Synthetic aperture radar offers one of the most accurate methods for producing highly detailed scans of targets from space and air. By using a radar antenna that moves over the targeted region, synthetic aperture radar offers fine resolution compared to conventional beam scanning systems. Synthetic aperture radar is typically used onboard moving platforms such as military aircraft or spacecraft. The major factor driving synthetic aperture radar market growth is increased investment in surveillance and other defense.
In defense, synthetic aperture radar enables the detection of missile sites as well as the mapping of the territory of the opponent to plan further operations. Synthetic aperture radar attached to military aircraft offers an easy collection of crucial information to resolve situational problems such as sudden changes in climate, disaster management, resource monitoring, and a few others. On the other hand, with escalating demand for multipurpose satellite imagery and earth scanning applications, the need for change in conventional disaster detection methods is constantly increasing. These factors show great potential for the synthetic aperture radar market.
Seawater motion signature imaging is one of the most vital and traditional applications of synthetic aperture radar, whereas digital elevation modeling is among the emerging applications. In 2010, data from the synthetic aperture radar of a satellite named Cassini was used to produce a digital model of the hydrocarbon lake on Titan. Furthermore, synthetic aperture radar is finding new applications in areas including shipping and transportation, agriculture, natural resources, and others. With advancements in radar technology, geosynchronous synthetic aperture radar has been developed and is used to inspect areas under rapidly moving conditions. Applications such as atmospheric phase measurement, ground motions, geohazards monitoring, and others are going to gain traction due to geosynchronous SAR. Such vital applications of this advancement make it important for the future development of the synthetic aperture radar market.
North America is the most prominent geographic region for the synthetic aperture radar market. Heavy expenditure on defense and surveillance systems, along with prolonged penetration of synthetic aperture radar, are major factors responsible for market growth. Nevertheless, growing scientific research operations and defense budgets in the Asia Pacific region are showing significant potential for the synthetic aperture radar market.
The global synthetic aperture radar market is segmented on the following basis:
- X Band
- L Band
- C Band
- VHF/UHF Band
- K/Ku/Ka band
- Aerospace & Defense
- Scientific Research
- Others (Agriculture, Transportation, Natural Resources, Public Safety, and Others)
- North America
- rest of North America
- Rest of Europe
- South Asia
- Rest of Asia Pacific
Rest of the World (RoW)
- Latin America
- Middle East and Africa (MEA)
Key players identified in the synthetic aperture radar market include, but are not limited to:
Aselsan A.S., BAE Systems Plc., Cobham Plc., General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., Harris Corporation, Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd., Leonardo S.p.A., Lockheed Martin Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Raytheon Company, Saab AB, Thales Group, and others