Military Aviation MRO Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The Military Aviation Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul Market Report is Segmented by Aircraft Type (Fixed-Wing and Rotary-Wing), MRO Type (Engine MRO, Component and Modifications MRO, Airframe MRO, and Field Maintenance), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa). The Report Offers Market Size and Forecast for all the Above Segments in Value (USD).


Military Aircraft MRO Market Size

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Military Aviation Maintenance, Repair, And Overhaul Market Summary
Study Period 2019 - 2029
Market Size (2024) USD 41.33 Billion
Market Size (2029) USD 47.48 Billion
CAGR (2024 - 2029) 2.81 %
Fastest Growing Market Europe
Largest Market North America

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Military Aircraft MRO Market Analysis

The Military Aviation Maintenance, Repair, And Overhaul Market size is estimated at USD 41.33 billion in 2024, and is expected to reach USD 47.48 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 2.81% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

The military aviation MRO market is experiencing steady growth due to the increasing demand for maintenance, repair, and overhaul services for military aircraft. The demand is driven by factors such as expanding military fleets, the need for lifecycle extension of existing aircraft, and the rising complexity of aircraft systems.

The age of military aircraft tends to last longer than commercial planes. They have often been used for over 3 to 4 decades, and a few aircraft programs have been running for almost 50 years. A substantial portion of defense budgets worldwide is allocated to the meticulous upkeep of these fleets. The evolving landscape of aerial combat and support necessitates a diverse array of aircraft, blending the reliability of time-tested models with the advanced features of modern fighters. The upkeep and modernization of aging aircraft are critical, involving considerable investment in life extension initiatives to preserve airworthiness and incorporate contemporary upgrades.

Defense organizations seek to maximize the value and longevity of their aircraft assets. The market for MRO services is experiencing growth, driven by the need for structural repairs, avionics upgrades, engine overhauls, and system modifications. The evolution of technology in military aircraft, such as advanced materials, avionics, and mission systems, contributes to the growth of the MRO market. As aircraft become more sophisticated, specialized expertise and advanced diagnostics tools are required to maintain and repair these complex systems effectively.

On the other hand, strict regulations posed by regulatory bodies and government agencies ensure the safety and reliability of the aircraft components hinders market growth.

Military Aircraft MRO Market Trends

Fixed-Wing Aircraft Segment will Showcase the Highest Growth During the Forecast Period

Fixed-wing aircraft in the armed forces play critical roles during war or special missions. Their usage always necessitates proper maintenance of the aircraft and requires upgrades after a number of years of operation to extend their service life. Military aircraft encompass a wide array of aircraft, including fighter jets, bombers, transport planes, and surveillance aircraft.

Each category brings its unique set of maintenance challenges and requirements that contribute to the intricacies of the MRO sector. Military aircraft play a crucial role in modern warfare, providing essential capabilities such as air superiority, reconnaissance, surveillance, intelligence gathering, and close air support. To maintain these capabilities, military aircraft must be maintained at peak performance levels through regular maintenance, repairs, and overhauls.

The military aircraft MRO market operates within a dynamic ecosystem shaped by evolving geopolitical landscapes, technological advancements, and budgetary constraints. Government defense budgets, procurement strategies, and geopolitical tensions significantly influence MRO spending and market dynamics. For instance, in June 2023, the Norwegian Defense Materiel Agency (NDMA) signed an extension contract with Kongsberg Aviation Maintenance Services to overhaul and make ready-for-sale a total of 32 F-16 combat aircraft. The contract also includes technical assistance and support for training Romanian technical personnel. The value of the contract was over USD 63.61 million.

Thus, the growing spending on military aircraft modernization programs and rising MRO contracts with OEMs are expected to propel the growth of the segment during the forecast period.

Military Aviation Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul Market: Military Aircraft Fleet, in Units, by Country, 2023

North America will Hold the Highest Market Share During the Forecast Period

North America held the highest share in the market and is expected to continue its dominant position during the forecast period. This growth is due to the presence of the largest military aircraft fleet, growing spending on enhancing US Air Force (USAF) capabilities, and rising aircraft modernization programs. The US currently has the largest fleet of military aircraft in the world. As of 2023, the country operated a fleet of 2,757 combat aircraft, 731 special mission aircraft, 632 tanker aircraft, 962 transport aircraft, 5,584 combat helicopters, and 2,634 training aircraft/ helicopters.

The USAF is equipped with the latest technology to provide air support for land and naval forces and aid the troops on and around a battlefield. The USAF has continued the development and procurement of next-generation aircraft to meet the demands generated by the power conflicts with Russia and China. Currently, the USAF comprises a total of 13,247 aircraft that are part of an operational, reserve, and out-of-service fleet. A major chunk of the defense budget is channeled into the procurement of new aircraft and R&D of new technologies that can aid the military actions undertaken by the US. As part of this, major procurements have been carried out in the country over the past few years. For instance, in March 2024, the US Navy granted a contract to The Boeing Company to deliver 10 F/A-18F under lot 46 and two F/A-18F and five F/A-18E under lot 47 for USD 1.13 billion. The contract also includes the delivery of a technical data package for the sustainment and operational readiness of the aircraft. Thus, the increasing expenditure on procurement of advanced fighter jets and modernization of existing military aircraft fleets from the US and Canada drive market growth across North America.

Military Aviation Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul Market: Market CAGR (%), By Region, Global, 2023

Military Aircraft MRO Industry Overview

The military aviation MRO market is fragmented. Numerous local and international players provide MRO services to the existing military aircraft fleet. Major market players include Lockheed Martin Corporation, Safran, The Boeing Company, RTX Corporation, and Rolls-Royce plc. Strategies like partnerships between players are expected to help them gain more contracts and expand into untapped markets in the long run. As most MRO contracts are for the long term, for new players, it is a time-consuming process to establish themselves in the market with the existing competition.

Artificial intelligence (AI) -based predictive maintenance technologies are expected to experience mass adoption during the forecast period. Potential investments are required to enhance the IT capabilities of MRO operators for maintenance execution, supply chain management, enhancing mobility, and e-signature adoption. Advanced data analytics are used by MROs for inventory optimization purposes, which include planning, stocking, and optimizing spares as and when required at minimal procurement costs. These tools enable operators to function efficiently, derive maximum profits, and support the digitization of global aircraft MRO operations.

Military Aircraft MRO Market Leaders

  1. Lockheed Martin Corporation

  2. The Boeing Company

  3. Safran

  4. RTX Corporation

  5. Rolls-Royce plc

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

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Military Aircraft MRO Market News

April 2023: The Brazilian Air Force designated the responsibility of providing comprehensive maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services for the Rolls-Royce AE 3007 engines to StandardAero. These engines power the Brazilian Air Force’s fleet of Embraer ERJ-145 aircraft. Under the exclusive multi-year agreement, StandardAero will provide MRO services for FAB's AE 3007A equipped fleet from its facility in Maryville, the US, an OEM-approved authorized maintenance center (AMC) for the AE 3007 family of engines.

March 2023: GE Aerospace granted ITP Aero a service contract extension to conduct maintenance, repair, and overhaul services for CT7 engines at its facility in Albacete, Spain. The CT7-8 is a powerful engine designed to meet the demanding mission needs of commercial heavy-lift helicopters and modern military medium helicopters worldwide.

Military Aircraft MRO Market Report - 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 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 By Aircraft Type

      1. 5.1.1 Fixed-wing

      2. 5.1.2 Rotary-wing

    2. 5.2 By MRO Type

      1. 5.2.1 Engine MRO

      2. 5.2.2 Components and Modifications MRO

      3. 5.2.3 Airframe MRO

      4. 5.2.4 Field Maintenance

    3. 5.3 By 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. Russia

        5. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 Latin America

        1. Brazil

        2. Rest of Latin America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle East and Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. United Arab Emirates

        3. Qatar

        4. Egypt

        5. Rest of Middle East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 The Boeing Company

      2. 6.2.2 BAE Systems plc

      3. 6.2.3 Elbit Systems Ltd.

      4. 6.2.4 Saab AB

      5. 6.2.5 Lockheed Martin Corporation

      6. 6.2.6 General Atomics

      7. 6.2.7 Northrop Grumman Corporation

      8. 6.2.8 RTX Corporation

      9. 6.2.9 Rolls-Royce plc

      10. 6.2.10 Safran

      11. 6.2.11 MTU Aero Engines AG


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Military Aircraft MRO Industry Segmentation

Aircraft MRO includes tasks performed to ensure the airworthiness of an aircraft and its parts. MRO service providers perform overhaul, inspection, replacement, defect rectification, and the embodiment of modifications in compliance with airworthiness directives and repair.

The military aviation MRO market is segmented by aircraft type, MRO type, and geography. By aircraft type, the market is segmented into fixed-wing and rotary-wing. By MRO type, the market is segmented into engine MRO, components and modifications MRO, airframe MRO, and field maintenance. The report also covers the market size and forecast for the military aviation MRO market in major countries across different regions. For each segment, the market size is provided in terms of value (USD).

By Aircraft Type
By MRO Type
Engine MRO
Components and Modifications MRO
Airframe MRO
Field Maintenance
By Geography
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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Military Aircraft MRO Market Research FAQs

The Military Aviation Maintenance, Repair, And Overhaul Market size is expected to reach USD 41.33 billion in 2024 and grow at a CAGR of 2.81% to reach USD 47.48 billion by 2029.

In 2024, the Military Aviation Maintenance, Repair, And Overhaul Market size is expected to reach USD 41.33 billion.

Lockheed Martin Corporation, The Boeing Company, Safran, RTX Corporation and Rolls-Royce plc are the major companies operating in the Military Aviation Maintenance, Repair, And Overhaul Market.

Europe is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2024-2029).

In 2024, the North America accounts for the largest market share in Military Aviation Maintenance, Repair, And Overhaul Market.

In 2023, the Military Aviation Maintenance, Repair, And Overhaul Market size was estimated at USD 40.17 billion. The report covers the Military Aviation Maintenance, Repair, And Overhaul Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Military Aviation Maintenance, Repair, And Overhaul Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

Military Aircraft MRO Industry Report

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Military Aviation MRO Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)