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Targeting Pods Market Research Report Information by Fit (OEM and Upgrade), Type (FLIR & Laser Designator and Laser Spot Tracker), Component (FLIR Sensor, CCD Camera, MMS, ECU, HD TV, and Video Datalink), Platform (Combat Aircraft, Helicopters, and UAV), and Region (North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East, and South America) Forecast till 2032

ID: MRFR/A&D/4563-HCR | 100 Pages | Author: Swapnil Palwe| July 2024

Global Targeting Pods Market Overview

Targeting Pods Market Size Valued at USD 4.5 Billion, market Grow at a CAGR Of 6.40% by 2024-2032

The targeting pods are used especially in ground-attack aircraft for identifying the targets. It is easy to detect the targets with the help of targeting pods. This product is essential for military operations. This factor is actively driving the Targeting Pods Market growth. The virtual targeting pods are used to detect various targets like bombs and other laser-guided weapons. Radar targeting pods are beneficial for the air to ground attacks by using laser trackers. Advancement in technology is upgrading the features of the virtual targeting pods. The need for futuristic technology like infrared technologies thermally cooled infrared devices and other infrared technology is boosting the growth of the laser market. The need for target pods will continue in the future years undoubtedly; hence the higher growth of the aircraft market is obvious.

The key players are focusing on innovative ideas to develop the feature and release updated products to meet the need of today's generation. Significant investment has been made in the development of advanced targeting pods. The players are paying their attention to each restraint of the market show that it does not resume the growth process. Because of manufacturing issues of the targeting pods focus, the market faced many problems; the Russian Air force came up with an idea to use piezoelectric ceramic films strips, which led to a breakthrough in building targeting pods.

As the attacks on the military are increasing, the demand for the product is even increasing simultaneously. The upgradation of existing military aircraft into modified versions is even driving the aircraft targeting pods market. The government encourages and supports the Targeting Pods Market to develop advanced products to safeguard the military forces. The military forces receive more government attention because they are the protectors of the Nation. Hence, the government invests in developing advanced targeting pods in the Market for their protection.

COVID-19 Analysis

The pandemic has affected almost all the market and resumed its growth rate. The Targeting Pods Market has even been a prey of the virus. The strict lockdown rules and regulations imposed by the government have almost stopped the manufacturing work. The supply of raw materials has been delayed, which stopped the production process. The relationship between the key players and the virtual targeting pods market was hampered. To set everything back into the right place, the key players are trying their best. In the post-pandemic period, the market's growth is developing efficiently, which will help the market reach the estimated CAGR.

Chief Variables Existing In The Market

Key Market Drivers

The key market drivers are the major factors that largely drive the market's growth. The increased use of aircraft in military missions is boosting the UAV targeting pods market growth. Aircraft are mostly preferred for active military attacks and other operations. Upgrading the aircraft to a modified version to make it more specialized targeting pods focus is even a boosting factor. The rise in demand for security of the armies and the public is another key driver of the aircraft targeting pods market. 

Market Challenges

The Market is even facing challenges at the global level; the demand for production of advanced features for the advanced targeting pods is not possible at instance all the time. This challenge is lagging the growth of the market. But the key players are trying their best to overcome these issues and focusing on the drivers to drive the UAV targeting pods market growth.

Market Opportunities

The military operations are setting wide opportunities for the Targeting Pods Market. The availability of manufacturers who focus on designing, manufacturing operations, and producing products smoothly to the destination improves the global market trend. The need for radar targeting pods in military missions, especially in the air force, is a huge opportunity for the Targeting Pods Market. This opportunity will continue in the future years.


One of the major restraints of the market is the technical constraints of manufacturing virtual targeting pods. This restraint is hitting the market's growth factors, but due to the key drivers, the growth rate of the Targeting Pods Market is maintaining the balance.

Cumulative Evaluation Of The Market

The evaluated report shows that the Targeting Pods Market is progressing significantly, and the progress is expected to continue in the future years. The key drivers are acting as the major driving factor of the market. The UAV market is facing challenges but still the improvement of the market to develop to make the market reach the estimated CAGR during the forecast period. The restraints are the stepping stones affecting the market growth, but the key players are paying attention to it and trying to work on the major growth factors like manufacturing of targeting pods focus.

Targeting Pods Market Segmentation

Like the other market, the Market is segmented into different segments. Each segment of the market is analyzed to rate its growth and share.

By Type

The market is segmented into FLIR, laser designator, and laser spot tracker based on the type. The vast usage of infrared sensors, laser designators for targeting and surveillance activities contributes to the laser targeting pods market growth.

By Component

The component segment of the market is classified into FLIR segment, CCD Camera, MMS, ECU, HD TV, and Video Datalink. The FLIR segment of components is projected to highest demand in the market during the assessment period.

By Platform

Based on the platform segment, it is divided into combat aircraft, helicopters, and UAVs. Among these, combat aircraft are receiving the highest market demand, and the growth of this segment to continue in the upcoming years.

By Fit

Based on the Fit segment, the market is divided into OEM and upgrade types; between these, both the OEM hold the largest market share in the global Targeting Pods Market. Due to the demand for airborne targeting and laser designation systems, this segment is showing huge growth in the laser targeting pods market.

Targeting Pods Market Regional Analysis

The Targeting Pods Market is developing its trends in various regions across the globe. Some of the top regions are North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and South America. According to the survey, the European Market is top in the race, and it is expected to dominate in the market in the future. This is because of the rise in demand for radar targeting pods aircraft. The increase in advanced airborne targeting systems in the UK, France, and Russia is driving the Targeting Pods Market in Europe.

The Asia Pacific will show significant growth in the upcoming years due to the demand for public safety and the defense budget. The other regions are even expected to drive the growth rate of the virtual market and help it acquire the expected CAGR.

Targeting Pods Market Competitive Analysis

The Targeting Pods Market industries are contributing their best to drive the market at the global level. They are focusing on the growth factors and marketing opportunities to help the market to achieve its goal. Lockheed Martin is promoting its Sniper advanced targeting pod across the globe; it is expanding its reach into the Middle East military market for new opportunities.

The list of key players acting as a driving force for the market is mentioned below:

  • 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)

  • Qioptik (Paris)

Recent Market Development

The global Market 2021 by the manufacturers, regions, type, and application, forecast to 2027, is designed in a systematic pattern to understand various dynamics of the market and the definitive growth of the market.

The market is estimated to witness approximately 7% CAGR by 2023 during the evaluation period.

Report Overview

The Targeting Pods Market is expected to continue its growth rate uniformly; the recent development in the features encourages the market to show healthy growth in the future. The various segments of the market are even contributing equally to boost the market growth. The chief players responsibly perform their duty to meet the market demand and help the Targeting Pods Market achieve the expected CAGR during the evaluation period. Planned marketing strategies are implemented to help the UAV market to reach its goal. The various regions are focused and analyzed to notice the growth of the virtual market for every reason.

Targeting Pods Market Segments

By Type

  • FAIR

  • Laser Designator

  • Laser Spot Tracker

By Component

  • FLIR segment

  • CCD Camera

  • MMS

  • ECU

  • HD TV

  • Video Datalink

By Platform

  • Combat Aircraft

  • Helicopters

  • UAV

By Fit

  • OEM Fit

  • Upgrade

Report Attribute/Metric Details
Market Size 2032 USD 4.5 Billion
Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) 7.50% (2022-2030)
Base Year 2023
Market Forecast Period 2024-2032
Historical Data 2019- 2022
Market Forecast Units Value (USD Billion)
Report Coverage Revenue Forecast, Market Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends
Segments Covered Fit, Type, Component, Platform, Region
Geographies Covered North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Rest of the World
Countries Covered The U.S., Canada, German, France, the UK, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, India, Australia, South Korea, and Brazil
Key Companies Profiled 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), Qioptik (Paris)
Key Market Opportunities Need for futuristic technology like infrared technologies thermally cooled infrared devices
Key Market Dynamics Increased use of aircraft in military missions is boosting the UAV targeting pods

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Targeting Pods Market Size  at USD 4.5 Billion, Grow at a CAGR Of 6.40% 2030

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),Qioptik (Paris)

Depending on component, the FLIR sensor segment could take the lead.

Europe is expected to be the dominant market.

Factors that bolster the market expansion in APAC are the rising need for public safety and increased defense budgets of developing countries like India, Japan and China.

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