Global Tactical Inertial Systems Market - Segmented by End-User (Aerospace and Defence Marine/Naval), Technology (MEMs, Fibre Optic Gyro, Ring Laser Gyro), Component (Accelerometers, Magnetometers, Gyroscopes), and Region - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2018 - 2023)
The tactical inertial systems market is expected to register a CAGR of 7.62%, during the forecast period (2018-2023). The scope of the market covers various holistic solutions offered by the leading vendors of the market. The scope is limited to the end-user applications, such as defence and aerospace, defence and naval applications.
The growth of this market is largely fuelled by various increasing applications, technological advancements, and the rising aerospace and defence budgets. Furthermore, the growth can be attributed to the increasing demand for accuracy and calibration in guidance, control and targeting, precision-guided armaments and other weaponry.
High Investments in Defence and Military to Drive the Tactical Inertial Systems Market
The defence application dominated the market in 2017 and is expected to do the same during the forecast period, with small-diameter missiles, underwater navigators, and unmanned aerial vehicles being the demanding applications and main beneficiaries of high-end MEMS sensors in military applications. The tactical grade has penetrated into the modern defence applications. Boeing’s recent aerospace study revealed that over the next three decades there would be a demand for 35,200 new jet aircrafts across the world; the net market value is estimated to be more than USD 4.8 trillion. China and Mexico are expected to emerge as the major manufacturing bases, while the Asia-Pacific region is expected to account for more than 30% of the demand in the next three decades. The defence and aerospace sectors in the United States and European markets are mature, whereas, a huge demand is expected from the Asia-Pacific region in the coming years. To meet the increasing demand for IMUs and AHRS systems for military applications, the market players are producing custom MEMS-based accelerometers with improved bias stability. The MEMS technology for high-end military and aerospace applications provides high performance at a low-cost with a small size. Tactical grade inertial applications, high-stability military, aerospace, and industrial tilt applications will increase the demand for tactical inertial systems further and the market is expected to have a strong potential growth during the forecast period.
Ring Laser Gyro to Hold a Significant Share of the Market
Ring laser gyro splits a beam of light into two beams and passes through a cavity that acts as a resonator that helps the waves to re-circulate. Laser gyros have independent light paths, two directions, with a piezo-electric oscillator that allows the laser ring to vibrate through an input axis so as to lock-in the particular region. RLG is embedded with a GPS host for enhancing the accuracy of the inertial systems in military aircraft, spacecraft, and others. A major driver for the adoption of these gyros is the availability of low-cost, high-accuracy guidance, and navigation systems in the tactical missile market. For instance, Honeywell’s H700-3A ring laser gyro missile guidance provides navigation, guidance, autopilot, weapons dispensing, and communications functions for the US Army TACMS missile in a low-initial-cost and low-life-cycle-cost package. RLG Navigation systems are witnessing an increased adoption in missile weapon systems due to the low cost inertial sensors being utilized, bringing down the overall cost. However, a major drawback of RLG is that it has a limited range of performance, making it unsuitable for certain applications. Examples of RLG include AirbusA320 and Boeing. The major vendors of RLGs include Thales, Honeywell and Kearfott, and among others.
Aerospace And Defence Applications to Hold a Lion’s Share of the Market
The inertial systems for tactical grade applications are built by combining IMUs, GNSS receiver, processing units, data loggers, and enhanced filters to offer dead reckoning navigation reading, using odometers. These systems make use of anti-jamming techniques for offering machine control even in harsh environments. The growth of the market is being driven by technological advancements and the evolving need for high-accuracy in tactical systems. Even though major markets, like North America and Europe have curtailed their defence spending in the last few years, this has not affected the IMU component market. The need for tactical and strategic weapons in the defence sector is expected to lead to an increase in spending during the forecast period. In 2018, the expected defence revenues are projected to increase, as the government is taking initiatives to establish a cutting-edge defence weapon platform by acquiring latest technologies, such as precision striking, defence electronics and critical infrastructure protection. The budget is expected to increase by another 2.4% in 2018, which are expected to drive the market growth for tactical inertial systems.