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

The Military Trainer Aircraft Market is Segmented by Aircraft Type (Fixed-wing Aircraft and Helicopter) and Geography.

Market Snapshot

Military Aircraft Trainer Market summary
Study Period:

2018 - 2026

Base Year:


Fastest Growing Market:

Asia Pacific

Largest Market:

North America


>2 %

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Market Overview

The military trainer aircraft market is estimated to witness a CAGR of over 2% during the forecast period (2020 - 2025).

  • The growing emphasis on the training of fighter pilots on advanced trainer aircraft may lead to the growth of the military trainer aircraft market.
  • On the other hand, the increasing cost of manufacturing military trainer aircraft may pose a major restraint for the market.
  • Currently, the ongoing trend has shifted from the development of heavier trainer aircraft to light trainer aircraft. Various companies are now focused on the development of light trainer aircraft with advanced capabilities.
  • Technological advancement may lead to countries, worldwide, replacing their aging military trainer with new light trainer aircraft, which is likely to propel growth in the near future. 

Scope of the Report

A trainer aircraft is a type of aircraft that is designed to provide flight training to the pilots and aircrew. These trainer aircraft are equipped with additional features, which include simplified cockpit arrangement and tandem flight controls, among other safety features. The military trainer aircraft are equipped with specific features, catering to the defense capabilities of the aircraft. Analysis, based on the aircraft type, has also been provided in the report.

Aircraft Type
Fixed-wing Aircraft
Basic Jet Trainers
Intermediate Jet Trainers
Advanced Jet Trainers
North America
United States
Latin America
Rest of Latin America
Rest of Asia-Pacific
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Middle-East and Africa
United Arab Emirates
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

The Fixed-wing Aircraft Segment is Projected to Register the Highest CAGR During the Forecast Period

Currently, the fixed-wing aircraft segment has the highest share among all the segments. The increasing number of developments, in terms of fixed-wing military trainer aircraft, and the increasing number of trainer programs, may lead to the growth of the segment. Moreover, the introduction of various new fighter aircraft by manufacturers, worldwide, may lead to countries requiring trainer aircraft, in order to train their pilots. In 2018, China flew its military trainer aircraft, which was derived from the Diamond DART0450 aircraft. The TA-20 aircraft is a joint venture development between China Electronics Technology Corporation (CETC) and Wuhu Diamond Aircraft Manufacturing Company. Additionally, the United States Air Force (USAF) awarded The Boeing Company a contract worth USD 9.2 billion, for manufacturing 351 Advanced Pilot Training (APT T-X) aircraft and 46 Ground-based Training Systems (GBTS), to replace the existing fleet of T-38C jet trainers. In addition, India is in the line to conduct the first flight for its homegrown HTT 40 basic trainer aircraft. The prototype aircraft, after its testing operations, may be used for the first-stage training of all flying cadets. Currently, India relies on the Pilatus PC7 MK2 trainer, which was purchased after the grounding of the older fleet of HPT 32 trainers. The introduction of the new trainer aircraft in the Indian Air Force is likely to help the pilots get a better training experience. Thus, the upcoming developments are expected to increase the focus on this segment and drive the growth rate.

Military Trainer Aircraft Market_Aircraft Type

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North America May Continue to Hold a Major Share in the Military Trainer Aircraft Market Between 2020 and 2025

Presently, North America is generating the highest revenue in the military trainer aircraft market. The North American region is witnessing significant developments related to military trainer aircraft. New technical solutions and the application of modern technologies have led to the introduction of various combat aircraft configurations, with a significant improvement in reliability, flight performance, and operational performance, through the creation of new features that enhance the ability to integrate sensors and process information. The United States is involved in the development of new, hi-tech fighter jets, and it is currently planning to replace the aging trainer aircraft and procure newer generation of trainer aircraft to train the pilots. Currently, Boeing T-X aircraft is a new, advanced pilot training system that is being offered by Boeing, in partnership with Saab, for the T-X advanced pilot training program of the US Air Force (USAF). The T-X aircraft is intended to replace the aging T-38 trainer fleet of the United States Air Force (USAF). In 2018, Aero Vodochody, a Czech aircraft manufacturer, and Israel Aerospace Industries entered a partnership, to pitch variants of the L-159 and L-39NG jets to the US Air Force and Marine Corps, as light attack platforms. In partnership with IAI, Aero may offer the USAF a multi-mission aircraft, with the best available technology, thereby, increasing the potential of the US Air Force. The increasing number of deliveries of fighter aircraft is likely to lead to the US procuring more trainer aircraft. Additionally, Airbus helicopter reported its plans to introduce the versatile and market-leading H135 aircraft as the future training helicopter for the US Navy, at the Naval Helicopter Association’s Fleet Fly-in at Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Pensacola, Florida, in October 2019. Airbus pilots may also conduct orientation flights with the US Navy pilots and other stakeholders, to demonstrate the capabilities of the H135 trainer aircraft. Additionally, the helicopter has been equipped with the most advanced technologies available, like 4-axis autopilot and One Engine Inoperable (OEI) training mode. The H135 trainer aircraft shall provide future pilots with an ideal platform for training missions, conducted over water, and in reduced visibility. Thus, the various ongoing developments may lead to a growth of the military trainer aircraft in the North American region, in the near future.

Military Trainer Aircraft Market_Geography

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Competitive Landscape

As of December 2019, major players in the market studied, such as Irkut Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corporation, The Boeing Company, Pilatus Aircraft Ltd, and Embraer SA, held significant market shares. The market for military trainer aircraft is highly fragmented. Various initiatives, as well as product innovations, which are being undertaken by various companies, have led the key players to strengthen their presence in the market. In 2018, the partnership between The Boeing Company and Saab AB was reported to have won a USD 9.2 billion contract, for developing the next generation of training jet for the US Air Force. The indefinite-delivery contract may enable the US Air Force to procure 351 T-X trainer aircraft from The Boeing Company.

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

        1. Basic Jet Trainers

        2. Intermediate Jet Trainers

        3. Advanced Jet Trainers

      2. 5.1.2 Helicopter

    2. 5.2 Geography

      1. 5.2.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 5.2.2 Latin America

        1. Mexico

        2. Brazil

        3. Rest of Latin America

      3. 5.2.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.2.4 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

        2. Germany

        3. France

        4. Rest of Europe

      5. 5.2.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. United Arab Emirates

        2. Saudi Arabia

        3. South Africa

        4. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 NP korporatsiya Irkut PAO

      2. 6.2.2 Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd

      3. 6.2.3 Diamond Aircraft Industries

      4. 6.2.4 Embraer SA

      5. 6.2.5 Northrop Grumman Corporation

      6. 6.2.6 The Boeing Company

      7. 6.2.7 BAE Systems PLC

      8. 6.2.8 Pilatus Aircraft Ltd

      9. 6.2.9 Textron Inc.

      10. 6.2.10 Leonardo SpA

      11. 6.2.11 Lockheed Martin Corporation

      12. 6.2.12 Raytheon Company


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Military Trainer Aircraft Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Military Trainer Aircraft Market is growing at a CAGR of >2% over the next 5 years.

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

North America holds highest share in 2020.

  • Irkut Corporation
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • The Boeing Company
  • Pilatus Aircraft Ltd
  • Embraer SA

Are the major companies operating in Military Trainer Aircraft Market.

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