Airborne Electronic Warfare Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Airborne Electronic Warfare Market has been segmented by Capability (Electronic Attack, Electronic Protection, and Electronic Support), Type (Manned Aircraft and Unmanned Aircraft), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

Airborne Electronic Warfare Market Summary
Study Period: 2018-2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: >3.5 %

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Market Overview

The airborne electronic warfare market is anticipated to register a CAGR of more than 3.5% during the forecast period.

The increasing demand for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) systems from various armed forces around the world is anticipated to drive the growth of the airborne electronic warfare market over the coming years.

Advancements in technology in the areas of enhanced stealth capabilities of aircraft, communication jamming technology, and advanced air defense systems are generating demand for air electronic protection and support measures in combat and non-combat aircraft.

Scope of the report

The airborne electronic warfare market includes all the installations of electronic warfare (EW) suites installed in air platforms, such as helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), fighter aircraft, transport aircraft, and turboprop aircraft. The market also includes the line fit and retrofit installations in aircraft.

Manned Aircraft
Fixed-wing Aircraft
Fighter Aircraft
Transport Aircraft
Turboprop Aircraft
Unmanned Aircraft
Electronic Attack
Electronic Protection
Electronic Support
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Latin America
Rest of Latin America
Middle East & Africa
Saudi Arabia
United Arab Emirates
Rest of Middle East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

The Manned Aircraft Segment accounted for the Highest Share in 2019

The increasing procurement of fixed-wing and rotorcraft by various countries, like India, China, the United States, Qatar, the United Kingdom, and Japan, to modernize their aging aircraft fleet for ISR and search and rescue missions are anticipated to generate demand for new EW systems in the aircraft. The installation of new EW suites in the existing aircraft, as well as the development of electronic warfare aircraft, are factors propelling the growth. China, in early 2019, developed new EW aircraft (based on Y-9 aircraft) with an additional antenna to gather information near the South China Sea and the East China Sea. Similarly, the United States is upgrading the EW suites of its various fighter jet programs. For instance, the Northrop Grumman Corporation was awarded a contract in November 2019 for a prototype project, under which the company will demonstrate an internally mounted electronic warfare suite and digital radar warning receiver onboard the F-16 fighter aircraft.

In November 2019, L3Harris Technologies Inc. upgraded the US Navy EW systems to protect Navy combat aircraft from incoming radar-guided missiles. Such initiatives from various countries are bolstering the sales of airborne EW systems. The higher cost of manned aircraft EW systems over unmanned aircraft systems is the major reason for the highest share of manned aircraft segment in the airborne electronic warfare market.

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The North America Region is Anticipated to Dominate the Market During the Forecast Period

The presence of major military aircraft manufacturers, such as Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, and a huge defense budget, the United States is currently the largest market for Electronic Warfare aircraft. With the aging fleet of aircraft as well as the need to maintain EW capabilities to support the future development of the Air Force, the United States is investing in enhancing the EW capabilities. The Air Force is currently upgrading the EC-130H Compass Call EW payloads, and it also has plans to procure 12 EC-37s during the next decade. Also, according to the Congressional Budget Office, the Air Force procurement cost is estimated to increase from USD 28 billion in 2020 by 11% to USD 31 billion in 2024. This increase in the procurement of various aircraft and UAV programs is expected to generate demand in North America for the airborne electronic warfare market. However, the Asia-Pacific region is anticipated to witness the highest CAGR during the forecast period due to increasing military spending by the countries in the Asia-Pacific region owing to various territorial issues and political conflicts across the land and sea borders. This is generating a need for advanced air surveillance systems to enhance the survivability across the borders, thereby generating the demand for EW attack, protection, and support systems.


Competitive Landscape

Lockheed Martin Corporation, Raytheon Company, BAE Systems PLC, Saab AB, and Northrop Grumman Corporation are some of the prominent players in the airborne electronic warfare market. In addition to the major manufacturers of electronic warfare systems, several regional manufacturers support various aircraft programs with their EW suites. The increasing investments into the development of sophisticated EW solutions can be integrated into many aircraft programs as well as provide better threat identification and countermeasure capabilities. For instance, in 2017, Leonardo launched the BriteEye EW survivability system at the EW Europe exhibition, which can detect RF threats and automatically cue countermeasures from an integrated countermeasure dispensing system (CMDS). The system can be integrated into light fighters, small ISR aircraft, and remotely piloted air systems (RPAS). With the introduction of new product lines, the companies further plan to expand their presence by supporting new UAV programs for ISR missions, thereby increasing their global footprint.

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 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Manned Aircraft

        1. Fixed-wing Aircraft

          1. Fighter Aircraft

          2. Transport Aircraft

          3. Turboprop Aircraft

      2. 5.1.2 Unmanned Aircraft

    2. 5.2 Capability

      1. 5.2.1 Electronic Attack

      2. 5.2.2 Electronic Protection

      3. 5.2.3 Electronic Support

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

        2. Germany

        3. France

        4. Russia

        5. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 Latin America

        1. Mexico

        2. Brazil

        3. Rest of Latin America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle East & Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. United Arab Emirates

        3. Isreal

        4. Rest of Middle East & Africa


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 Lockheed Martin Corporation

      2. 6.2.2 Raytheon Company

      3. 6.2.3 L3Harris Technologies Inc.

      4. 6.2.4 BAE Systems PLC

      5. 6.2.5 ASELSAN AS

      6. 6.2.6 Northrop Grumman Corporation

      7. 6.2.7 Thales Group

      8. 6.2.8 Saab AB

      9. 6.2.9 Leonardo SpA

      10. 6.2.10 Elbit Systems Ltd

      11. 6.2.11 Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd

      12. 6.2.12 Terma Group


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Electronic Warfare Aircraft Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Electronic Warfare Aircraft Market is growing at a CAGR of >3.5% over the next 5 years.

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

North America holds highest share in 2019.

Lockheed Martin Corporation, Raytheon Copany, BAE Systems plc, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Saab AB are the major companies operating in Electronic Warfare Aircraft Market.

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