The global inertial systems market in defence is expected to register a CAGR of 15.42%, during the forecast period (2018 - 2023). The scope of the market covers various holistic solutions offered by the leading vendors of the market. The scope of this report is limited to the type of technology used by leading vendors such as MEMS, fiber optic gyro, ring laser gyro, vibrating gyro, hemispherical resonator gyro, mechanical inertial navigational systems, among others, and to the type of components being used, such as accelerometers, gyroscopes, IMUs, magnetometer, attitude heading and reference systems, among others. The regions considered in the scope of the report include North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World.
Worldwide spending on defence in 2018 is estimated to be USD 1.67 trillion, with increased spending on guided missiles, submarines, tanks, fighter jets, and many more such weapons. Inertial System is a key component of all such weapons. So, as the defence budgets keep increasing across the world, the demand for inertial systems will keep increasing.
The growth of inertial systems can be attributed to the increasing demand for accuracy in navigation and emergence of MEMS systems. Furthermore, the increasing modernization of weaponry with the advent of smart weapons and advanced tanks is also a key driver for the market as inertial sensors are the major component of the technology.
Spending on defence applications dominated the market in 2017 and is expected to follow suit during the forecasted period, as well. Small-diameter missiles, underwater navigators, and unmanned aerial vehicles are primarily the applications driving the growth of high-end MEMS sensors in military applications. Boeing’s recent aerospace study revealed that over the next three decades there would be a demand for 35,200 new jet aircrafts across the world; the net market value is estimated to be more than USD 4.8 trillion. Asia-Pacific region is expected to account for more than 30% of the demand in the next three decades, with China emerging as major manufacturing base. The defence and aerospace sectors in the US and European markets have reached maturity, whereas a huge demand is expected from the Asia-Pacific region in the coming years.
To meet the increasing demand for IMUs and AHRS systems for military applications, the market players are producing custom MEMS-based accelerometers with improved bias stability. MEMS technology provides high performance at a low-cost with a small size for high-end military and aerospace applications. Tactical grade inertial applications, high-stability military, aerospace, and industrial tilt applications will increase the demand for inertial systems further and the market is expected to have a strong potential growth during the forecast period.
Since 1950, MEMS is being continuously developed for providing newer solutions for different verticals. Micro mechanical device is fixed with an electronic system and is assembled through an integrated circuit. The process of micro machining involves the materials being shaped by cutting away micro layers, and is termed as Micro Electro Mechanical System (MEMS). MEMS comprises of sensors and electronics devices on a common silicon element. Silicon is the main material used in MEMS, as it showcases semiconductor, commercial, and physical properties.
MEMS technology provides an interface to control the surrounding environment with the help of accelerometers and pressure sensors. It also helps in gathering information from the environment by measuring magnetic and mechanical cases. It makes use of sensors to enhance the response and to cater end-user requirements. It is a revolutionary technology and is constructing synergy between fields, like biology and microelectronics. The main advantages of MEMS technology are the high performance, miniaturization, cost efficiency, and low power consumption.
North America held the highest share of the market in 2017. The primary demand for inertial systems is observed in the maritime sector and the aircraft industry, for both commercial and defence purposes. US allocates the maximum budget for defence spending and in 2016, US defence spending was more than USD 611 billion, which represented 36% of the total world military expenditure (USD 1686 billion). Due to global political situation and conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, the United States Department of Defence cut down its defence budget, but nonetheless, the decrease in military spending is expected to be offset by the steady growth in aerospace and land-based applications in US. The market for inertial systems is driven by increase in the production of helicopters and commercial aircrafts. It is estimated that for the next 20 years, the number of large commercial planes will grow at a rate of 3.5% per year, to reach a total of 34,000 units valued at USD 4.5 trillion.
Major Players: Analog Devices Inc. , ST Microelectronics, Invensense Inc., Bosch Sensortec GmbH, Safran Group and Honeywell International Inc., amongst others.
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