Global Airborne IR Countermeasures Market
Infrared (IR) seeking technology has evolved to more capable systems that can differentiate between a flare and an aircraft. The use of flares is diminishing and are being replaced with lasers that are more effective at targeting the IR radiation from incoming missile seekers.
Northrop Grumman leads the airborne IR countermeasures (IRCM) market with very little competition. In 2014, the company won $ million in defense contracts related to airborne IRCM.
Frost & Sullivan estimates the market size for the global airborne IRCM in 2014 at approximately $ million. The United States leads the spending in this market, accounting for % of the total global market share. This spending largely goes toward the procurement of IRCM systems, as well as research, development, testing, and evaluation (RDTE) of current and new systems.
Spending on the large aircraft segment of airborne IRCM made up approximately % of the total market. The rotor, tilt, and small fixed wing (SFW) aircraft segment made up % and the threat warning systems segment made up %.
Declining defense budgets and resources used in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars have some countries scaling back on spending. New procurement will experience the biggest decline as defense agencies take stock and evaluate system upgrades and maintenance requirements, allowing flare-based systems to remain in place for the time being.
The most lethal threat to low flying aircraft has historically been man-portable surface-to-air-missiles. In recent years, advancements in these types of missiles have prompted the research and development of technology that autonomously defends against this threat. This research contains an analysis and the spending forecasts for the global airborne infrared countermeasure systems market. It will identify the participants leading the market and the programs that influence the spending. The enclosed research will identify key drivers and restraints of the market as well as some significant trends that affect the spending.
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