Air-to-Air Refueling Market by System, Component, Aircraft Type, Type, End User and Region

Dublin, Nov. 10, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The “Air-to-Air Refueling Market by System (Probe & Drogue, Boom Refueling, Autonomous), Component (Pumps, Valves, Hoses, Boom, Probes, Fuel Tanks, Pods), Aircraft Type (Fixed, Rotary), Type (Manned, Unmanned), End User, Region – Global Forecast to 2025” report has been added to’s offering.

The air-to-air refueling market size is projected to grow from an estimated USD 501 million in 2020 to USD 851 million by 2025, at a CAGR of 11.2% during the forecast period.

Increasing demand for air-to-air refueling systems to support overseas deployments, increased defense expenditure of countries, development of advanced aerial tankers, and increase in combat aircraft procurement are some of the key factors driving the growth in the air-to-air refueling market. The increasing demand for autonomous refueling is one of the lucrative opportunities for air-to-air refueling system providers during the forecast period.

The outbreak of COVID-19 and its resultant lockdowns and supply chain disruptions have adversely affected the aerospace and defense industry, with the suspension and delay of new defense procurement and maintenance projects. OEMs have been significantly affected due to restrictions and the temporary halts in production, while the impact on the aftermarket has been comparatively lower due to the basic maintenance and monitoring requirements of combat aircraft. For instance, in October 2020, the Boeing KC-46A Pegasus in-flight refueling tanker program reported a USD 67 million loss due to coronavirus disruptions resulting in production inefficiencies.

Based on end user, the aftermarket segment accounts for the largest market size during the forecast period

Based on end user, the air-to-air refueling market has been segmented into OEM and Aftermarket. The aftermarket segment is estimated to lead the air-to-air refueling market during the forecast period. The aftermarket companies offer complete maintenance, repair, and overhaul services. For example, damaged components of air-to-air refueling systems, such as hydraulic systems, fuel management systems, and safety systems, are considered for maintenance, repair, and overhaul. The aftermarket also offers repairing services for over-the-counter products in case hydraulic components such as pumps, couplings, and nozzles are damaged beyond repair.

Based on the aircraft type, the fixed wing segment is projected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period

Based on aircraft type, fixed-wing segment is estimated to lead air-to-air refueling market during forecast period. A fixed wing aircraft attains flight using wings fixed to the fuselage to generate the necessary lift using the forward motion of the aircraft. The fixed wing aircraft segment is experiencing growth as it can be used for longer travel distances and have better aerodynamic structures than rotary wing aircraft. Fixed wing aircraft can also take flight in challenging conditions and environments.

North America is projected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period.

North America is one of the leading markets for air-to-air refueling systems in terms of research and development activities, deployment, and the presence of key market players. The major countries under this region are the US and Canada. The US leads the air-to-air refueling market in North America. The military aviation sector in North America is growing steadily, consequently created a significant demand for air-to-air refueling systems. The presence of major players, OEMs, and component manufacturers are one of the key factors expected to boost the air-to-air refueling market in North America. The US is expected to drive the growth of the North American air-to-air refueling market. An increasing number of military aircraft upgrade programs, ongoing research and development of advanced military aircraft platforms, and the presence of major systems and components manufacturers are expected to lead to a surge in demand for air-to-air refueling systems in North America during the forecast period.

Key Topics Covered:

1 Introduction

2 Research Methodology

3 Executive Summary

4 Premium Insights

4.1 Attractive Opportunities in Air-to-Air Refueling Market

4.2 Air-to-Air Refueling Market, by System

4.3 Air-to-Air Refueling Market, by Aircraft Type

4.4 Air-to-Air Refueling Market for Aircraft Type, by Fixed Wing

4.5 Air-to-Air Refueling Market, by Country

5 Market Overview

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Market Dynamics

5.2.1 Drivers Increasing Demand for Air-to-Air Refueling Systems to Support Overseas Deployments Increased Defense Expenditure of Countries Development of Advanced Aerial Tankers Increase in Combat Aircraft Procurement

5.2.2 Opportunities Autonomous Refueling

5.2.3 Challenges High Installation and Maintenance Cost

5.3 Range/Scenarios

5.4 COVID-19 Impact on Air-to-Air Refueling Market

5.4.1 Realistic Scenario (Post-COVID-19)

5.4.2 Optimistic Scenario (Post-COVID-19)

5.4.3 Pessimistic Scenario (Post-COVID-19)

5.5 Trends/Disruptions Impacting Customers’ Business

5.5.1 Revenue Shift and New Revenue Pockets for Air-to-Air Refueling Market

5.6 Market Ecosystem

5.6.1 Prominent Companies

5.6.2 Private and Small Enterprises

5.6.3 End-Users

5.7 Pricing Analysis

5.8 Value Chain Analysis

5.9 Regulatory Norms for Air-to-Air Refueling

5.10 Trade Data

5.10.1 Aircraft, Spacecraft, & Subassembly Export and Import Data, 2018-2019

5.11 Porter’s Five Forces Model

5.12 Technology Analysis

5.12.1 Unmanned Aerial Refueling Vehicles

5.12.2 Aircraft Refueling Controls

5.13 Use Cases

5.13.1 Commercialization of Refueling Services

5.13.2 Focus of Us Navy Towards Development of Mq-25A Stingray Aerial Refueling Aircraft

5.13.3 Buddy Refueling Pods

5.14 Operational Data

6 Industry Trends

6.1 Introduction

6.2 Tanker Inventory

6.3 Technological Trends

6.3.1 Autonomous Refueling

6.3.2 Virtual Refueling

6.3.3 Remote Vision System

6.3.4 Buddy Refueling Pods

6.4 Innovations and Patent Registrations, 2013-2020

7 Air-to-Air Refueling Market, by Component

7.1 Introduction

7.2 Pumps

7.2.1 Pumps are Majorly Used in Fuel Systems, Engines, and Hydraulic Systems

7.3 Valves

7.3.1 Improving Operational Efficiency of Valves Leads to Higher Reliability and Safety of Operations

7.4 Nozzles

7.4.1 Nozzles are Majorly Used to Control Aircraft Engine

7.5 Hoses

7.5.1 Hoses are Used for Probe & Drogue Refueling

7.6 Boom

7.6.1 Boom System is Primarily Used for Rapid Fuel Transfer

7.7 Probes

7.7.1 Probe Systems are Majorly Used for Fighter and Military Helicopters

7.8 Fuel Tanks

7.8.1 Fuel Tanks Increasingly Used in Environmental Control Systems and Engine Bleed Air Supply Systems

7.9 Pods

7.9.1 Wing Pods Enable Multi-Point Air-to-Air Refueling

8 Air-to-Air Refueling Market, by System

8.1 Introduction

8.2 Probe & Drogue

8.2.1 Probe & Drogue System Does Not Require Boom Operator Multi-Point Buddy

8.3 Boom Refueling

8.3.1 Boom Refueling System Reduces Time Required to Transfer Fuel from One Aircraft to Another

8.4 Autonomous

8.4.1 Increasing Use of Autonomous Refueling Systems for Mid-Air Refueling

9 Air-to-Air Refueling Market, by Aircraft Type

9.1 Introduction

9.2 Fixed Wing

9.2.1 Fighter Aircraft Increasing Procurement of Fighter Aircraft due to Increasing Military Budgets

9.2.2 Tanker Aircraft Tankers Majorly Used to Transfer Aviation Fuel from One Military Aircraft to Another

9.2.3 Military Transport Aircraft Increasing Use of Transport Aircraft in Military Operations

9.2.4 UAVs Increasing Production of Long-Range UAVs Expected to Drive Uav Market

9.3 Rotary Wing

9.3.1 Attack Helicopters Attack Helicopters are Majorly Used for Reconnaissance and Security Operations

9.3.2 Transport Helicopters Military Transport Helicopters are Majorly Used for Airlifting Troops & Weapons

10 Air-to-Air Refueling Market, by Type

10.1 Introduction

10.2 Manned

10.2.1 Pilot-Controlled Aircraft

10.3 Unmanned

10.3.1 Artificially Intelligent Aircraft

11 Air-to-Air Refueling Market, by End-user

11.1 Introduction

11.2 Impact of COVID-19 on End-user

11.2.1 Most Impacted End-user

11.2.2 Least Impacted End-user

11.3 Oem

11.4 Aftermarket

12 Regional Analysis

13 Competitive Landscape

13.1 Introduction

13.2 Ranking of Leading Players, 2020

13.3 Market Share Analysis of Leading Players, 2020

13.4 Revenue Analysis of Leading Market Players, 2019

13.5 Competitive Overview

13.6 Company Product Footprint Analysis

13.7 Company Evaluation Quadrant

13.7.1 Star

13.7.2 Emerging Leader

13.7.3 Pervasive

13.7.4 Participant

13.8 Competitive Scenario

13.8.1 Mergers & Acquisitions

13.8.2 New Product Developments

13.8.3 Contracts, Partnerships, & Agreements

14 Company Profiles

14.1 Introduction

14.2 Key Players

14.2.1 Cobham plc

14.2.2 Eaton Corporation

14.2.3 Airbus

14.2.4 Boeing

14.2.5 GE Aviation

14.3 Other Players

14.3.1 Parker Hannifin Corporation

14.3.2 Safran

14.3.3 Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group

14.3.4 Israel Aerospace Industries

14.3.5 Bae Systems

14.3.6 Draken International

14.3.7 Lockheed Martin Corporation

14.3.8 Raytheon Technologies Corporation

14.3.9 Rafaut Group

14.3.10 Elbit Systems Ltd.

14.3.11 Moog

14.3.12 Protankgrup

14.3.13 Esco Technologies

14.3.14 Northstar

14.3.15 Wittenstein Se

15 Appendix

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