IR and Thermal Imaging Systems Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The IR and Thermal Imaging Systems Market is Segmented by Solutions (Hardware, Software, Services), Applications (Industrial, Security, Research and Development, Construction, Maritime, Transportation, Law Enforcement Agencies, Surveillance Systems), Form Factor (Handheld Imaging Devices and Systems, Fixed Mounted) and Geography.

Market Snapshot

IR and Thermal Imaging Systems Market Size
Study Period: 2018 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: North America
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: 9.84 %
IR and Thermal Imaging Systems Market Key Players

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Market Overview

The IR and Thermal Imaging Systems market was valued at USD 5.81 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach USD 10.21 billion by 2026 and grow at a CAGR of 9.84% over the forecast period (2021 - 2026). Infrared and thermal imaging systems have witnessed a paradigm shift in recent years, due to their increasing use in military and defense applications.

  • With global tensions rising at a significant pace, countries, to tackle global-political instabilities and to fortify their military power, are investing heavily in IR and thermal imaging systems, driving the demand for these systems.
  • With advancements in technologies, companies have miniaturized IR and thermal imaging sensors, making them highly efficient and portable and increasing their ease of use. Handheld IR and thermal imaging systems are gaining traction for their portability, with this segment finding its applications in various industry verticals, such as hospitals, saving repair times and heating costs.
  • Lack of awareness about the emerging applications of the technology is expected to act as a restraint for this market.

Scope of the Report

Infrared and thermal imaging technology enables users to detect objects or individuals in complete darkness, and in difficult and distinct conditions. Unlike the other methods, thermal imaging works in environments without any ambient light. Like near-infrared illumination, thermal imaging can penetrate obscurants, such as smoke, fog, and haze. 

By Solutions
By Applications
Research and Development
Construction Industry
Law Enforcement Agencies
Other Applications
By Form Factor
Handheld Imaging Devices and Systems
Fixed Mounted (Rotary and Non-Rotary)
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Latin America
Rest of Latin America
Middle East & Africa
Saudi Arabia
United Arab Emirates
South Africa
Rest of Middle East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

Industrial Applications are Expected to Have a Major Market Share

Thermal imaging has initiated substantial inroads into other types of applications, such as uncooled microbolometer-based detectors. These sensors have a long-wave infrared band from 7.5 to 14 µm. Microbolometers are cheaper, smaller in size, lighter in weight; all these attributes while possessing immediate power-up capabilities, decreased power consumption, longer means the time between failures and are comparatively better than traditional bolometers.

The automotive industry uses thermal imaging as part of the safety system (E.g., identification of animals or humans on the road and warn the drivers before they encounter these potential hazards). Rear-view visibility systems (backup cameras) are now becoming mandatory on all new light vehicles sold in the United States. With autonomous vehicles coming into the picture, this technology can facilitate the automatic breaking by distinguishing based on object size.

IR and Thermal Imaging Systems Market Trends

North America to Hold a Significant Market Share

Latest technological breakthroughs have facilitated the advancement of new IR and thermal imaging systems that can make the overall processes more efficient and can significantly improve accuracy in various applications.

There have been a series of new product launches, mergers, and acquisitions in North America to take advantage of this opportunity. The major driver behind the investments has been the overall evolution and application of new technologies to unlock a huge number of volumes that were previously considered non-commercial. With these series of investments, industrial, transportation, security, and surveillance systems applications in North America is set to boom over the forecast period.

For instance, L-3 Communications majorly based out in the United States launched its latest Warrior Systems (ALST) and has signed a contract to deliver ground laser target designators to the Republic of Korea. L-3 released its latest Scarab system (a laser designator armed with rangefinding and an IR thermal imager), which is providing exact target designation during the day, night and in all battlefield conditions. The contract value is approximately USD 30 million.


IR and Thermal Imaging Systems Market Growth

Competitive Landscape

The manufacturers are undertaking mergers and acquisitions to gain a competitive advantage. They are expecting for better opportunities to improve product innovation and achieve expertise.

  • March 2018: FLIR Systems Inc. collaborated with the drone industry leader, DJI Innovations. The companies plan to proceed with their first joint product; the DJI Zenmuse XT stabilized the camera. Additionally, DRS Technologies’ highly anticipated 10-micron pixel pitch infrared detector has been adequately validated to select defense industry, prime contractors. 
  • March 2018 - ULIS bolometers set a new response-time record (measured using the Thermal Time Constant) without compromising their state-of-the-art pixel sensitivity.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Introduction to Market Drivers and Restraints

    3. 4.3 Market Drivers

      1. 4.3.1 Low Cost Solutions

      2. 4.3.2 Increasing Usage Across Industries

      3. 4.3.3 Low Impact on the Environment

    4. 4.4 Market Restraints

      1. 4.4.1 Lack of Regular Support and Services

    5. 4.5 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.5.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.5.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.5.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.5.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.5.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 By Solutions

      1. 5.1.1 Hardware

      2. 5.1.2 Software

      3. 5.1.3 Services

    2. 5.2 By Applications

      1. 5.2.1 Industrial

      2. 5.2.2 Security

      3. 5.2.3 Research and Development

      4. 5.2.4 Construction Industry

      5. 5.2.5 Maritime

      6. 5.2.6 Transportation

      7. 5.2.7 Law Enforcement Agencies

      8. 5.2.8 Other Applications

    3. 5.3 By Form Factor

      1. 5.3.1 Handheld Imaging Devices and Systems

      2. 5.3.2 Fixed Mounted (Rotary and Non-Rotary)

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 5.4.2 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

        2. Germany

        3. France

        4. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.4.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.4.4 Latin America

        1. Brazil

        2. Mexico

        3. Argentina

        4. Rest of Latin America

      5. 5.4.5 Middle East & Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. United Arab Emirates

        3. South Africa

        4. Rest of Middle East & Africa


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Flir Systems Inc.

      2. 6.1.2 L-3 Communications Holdings

      3. 6.1.3 ULIS

      4. 6.1.4 Lockheed Martin

      5. 6.1.5 Bae Systems PLC

      6. 6.1.6 Leonardo DRS

      7. 6.1.7 Elbit Systems Ltd.

      8. 6.1.8 Raytheon

      9. 6.1.9 Sofradir Group

      10. 6.1.10 Thermoteknix Systems Ltd.

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

The IR and Thermal Imaging Systems Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The IR and Thermal Imaging Systems Market is growing at a CAGR of 9.84% over the next 5 years.

North America is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2021.

Flir Systems Inc., L-3 Communications Holdings, Leonardo DRS, Lockheed Martin, Bae Systems PLC are the major companies operating in IR and Thermal Imaging Systems Market.

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