Military Thermal Imaging Market Research Report - Global Forecast till 2027

Global Military Thermal Imaging Market Research Report: Information by Type (Camera, Module, and Scope), Application (Security & Surveillance, Monitoring & Inspection, Target Detection, Situational Awareness, and Others), End User (Naval, Airborne, and Land), Platform (Man-Portable and Fixed Mounted), and Region (North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East & Africa, and Latin America)—Forecast till 2027

ID: MRFR/A&D/4618-HCR | February 2021 | Region: Global | 100 pages

Please note that the assessment period of report has been updated from 2018-2025 to 2020-2027. Cordially fill the sample form for updated data.

Market Scenario


Thermal imaging technology has been developed for military applications that provide soldiers with a clear vision in low light conditions, such as in the evening or fogs and military operations conducted at night. These technologies can display images on standard monitor systems through electronic signals that process the information gathered by thermal imaging devices. The rise in dependency on electro-optical solutions, such as thermal imaging would improve the accuracy of armed forces on the battlefield, whether on the land, sea, or air. Significant investments have been made on the development of military thermal imaging systems, which would lead to rapid growth of the market during the forecast period. However, some factors such as the requirement for additional detailing in long-wave infrared cameras and export restrictions of military thermal imaging, which would adversely affect the market growth.


The increased need for thermal inspections and monitoring in the military sector is expected to offer new growth opportunities to the market players. The factors responsible for the growth of the global military thermal imaging market are the reduction in the price of thermal imaging products and increasing adoption of thermal imaging for perimeter security. There are several contracts have been signed to bolster the growth of the market. In 2016, Thales Group signed a contract with the Indian Army to provide Catherine Thermal Imaging Cameras for T90 battle tanks. In 2017, Teledyne Technologies acquired E2v Technologies plc. to provide high-performance imaging sensors, custom camera solutions, and application-specific standard products.


The global military thermal imaging market has been segmented by type, application, end user, platform, and region. Among type, modules are most widely used and have the largest market share due to their compactness, low cost, and flexibility to integrate with other devices, including military drones. Based on application, the security and surveillance market segment is estimated to witness the largest demand, during the forecast period, due to increasing usage by the military forces for border patrolling and security. Based on end users, the airborne market segment is estimated to witness the largest demand for military thermal imaging systems, due to the high usage of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for military operations. For instance, FLIR Systems signed a contract with Hellenic Port Police to provide airborne thermal imaging systems for port security, coastal patrol, shipping protection, and general surveillance for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. Based on platform, the fixed mounted thermal imaging systems are the most widely used and account for the largest market share. Furthermore, the FLIR Systems signed a contract with the Swedish Armed Forces to provide vehicle-mounted thermal imaging systems for vehicle sighting applications.


Segmentation of the Global Military Thermal Imaging Market


Based on region, the market is segmented into North America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East & Africa, and Latin America. North America is expected to dominate the market in the coming years, due to the presence of thermal imaging product manufacturers and R&D centers in this region. Asia-Pacific is expected to follow North America in the military thermal imaging market and is estimated to trail North America during the forecast period as well. The key influencing factors boosting the growth of the market are the increasing deployment of thermal imaging technologies in various military applications and increasing military expenses by emerging economies, such as China and India. Thus, the global military thermal imaging market is estimated to witness 6% CAGR from 2018 to 2025.


Intended Audience



  • Camera component manufacturers

  • Security services providers

  • Software developers

  • Component providers

  • Regulatory bodies

  • Government authorities

  • Research institutes

  • Regulatory bodies 


Key Players


The key players in the global military thermal imaging market are Lockheed Martin (US), Aselsan (Turkey), Thales Group (France), Raytheon Company (US), Northrop Grumman (US), L-3 Technologies (US), Ultra Electronics (UK), Israel Aerospace Industries (Israel), MOOG Inc. (US), Flir Systems (US), Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. (Israel), and Qioptik (Paris).


Research Methodology


The market values and forecasts are derived using MRFR research methodology, which includes secondary research, primary interviews, data triangulation, and validation from an in-house data repository and statistical modeling tools.


Secondary Research


In this process, data is collected from various secondary sources, including annual reports, SEC filings, journals, government associations, aerospace & defense magazines, white papers, corporate presentations, company websites, and paid databases.


Primary Research


In this process, both the demand- and supply-side parties are interviewed to extract facts and insights into the market forecast, production, trends, and projected market growth. Industry stakeholders such as CEOs, VPs, directors, and marketing executives across the value chain are approached to obtain key information.


Key Insights



  • Market sizing, forecast, and analysis: detailed coverage of the market segment and sub-segments

  • Regional/country trends and forecast: detailed analysis of the market in North America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East & Africa, and Latin America, along with key countries in each region

  • Market dynamics intelligence: market drivers, opportunities, trends, restraints, Porter’s five forces, supply chain, and value chain analysis

  • Technology trends, regulatory landscape, and patent analysis outlook

  • Competitive intelligence: market share analysis, financial analysis, product benchmarking, and strategic developments including joint ventures, product launches, and mergers & acquisitions

  • Regional attractiveness and related growth opportunities 


Report Customization MRFR offers report customization to valued customers. Below are the options available for customization: Company Profiles In-depth profiling of additional market players (3 to 4 companies) Country-Level Analysis Detailed analysis of a country-level market and related segments as per the report scope (subject to data availability)



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :


The need for thermal inspections is estimated to increase the options for progress in the coming period.

A 6% CAGR is projected to strengthen the market in the approaching period.

L-3 Technologies (U.S.), Israel Aerospace Industries (Israel) and Ultra Electronics (U.K.) are estimated to power the market in the future, among others.

The regional market is estimated to empower the market progress in the forthcoming period.

The expansion of the application segment is estimated to spur the global market share.

Table of Contents

1 Executive Summary

1.1 Market Attractiveness Analysis

1.1.1. Global Military Thermal Imaging Market, by Type

1.1.2. Global Military Thermal Imaging Market, by Application

1.1.3. Global Military Thermal Imaging Market, by Platform

1.1.4. Global Military Thermal Imaging Market, by End User

1.1.5. Global Military Thermal Imaging Market, by Region

2 Scope of the Report

2.1 Market Definition

2.2 Scope of the Study

2.3 Research Process

2.4 Market Size Estimation

2.5 Forecast Model

3 Market Landscape

3.1 Porter’s Five Forces Analysis

3.1.1 Threat of New Entrants

3.1.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

3.1.3 Threat of Substitutes

3.1.4 Segment Rivalry

3.1.5 Bargaining Power of Buyers

3.2 Value Chain/Supply Chain Analysis

4 Market Dynamics

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Market Drivers

4.3 Market Restraints

4.4 Market Opportunities

4.5 Market Trends

5 Global Military Thermal Imaging Market, by Type

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Camera

5.2.1 Market Estimates & Forecast, 2020–2027

5.2.2 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Region, 2020–2027

5.3 Module

5.3.1 Market Estimates & Forecast, 2020–2027

5.3.2 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Region, 2020–2027

5.4 Scope

5.4.1 Market Estimates & Forecast, 2020–2027

5.4.2 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Region, 2020–2027

6 Global Military Thermal Imaging Market, by Application

6.1 Introduction

6.2 Security & Surveillance

6.2.1 Market Estimates & Forecast, 2020–2027

6.2.2 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Region, 2020–2027

6.3 Monitoring & Inspection

6.3.1 Market Estimates & Forecast, 2020–2027

6.3.2 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Region, 2020–2027

6.4 Target Detection

6.4.1 Market Estimates & Forecast, 2020–2027

6.4.2 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Region, 2020–2027

6.5 Situational Awareness

6.5.1 Market Estimates & Forecast, 2020–2027

6.5.2 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Region, 2020–2027

6.6 Others

6.6.1 Market Estimates & Forecast, 2020–2027

6.6.2 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Region, 2020–2027

7 Global Military Thermal Imaging Market, by End User

7.1 Introduction

7.2 Naval

7.2.1 Market Estimates & Forecast, 2020–2027

7.2.2 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Region, 2020–2027

7.3 Airborne

7.3.1 Market Estimates & Forecast, 2020–2027

7.3.2 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Region, 2020–2027

7.4 Land

7.4.1 Market Estimates & Forecast, 2020–2027

7.4.2 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Region, 2020–2027

8 Global Military Thermal Imaging Market, by Platform

8.1 Introduction

8.2 Man Portable

8.2.1 Market Estimates & Forecast, 2020–2027

8.2.2 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Region, 2020–2027

8.3 Fixed Mounted

8.3.1 Market Estimates & Forecast, 2020–2027

8.3.2 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Region, 2020–2027

9 Global Military Thermal Imaging Market, by Region

9.1 Introduction

9.2 America

9.2.1 Market Estimates & Forecast, 2020–2027

9.2.2 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Type, 2020–2027

9.2.3 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Application, 2020–2027

9.2.4 Market Estimates & Forecast, by End User, 2020–2027

9.2.5 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Platform, 2020–2027

9.2.5 US

9.2.5.1 Market Estimates & Forecast, 2020–2027

9.2.5.2 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Type, 2020–2027

9.2.5.3 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Application, 2020–2027

9.2.5.4 Market Estimates & Forecast, by End User, 2020–2027

9.2.5.5 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Platform, 2020–2027

9.2.6 Canada

9.2.6.1 Market Estimates & Forecast, 2020–2027

9.2.6.2 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Type, 2020–2027

9.2.6.3 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Application, 2020–2027

9.2.6.4 Market Estimates & Forecast, by End User, 2020–2027

9.2.6.5 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Platform, 2020–2027

9.3 Europe

9.3.1 Market Estimates & Forecast, 2020–2027

9.3.2 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Type, 2020–2027

9.3.3 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Application, 2020–2027

9.3.4 Market Estimates & Forecast, by End User, 2020–2027

9.3.5 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Platform, 2020–2027

9.3.7 UK

9.3.7.1 Market Estimates & Forecast, 2020–2027

9.3.7.2 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Type, 2020–2027

9.3.7.3 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Application, 2020–2027

9.3.7.4 Market Estimates & Forecast, by End User, 2020–2027

9.3.7.5 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Platform, 2020–2027

9.3.8 Germany

9.3.8.1 Market Estimates & Forecast, 2020–2027

9.3.8.2 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Type, 2020–2027

9.3.8.3 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Application, 2020–2027

9.3.8.4 Market Estimates & Forecast, by End User, 2020–2027

9.3.8.5 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Platform, 2020–2027

9.3.9 France

9.3.9.1 Market Estimates & Forecast, 2020–2027

9.3.9.2 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Type, 2020–2027

9.3.9.3 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Application, 2020–2027

9.3.9.4 Market Estimates & Forecast, by End User, 2020–2027

9.3.9.5 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Platform, 2020–2027

9.3.9 Russia

9.3.9.1 Market Estimates & Forecast, 2020–2027

9.3.9.2 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Type, 2020–2027

9.3.9.3 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Application, 2020–2027

9.3.9.4 Market Estimates & Forecast, by End User, 2020–2027

9.3.9.5 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Platform, 2020–2027

9.3.11 Rest of Europe

9.3.11.1 Market Estimates & Forecast, 2020–2027

9.3.11.2 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Type, 2020–2027

9.3.11.3 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Application, 2020–2027

9.3.11.4 Market Estimates & Forecast, by End User, 2020–2027

9.3.11.5 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Platform, 2020–2027

9.4 Asia-Pacific

9.4.1 Market Estimates & Forecast, 2020–2027

9.4.2 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Type, 2020–2027

9.4.3 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Application, 2020–2027

9.4.4 Market Estimates & Forecast, by End User, 2020–2027

9.4.5 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Platform, 2020–2027

9.4.5 China

9.4.5.1 Market Estimates & Forecast, 2020–2027

9.4.5.2 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Type, 2020–2027

9.4.5.3 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Application, 2020–2027

9.4.5.4 Market Estimates & Forecast, by End User, 2020–2027

9.4.5.5 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Platform, 2020–2027

9.4.6 Japan

9.4.6.1 Market Estimates & Forecast, 2020–2027

9.4.6.2 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Type, 2020–2027

9.4.6.3 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Application, 2020–2027

9.4.6.4 Market Estimates & Forecast, by End User, 2020–2027

9.4.6.5 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Platform, 2020–2027

9.4.7 India

9.4.7.1 Market Estimates & Forecast, 2020–2027

9.4.7.2 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Type, 2020–2027

9.4.7.3 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Application, 2020–2027

9.4.7.4 Market Estimates & Forecast, by End User 2020–2027

9.4.7.5 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Platform, 2020–2027

9.4.8 Rest of Asia-Pacific

9.4.8.1 Market Estimates & Forecast, 2020–2027

9.4.8.2 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Type, 2020–2027

9.4.8.3 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Application, 2020–2027

9.4.8.4 Market Estimates & Forecast, by End User, 2020–2027

9.4.8.5 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Platform, 2020–2027

9.5 Middle East & Africa

9.5.1 Market Estimates & Forecast, 2020–2027

9.5.2 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Type, 2020–2027

9.5.3 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Application, 2020–2027

9.5.4 Market Estimates & Forecast, by End User, 2020–2027

9.5.5 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Platform, 2020–2027

9.6 Latin America

9.6.1 Market Estimates & Forecast, 2020–2027

9.6.2 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Type, 2020–2027

9.6.3 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Application, 2020–2027

9.6.4 Market Estimates & Forecast, by End User, 2020–2027

9.6.5 Market Estimates & Forecast, by Platform, 2020–2027

10 Competitive Landscape

11 Company Profile

11.1 BAE Systems

11.1.1 Company Overview

11.1.2 Products/Services Offered

11.1.3 Financial Overview

11.1.4 Key Developments

11.1.5 Key Strategies

11.1.6 SWOT Analysis

11.2 FLIR Systems Inc.

11.2.1 Company Overview

11.2.2 Products/Services Offered

11.2.3 Financial Overview

11.2.4 Key Developments

11.2.5 Key Strategies

11.2.6 SWOT Analysis

11.3 General Dynamics Mission Systems Inc.

11.3.1 Company Overview

11.3.2 Products/Services Offered

11.3.3 Financial Overview

11.3.4 Key Developments

11.3.5 Key Strategies

11.3.6 SWOT Analysis

11.4 Harris Corporation

11.4.1 Company Overview

11.4.2 Products/Services Offered

11.4.3 Financial Overview

11.4.4 Key Developments

11.4.5 Key Strategies

11.4.6 SWOT Analysis

11.6 L3 Technologies Inc.

11.6.1 Company Overview

11.6.2 Products/Services Offered

11.6.3 Financial Overview

11.6.4 Key Developments

11.6.5 Key Strategies

11.6.6 SWOT Analysis

11.6 Leonardo

11.6.1 Company Overview

11.6.2 Products/Services Offered

11.6.3 Financial Overview

11.6.4 Key Developments

11.6.5 Key Strategies

11.6.6 SWOT Analysis

11.7 Lockheed Martin Corporation

11.7.1 Company Overview

11.7.2 Products/Services Offered

11.7.3 Financial Overview

11.7.4 Key Developments

11.7.5 Key Strategies

11.7.6 SWOT Analysis

11.8 Raytheon Company

11.8.1 Company Overview

11.8.2 Products/Services Offered

11.8.3 Financial Overview

11.8.4 Key Developments

11.8.5 Key Strategies

11.8.6 SWOT Analysis

11.9 Sofradir

11.9.1 Company Overview

11.9.2 Products/Services Offered

11.9.3 Financial Overview

11.9.4 Key Developments

11.9.5 Key Strategies

11.9.6 SWOT Analysis

11.10 Teledyne Technologies Inc.

11.10.1 Company Overview

11.10.2 Products/Services Offered

11.10.3 Financial Overview

11.10.4 Key Developments

11.10.5 Key Strategies

11.10.6 SWOT Analysis

11.10 Thales Group

11.10.1 Company Overview

11.10.2 Products/Services Offered

11.10.3 Financial Overview

11.10.4 Key Developments

11.10.5 Key Strategies

11.10.6 SWOT Analysis

12 Appendix

12.1 References

12.2 Related Reports

12.3 List of Abbreviations

13 Industry Insights

Note: This table of contents is tentative and subject to change as the research progresses.

List of Tables

Table 1 Global Military Thermal Imaging Market, by Region, 2020–2027

Table 2 North America Military Thermal Imaging Market, by Country, 2020–2027

Table 3 Europe Military Thermal Imaging Market, by Country, 2020–2027

Table 4 Asia-Pacific Military Thermal Imaging Market, by Country, 2020–2027

Table 5 Middle East & Africa Military Thermal Imaging Market, by Country, 2020–2027

Table 6 Latin America Military Thermal Imaging Market, by Country, 2020–2027

Table 7 Global Military Thermal Imaging Market, by Region, 2020–2027

Table 8 Global Military Thermal Imaging Market, by Type, 2020–2027

Table 9 Global Military Thermal Imaging Market, by Application, 2020–2027

Table 10 Global Military Thermal Imaging Market, by Platform, 2020–2027

Table 11 Global Military Thermal Imaging Market, by End User, 2020–2027

Table 12 North America: Military Thermal Imaging Market, by Country, 2020–2027

Table 13 North America: Military Thermal Imaging Market, by Type, 2020–2027

Table 14 North America: Military Thermal Imaging Market, by Application, 2020–2027

Table 15 North America: Military Thermal Imaging Market, by Platform, 2020–2027

Table 16 North America: Military Thermal Imaging Market, by End User, 2020–2027

Table 17 Europe: Military Thermal Imaging Market, by Country, 2020–2027

Table 18 Europe: Military Thermal Imaging Market, by Type, 2020–2027

Table 19 Europe: Military Thermal Imaging Market, by Application, 2020–2027

Table 20 Europe: Military Thermal Imaging Market, by Platform, 2020–2027

Table 21 Europe: Military Thermal Imaging Market, by End User, 2020–2027

Table 22 Asia-Pacific: Military Thermal Imaging Market, by Country, 2020–2027

Table 23 Asia-Pacific: Military Thermal Imaging Market, by Type, 2020–2027

Table 24 Asia-Pacific: Military Thermal Imaging Market, by Application, 2020–2027

Table 25 Asia-Pacific: Military Thermal Imaging Market, by Platform, 2020–2027

Table 26 Asia-Pacific: Military Thermal Imaging Market, by End User, 2020–2027

Table 27 Middle East & Africa: Military Thermal Imaging Market, by Region, 2020–2027

Table 28 Middle East & Africa: Military Thermal Imaging Market, by Type, 2020–2027

Table 29 Middle East & Africa: Military Thermal Imaging Market, by Application, 2020–2027

Table 30 Middle East & Africa: Military Thermal Imaging Market, by Platform, 2020–2027

Table 31 Middle East & Africa: Military Thermal Imaging Market, by End User, 2020–2027

Table 32 Latin America: Military Thermal Imaging Market, by Region, 2020–2027

Table 33 Latin America: Military Thermal Imaging Market, by Type, 2020–2027

Table 34 Latin America: Military Thermal Imaging Market, by Application, 2020–2027

Table 35 Latin America: Military Thermal Imaging Market, by Platform, 2020–2027

Table 36 Latin America: Military Thermal Imaging Market, by End User, 2020–2027

List of Figures

FIGURE 1 Research Process of MRFR

FIGURE 2 Top-Down and Bottom-Up Approaches

FIGURE 3 Market Dynamics

FIGURE 4 Impact Analysis: Market Drivers

FIGURE 5 Impact Analysis: Market Restraints

FIGURE 6 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

FIGURE 7 Value Chain Analysis

FIGURE 8 Global Military Thermal Imaging Market Share, by Type, 2020 (%)

FIGURE 9 Global Military Thermal Imaging Market, by Type, 2020–2027 (USD Million)

FIGURE 10 Global Military Thermal Imaging Market Share, by Application, 2020 (%)

FIGURE 11 Global Military Thermal Imaging Market, by Application, 2020–2027 (USD Million)

FIGURE 12 Global Military Thermal Imaging Market Share, by Platform, 2020 (%)

FIGURE 13 Global Military Thermal Imaging Market, by Platform, 2020–2027 (USD Million)

FIGURE 14 Global Military Thermal Imaging Market Share, by End User, 2020 (%)

FIGURE 15 Global Military Thermal Imaging Market, by End User, 2020–2027 (USD Million)

FIGURE 16 Global Military Thermal Imaging Market Share (%), by Region, 2020

FIGURE 17 Global Military Thermal Imaging Market, by Region, 2020–2027 (USD Million)

FIGURE 18 North America: Military Thermal Imaging Market Share (%), 2020

FIGURE 19 North America: Military Thermal Imaging Market, by Country, 2020–2027 (USD Million)

FIGURE 20 Europe: Military Thermal Imaging Market Share (%), 2020

FIGURE 21 Europe: Military Thermal Imaging Market, by Country, 2020–2027 (USD Million)

FIGURE 22 Asia-Pacific: Military Thermal Imaging Market Share (%), 2020

FIGURE 23 Asia-Pacific: Military Thermal Imaging Market, by Country, 2020–2027 (USD Million)

FIGURE 24 Middle East & Africa Military Thermal Imaging Market Share (%), 2020

FIGURE 25 Middle East & Africa Military Thermal Imaging Market, by Region, 2020–2027 (USD Million)

FIGURE 26 Latin America Military Thermal Imaging Market Share (%), 2020

FIGURE 27 Latin America Military Thermal Imaging Market, by Region, 2020–2027 (USD Million)