The report "Fiber Optic Cables Market for Military & Aerospace by Platform (Civil, Military, Space), Application (Avionics, Navigation, Weapon Systems, Communication Systems), Type (Single-mode, Multi-mode), Material, and Region - Forecast to 2026", The fiber optic cables market for military & aerospace size is projected to grow from USD 1.2 billion in 2021 to USD 1.5 billion by 2026, at a CAGR of 5.1% from 2021 to 2026. The market is driven by various factors, such as adoption of fiber optics based communication systems in military, development of digital avionics, increasing defense expenditure of emerging economies, and technological advancements in fiber optics systems.
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Demand for communication system will drive the demand for application segment of fiber optic cables.
Communication systems require an exceptional level of tactical grade equipment, which provides access to the global information grid of shared data and information. These systems utilize fiber optic cable networks to transmit intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance information through different communication systems. Satellites, interlinked ground links, and communication systems are considered an important part of communication networks as they enable data transmission through secure data links. These data links use compatible communication protocols to share information securely between allies. For instance, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces use Link 16 to exchange air force data with member countries. Other prominent systems in use by NATO forces include the Joint Tactical Information Distribution System (JTIDS).
Lockheed Martin develops communication satellites and satellites communication systems for the US Air Force to improve its ground communication.
The Multi-mode fiber type sector is projected to witness a higher CAGR during the forecast period
Multi-mode fiber optic cables have a large diameter core that allows multiple modes of light to propagate. This increases the number of light reflections created as the light passes through the core, enabling more data to pass through at a given time. The quality of the signal is hampered over long distances due to the transmission of data in large volumes and the high attenuation rate. The wavelengths of light waves in multi-mode fibers are in the visible spectrum ranging from 850 nm to 1300 nm. In a multimode fiber, the core-to-cladding diameter ratio is 50–125 µm and 62.5–125 µm.
These fibers are typically used for short-distance data and audio/video applications in LANs.
The deployment and adoption of high-optic fiber optic networks in sophisticated avionics and aerospace systems continue to accelerate. This introduces a new set of challenges for the maintenance, test, and diagnostics of these critical systems.
Airlines are shifting to seatback screens serving each passenger from a few overhead screens serving multiple passengers. This shift enhances on-demand services tailored to each passenger, thus impacting airline revenue. Fiber optic cables are likely to replace traditional copper, eliminating the subsequent intermediate seat electronics, zone boxes, and intermediate switches. Multi-mode fiber optic cables are the first choice for carrying data rates of >10 GB/s across large wide-body aircraft.
Military and defense fiber optic cables focus on the development and manufacturing of application-specific products for harsh environments and are highly specialized. Fiber optic cables in the military are used across a wide variety of ground, air, sea, and space applications that require harsh environment certification and rigorous testing to ensure performance and reliability in the field.
Market for fiber optic cables used for military platform is projected to witness highest CAGR during the forecast period
Military operations undergo extreme conditions during rescue operations and hence require more ruggedized fiber optic cables. In military aircraft, fiber optic cables are used in avionics and mission control systems for high-speed data transfer for applications such as mission data, flight planning data, and sensor data fusion for weapon systems. Thus, the increasing adoption of fiber optic cables in military aircraft and increased procurement of these aircraft is expected to boost the market for fiber optic cables market for military and aerospace. Various 4th and 5th generation fighter aircraft such as the F-35, J-20, and Su-57 use fiber optic cables onboard to monitor the performance of engines, flight control systems, and avionics.
The Asia Pacific market is projected to contribute the largest share from 2021 to 2026
The fiber optic cables market for military and aerospace in the Asia Pacific region has been studied for China, Japan, India, South Korea and Australia. The Asia Pacific fiber optic cables market for military and aerospace is estimated at USD 876.0 million in 2021 and is projected to reach USD 967.9 million by 2026, at a CAGR of 5.3% from 2021 to 2026. Huge investments are being made in various programs by the Chinese & Indian militaries in aircraft and related systems, C4I systems, mission support, and space-based systems, etc. Owing to this, Asia Pacific is expected to lead the fiber optic cables market for military and aerospace during the forecast period.
Key Market Players
The fiber optic cables market for military & aerospace is largely fragmented. Established players in the market include Amphenol fsi (UK), Carlisle Interconnect Technologies (US), Radiall (Italy), TE Connectivity (Switzerland), Corning Optical Communications LLC (US), Prysmian Group (Italy), Northrop Grumman Corporation (US).
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