Military Aircraft Simulation and Training Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Military Aircraft Simulation and Training Market is segmented by Simulator Type (Full Flight Simulator (FFS), Flight Training Devices (FTD), Other Simulator Types), Aircraft Type (Rotorcraft and Fixed-Wing), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

Study Period:

2018 - 2026

Base Year:


Fastest Growing Market:

Asia Pacific

Largest Market:

North America


2.5 %

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Market Overview

The military aircraft simulation and training market is anticipated to register a CAGR of over 2.5% during the forecast period.

  • The increasing military aircraft fleet of the countries around the world is generating the demand for trained and qualified pilots to operate them. This increasing need for trained pilots is propelling the growth of the military aircraft simulation and training market during the forecast period.
  • The development of new and advanced aircraft and an increase in the cost involved in real-time pilot training for these advanced aircraft are the other main factors supporting the growth of the market.

    Scope of the Report

    Flight simulators artificially recreate the environment for pilot training purposes. They not only deliver knowledge regarding flying but also provide pilot experience for reacting under emergency situations. Based on the type of simulators, the market is segmented into full flight simulator (FFS), flight training devices (FTD), and other simulator types. The other simulator types include fixed-base simulators, computer-based simulators, cockpit procedures trainer (CPT), and part-task trainer (PTT).

    Simulator Type
    Full Flight Simulator (FFS)
    Flight Training Devices (FTD)
    Other Simulator Types
    Aircraft Type
    North America
    United States
    United Kingdom
    Rest of Europe
    Rest of Asia-Pacific
    Rest of the World

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    Key Market Trends

    Fixed-wing Segment to Experience the Highest Growth During the Forecast Period

    The fixed-wing segment is currently dominating the market and is expected to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period. This is majorly due to the development and procurement of new aircraft models, by the armed forces around the world. Governments are partnering with simulator and training providers to grow hand in hand. Technology advancement in AI (Artificial Intelligence) is becoming a very significant facet of training in the coming future. Additionally, new aircraft development programs by the OEMs are yet another propelling factor supporting the growth of this segment during the forecast period.

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    Asia-Pacific to Experience the Highest Growth During the Forecast Period

    The Asia-Pacific region is anticipated to have the highest growth during the forecast period. The rapid growth in military spending of the Asia-Pacific countries is the major driving factor for its highest growth in the military aircraft market. Currently, this region is in the midst of political and territorial issues, which is generating the demand for aircraft and UAVs for border surveillance and protection. Also, the countries are investing in the integration of the latest technologies to improve the effectiveness of the training. The innovation and the need for advanced aircraft simulators are generating the demand for military aircraft training and simulation in this region.

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    Competitive Landscape

    Some of the few prominent players in the military aircraft simulation and training market are CAE Inc., FlightSafety International, Thales Group, Lockheed Martin Corporation, and Textron Inc. (TRU Simulation + Training). The leading training and simulation manufacturers have experienced strong revenue growth in the past few years, and this growth is expected to increase with a continuous need for simulators as a way to reduce costs and improve the readiness of military pilots. In addition to this, the development of new simulation and training devices are expected to help them in increasing their market presence.

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    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 Simulator Type

        1. 5.1.1 Full Flight Simulator (FFS)

        2. 5.1.2 Flight Training Devices (FTD)

        3. 5.1.3 Other Simulator Types

      2. 5.2 Aircraft Type

        1. 5.2.1 Rotorcraft

        2. 5.2.2 Fixed-Wing

        3. 5.2.3

      3. 5.3 Geography

        1. 5.3.1 North America

          1. United States

          2. Canada

        2. 5.3.2 Europe

          1. United Kingdom

          2. France

          3. Germany

          4. Rest of Europe

        3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

          1. China

          2. India

          3. Japan

          4. Rest of Asia-Pacific

        4. 5.3.4 Rest of the World


      1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

      2. 6.2 Company Profiles

        1. 6.2.1 L3Harris Technologies Inc.

        2. 6.2.2 Collins Aerospace (United Technologies Corporation)

        3. 6.2.3 BAE Systems PLC

        4. 6.2.4 The Boeing Company

        5. 6.2.5 CACI International Inc.

        6. 6.2.6 Cae Inc.

        7. 6.2.7 Merlin Simulation Inc.

        8. 6.2.8 Lockheed Martin Corporation

        9. 6.2.9 Thales Group

        10. 6.2.10 TRU Simulation + Training Inc

        11. 6.2.11 Rheinmetall AG

        12. 6.2.12 Northrop Grumman Corporation


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