Maritime Patrol Aircraft Market by Type (Armoured and Unarmoured), by Integrated Sensors (Radar, Camera, and Others), and by Application (Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Others) – Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast 2024-2030

Maritime Patrol Aircraft Market

Industry:  Aerospace & Defense | Publish Date: May 2024 | No of Pages:  N/A | No. Tables:  N/A | No. Figures:  N/A

Maritime Patrol Aircraft Market Overview

The global Maritime Patrol Aircraft Market size was valued at USD 18.4 billion in 2023 and is predicted to reach USD 26.1 billion by 2030 with a CAGR of 5.1% from 2024-2030. A Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) is a type of aircraft specifically designed and equipped for patrolling and surveillance missions over maritime areas, such as oceans and seas. These aircraft are typically used for various purposes, including maritime reconnaissance, anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, search and rescue operations, and maritime law enforcement. MPAs are equipped with advanced sensors, communication systems, and often carry weapons for self-defence or offensive operations. They play a crucial role in monitoring and safeguarding maritime borders, detecting and tracking vessels, submarines, and other potential threats at sea.

Market Dynamics and Trends

The maritime patrol aircraft market is driven by the growing emphasis on maritime security and the protection against threats of theft and smuggling contribute to the demand for modernized and interoperable maritime patrol aircraft among naval forces worldwide.

As per the International Maritime Bureau, the maritime piracy and armed robbery increased from 115 in the year 2022 to 120 in the year 2023. This increase in armed robbery is boosting the demand for highly advanced maritime patrolling aircrafts for security against such risks, driving the growth of the market.

Moreover, the MPA market is driven by the growing globalisation and maritime trade around the world. According to a report published by U.S. Department of Transportation, the total shipments of goods around the world by water reached 914 million tons in the year 2023 and it is expected to reach1238 million tons by 2050.

The surges in global maritime freight transportation are expected to drive the market as MPAs plays a crucial role in safeguarding the movement of goods, resources, and commodities between nations, ensuring the safety of vessels, and protecting maritime infrastructure.

However, the high cost of maritime vehicles along with restricted range capabilities due to geopolitical tension and territorial disputes are the major factors constraining the growth of the market. On the other hand, introduction of autonomous patrol vehicles such as MQ-9B SeaGuardian is expected to create future opportunities for the growth of the MPA market. These vehicles boast extended endurance capabilities, enabling prolonged missions over vast maritime areas while collecting real-time data to enhances situational awareness, facilitating more effective monitoring and response to maritime threats and activities.


Market Segmentations and Scope of the Study

The maritime patrol aircraft market share is segmented on the basis of type, integrated sensors, application, and region. On the basis of type, the market is divided into armoured and unarmoured. Based on integrated sensors, the market is classified into radar, camera, and others. On the basis of application, the market is bifurcated into surveillance, reconnaissance, and others. Regional breakdown and analysis of each of the aforesaid segments include regions comprising North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and RoW.


Geographical Analysis

North America holds the dominant share of maritime patrol aircraft market trends at present and is expected to continue its dominance during the forecast period. This is due to the presence of major companies such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin Corporation, and Textron Inc in this region. These companies play a crucial role in driving advancements, innovation, and market expansion within the region. 

For instance, in January 2024, the Textron Systems launched Aerosonde Uncrewed Aircraft System (UAS) specifically designed for maritime patrolling. Through this launch, the company aims to support the U.S. maritime missions, providing enhanced intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) services with various payloads.

Moreover, the rising concerns to survey the wide-stretched coastlines, safeguarding against illicit activities such as smuggling, piracy, and illegal fishing in North America is further fuelling the growth of the market. According to a report published by The Arctic Institute, in December 2023, Canada procured 14 P-8A maritime patrol aircraft from the U.S. to conduct surveillance over its coastlines, ensuring comprehensive monitoring and protection of vital maritime territories and uphold national maritime security measures.

On the other hand, Asia Pacific is showing a steady rise in the maritime patrol aircraft market due to the surge in geopolitical conflict within the region specifically, in the Indian Ocean and South China Sea. According to a report published by Congressional Research Service, in January 2024, the marine boarder issues between China and Philippines are escalating in the South China Sea. This rising tensions in the region have spurred countries in the Asia Pacific to enhance their maritime defense capabilities, including the acquisition of advanced weapons and surveillance systems.

Moreover, the maritime patrol aircraft market is driven by the presence of major seaports within the region, necessitating robust maritime surveillance capabilities to ensure the security and smooth operation of maritime trade routes. According to the latest report published by World Shipping Council in 2021-22, countries in the Asia Pacific region such as China, Singapore, and South Korea occupy prominent positions among the top 10 busiest ports globally. 


Competitive Landscape

The maritime patrol aircraft industry comprises of various market players such as Airbus S.A.S., The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Aeroflap, Leonardo S.p.A., Northrop Grumman Corporation, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd., Dassault Aviation SA, Textron Inc., and Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. among others. These market players are adopting various strategic partnership and launch across various regions to maintain their dominance in maritime patrol aircraft market.

For instance, in July 2022, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) entered into an agreement with a European country of USD 200 million to furnish Special Mission Aircraft. For maritime security This agreement aims toward the development of the Special Mission Aircraft by IAI's Group in collaboration with its subsidiary, ELTA Systems Ltd.

Moreover, in July 2022, Textron Aviation Special Missions launched the Cessna Citation Longitude Maritime Patrol Aircraft, expanding its lineup for specialized missions. This aircraft is designed to enhance maritime patrol capabilities, providing an effective tool for coastal surveillance, border protection, and maritime law enforcement.

Key Benefits

  • The report provides quantitative analysis and estimations of the maritime patrol aircraft market from 2024 to 2030, which assists in identifying the prevailing market opportunities.

  • The study comprises a deep dive analysis of the current and future maritime patrol aircraft market trends to depict the prevalent investment pockets in the market.

  • Information related to key drivers, restraints, and opportunities and their impact on the maritime patrol aircraft market is provided in the report. 

  • Competitive analysis of the key players, along with their market share is provided in the report.

  • SWOT analysis and Porters Five Forces model is elaborated in the study.

  • Value chain analysis in the market study provides a clear picture of the roles of stakeholders.

Maritime Patrol Aircraft Market Key Segments

By Type

  • Armoured 

  • Unarmoured

By Integrated Sensors

  • Radar

  • Camera

  • Others

By Application 

  • Surveillance 

  • Reconnaissance 

  • Others

By Region

  • North America

    • The U.S.

    • Canada

    • Mexico

  • Europe

    • The UK

    • Germany

    • France        

    • Italy        

    • Spain        

    • Denmark        

    • Netherlands        

    • Finland        

    • Sweden        

    • Norway        

    • Russia        

    • Rest of Europe    

  • Asia Pacific

    • China

    • Japan

    • India

    • South Korea

    • Australia

    • Indonesia

    • Singapore

    • Taiwan

    • Thailand

    • Rest of Asia Pacific

  • RoW

    • Latin America

    • Middle East

    • Africa




Market Size in 2023

USD 18.4 Billion

Revenue Forecast in 2030

USD 26.1 Billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 5.1% from 2024 to 2030

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Growth Factors

  • The changing geopolitical scenarios around the world is propelling the growth of the market.

  • The increasing global trade through maritime shipments is driving the growth of the market.

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  • Airbus S.A.S.

  • The Boeing Company

  • Lockheed Martin Corporation

  • Aeroflap 

  • Leonardo S.p.A.

  • Northrop Grumman Corporation

  • Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.

  • Dassault Aviation SA

  • Textron Inc.

  • Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd.

Frequently Asked Questions
What would be the worth of maritime patrol aircraft market by the end of 2023?

According to the report published by Next Move Strategy Consulting, the global maritime patrol aircraft market is expected to hit USD 18.4 billion by 2023.

Which region is dominating the maritime patrol aircraft market?

North America region is dominating the market in the forecast period followed by Asia Pacific.

Which are the top companies operating in the maritime patrol aircraft market?

The top companies operating in the maritime patrol aircraft market includes AIRBUS, Boeing, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Aeroflap, Leonardo S.p.A., Northrop Grumman, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. among others.

What are the factors driving the growth of the Maritime patrol aircraft market?

Driving factors include changing geopolitical scenario across the globe and rising marine trade worldwide.

What would be the value of the global maritime patrol aircraft market in the year 2030?

According to Next Move Strategy Consulting, the global maritime patrol aircraft market valued USD 26.1 billion by 2030 with a CAGR of 5.1% from 2024-2030.