Military Aircraft Digital Glass Cockpit Systems Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

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

Military Aircraft Digital Glass Cockpit Systems Market Size
Study Period: 2018-2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: >3 %

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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 (2022-2027).

The military aircraft industry has been relatively less impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic as compared to the commercial aircraft industry. However, the pandemic forced supply chain bottlenecks due to lockdowns and made the OEMs impose production cuts leading to a decrease in military aircraft deliveries in 2020. Nevertheless, the situation improved in 2021 for several military aircraft manufacturers worldwide as the supply chain issues were mitigated.

The global defense expenditure continued the increasing trend in 2021, despite the global economic slowdown, owing to the geopolitical tensions and border issues. The increasing military spending is propelling the investments of the armed forces towards the procurement of the new generation of military aircraft for strengthening aerial capabilities, thereby driving the growth of the aircraft digital glass cockpit systems market during the forecast period.

Cockpit technology has been advancing at a great pace over the past few 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 analog systems. Due to such advantages, the armed forces are modernizing their existing fleet with glass cockpit systems, which is expected to generate demand for 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 special 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
Other Aircraft Types
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
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 and video sensors, including FLIR, radar, weapons, and cameras, based on their requirements. 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 multi-function displays along with a standard heads-up display. Also, India's upcoming 5th generation fighter aircraft Advanced Medium Combat 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 is in plans to upgrade 200 Sukhoi 30 MKI combat aircraft that have been in service for over 20 years. The Super Sukhoi standard upgrade to Indian aircraft will include locally manufactured radars, a full-glass cockpit, and flight-control computers. Thus the growing adoption of multi-functional displays in military cockpits is expected to drive the market during the forecast period.

Military Aircraft Digital Glass Cockpit Systems Market Summary

North America has Largest Revenue Share in 2021

The North American region currently dominates the market and is expected to continue its dominance over the market during the forecast period. 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. In April 2021, Northrop Grumman announced that the UH-60V Black Hawk, with its digital cockpit suite and OpenLift architecture, was granted an Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) Airworthiness Release for the helicopter as the program enters into a second initial operational test and evaluation phase. Such programs for the modernization of existing cockpits with advanced glass cockpit technologies are expected to drive the growth of the market in the region during the forecast period.

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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 military aircraft digital glass cockpit systems market. The companies are partnering with the armed forces to introduce glass cockpits in the aircraft for enhancing the enhancing pilot situational awareness. The development of such capabilities by the companies is expected to help them increase their share in the market. For instance, in February 2022, Astronautics Corporation of America announced that the company would offer Badger Pro+ Integrated Flight Display System as a forward-fit and retrofit glass cockpit upgrade solution for the Bell Huey II modernization program. The players are focusing 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 November 2021, Collins Aerospace was selected by Garuda Maintenance Facility (GMF) AeroAsia to modernize the avionics of the C-130H Hercules military transport aircraft of the Indonesian Air Force (IDAF). Under the agreement, the company will replace the dated analog controls of the aircraft with a Flight2 avionics solution. The upgrade will include the installation of an advanced digital glass cockpit (seven multifunction displays and three control display units), a new digital autopilot, and a Required Navigation Performance (RNP) / Area Navigation flight management system.

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.

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 and Forecast by Value - USD billion, 2018 - 2027)

    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. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 5.2.2 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

        2. Germany

        3. France

        4. Russia

        5. 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. Saudi Arabia

        2. United Arab Emirates

        3. Turkey

        4. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    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


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Digital Glass Military Aircraft Cockpit Systems Market market is studied from 2018 - 2027.

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 2021.

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

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