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Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Market Size By Frequency Band (Single-frequency Band [X Band, C Band, L Band, K/Ku/Ka Band], Multi-frequency Band), By Component (Receiver, Transmitter, Antenna), By Application (Spacecraft, Aircraft, UAV), By End-use (Research & Commercial Applications [Public, Safety, Environmental Monitoring, Natural Exploration], Defense), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Growth Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2020 – 2026

  • Report ID: GMI2670
  • Published Date: Dec 2020
  • Report Format: PDF

Industry Trends

Synthetic Aperture Radar Market size reached USD 4.5 billion in 2019 and is forecast to grow at a CAGR of over 8.5% from 2020 to 2026. The ability of SAR to generate 2-D and 3-D satellite images to provide extensive data regarding the changes in land structure and biodiversity is driving the industry growth.

The continuous development in satellite & radar imaging technologies is significantly contributing to an increasing market representation of SAR systems. The generation of high-speed and real-time information enables the forecast of weather conditions and potential hazards, supporting market demand. For instance, in January 2020, Umbra Lab developed a parabolic mesh antenna and is planning to launch a 12-satellite SAR constellation with hourly revisits, providing high-resolution data.

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The deployment of satellites for space exploration missions will enhance data collection and downlink capabilities. The growing market trend of collaboration between SAR industry players and defense agencies to provide critical intelligence and imagery to military troops is boosting the market expansion.

The high cost associated with the design and development of SAR is one of the key industry challenges hampering the SAR market growth. Satellites equipped with SARs are characterized by high development costs compared to conventional satellites due to the installation of sensitive components. SAR systems require high-power and frequent customization for superior imaging. The adoption of technologies such as advanced remote sensing and radar module further escalates the development cost. High R&D costs for developing new and upgraded data processing techniques are impacting the market demand.

The global synthetic aperture radar market is expected to see a temporary slowdown in its growth as the COVID-19 pandemic has delayed satellite launches in 2020. The slow growth rate can be attributed to the severely impacted transportation & logistics industry and disruption in the supply chain. A dramatic slowdown of investment activities in the industry is forcing market players to delay new satellite launches and the constellation process. The high reliance of the industry on government & intelligence agencies is further impacting market revenues during the pandemic.

High growth in mapping & surveillance activities

The single-frequency band segment accounted for around 85% of the synthetic aperture radar market share in 2019 owing to increasing use in a wide range of applications that include weather radar systems, mobile satellite communication, and radio operations.

The X band segment contributed significantly to the market size in 2019 driven by its utilization in mapping & surveillance activities, mostly by military organizations. The band requires small antennas, leading to low system cost and offering a low probability of interference due to limited users. The X band has a frequency range of 8 GHz to 12 GHz. Increasing requirements for assured connectivity and battlefield mapping during critical military operations will provide new market growth opportunities.

Growing demand for efficient communication with antennae

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The antenna segment is anticipated to observe more than 9.5% CAGR through 2026 propelled by the market outlook for antenna systems with advanced capabilities such as navigation and surveillance. The antenna acts as a transducer between free space and receivers. It is used by aircraft & spacecraft to communicate efficiently with air traffic control towers even during adverse conditions.

Proliferation of surveillance operations driving the aircraft application

In 2019, the aircraft segment held above 55% of the synthetic aperture radar market share in 2019 and is forecast to drive the market in the coming years. Increasing defense spending and procurement of new aircraft by the defense sector to strengthen national security will support the industry through 2026. High demand for surveillance operations in specific regions is also fueling the market revenue.

Contracts between defense agencies and industry players to boost market revenues

The defense end-use segment is poised to register growth rate of over 8.5% from 2020 to 2026 impelled by the growing use of SAR in surveillance, reconnaissance, and targeting applications. Defense agencies across the globe are offering contracts to industry participants to provide high-resolution radars that provide geospatial intelligence.

Presence of several established and upcoming SAR players in North America

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The North America SAR market surpassed USD 1.9 billion revenue in 2019. The strong presence of SAR manufacturing and service provider companies including Lockheed Martin and Capella Space are augmenting the regional market demand. Supportive government regulations to enhance space-based electronics will also positively influence the market statistics. The collaboration of the U.S. government and NASA with various countries & their defense & space agencies to support their SAR projects will also contribute to the market acquisition. The region is also witnessing the emergence of SAR data analytics companies.

Market leaders emphasizing on collaboration with defense agencies

SAR system integrators and OEMs are focusing on collaborating with military, defense, and intelligence agencies to gain contracts and increase their market revenues. For instance, in August 2019, Northrop Grumman received a contract from the U.S. Army for the development of a re-scalable aperture for Precision Targeting Radar (RAPTR). The antenna of the radar comprises small building blocks, which are highly scalable and can be improved as per the application scope. Industry players are also investing extensively in R&D projects funded by government authorities to develop new products.

Prominent players in the synthetic aperture radar market include UrtheCast Corp., Thales Group, SkyGeo, Saab AB, Raytheon Company, OHB Systems AG, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Leonardo S.p.A., ICEYE, General Atomics, Cobham plc, Capella Space, BAE Systems, and Airbus S.A.S.

This market research report on SAR includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD from 2020 to 2026 for the following segments:

Market, By Frequency Band

  • Single-frequency Band
    • X Band
    • C Band
    • S Band
    • L Band
    • K/Ku/Ka Band
  • Multi-frequency Band

Market, By Component

  • Receiver
  • Transmitter
  • Antenna

Market, By Application

  • Spacecraft
  • Aircraft
  • UAV

Market, By End-use

  • Research & Commercial Application
    • Public Safety
    • Environment Monitoring
    • Natural Resource Exploration
  • Defense

The above information has been provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • UK
    • Germany
    • France
    • Italy
    • Russia
    • Spain
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • Australia
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Argentina
  • MEA
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
    • South Africa
    • Israel
    • Turkey


Authors: Preeti Wadhwani, Prasenjit Saha

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

SAR industry share was valued at over USD 4.5 billion in 2019 and is set to record an 8.5% CAGR through 2026 owing to the ability to generate 2-D and 3-D satellite images, providing data about the changes in biodiversity and land structure.
The single-frequency band SAR market held more than 85% share in 2019 due to rising adoption in numerous applications like weather radar systems, radio operations, and mobile satellite communication.
The antenna segment is poised to grow at over 9.5% CAGR through 2026, attributed to the rising demand for antenna systems with advanced capabilities like surveillance and navigation.
The defense end-use segment of SAR market is set to expand at more than 8.5% rate in the coming years due to the soaring use in surveillance, reconnaissance, and targeting applications.
North America market share was over USD 1.9 billion in 2019 and the region has a robust presence of SAR manufacturing and services firms including Capella Space and Lockheed Martin.

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  • Base Year: 2019
  • Companies covered: 25
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