Aerial Refueling Systems Market, By System (Probe and Drogue and Flying Boom), Application (Military

Published Date: April 2020 | Report Code : AD2063470


Aerial Refueling Systems Market, By System (Probe and Drogue and Flying Boom), Application (Military Aircraft, Helicopters, Commercial Aircraft, UAV), and By Region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and South America) – Market Size & Forecasting to 2028

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Report Code : AD2063470

Status : Published April 2020

The global aerial refueling systems market size was valued at USD 550 million in 2019 and is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 4.5% during the forecast period. Aerial refueling systems are used to transfer the fuel from one aircraft to other aircraft. There are two types of systems which are used for transferring fuel from tanker to other aircraft which includes probe and drogue and flying boom. These processes are carried out with vast experience and require extensive training and the two aircraft are approximately 35 feet apart during boom refueling and about 80 feet apart in hose-and-drogue refueling.      

Government support in aerial refueling systems research, rising production and consumption of military and commercial aircrafts and increase in defense budget across the globe, increase in development of tanker and combat aircrafts, and increase in number of aerial refueling systems products are factors that will propel the global aerial refueling systems market during the forecast period. Furthermore, high installation costs, increase in costs of research & development are some of the major constraints on aerial refueling systems market growth.

The main function of aerial refueling systems transfer of fuel from tanker to other aircraft. Based on application, the aerial refueling systems are used in various applications which include Military Aircraft, Helicopters, Commercial Aircraft, and UAV. Rising demand for refueling systems in military aircrafts, and growing government investment for research and development. Therefore, the effect of this factor on aerial refueling systems market is expected to increase soon with continuously evolving technologies.

Key Factors Impacting the Growth of aerial refueling systems Market:

  • Technological advancements
  • Increasing market demand for new aerospace and defense technologies
  • Government investment in aerial refueling systems research
  • Increase in production of aircraft tankers
  • Digitalization of defense systems

The aerial refueling systems market segmentation is based on system, application, and region. The aerial refueling systems market is currently witnessing high growth due to demand for special purpose military jets, increase in demand for low costs and less fuel consumption processes and emergence of multi-role aircraft tankers.

System Outlook:

As per the current market scenario, the probe and drogue system segment has covered the largest aerial refueling systems market share and is projected to register a higher CAGR during the forecast period. The major factor which drives the growth of this segment are rising demand for rapid fuel transfer system and more passive operation than other system and do not require tankers to precisely direct the drogue. This expected to enhance the dominance of the probe and drogue system segment in the global market over the forecast period.

Application Outlook:

Based on application, the market has been segmented into military aircraft, helicopters, commercial aircraft, and UAV. In 2019, military aircraft segment held the highest market share and the segment is also projected to maintain its dominance over the forecast period. This can be due to the Rising defense budget of various countries and increase in usage of these technologies in military sector. Furthermore, increase in production of military aircraft and growing incidence of fuel supply ends, and rising demand for high fuel carrying capacity aircrafts is further expected to raise segment over the forecast period.

Regional Outlook:

Based on the region, the global aerial refueling systems market has been segmented by North America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, & Rest of the World. In terms of revenue, North America holds a dominant position in the global aerial refueling systems market. The region's dominance is attributable to favorable government policies for the prevention of fuel recovery system, rapidly growing defense sector, increasing innovation and development for aerial refueling systems, rising defense budgets in the US and Canada, and the presence of key manufacturers of aerial refueling systems. Highly efficient defense policies and developed defense infrastructure in the North America region is one of the key factors driving the consumption of aerial refueling systems in this region. Moreover, highly skilled pilots, growing number of flight durations and research centers in key countries such as US and Canada are also propelling the growth of aerial refueling systems in the North America region. In Europe, Russia with rapid production of commercial and military aircraft and rapid development in defense sector, technological advancement in systems, growing number of research and development centre’s, such as Germany, the UK, France, Spain, and Italy, are expected to enhance the market growth in the global aerial refueling systems market during the forecast. Furthermore, Asia Pacific is estimated to project the fastest growth rate in the global aerial refueling systems market during the forecast period. This growth can be accredited to several factors, such as the potentially large aircraft production, the rapid development of aircraft refueling systems coupled with increasing defense expenditure. In this region, growing demand for aircrafts in key countries such as China, Japan, and India, increases in innovation and development in aerial refueling systems, and high aircraft production. The growing investment by industry players through the development of new manufacturing units in the region and rising expenditure also contribute to market growth in the Asia Pacific.

The report analyzes factors affecting the aerial refueling systems market from both demand and supply side and further analyses market dynamics affecting the market during the forecast year such as driver, restrain, opportunities and future trends. The report also provides comprehensive Porter’s model analysis on the aerial refueling systems market for all six regions namely; North America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East and the Rest of the world.

Competitive Landscape

Innovative advancement in aerial refueling systems helps to refuel the aircraft within less time and government support for the development of aerial refueling systems. Major companies are investing in research and development. Key market players are also adopting inorganic development strategies like as acquisition of local brands. Similarly, other business models such as joint venture and market entry strategies are helping prominent vendors to make their presence felt in the aerial refueling systems market and increase their product portfolio. The key leading players in the market include Safran, Rafaut Group, Cobham PLC, Eaton Corporation, Parker Hannifin Corporation, GE Aviation, Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group, Israel Aerospace Industries, BAE Systems, and Airbus.

This report also includes the profiles of key aerial refueling systems market companies along with their SWOT analysis and market strategies. In addition, these competitive landscapes provide a detailed description of each company including future capacities, key mergers & acquisitions, financial overview, partnerships, collaborations, new product launch, new product developments, and other latest industrial developments.


Key Developments in aerial refueling systems Market:

  • In January 2019, Boeing signed partnership agreement with US Air Force. The partnership focuses on providing next-generation air refueling tanker aircraft, KC-46 Pegasus.
  • In December 2018, Airbus signed partnership agreement with Lockheed Martin. The partnership focuses on innovation and development of aerial refueling systems and offering services to tanker aircraft, which refuel aircraft during movements or missions.

What Does This Report Provide?

This report provides a detailed understanding of the global aerial refueling systems market from qualitative and quantitative perspectives during the forecast period. The report also provides dynamic indicators with potential impact on the market during the forecast period and an in-depth analysis of the leading companies operating in the market.

Market Segmentation:

By System

  • Probe and Drogue
  • Flying Boom

By Application

  • Military Aircraft
  • Helicopters
  • Commercial Aircraft
  • UAV

By Region:

  • North America
    • By Country (US, Canada, Mexico)
    • By System
    • By Application
  • Europe
    • By Country (Germany, Russia, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Rest of Europe)
    • By System
    • By Application
  • Asia Pacific
    • By Country (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Rest of Asia Pacific)
    • By System
    • By Application
  • Middle East & Africa
    • By Country (UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, South Africa, Rest of Middle East& Africa)
    • By System
    • By Application
  • South America
    • By Country (Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Rest of South America)
    • By System
    • By Application

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