Middle-East and Africa Military Aircraft Market - Growth, Trends, Covid-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2031)

The Middle-East and Africa Military Aircraft Market is segmented by Aircraft Type​ (Fixed-wing, Rotorcraft), and by Geography (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Israel, Egypt, Rest of Middle-East and Africa​). The report offers market size and forecasts for all the above segments in value (USD billion).

Market Snapshot

Middle-East and Africa Military Aircraft Market
Study Period: 2018-2031
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: >3 %

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Market Overview

The Middle-East and Africa Military Aircraft market is expected to grow with a CAGR of over 3% during the forecast period (2022-2031).

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the military aircraft market in the region is low. The defense spending of the region witnessed a decline in 2021, it is majorly due to the decision of the major military powerhouses of the region to cut their military expenditures. However, this is not a direct consequence of the pandemic, as the decisions to reduce the military burdens were taken even before the onset of the pandemic. On the other hand, though the procurement slowed down in 2020 as the major aircraft production programs faced challenges due to the supply chain disruptions in 2020, most of the programs reached their pre-pandemic production levels in 2021.

According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Middle-East is home to six of the 10 countries with the highest military burden in the world. Military expenditure in Africa has also increased consequently in the last three years. This has been driving the growth of new aircraft procurements in the region. While the procurement of new aircraft is progressing at a healthier pace in the Middle-East, countries in Africa have been conservative in their procurements, due to the comparatively lower budgets. 

Scope of the Report

The Middle-East and Africa military aircraft market is segmented by aircraft type into fixed-wing and rotorcraft. The fixed-wing segment is further segmented into combat and non-combat aircraft. The non-combat subsegment of fixed-wing aircraft segment is further classified into special mission aircraft, trainer aircraft, and transport aircraft. Special mission aircraft include SAR aircraft, airborne early warning and control (AEW&C), electronic warfare, and maritime patrol aircraft. The rotorcraft segment is further classified into combat and non-combat segments. The report also covers the market sizes and forecast for the military aircraft market in major countries in Europe. The market sizing and forecasts have been provided in value (USD billion). The report also provides the fleet composition, aircraft on order, and future procurement plans by major countries in the region.

Aircraft Type
Special Mission Aircraft
Trainer Aircraft
Transport Aircraft
Middle-East and Africa
Saudi Arabia
United Arab Emirates
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Fixed-wing Aircraft Segment Held the Largest Market Share in 2021

The Fixed-wing aircraft segment held the largest market share in 2021. The countries in the region are robustly investing in the modernization of their old and aging military fixed-wing aircraft fleet with the addition of newer generation aircraft. For instance, in December 2021, the United Arab Emirates signed an agreement with Dassault Aviation for the procurement of 80 Rafale F4 for the United Arab Emirates Air Force & Air Defence (UAE AF & AD). Similarly, in 2021, Nigeria received its previously ordered fleet of 12 A-29 Super Tucano aircraft, four years after the United States agreed to sell the light attack aircraft to the country to fight insurgents. The country is also currently receiving 24 Leonardo M-346FA light fighter aircraft ordered for the Nigerian Air Force (NAF). The aircraft is intended to replace the older Alpha Jet ground attack aircraft of the NAF. Likewise, in May 2021, Egypt signed a contract with France to buy 30 Rafale fighter jets in a deal that investigative website Disclose said was worth USD 4.5 billion. Egypt is also procuring new transport aircraft. In January 2022, the United States has approved the sale to Egypt of 12 Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules transport aircraft for USD 2.2 billion. The approval covers the C-130J Hercules, as well as mission equipment, spares, training, and support. Such procurements programs are expected to help the growth of the fixed-wing segment in the region during the forecast period.

Middle-East and Africa Military Aircraft Market Segmentation

Saudi Arabia Held the Largest Market Share in 2021

Although Saudi Arabia has reduced its defense spending and budget allocation since 2015, primarily due to downward pressure from declining energy prices and more focus on the education sector, the country is still among the top defense spending countries in the world. According to SIPRI, Saudi Arabia’s spent USD 55.6 billion on its defense in 2021, making it the largest in the region. Saudi Arabia is planning to replace its Tornado aircraft fleet with newer generation fighter jets, and the country has been in negotiations with the British government for the Eurofighter Typhoon Aircraft. In addition to the plans to procure fixed-wing aircraft, the country has been investing in the procurement and modernization of its helicopter fleet. In March 2021, Saudi Arabia signed two contracts worth more than USD 150 million with Lockheed Martin Corporation. One of the contracts is a modification, for four UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters, which are expected to be delivered in 2022. Another contract was awarded to deliver 25 modified UH-60M helicopters for the Saudi Arabian National Guard (SANG). The contract is scheduled to be delivered through October 2024. With these two orders, the order book for UH-60M helicopters has increased to more than 110. As part of the Saudi Vision 2030, the government is encouraging local manufacturing through contracts and other support initiatives. Although the country does not have indigenous aircraft development capabilities, it manufactures foreign aircraft under license. Since 2019, Saudi Arabia is locally assembling the Hawk jet training aircraft. In total, 22 aircraft were assembled by the country under the Saudi-British Defense Cooperation Program, in collaboration with BAE Systems. Such programs aimed at the development of the local defense manufacturing industry is expected to accelerate the growth of the military aircraft market in the country during the forecast period.

Middle-East and Africa Military Aircraft Market Geography

Competitive Landscape

Some of the major players in the Middle-East and Africa Military Aircraft Market are Dassault Aviation, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Turkish Aerospace Industries, The Boeing Company, and Rostec. Although several countries in the region lack the capability to produce military aircraft by themselves, new players have emerged in recent years, with assistance from foreign players in building new aircraft. For instance, Turkey's Turkish Aerospace Industries has developed the T-129 attack helicopter in partnership with Augusta Westland and is now developing TF-X fighter aircraft with BAE Systems as its sub-contractor. On the other hand, Iran is also working on developing its own military fighter aircraft. Such developments are expected to enhance the market share of local players in the years to come. While countries in Middle-East are looking to procure more sophisticated aircraft, several countries in Africa are looking for cheaper variants of less sophisticated aircraft due to budget limitations. Hence players can opt for more focused offerings and target the countries, with specific product offerings to attract customers in the years to come. 

Recent Developments

In April 2022, Turkey announced that it has taken the delivery of its 10th and final A400M from Airbus Defence & Space. With the delivery, the country has become the third nation to be equipped with a complete fleet of A400M tactical transport aircraft.

In December 2021, Israel announced that it has signed a deal with the United States to buy 12 Lockheed Martin-Sikorsky CH-53K helicopters and two Boeing KC-46 refueling aircraft. The country said the deal is worth around USD 3.1 billion (EUR 2.73 billion).

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 Industry Attractiveness - 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


    1. 5.1 Aircraft Type

      1. 5.1.1 Fixed-wing

        1. Combat

        2. Non-combat

          1. Special Mission Aircraft

          2. Trainer Aircraft

          3. Transport Aircraft

      2. 5.1.2 Rotorcraft

        1. Combat

        2. Non-combat

    2. 5.2 Geography

      1. 5.2.1 Middle-East and Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. United Arab Emirates

        3. Turkey

        4. Israel

        5. Egypt

        6. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 Lockheed Martin Corporation

      2. 6.2.2 The Boeing Company

      3. 6.2.3 Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc.

      4. 6.2.4 Aviation Industry Corporation of China

      5. 6.2.5 BAE Systems Plc

      6. 6.2.6 Rostec

      7. 6.2.7 Leonardo SpA

      8. 6.2.8 Textron Inc.

      9. 6.2.9 Airbus SE

      10. 6.2.10 Dassault Aviation

      11. 6.2.11 Saab AB


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Middle-East and Africa Military Aircraft Market market is studied from 2018 - 2031.

The Middle-East and Africa Military Aircraft Market is growing at a CAGR of >3% over the next 5 years.

Dassault Aviation, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Turkish Aerospace Industries, The Boeing Company, Rostec are the major companies operating in Middle-East and Africa Military Aircraft Market .

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