Global Airborne SATCOM Market Analysis Report 2022: A $10.39 Billion Market by 2028 - Increase in Demand for SATCOM On-The-Move (OTM) Solutions -

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The airborne SATCOM market size is expected to grow from US$ 6,492.75 million in 2022 to US$ 10,390.96 million by 2028; it is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 8.2% from 2022 to 2028.

Communications On The Move (COTM) is one of the most important applications of satellite communication technology. The COTM assists first responders in the military and commercial sectors, and it also finds major role in disaster recovery, emergency preparedness, remote access, and so on.

Moreover, communications in moving aircraft such as commercial and government unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) equipped with a satellite are referred to as COTM; these UAVs are capable of establishing and sustaining communications with a satellite network while the aircraft is in motion.

The satellite-based COTM (SATCOM) has emerged as a new trend in defense and commercial aerial communication systems with the continuously growing effectiveness of COTM technologies. The consistent developments in this communication technology are attributed to the introduction of high-powered L-band satellites with low-gain antenna solutions, designed originally for the security and defense industries.

Operators' networks are being constricted as different platforms require new antenna types or ways to purchase connectivity, leading to the development of advanced airborne on-the-move SATCOM solutions. the United States Naval Air Systems (NAVAIR), in March 2020, selected Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), a global leader in broadband satellite networks and services, to procure SATCOM systems for the HC-27J aircraft of the US Coast Guard.

Hughes incorporated Beyond Line of Sight (BLoS) systems into these aircraft, which require airborne COTM for such as intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR); humanitarian aid; and disaster relief applications. This is contributing to the rise in global airborne SATCOM market share over the years.

Europe held the second-largest share in the airborne SATCOM market in 2021. Aircraft manufacturers present in this region concentrate on the development of newer generation aircraft models with the continuous enforcement of new safety regulations and emission norms.

These stringent compliances demand the integration of sophisticated subsystems and advanced technologies in aircraft. A few significant aircraft manufacturers - such as Airbus S.E., Dassault Aviation, Leonardo, and Thales Group - are headquartered in European countries, which is one of the key factors contributing to the rise in airborne SATCOM market share in Europe.

The aviation industry is one of the most significant sectors contributing to the overall GDP of Europe, with air travel being the most preferred means of travel in European countries. According to GAMA, in 2020, the European general aviation fleet accessed over 4,000 airports and 133,000 aircraft. The presence of such robust aviation industry fuels the airborne SATCOM market growth in the region.

A few global airborne SATCOM market players profiled in this market study include Airbus SE; Thales Group; General Dynamics Mission Systems, Inc.; Honeywell International Inc.; and L3Harris Technologies, Inc.

Key Market Dynamics

Market Drivers

  • Rising Adoption of Satellite Communication (SATCOM) Technology to Provide Advanced Communication Solution
  • Increase in demand for SATCOM On-The-Move (OTM) Solutions

Market Restraints

  • Exposure to Cyber Security Threats

Market Opportunities

  • Development of Ultra-Compact SATCOM Terminals


  • Increasing Air Passenger Traffic

Company Profiles

  • Thales Group
  • Collins Aerospace
  • Cobham Limited
  • Honeywell International Inc.
  • General Dynamics Mission Systems, Inc.
  • L3Harris Technologies, Inc.
  • Viasat, Inc.
  • Orbit Communications Systems Ltd.
  • Astronics Corporation

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