Emergency Location Transmitter Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2020 - 2025)

The Emergency Location Transmitter Market is segmented by Type (Emergency Location Transmitter (ELT), Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), and Emergency Position Indication Radio Beacon (EPIRB)), End-user Vertical (Aviation, Military, Government, and Marine), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

Study Period:


Base Year:


Fastest Growing Market:

Asia Pacific

Largest Market:

North America


4.79 %

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Market Overview

The Emergency Location Transmitter was valued at USD 166.61 million in 2019 and is expected to reach USD 220.61 billion by 2025, at a CAGR of 4.79% over the forecast period 2020 - 2025.

  • During the time of an emergency, emergency location transmitting devices can be activated, so that the search and rescue teams can come for help. Increasing number of aviation/maritime disasters and the ease of locating the source provided by emergency location transmitters are driving the market.
  • During major incidents, such as the Iranian Aseman Airlines ATR 72-212 crash in 2018, the Saratov Airlines Antonov An148 crash in 2018, the crash of EgyptAir Flight 804 in 2016, and the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines MH370 in 2014, the search and rescue operation teams were able to find the geographical locations of the crash sites with the help of ELT devices.
  • The increase in maritime/aviation accidents across the world and rise in adoption of this technology by adventure enthusiasts, while trekking or skiing, are driving the market forward. 
  • On the other hand, penalties for false activations, issues of unregistered products, and strict government regulations and guidelines on the standards to be followed by the devices may challenge the market growth.

Scope of the Report

Emergency location transmitter (ELT) is a piece of equipment that broadcasts different signals on designated frequencies, and depending upon the application, it can automatically activate itself, in case of an impact, or can be manually activated by the user.

By Type
Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT)
Personal Locator Beacon (PLB)
Emergency Position Indication Radio Beacon (EPIRB)
By End-user Vertical
Other End-user Verticals
North America
Latin America
Middle East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

Military Segment to Witness High Growth

Globally, the military segment is the largest segment to adopt emergency location transmitters. ELT and search and rescue lights are carried by elite military forces to find the exact geographical location of the personnel, while on a rescue mission.

PLB (personal locator beacon) is also carried by the military personnel to send their GPS locations, while in danger or in emergency situations.

Moreover, countries around the world are increasing their expenditure on military advancements and safety equipment. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, in 2018, the North American region accounted for the highest military expenditure, i.e. USD 670 billion, while the European and Asian regions spent around USD 364 billion and USD 507 billion, respectively.

Thus, with the increasing expenditure in the military segment and with the governments focusing more on the safety of the personnel, the spending on emergency location transmitters is bound to increase, which is expected to drive the market.

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North America to Hold the Largest Market Share

North America is the leading region in the emergency location transmitter market, due to the high adoption of location transmitters by various end-user verticals, such as military, aviation, and marine, among others. 

In the North American region, the United States was the highest contributor to the market. Primarily owing to the mandate that was passed by the US government to install emergency locator transmitters in all the registered civil aircraft, after the 1972 Alaska plane crash.

Additionally, in 2008, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) imposed a new rule to install at least one emergency location transmitter in all private and commercial airplanes operating internationally.

Therefore, the increasing demand for emergency location transmitters in the region is highly likely to drive the growth of the market.

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Competitive Landscape

The emergency location transmitter market appears to be highly competitive, with the presence of many players. The market is moderately concentrated, with the major players adopting strategies, like product innovation, mergers, and acquisitions. The major players in the market are HR Smith, ACR Electronics Inc., McMurdo, and AVI Survival Products, among others.

  • February 2018 - ARTEX, an ACR Electronic Inc. brand, introduced the world’s only 406 MHz approved transport-grade alkaline battery-powered emergency location transmitter (ELT). It provides significant benefits and savings in the cost of ownership through reduced charges pertaining to acquisition, installation, and maintenance.

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Table Of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study





    1. 5.1 Introduction to Market Drivers and Restraints

    2. 5.2 Market Drivers

      1. 5.2.1 Increasing Aviation/Maritime Disasters

      2. 5.2.2 Ease/Quickness of Locating the Source of Distress Signal

    3. 5.3 Market Restraints

      1. 5.3.1 Government Regulations and Policies on the Standards to be Maintained on the Devices

    4. 5.4 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 5.4.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 5.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 5.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 5.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 5.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 6.1 By Type

      1. 6.1.1 Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT)

      2. 6.1.2 Personal Locator Beacon (PLB)

      3. 6.1.3 Emergency Position Indication Radio Beacon (EPIRB)

    2. 6.2 By End-user Vertical

      1. 6.2.1 Aviation

      2. 6.2.2 Marine

      3. 6.2.3 Military

      4. 6.2.4 Government

      5. 6.2.5 Other End-user Verticals

    3. 6.3 Geography

      1. 6.3.1 North America

      2. 6.3.2 Europe

      3. 6.3.3 Asia-Pacific

      4. 6.3.4 Latin America

      5. 6.3.5 Middle East & Africa


    1. 7.1 Company Profiles

      1. 7.1.1 ACR Electronics Inc.

      2. 7.1.2 AVI Survival Products

      3. 7.1.3 Emergency Beacon Corp

      4. 7.1.4 McMurdo

      5. 7.1.5 DSS Aviation

      6. 7.1.6 HR Smith

      7. 7.1.7 Musson Marine

      8. 7.1.8 ACK Technologies Inc.

  8. *List Not Exhaustive


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