Synthetic Aperture Radar Market Size, Share, & Trends by 2030

Synthetic Aperture Radar Market Size and Forecasts (2020 - 2030), Global and Regional Share, Trend, and Growth Opportunity Analysis Report Coverage: By Component (Receiver, Transmitter, and Antenna), Frequency Band (X Band, L Band, C Band, S Band, and Others), Application (Commercial and Defense), Platform (Ground and Airborne), Mode (Single and Multi), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and South & Central America)

Publication Month : Feb 2024

  • Report Code : TIPRE00006745
  • Category : Electronics and Semiconductor
  • Status : Published
  • No. of Pages : 223
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[Research Report] The synthetic aperture radar market size is projected to grow from US$ 5.27 billion in 2022 to US$ 12.32 billion by 2030; it is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 11.2% from 2022 to 2030.


Analyst Perspective:

The synthetic aperture radar market growth is fueled by various reasons. Factors such as the rising demand for advanced technologies that offer enhanced environmental awareness, the increasing need for efficient surveillance and communication networks, the growing deployment of space-based radars, and the increasing utilization of SAR for environmental awareness and mapping purposes play a crucial role in synthetic aperture radar market expansion. Moreover, the rising development of dual-band SAR is expected to bring new synthetic aperture radar market trends in the coming years.

Market Overview:

Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) is an innovative remote sensing technique that employs radar technology to generate high-resolution images of the Earth's surface. Optical sensors rely on sunlight; however, SAR utilizes its energy source to illuminate the target area and capture the reflected energy. This active data collection approach enables SAR to operate effectively under any lighting conditions, day or night, and in all kinds of weather, making it a useful and valuable tool for numerous applications. The functioning of SAR involves leveraging the flight trajectory of the radar platform, be it an aircraft or a satellite, to simulate a large antenna electronically. The radar system emits radio waves toward the Earth's surface and records the signals that bounce back, a process known as backscattering. This process is repeated multiple times during transmit/receive cycles, with the resulting data being electronically stored. Subsequently, the stored data is meticulously processed to generate a comprehensive and high-resolution image of the observed terrain.

The global synthetic aperture radar market is being fueled by various reasons. The increasing preference for ensuring precision targeting capability is driven by the integration of newer-generation aircraft with advanced electronically scanned array (AESA) radars, which enable the transmission and reception of information on multiple bandwidths.

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Synthetic Aperture Radar Market: Strategic Insights

Market Size Value inUS$ 5.27 billion in 2022
Market Size Value byUS$ 12.32 billion by 2030
Growth rateCAGR of 11.2% from 2022 to 2030
Forecast Period2022-2030
Base Year2022
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Market Driver:

Rising Preference for Integrated C4ISR Ecosystem to contribute to growing Synthetic Aperture Radar Market

The synthetic aperture radar market is driven by the increasing preference for an integrated Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) ecosystem. Traditionally, C4ISR systems have relied on separate stand-alone units, each equipped for specific functions and mission requirements. This approach often leads to the use of separate systems and displays for collecting and analyzing information, resulting in a rigorous and time-consuming process. To address these challenges, defense agencies are leaning toward adopting an enterprise integration approach. This approach advocates for the integration of secure and interoperable C4ISR networks and systems to streamline the entire process. In this integrated C4ISR approach, governments take responsibility for designing enterprise blueprints and intersystem interfaces. At the same time, vendors deliver individual systems and sub-components that can be seamlessly integrated into the overall C4ISR environment.

The integration of C4ISR systems improves the overall efficiency and effectiveness of military operations and contributes to cost savings and process simplifications. As a result, the demand for SAR systems, which play a crucial role in the integrated C4ISR ecosystem, grows, thereby positively favoring the market. Thus, such integrations is likely to have a significant impact on the synthetic aperture radar market forecast in the coming years.

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Segmentation and Scope:

The "Synthetic Aperture Radar Market" is segmented on the basis of component, application, frequency band, platform, mode, and geography. Based on component, the market is segmented into receiver, transmitter, and antenna. Based on application, the market is bifurcated into commercial and defense. Based on frequency band, the market is segmented into X band, L band, C band, S band, and others. Based on platform, the market is bifurcated into ground and airborne. Based on mode, the market is bifurcated into single and multi. Based on geography, the market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East & Africa, and South America.

Segmental Analysis:

Based on application, the synthetic aperture radar market is segmented into commercial and defense. In terms of revenue, the defense segment dominated the synthetic aperture radar market share in 2022. The segment is driven by the escalating demand for surveillance activities encompassing enemy troop tracking, mapping, intelligence gathering, and espionage. This surge in the adoption of synthetic aperture radar for military applications can be attributed to increased government investments in military expenditures, particularly in the integration of SAR with missiles to enhance targeting and precision. The utilization of SAR has revolutionized reconnaissance capabilities, paving the way for innovative technologies such as foliage penetration and ground-moving target indication. These advancements are anticipated to fuel the adoption of SAR systems in military operations, opening new avenues for synthetic aperture market growth.

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Regional Analysis:

The North America market has gained prominence in the region for several reasons. The US dominated the synthetic aperture radar market share in 2022. Synthetic aperture radar technology is widely used in various applications, including military & defense, monitoring, exploration, agriculture, urban planning, infrastructure development, and natural resource management. Various factors drive the demand for synthetic aperture radar technology. In military applications, synthetic aperture radar (SAR) is used for surveillance, detection of surface features, and topographical mapping. The US military is replacing its legacy systems with advanced synthetic aperture radars, which is contributing to the growth of the market. Additionally, the need for geospatial information is increasing in sectors such as agriculture, urban planning, infrastructure development, and natural resource management. Synthetic aperture radar provides valuable data for these applications, further fueling the synthetic aperture radar market growth.

Key Player Analysis:

The synthetic aperture radar market analysis is driven by identifying and evaluating key players in the market across different regions. Northrop Grumman Corp, ASELSAN AS, BAE Systems Plc, Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd, Leonardo SpA, Lockheed Martin Corp, Raytheon Technologies Corp, Thales SA, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc, and Saab AB are key players profiled in the market report.

Recent Developments: 

Inorganic and organic strategies such as mergers and acquisitions are highly adopted by the players analyzed in the synthetic aperture radar market report. A few recent key players' strategies are listed below:

  • In July 2023, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) launched Singapore's DS-SAR radar satellite, showcasing the company's expertise in the development of observation satellites. With a track record of 35 years in creating advanced-generation satellites, including OptSat and TecSAR, IAI has leveraged its experience to create the DS-SAR satellite. This satellite features a synthetic aperture radar sensor payload, which enables the collection of extensive and high-resolution data regardless of weather conditions, day or night. The launch of DS-SAR reinforces IAI's position in the market and highlights its ability to deliver cutting-edge solutions in the field of satellite technology.
  • In June 2023, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) unveiled its latest innovation, the ELM-2060PES Pod. This cutting-edge system features a self-contained Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Airborne Radar System, which incorporates advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and Ground Moving Target Indication (GMTI) capabilities. The ELM-2060PES Pod offers a wide range of functionalities, including a Bi-directional Line-of-Sight (LOS) wide band Datalink that seamlessly connects with a Ground Datalink and Exploitation Station (GES). This allows for efficient data transfer and analysis.
  • In August 2023, BAE Systems' research and development organization, FAST Labs, was granted a US$ 14 million contract by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for the MAX program. This partnership aims to develop cutting-edge technology that facilitates the implementation of advanced signal processing and computation on smaller military platforms. The project aligns with BAE Systems' commitment to innovation and its focus on providing state-of-the-art solutions for the defense industry. Through this collaboration, BAE Systems aims to enhance military capabilities by enabling the deployment of advanced technologies on smaller military platforms, ultimately contributing to the company's growth and success in the defense sector.
  • In September 2022, BAE Systems is preparing for the launch of its inaugural cluster of multi-sensor satellites into low Earth orbit in 2024. This initiative, named Azalea, aims to provide military customers with real-time access to high-quality information and intelligence derived from space. The satellite cluster will leverage a diverse array of sensors to gather visual, radar, and radio frequency (R.F.) data. These data sets will then be processed and analyzed by onboard machine learning systems using edge processors. The resulting intelligence will be securely delivered from orbit, enabling global accessibility. This strategic move by BAE Systems underscores its commitment to delivering cutting-edge solutions that enhance military capabilities and expand its presence in the space-based intelligence market.
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Component, Frequency Band, Application, Platform, Mode, and Geography

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North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, South & Central America

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Frequently Asked Questions

Which is the leading component segment in the synthetic aperture radar market?

The antenna segment led the synthetic aperture radar market with a largest share in 2022 and it is expected to grow with the highest CAGR during the forecast period 2023-2030.

Which region is holding the major market share of global synthetic aperture radar market?

The North America held the largest market share in 2022, followed by Europe and Asia Pacific.

Which is the fastest growing regional market?

Asia Pacific is anticipated to grow with the highest CAGR over the forecast period.

Which are the key players holding the major market share of synthetic aperture radar market?

The key players, holding majority shares, in synthetic aperture radar market includes Northrop Grumman Corp, BAE Systems Plc, Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd, Lockheed Martin Corp., and Raytheon Technologies Corp.

What is the future trend of the synthetic aperture radar market?

Integration with Deep Learning (DL) is the future trend of the synthetic aperture radar market.

What are the driving factors impacting the synthetic aperture radar market?

Increasing preference for ensuring precision targeting capability and rising preference for integrated C4ISR ecosystem are the driving factors impacting the synthetic aperture radar market.

What is the estimated global market size for the synthetic aperture radar market in 2022?

The synthetic aperture radar market was valued at US$ 5.27 billion in 2022 and is projected to reach US$ 12.32 billion by 2030; it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 11.2% during 2022–2030.

What will be the market size for synthetic aperture radar market by 2030?

The synthetic aperture radar market is expected to reach US$ 12.32 billion by 2030.

The List of Companies - Synthetic Aperture Radar Market

  1. Northrop Grumman Corp
  3. BAE Systems Plc
  4. Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd
  5. Leonardo SpA
  6. Lockheed Martin Corp
  7. Raytheon Technologies Corp
  8. Thales SA
  9. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc
  10. Saab AB

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