Defense Ground Support Equipment Market Size By Equipment Type (Ground Power Unit (GPU), Air Start Unit (ASU), Air Conditioning Unit (ACU), Tow Tractor, Deicers), By Type (Fixed, Mobile), By Power Type (Diesel, Electric, Hybrid), By Aircraft (Fighter Jet, Transport Aircraft, Special Mission Aircraft) Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Growth Potential, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2020 – 2026

Published Date: Jan 2020  |  Report ID: GMI4486  |  Authors: Ankita Bhutani, Preeti Wadhwani

Report Format: PDF   |   Pages: 215   |   Base Year: 2019




Summary Table of Contents Industry Coverage Methodology

Industry Trends

Defense Ground Support Equipment Market size exceeded USD 500 million in 2019 and is estimated to grow at over 2% CAGR between 2020 and 2026.
 

The ground support equipment is used for various support operation between aircraft landing and takeoff. Defense ground support equipment helps in providing safe operations of aircraft on ground, which include ammunition handling, cargo handling, ground power supply, aircraft towing, and moving heavy equipment. The ground support equipment is one of curial components for making aircraft combat ready and support various services of aircraft during regular checks.
 

Defense Ground Support Equipment Market

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The defense ground support equipment has evolved with the development of new aircraft technology. Major industry players are providing equipment for the next-generation combat aircraft and investing significant capital in R&D activities for providing more advanced equipment.
 

For instance, in December 2019, Lockheed Martin received a contract from the U.S. Marine Corps for USD 50 million to provide Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS) hardware and support equipment for its F-35 fleet. Under this contact, the company will install ALIS hardware in F-35 fleet, which will help the operator to plan maintenance activities and provide training & technical data. The ALIS helps in reducing the maintenance & operational cost and increasing the fleet availability, which are the most crucial aspects in the current political scenario.   
 

Defense Ground Support Equipment Market Report Coverage
Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2019 Market Size in 2019: USD 500 Million (2019)
Historical Data for: 2015 to 2019 Forecast Period: 2020 to 2026
Forecast Period 2020 to 2026 CAGR: 2.1% 2026 Value Projection: USD 600 Million (2026)
Pages: 215 Tables, Charts & Figures: 317
Geographies covered (20): U.S. Canada, U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Russia, Netherlands, China, India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, UAE, Israel, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina
Segments covered: Equipment, Type, Power Type, Aircraft, and Region
Companies covered (17): Cavotec SA, Enersys, RASAKTI, Guinault, ATEC Inc, MAK Controls & Systems Pvt Ltd, Unitron, Lp, JBT Corporation, TLD (Alvest Group), Tronair, Mulag Fahrzeugwerk, Rheinmetall AG, ITW GSE, Gate GSE, Mototok, Merlinhawk Aerospace, Kit Aero
Growth Drivers:
  • Increasing investments in defense sector
  • Rise in requirements for combat ready fleet
  • Technological advancement in Defense Ground Support Equipment, reducing operational cost
  • Provides low maintenance cost and longer lifespan of an aircraft
Pitfalls & Challenges:
  • Indigenous capabilities in new aircrafts, eliminating requirement of GSE
  • Long term contracts limiting market scope

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Increasing demand for defense ground support equipment market in Asia Pacific

The major power types used in defense ground support equipment are diesel, electric, and hybrid. Electric-powered GSE will register around 3% gains during the forecast timeframe due to stringent government regulations for the reduction of carbon emission or zero emissions. Increasing military expenditure with extensive investments in emerging economies of Asia Pacific including China, India, and Japan is supporting the growth of the segment.
 

Asia Pacific Defense Ground Support Equipment Market Size By Power Type

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The ongoing trends in technological advancement for the development of defense ground support equipment with active investment in R&D by major players are anticipated to support the market share. Government agencies and organizations in the region are engaged in signing strategic contracts with industry participants to provide ground support equipment.
 

For instance, in November 2016, Taiwan Air Force offered modification to a previously awarded contract worth USD 12.35 million to provide equipment for 144 F-16 aircraft. The contract also provides integrated ground software to support the maintenance of aircraft. The activities are performed at Taiwan and Texas while the expected completion of contract is May 2022.
 

Rising investment in defense ground support equipment program by the U.S.

U.S. Defense Ground Support Equipment Market Share By Equipment

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The rising defense expenditure in the U.S. is one of the major growth drivers for the defense ground support equipment market. The U.S. contributed more than 35% of the global military spending in 2018 and has the largest fleet size across the globe. The Ground Power Unit (GPU) is expected to have a market share of over 79% in 2019 due to increasing procurement of new & advanced combat aircraft and rising geopolitical tension.
 

In July 2019, Cummins Inc. received a contract from Robins Air Force Base for USD 8.4 million to provide BEAR Power Unit. The contract was signed for a 10-year term and under this agreement, the company will provide more than 100 units. The BEAR Power Unit is used as a prime power source for all the major air force expeditionary base.
 

Rising demand for mobile defense ground support equipment to support next-generation aircraft in Europe

Europe Defense Ground Support Equipment Market Size By Type

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Advancement in technology and formation of various organizations for the development of next-generation aircraft are the major market accelerator for defense ground support equipment in Europe. For instance, in July 2018, the UK initiated a strategic alliance with Sweden, followed by the participation of Italy for the development of next-generation fighter jets under the Tempest combat aircraft program.
 

In June 2019, another alliance between Germany, France, and Spain was formulated termed as Future Combat Air System (FCAS) that was planned to be operational by 2040. Such initiatives taken by countries of Europe will improve the demand for highly customized mobile ground support equipment.
 

Acquisition of new aircraft, such as F-35, by various European countries including the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway, and Poland has created a demand for customized and mobile ground support equipment required for the operation of fighter jets. Currently, European countries are focusing on integrated and mobile ground support equipment to support the next-generation fighter jet and advanced programs for the existing fleet, propelling the demand for mobile support equipment.
 

Rising demand for fighter jets in India

India Defense Ground Support Equipment Market Share By Aircraft

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Fighter jet is expected to dominate the aircraft type in India with a CAGR of over 3%  through 2026. The increasing defense budget and rising geopolitical tension with neighboring countries including China and Pakistan are supporting market demand.
 

In 2018, India had an active fleet strength of over 2,000 military aircraft including 694 combat aircraft, 77 special mission aircraft, and 248 transport aircraft. In 2018, India placed an order for 36 Rafael B/C fighter jets, 22 Su-30 multirole jets, 56 C295 transport aircraft, and 12 Dornier 228 (MPA) special mission aircraft, which will support the defense ground support equipment market growth during the next few years.
 

Increasing defense expenditure in the Middle East and Africa

Middle East & Africa Defense Ground Support Equipment Market Share By Region

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The rise in geopolitical tension within Gulf countries is promoting military expenditure, impacting the market value. Various government initiatives to strength the defense fleet and upgrades existing fleet are supporting the market growth. The demand for maintenance & support operation due to tough desert environment and urban condition fuels the demand for advanced support equipment. Countries including Saudi Arabia and the UAE are supporting the demand by increasing the defense budget.
 

For instance, Saudi Arabia remains the third largest military spender across the globe in the last decade (2009-18), whereas the UAE allocated USD 2.3 billion as its defense budget for 2019, which is USD 1.66 billion more compared to the previous year, witnessing a 41% rise in the defense budget. Significant defense expenditure and requirement of combat ready aircraft across Gulf countries will improve the defense ground supporting equipment market revenue within the coming years.
 

Defense ground support equipment market characterized by long-term contracts

The defense ground support equipment industry is highly competitive. To gain competitive advantage, companies are opting for long-term contracts with government bodies and aircraft manufacturers.
 

For instance, in September 2018, Boeing received a contract of USD 9.2 billion for providing 351 jets, 46 simulations along with service, ancillary supply & support equipment. Additionally, the company will also provide technical support for the development of ground-based components worth USD 813.39 million.
 

The major players operating in the market include Cavotec SA, Enersys, RASAKTI, Guinault, Atec Inc, MAK Controls & Systems Pvt Ltd, Unitron, Lp, JBT Corporation, TLD (Alvest Group), Tronair, Mulag Fahrzeugwerk, Rheinmetall AG, ITW GSE, Gate GSE, Mototok, Merlinhawk Aerospace, and Kit Aero.
 

The defense ground support equipment market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD from 2015 to 2026 for the following segments:
 

By Equipment

  • Ground Power Unit (GPU)
  • Air Start Unit (ASU)
  • Air Conditioning Unit (ACU)
  • Tow Tractors
  • Deicers

By Type

  • Fixed
  • Mobile

By Power Type

  • Diesel
  • Electric
  • Hybrid

By Aircraft

  • Fighter Jets
  • Transport Aircraft
  • Special Mission Aircraft

The above information has been provided for the following countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • UK
    • Germany
    • France
    • Italy
    • Russia
    • Netherlands
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • Australia
    • South Korea
  • Middle East and Africa (MEA)
    • UAE
    • Israel
    • Saudi Arabia
    • South Africa
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
       

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The major players operating in the market include Cavotec SA, Enersys, RASAKTI, Guinault, Atec Inc, MAK Controls & Systems Pvt Ltd, Unitron, Lp, JBT Corporation, TLD (Alvest Group), Tronair, Mulag Fahrzeugwerk, Rheinmetall AG, ITW GSE, Gate GSE, Mototok, Merlinhawk Aerospace, and Kit Aero.
The ground power unit is expected to have over 79% defense ground support equipment industry share in 2019 due to increasing procurement of new & advanced combat aircraft and rising geopolitical tension.
Electric-powered GSE will register around 3% gains during the forecast timeframe due to stringent government regulations for the reduction of carbon emission or zero emissions.

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