Authored By: Sarah
11 Jul 2024

 Military Aerial Refueling Tanker Market Size to grow by USD 4218.1 million between 2024-2028

According to a research report “ Military Aerial Refueling Tanker Market” by Technology (Probe-and-drogue, Boom-and-receptacle) Type (Manned, Unmanned) Geography (North America, APAC, Europe, Middle East and Africa, South America)- Global Forecast to 2028 published by Technavio, the market size is estimated to grow by USD 4218.1 million, at a CAGR of over 7.01% during the forecast period. In today's uncertain security landscape, maintaining a combat-ready military force necessitates the acquisition of advanced equipment and platforms, which can place a substantial financial burden on a nation's budget. To mitigate this challenge, many countries are exploring joint development and acquisition programs. These collaborative initiatives enable cost savings and the sharing of technical knowledge and resources, particularly beneficial for less technologically advanced nations. India's recent defense manufacturing sector self-reliance drive includes approvals worth USD10 billion, highlighting this trend.

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By Technology, the Probe-and-drogue segment is projected to dominate the market size in 2024

The manned segment holds a significant market share in the global military aerial refueling tanker industry in 2023, with continued dominance throughout the forecast period. Manned military aerial refueling tankers are operated by skilled personnel, enabling efficient fuel transfer and extended flight time for receiving aircraft. Compared to unmanned alternatives, manned tankers offer superior command and control capabilities and are more suitable for large-scale operations. The reduced risk of technical errors associated with manned tankers further bolsters their adoption.

By Type, Manned  segment is expected to hold the largest market size for the year 2024

The probe-and-drogue method of military aerial refueling involves the use of a trailing hose with a basket or drogue at its end. Tanker engineers extend this hose from either the wing tips or beneath the fuselage. Upon full extension, the receiving aircraft's retractable probe, mounted on the nose, connects with the drogue. This approach offers significant advantages, including the capability to refuel three aircraft simultaneously, although standard procedure permits only two at a time.

North America is forecasted to hold the largest market size by region in 2024

The Military Aerial Refueling Tanker market represents a significant business opportunity for manufacturers and operators. This sector is essential for extended flight durations and expanded mission capabilities in military aviation. Market growth is driven by increasing defense budgets, modernization of fleets, and the rising demand for real-time refueling capabilities. Key players include Boeing, Airbus, and Lockheed Martin, who continually innovate to meet evolving military requirements.

The Military Aerial Refueling Tanker Market growth and forecasting report also includes detailed analyses of the competitive landscape of the market growth and forecasting and information about 20 market companies, including:

  • Airbus SE
  • BAE Systems Plc
  • Bandak Aviation Inc.
  • Cobham Ltd.
  • Dassault Aviation SA
  • Draken International, LLC
  • Eaton Corp. Plc
  • Embraer SA
  • General Electric Co.
  • Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd.
  • Liebherr International Deutschland GmbH
  • Lockheed Martin Corp.
  • Marshall of Cambridge Holdings Ltd.
  • Omega Aerial Refueling Services Inc.
  • Parker Hannifin Corp.
  • Protankgrup
  • Rostec
  • Safran SA
  • Smiths Group Plc
  • The Boeing Co.

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Research Analysis Overview

The Military Aerial Refueling Tanker market is a critical segment of the global aerospace industry, supplying defense forces with the capability to extend the operational capabilities of their fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft during military operations, strategic deployments, and overseas missions. Autonomous refueling technologies are gaining traction in this market, offering faster and more efficient refueling methods for manned and unmanned aircraft. Two primary refueling methods dominate the market: boom refueling and probe and drogue. Boom refueling systems, such as those used in KC-135 aircraft, enable rapid deployment and can transfer fuel to larger aircraft like bombers and fighter jets. Drogue systems and probe and drogue methods are commonly used for refueling rotary wing aircraft. Military modernization efforts continue to drive demand for advanced aerial refueling tankers, as defense forces seek to maintain operational readiness and extend the range and endurance of their aircraft fleets. Flying boom systems and strategic airlift capabilities are also essential components of military aerial refueling tankers, enabling the transfer of fuel in mid-air and supporting various military missions.

Market Research Overview

The Military Aerial Refueling Tanker market encompasses fuel tanks, pods, probes, hoses, nozzles, valves, pumps, and autonomous refueling systems used for refueling rotary wing and fixed wing aircraft during flight. These systems include boom refueling, probe and drogue, and flying boom systems. The defense forces and defense industry rely heavily on tanker aircraft such as the KC 135 for joint military operations, overseas deployment, and strategic deployments. With aging fleets and military modernization, there is a growing demand for advanced aerial refueling systems. Manufacturers like Collins Aerospace provide solutions for bombers, fighter jets, and other military aircraft, ensuring operational capabilities during missions and strategic deployments. Geopolitical tensions have further boosted the market, with a focus on rapid deployment and strategic airlift. Drogue systems and fuel transfer booms are essential components of these aerial refueling systems, enabling seamless fuel transfer between aircraft in mid-air. The market continues to evolve, with commercial applications also exploring the benefits of aerial refueling technology.


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