provided based on value (USD billion).

Aircraft Type
Fighter Jet
Transport Aircraft
Helicopter
Other Aircraft Types
Geography
North America
United States
Canada
Europe
United Kingdom
Germany
France
Russia
Rest of Europe
Asia-Pacific
China
India
Japan
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Latin America
Brazil
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

Growing Adoption of Multi-Functional Displays

The adoption of multi-functional displays has been increasing in military aircraft, as they offer several advantages to pilots. Modern military aircraft cockpits feature all-glass, large-format multi-functional displays to improve video and imaging options so that the pilots can view multiple video sources ranging from external display processors, video sensors, including FLIR, radar, weapons, and cameras, based on their requirement. Newer generation military aircraft are incorporating various types of multi-functional displays to enhance pilot situational awareness. For instance, in July 2021, Russia officially unveiled its new Checkmate fighter, which is expected to take its first flight in 2023, with series production to begin in 2026. The cockpit features one large and several smaller color multifunction displays along with a standard heads-up display. Also, India's upcoming 5th generation fighter aircraft AMCA, will feature a multi-function display (MFD) placed in portrait orientation. On the other hand, many military aircraft avionics modernization and upgrade projects are being taken up around the world currently, which is expected to drive the adoption of newer generation multi-functional displays. India's recently upgraded Mirage 2000 aircraft feature Multi-Function Displays (MFD) produced indigenously by Samtel Thales Avionics Ltd (STAL), a joint venture between Thales and Samtel Avionics. Thus the growing adoption of multi-functional displays in the military cockpits is expected to drive the market during the forecast period.

Digital Glass Military Aircraft Cockpit Systems Market Key Trends

North America Dominated the Market in Terms of Revenue Share in 2020

As of 2020, North America had the highest market share out of all the regions. This was mainly due to the procurement and modernization plans for the military aircraft from the US Department of Defense. The country currently has plans to procure several newer generation fighters, special mission aircraft, and helicopters, which incorporate advanced digital glass cockpit systems, due to the growing focus on enhancing pilot situational awareness. Such investments in the aircraft fleet will propel the growth of this region during the forecast period. For instance, the United States has plans to procure 1,763 F-35As for the Air Force, 353 F-35Bs and 67 F-35Cs for the Marine Corps, and 273 F-35Cs for the Navy. The aircraft features a digital panoramic cockpit touchscreen display that replaces most of the switches and toggles found in an aircraft cockpit. On the other hand, the country is also focusing on digital upgrades to avionics systems onboard other major platforms. For instance, the US Army is focusing on modernizing its fleet of Black Hawk helicopters from a UH-60L to a UH-60V by incorporating a modern, digital cockpit, replacing analog gauges with digital electronic instrument displays. Likewise, the ongoing upgrade of MH-65 short-range recovery helicopters includes the incorporation of an enhanced digital cockpit and open architecture. Such developments are expected to drive the growth of the market in the region during the forecast period.

Digital Glass Military Aircraft Cockpit Systems Market Growth Rate

Competitive Landscape

Garmin Ltd., Astronautics Corporation of America, Elbit Systems Ltd., L3Harris Technologies Inc., and Honeywell International Inc. are some of the prominent players in the market. The increasing focus on enhancing pilot situational awareness is expected to drive innovations in the military aircraft digital glass cockpit systems market. Players are expected to focus on developing sophisticated, rugged, and highly capable, AI-enabled smarter touch-based displays to attract new customers. Also, the focus is on open architecture designs and customizable digital glass cockpit systems, which are also expected to drive innovation by players. Players are expected to focus on partnerships and joint development of newer digital glass cockpit systems, which might enable faster development times and enhanced market reach for new products during the forecast period. 

Recent Developments

  • In August 2021, Boeing unveiled its new F-15QA for the Qatar Emiri Air Force, which has been described as the most advanced version of the jet to date. The upgrades include new fly-by-wire flight controls, an all-glass digital cockpit, contemporary sensors, radar, and enhanced EW capabilities.
  • In June 2019, L3 Technologies, Inc. announced that it is opening up its Lockheed Martin C-130 modernized avionics solution to global operators. The new C-130 Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) includes modern Communication, Navigation, and Surveillance/Air Traffic Management-compliant (CNS/ATM-compliant) avionics and glass cockpit upgrades that integrate with modern satellite communications and automation systems.

Table of Contents

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION

    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study

  2. 2. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

  3. 3. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  4. 4. MARKET DYNAMICS

    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 billion)

    1. 5.1 Aircraft Type

      1. 5.1.1 Fighter Jet

      2. 5.1.2 Transport Aircraft

      3. 5.1.3 Helicopter

      4. 5.1.4 Other Aircraft Types

    2. 5.2 Geography

      1. 5.2.1 North America

        1. 5.2.1.1 United States

        2. 5.2.1.2 Canada

      2. 5.2.2 Europe

        1. 5.2.2.1 United Kingdom

        2. 5.2.2.2 Germany

        3. 5.2.2.3 France

        4. 5.2.2.4 Russia

        5. 5.2.2.5 Rest of Europe

      3. 5.2.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. 5.2.3.1 China

        2. 5.2.3.2 India

        3. 5.2.3.3 Japan

        4. 5.2.3.4 South Korea

        5. 5.2.3.5 Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.2.4 Latin America

        1. 5.2.4.1 Brazil

        2. 5.2.4.2 Rest of Latin America

      5. 5.2.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. 5.2.5.1 Saudi Arabia

        2. 5.2.5.2 United Arab Emirates

        3. 5.2.5.3 Rest of Middle-East and Africa

  6. 6. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Astronautics Corporation of America

      2. 6.1.2 Elbit Systems Ltd

      3. 6.1.3 Transdign Group

      4. 6.1.4 Honeywell International Inc.

      5. 6.1.5 Garmin Ltd

      6. 6.1.6 Collins Aerospace (Raytheon Technologies Corporation)

      7. 6.1.7 Thales Group

      8. 6.1.8 L3Harris Technologies Inc.

      9. 6.1.9 Safran SA

    2. 6.2

  7. 7. MARKET OPPORTUNITIES AND FUTURE TRENDS

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Digital Glass Military Aircraft Cockpit Systems Market market is studied from 2018 - 2030.

The Digital Glass Military Aircraft Cockpit Systems 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.

Garmin Ltd., Astronautics Corporation of America, Elbit Systems Ltd, Honeywell International Inc., L3Harris Technologies Inc. are the major companies operating in Digital Glass Military Aircraft Cockpit Systems Market.

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