LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Technavio has announced the top five leading vendors in their recent global military aircraft flight control system (FCS) market report. This research report also lists four other prominent vendors that are expected to impact the market during the forecast period.
FCS is a system that maneuvers airborne platforms and is responsible for their functionality. Many countries, such as the US, the UK, Russia, South Korea, India, Pakistan, and Australia, are investing in the development of aircraft, which will partly attribute to the market growth during the forecast period. Currently, the FCS segment for fixed-wing aircraft holds the largest market share owing to the developments in next-generation aircraft control mechanism.
Competitive vendor landscape
The global military aircraft FCS market is competitive, with strong competition among existing vendors, in terms of cost, reliability, product quality, and market share. To survive and succeed in such an intensely competitive environment, vendors are focusing on providing cost-effective and high-quality military aircraft FCS.
“Along with the shift in market dynamics from developed to emerging nations and change military procurement, the major vendors are expected to find themselves in an uncertain position in the value chain. Thus, it is extremely vital for the vendors to restructure their market presence and outlook as per the evolving demand in the market,” says Moutushi Saha, a lead defense research analyst from Technavio.
The growth of the market vendors is dependent on the market structure and movements, government policies, and industry development. Therefore, the vendors emphasize on expanding geographically and improving their products. They primarily focus on the implementation of lightweight materials, advanced technologies, and robust systems.
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Top five military aircraft FCS vendors
BAE Systems offers LinkEdge, an active pilot control system. It is an interceptor system that offers the advantage of tactile cueing in aircraft, without the FBW technology. The system provides force-feel to aircraft, which have mechanically interconnected pilot stations and displacement-trim flight controls.
Lockheed Martin engages in the production and supply of advanced technology systems and solutions to global defense and aerospace industries. As of December 2016, the company had 97,000 employees. Lockheed Martin offers Kestrel autopilot. It is an integrated flight control system with submodules.
Rockwell Collins offers products and services across different sectors commercial aviation, defense and government, business aviation, and airports, rail, and civil infrastructure. The company also offers electronic communications, aviation systems, and avionics for aerospace and defense industries across the globe.
Saab offers primary and secondary FCS. It offers these systems for platforms like fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, and UAVs (both fixed-wing and rotary wing). The company customizes its solutions and provides the necessary software for flight control. The primary controls are enabled through safety-critical control computers and electromechanical actuation systems.
Safran Electronics and Defense offers helicopter flight control systems. Its products include autopilots and Integrated Cockpit Display Systems (ICDS; manufactured by Sagem unit). It also offers avionics support in the form of repair, maintenance, technical support and sale of spare parts.
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