The global airborne ISR market reached a value of US$ 27.1 Billion in 2021. Looking forward, IMARC Group expects the market to reach US$ 35.9 Billion by 2027, exhibiting a CAGR of 4.6% during 2022-2027. Keeping in mind the uncertainties of COVID-19, we are continuously tracking and evaluating the direct as well as the indirect influence of the pandemic. These insights are included in the report as a major market contributor.

Airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) systems help in finding and tracking friendly as well as hostile forces and assessing damage to hostile targets in an area of interest. They also assist in performing various security operations to enhance situational awareness for military personnel protection. These systems employ three different types of electronic sensors for capturing information which include electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) sensors, radar, and signals intelligence (SIGINT) systems. Nowadays, defense authorities are expending on airborne ISR systems in order to improve national security and acquire data from potential enemies.

Global Airborne ISR Market Drivers:

In comparison with manned ISR aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are smaller, more reliable and cost-effective. They are also equipped with a range of systems like an engine, autopilot, airframe, sensor package, navigation system and a communication link, and onboard sensors such as GPS, LASER, SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) and IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit). As a result, the demand for UAVs is being propelled around the world which, in turn, is driving the growth of the airborne ISR market. Moreover, on account of economic prosperity, growing threats of terror attacks, and increasing political and religious clashes, several countries worldwide are focusing on enhancing their warfare capabilities. This assists in averting enemy trespasses and helps in gathering information about their strengths and movements.

Key Market Segmentation:
IMARC Group provides an analysis of the key trends in each sub-segment of the global airborne ISR market, along with forecasts at the global and regional level from 2022-2027. Our report has categorized the market based on platform, system, type, fuel type and application.

Breakup by Platform:

Airborne Ground Surveillance
Electronic Warfare
Airborne Early Warning
Communication Data Link
Electro-Optical/Infra-Red (EO/IR)
Electronic Warfare
Communications and Radar
C3 Systems
Electronic Warfare
Radar and Sonar
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

Breakup by System:

Maritime Patrol
Electronic Warfare
Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEWC)
Airborne Ground Surveillance (AGS)
Signals Intelligence (SIGINT)

Breakup by Type:


Breakup by Fuel Type:

Hydrogen Fuel-Cells
Solar Powered
Alternate Fuel
Battery Operated
Gas-Electric Hybrids

Breakup by Application:

Manned Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR)
Unmanned Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR)

Breakup by Region:

North America
Asia Pacific
Middle East and Africa
Latin America

Competitive Landscape:

The report has also analysed the competitive landscape of the market with some of the key players being BAE Systems PLC, L3Harris Technologies, Inc., Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc., Thales Raytheon Systems, Elbit Systems Ltd, UTC Aerospace Systems (United Technologies Corporation), General Dynamics, CACI International Inc., Northrop Grumman Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corporation, FLIR Systems Inc., Airbus, General Atomics, etc. Key Questions Answered in This Report:

How has the global airborne ISR market performed so far and how will it perform in the coming years?
What are the key regional markets in the global airborne ISR industry?
What has been the impact of COVID-19 on the global airborne ISR market?
What is the breakup of the market based on the platform?
What is the breakup of the market based on the system?
What is the breakup of the market based on the type?
What is the breakup of the market based on the fuel type?
What is the breakup of the market based on the application?
What are the various stages in the value chain of the global airborne ISR industry?
What are the key driving factors and challenges in the global airborne ISR industry?
What is the structure of the global airborne ISR industry and who are the key players?
What is the degree of competition in the global airborne ISR market?
What are the profit margins in the global airborne ISR market?