Military Aircraft Modernization and Retrofit Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Military Aircraft Modernization and Retrofit Market is segmented by Aircraft Type (Fixed-wing Aircraft and Helicopter), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

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Study Period: 2018-2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: >3 %

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Market Overview

The military aircraft modernization and retrofit market is projected to register a CAGR of more than 3% during the forecast period.

· The increasing military expenditure of the emerging economies is propelling the investments in the modernization of the existing equipment in aging aircraft, mainly with new and advanced equipment. This is expected to drive the growth of military aircraft modernization and retrofit market during the forecast period.

· The military aircraft modernization and retrofit market is a fragmented market, with many players supporting various aircraft programs, along with a diversified product portfolio.

· The current COVID situation has stalled the industries’ work and progress, globally, thereby, causing delays in current deliveries, as well the future deliveries. However, the militaries and government are not expected to make any major changes in their modernization programs in the coming years.

Scope of the report

Many of the global military aircraft fleets have been in service for decades. Several countries upgrade and retrofit the aircraft with modern systems to modernize their existing fleet and to extend the aircraft service life. The report provides insights into all the recent contracts awarded.

Aircraft Type
Fixed-wing Aircraft
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Latin America
Rest of Latin America
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 Accounted for Major Market Share in 2019

The fixed-wing aircraft segment currently dominates the market, and it is expected to continue its dominance during the forecast period. As of December 2019, the global fleet of fighter aircraft was over 14,500 and transport aircraft was more than 4,200. The old and aging aircraft fleet of various armed forces includes F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-15 Eagle, Northrop F-5, Sukhoi Su-27, L-100 Hercules, Antonov An-24, and Antonov An-24, among others. With developments in the military equipment, on-board military aircraft, as well as the growth in need for life extension programs, is bolstering the growth of the segment during the forecast period. In July 2019, the government of India announced that 41 An-32 transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force will require an upgrade with advanced avionics, navigation, and communication systems. The program is expected to be completed by 2025.

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Asia-Pacific is Expected have the Highest Growth Rate During the Forecast Period

The Asia-Pacific region is anticipated to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period. The increasing military spending and current on-going political tensions in the region are propelling the modernization plans of the aging military aircraft fleet in the region. Countries, like China, India, Japan, and Singapore are currently upgrading their existing fleet of fighter aircraft to enhance their situational awareness. The United States approved the upgrade of 98 F-15 Eagle interceptors for Japan in October 2019. The upgrades include installation of new mission computers (Honeywell Advanced Display Core Processor II mission computers), electronic warfare equipment (AN/ALQ-239 digital electronic warfare systems), advanced electronically scanned array radar (Raytheon AN/APG-82(v)1 multimode AESA), and integration of new munitions. Such modernization plans to integrate advanced systems in the aircraft are anticipated to accelerate the growth of the market during the forecast period.

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Competitive Landscape

The military aircraft modernization and retrofit market is highly fragmented. Some of the prominent players in this market are Lockheed Martin Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Raytheon Technologies Corporation, Elbit Systems Ltd, and BAE Systems PLC, among others. Advancements in cockpit technologies, weapon systems, and structural upgrade are some of the factors driving the growth of the military aircraft upgrade and retrofit market, as several countries look to modernize their existing fleet and enhance their aerial combat and surveillance capabilities. The growing demand for modernization will open new market opportunities for manufacturers and the contracts from various countries for modernization of existing aircraft equipment is expected to help the companies enhance their global presence as well as the sales in the coming years.

Major Players

  1. Lockheed Martin Corporation

  2. Elbit Systems Ltd

  3. Northrop Grumman Corporation

  4. Raytheon Technologies Corporation

  5. BAE Systems PLC

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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 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 Aircraft

      2. 5.1.2 Helicopter

    2. 5.2 Geography

      1. 5.2.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 5.2.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Russia

        5. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.2.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.2.4 Latin America

        1. Brazil

        2. Rest of Latin America

      5. 5.2.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. United Arab Emirates

        3. Turkey

        4. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 Raytheon Technologies Corporation

      2. 6.2.2 L3Harris Technologies Inc.

      3. 6.2.3 BAE Systems PLC

      4. 6.2.4 Elbit Systems Ltd

      5. 6.2.5 Honeywell International Inc.

      6. 6.2.6 Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd

      7. 6.2.7 Lockheed Martin Corporation

      8. 6.2.8 Northrop Grumman Corporation

      9. 6.2.9 Leonardo SpA

      10. 6.2.10 Safran SA

      11. 6.2.11 Rostec

      12. 6.2.12 General Dynamics Corporation

      13. 6.2.13 Thales Group

      14. 6.2.14 The Boeing Company


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Military Aircraft Modernization and Retrofit Market market is studied from 2018 - 2027.

The Military Aircraft Modernization and Retrofit Market is growing at a CAGR of >3% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2021.

Lockheed Martin Corporation, Elbit Systems Ltd, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Raytheon Technologies Corporation, BAE Systems PLC are the major companies operating in Military Aircraft Modernization and Retrofit Market.

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