The Military Simulators and Training Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The Military Simulators and Training Market Report is Segmented by Platform (Terrestrial, Naval, and Aerial) 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 Simulation And Training Market Size

Military Simulation And Training Market Summary
Study Period 2019 - 2029
Market Size (2024) USD 12.94 Billion
Market Size (2029) USD 16.71 Billion
CAGR (2024 - 2029) 5.24 %
Fastest Growing Market North America
Largest Market North America

Major Players

Military Simulation And Training Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Military Simulation And Training Market Analysis

The Military Simulation And Training Market size is estimated at USD 12.94 billion in 2024, and is expected to reach USD 16.71 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 5.24% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

The continued growth in global defense spending combined with the increased need for skilled forces to successfully navigate and operate various new combat vehicles is expected to propel the growth of the military simulators and training market during the forecast period.

The growth in demand for military vehicles across the land, sea, and aerial platforms is the primary driver of the market growth. Several countries are modernizing their military fleet by inducting newer generation vehicle platforms, generating a simultaneous demand for simulation-based training for the military personnel on these platforms, thereby propelling the market prospects of the affiliate military simulators.

The training of pilots and military personnel in real aircraft, land vehicles, and ships involves multiple risks and sometimes may lead to hazardous situations and fatalities. Simulators provide a realistic experience and safety training for beginners. This need for safe and efficient training is also driving the simulator market.

Product development in the simulators market is lengthy, as it takes a significant amount of time to develop a replica of any aircraft tested. They also need to comply with safety and regulatory management issues, making it a challenge to deliver the required simulators on time.

Military Simulation And Training Market Trends

Aerial Segment is Expected to Experience the Highest Growth During the Forecast Period

The increasing adoption of newer aircraft that incorporate complex technologies in the military may require pilots to familiarize themselves with the latest equipment and systems. In such situations, providing hands-on experience may be difficult due to high-cost involvement. In such cases, the simulators act as the preferred option.

For instance, the operating cost of the USAF's F-35A is estimated to be about USD 44,000 per flight hour. In this regard, the F-35 pilots are first trained on simulators instead of the actual aircraft, which helps in cost-cutting. Pilots are typically trained for about 30 hours on the F-35 full-mission simulators before getting airborne on their first sortie in the F-35.

Lockheed Martin Corporation is also planning to connect full-mission simulators in the US and the UK through a software upgrade, allowing the Air Force pilots in these countries to virtually train with one another across international borders. Furthermore, the US Air Force (USAF) aims to deploy and connect more full-mission simulators in the years to come. Such initiatives also help the militaries increase interoperability without conducting joint military exercises on actual aircraft.

With the interest of the defense departments of major countries in utilizing flight simulator training, the demand for simulators that cater to the needs of aircraft and military pilot training is skyrocketing. As a result, new purchases and product innovations to supply the most advanced military aircraft training activities have been taking place in the market.

Similarly, in August 2022, Northrop Grumman Corporation & Terma A/S signed an MoU to collaborate on electronic warfare simulation & training opportunities in Northern Europe. Fourth & 5th generation aircraft will likely receive realistic air combat training due to the company’s simulation & training capabilities.

Military Simulators and Training Market: Defense Expenditure, in USD billion, By Region, 2022

North America Held the Largest Market Share

In 2022, the US defense expenditure accounted for USD 877 billion, wherein a major share was invested towards the procurement of several newer generation military vehicles across all platforms amidst the ongoing race for technological superiority. Simultaneously, the country is investing in the development and procurement of related simulator solutions, which is expected to drive market growth in the region. Although the US Air Force has been procuring simulators on a large scale for several years, the US Navy is investing heavily in simulation to improve its navigation training, and it budgeted for new integrated bridge simulators to fill the capacity gaps.

The efforts to increase ship simulator capacity are further supported by constructing new buildings in San Diego and Norfolk to house multiple simulation facilities. The Royal Canadian Air Force plans to combine two training programs under a single, multibillion-dollar project, the Future Aircrew Training Program (FAcT), where the number of pilots trained annually will likely increase.

Furthermore, the government of Canada, with plans to implement fire training simulators for military uses, offered to stand VirTra, Inc. in December 2021. As per the offer, the company was expected to supply advanced military training simulators to the country's land, marine, and air force divisions of the military. Such developments are expected to drive the growth of the market in the North American region during the forecast period.

Military Simulators and Training Market: Market CAGR (%), By Region, Global, 2023

Military Simulation And Training Industry Overview

The military simulators and training market is semi-consolidated and dominated by players such as Collins Aerospace (RTX Corporation), CAE Inc., Rheinmetall AG, FlightSafety International Inc., and THALES. Simulator manufacturers are required to build a brand and reach out to geographical extremes to get customers. Manufacturers may have the first-mover advantage if they can attract customers for the simulators for new vehicle platforms, as simulators tend to be reconfigured or upgraded to support newer variants, providing the players with continuous revenue inflow.

Mergers and acquisitions are expected to help the players by increasing their addressable market. For instance, in March 2021, CAE Inc. announced the acquisition of L3Harris Technologies' Military Training business for USD 1.05 billion. Such acquisitions are expected to help the companies expand their market presence and their revenue share in the market during the forecast period. In the coming future, growing demand from end-users is expected to create some intense competitive rivalry where the companies offering the best products for a limited budget, along with other affiliate services, will reap the most benefits.

Military Simulation And Training Market Leaders

  1. Rheinmetall AG

  2. CAE Inc.


  4. FlightSafety International Inc.

  5. Collins Aerospace (RTX Corporation)

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Military Simulation And Training Market Concentration
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Military Simulation And Training Market News

December 2023: The US State Department approved Saudi Arabia’s request to provide its air force with military training to address current and future threats. The foreign military sale of USD 1 billion covers the provision of flight training, technical training, and professional military education to the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) and other related forces. Program management, trainers, simulators, travel, billeting, and medical support may also be included.

April 2021: The US Army awarded two major contracts worth more than USD 4 billion to Science Applications International Corp. for modeling and simulation systems engineering and hardware-in-the-loop development of simulation capabilities for the Aviation & Missile Center.

January 2021: Top Aces Corp announced that it received the first batch of its F-16 aircraft, which were to be used for military air training for the pilots who operate them.

Military Simulation And Training 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 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      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 By Platform

      1. 5.1.1 Terrestrial

        1. Armored Tanks

        2. Howitzers

        3. Other Platforms

      2. 5.1.2 Naval

        1. Naval Vessels

        2. Submarines

        3. Other Naval Vessels

      3. 5.1.3 Aerial

        1. Fixed-wing Aircraft

        2. Rotary-wing Aircraft

    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. Spain

        6. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.2.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. India

        2. China

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.2.4 Latin America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

      5. 5.2.5 Middle East & Africa

        1. United Arab Emirates

        2. Saudi Arabia

        3. South Africa

        4. Rest of Middle East & Africa


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles*

      1. 6.2.1 CAE Inc.

      2. 6.2.2 FlightSafety International Inc.

      3. 6.2.3 Lockheed Martin Corporation

      4. 6.2.4 THALES

      5. 6.2.5 TRU Simulation + Training Inc.

      6. 6.2.6 BAE Systems plc

      7. 6.2.7 The Boeing Company

      8. 6.2.8 Rheinmetall AG

      9. 6.2.9 Collins Aerospace (RTX Corporation)

      10. 6.2.10 Frasca International, Inc.


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Military Simulation And Training Industry Segmentation

Military simulation training extensively uses modern simulation technology based on computers, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and distributed simulation to replicate weapon system performance, combat environment, and combat itself. The department and trainees can feel the environment like an actual installation and like an actual conflict by using high-fidelity simulations of their adversary, combat mission, and combat procedure. This can maximize their training level.

The military simulators and training market is segmented by platform and geography . By platform, the market is segmented into aerial, naval, and terrestrial. The report also covers the market sizes and forecasts for the military simulators and training market in major countries across different regions. 

For each segment, the market size is provided in terms of value (USD).

By Platform
Armored Tanks
Other Platforms
Naval Vessels
Other Naval Vessels
Fixed-wing Aircraft
Rotary-wing Aircraft
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Latin America
Middle East & Africa
United Arab Emirates
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle East & Africa
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Military Simulation And Training Market Research FAQs

The Military Simulation And Training Market size is expected to reach USD 12.94 billion in 2024 and grow at a CAGR of 5.24% to reach USD 16.71 billion by 2029.

In 2024, the Military Simulation And Training Market size is expected to reach USD 12.94 billion.

Rheinmetall AG, CAE Inc., THALES, FlightSafety International Inc. and Collins Aerospace (RTX Corporation) are the major companies operating in the Military Simulation And Training Market.

North America 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 Simulation And Training Market.

In 2023, the Military Simulation And Training Market size was estimated at USD 12.26 billion. The report covers the Military Simulation And Training Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Military Simulation And Training Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

Military Simulation And Training Industry Report

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The Military Simulators and Training Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)