There are various classes of fixed wing aircraft such as fighter, bombers, transport and maritime patrol aircraft. Fixed wing fighter aircraft is designed and developed primarily for air to air combat. Fixed wing aircraft generally have the long life span but they need to upgrade continuously in terms of speed, power and ejection nd stealth mode.
Globally, the fixed wing aircraft witness the higher growth, which has been primarily attributes to increase in investment for the new aircrafts and increasing maintenance cost of the old aircrafts. Many countries are in the league to develop the fastest and higher stealth mode fixed wing aircraft.
The global fixed wing aircraft is also driven by the factors such as national security, territorial integrity and sovereign state. National security is a concept that a government, along with its parliament(s), should protect the state and its citizens against all kind of "national" crises through a variety of power projections, such as political power, diplomacy, economic power, military might, and so on. Whereas Territorial integrity is the principle under international law that nation-states should not attempt to promote secessionist movements or to promote border changes in other nation-states. Conversely it states that imposition by force of a border change is an act of aggression.
The major challenges in the fixed wing fighter aircraft is that the ejection speed is higher than the flying speed. This further reduces the engine efficiency and has an adverse effect on the engine thrust power. Companies are identifying new way to overcome this drawback.
Maintenance cost is the challenge in maintaining the older version of aircraft. Countries are planning to decommission the older aircraft and planning on procuring the latest fifth generation aircrafts.
The report comprises of companies operating in the global fixed wing fighter aircraft market such as Airbus Defence and Space, BAE System, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Saab, Chengdu Aircraft Industry, Dassault Aviation and others. Market players have been profiled in terms of attributes such as company overview, financial overview, business strategies, and recent developments.
Scope of the Report:
The fixed wing fighter market is mainly divided as per the technology capabilities and has been segmented as follows:
Based on Technology Type:
- Jet Engine System
- Stealth System
- Missile Defense System
- EO/IR System
- Robotic Pilot System
- Head Mounted Display
- Open Architecture
Based on Region:
- Rest of the World
Recent Industry Trends:
The modernization of aircraft and enhancing its ISR capabilities is the major trend driving the fixed wing aircraft market. Government across different countries are investing heavily to enhance the aircraft speed, power and its stealth capabilities.
- Insight 1: Robotic pilot or autopilot is the new trends witnessing the huge investment because of its accuracy in rough weathers.
- Insight 2: Countries are focusing more towards multi role capable fighter which can perform several different tasks such as electronic warfare, aerial reconnaissance, and forward air control. Furthermore the aircraft can also be used to attack targets on ground.
- Insight 3: Future fixed wing fighter aircraft will be integrated with the artificial intelligence based robotic pilot system. Furthermore pilots will be provided with the helmet mounted display.
The quantitative and qualitative data collected for the fixed wing fighter aircraft report is from a combination of secondary and primary sources. Research interviews were conducted with senior executives and/or mangers in the fighter aircraft Industry. These Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs) were then provided a questionnaire to gather quantitative and qualitative inputs on their operations, performance, strategies and views on the overall market, including key developments and technology trends. Data from interviews is consolidated, checked for consistency and accuracy, and the final market numbers are again validated by experts. The global market was split by product types and geography based on different factors like primary and secondary sources, understanding of the number of companies operating in each segment and also KOL insights.
To understand the trend in research and development of aircraft segments, and their priorities, IndustryARC undertook exploratory patent analysis to lay an initial foundation for future research on development and use of fixed wing aircraft. The exploratory analysis focused on identifying development related to technology of ships based systems, with an emphasis on certain technology parameters which intended to understand the roles that various countries sees for naval systems. In addition analyzing trends in development of ships system and exploring how countries could deploy these systems; and identifying areas for further research and potential future developments. IndustryARC has analyzed patents in several different parameters in navy ships segment technologies. The patent analysis have also helped us to deduce and map the futuristic technologies in most efficient way. The technology roadmap is developed using bottom-up approach. The technology roadmap is categorized in three parts i.e. short term (less than 10 years), medium term (from 10 to 20 years) and long term from (more than 20 years).
Key Secondary resources include Department of Defense websites from various countries and private companies’ website covered in this report.