Secondary Surveillance Radar (SSR) Market Size, Competitive Landscape and Market Forecast - 2029

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> Global Secondary Surveillance Radar (SSR) Market Expected to reach a high CAGR By 2029: DataM Intelligence

Global Secondary Surveillance Radar (SSR) Market is segmented By Type (Traffic alert and collision avoidance system (TCAS), Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B)), By Application (Defence and Space, Civil Airports, National Security), By Region (North America, Europe, South America, Asia-Pacific, Middle East, and Africa) – Share, Size, Outlook, and Opportunity Analysis, 2022-2029


Market Overview

[150 Pages Report] Global Secondary Surveillance Radar (SSR) Market is expected to grow at a high CAGR during the forecasting period (2022-2029).

Secondary Surveillance Radar (SSR) Market - Strategic Insights



Market CAGR


Segments Covered

By Type, By Application and By Region

Report Insights Covered

Competitive Landscape Analysis, Company Profile Analysis, Market Size, Share, Growth, Demand, Recent Developments, Mergers and acquisitions, New Product Launches, Growth Strategies, Revenue Analysis, and Other key insights.

Fastest Growing Region

Asia Pacific

Largest Market Share 

North America

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Secondary Surveillance Radar (SSR) systems are used for measuring the distance of targets using the detection of reflections of radio signals. SSR is also used in air traffic control (ATC) and is based on a radar transponder that responds to the incoming signal by transmitting encoded data like identity code, altitude of aircraft etc.

Market Dynamics

The major factor driving the rising demand for Secondary Surveillance Radar(SSR) is the growing population, tourism sector and larger number of people travelling from one place to another. The development of 3d technology and transportable radars for air navigation systems and more people travelling resulting in more air traffic are major factors that will drive the Global Secondary Surveillance Radar‘s forecast market.

Growing travelling, tourism, population, border/national security issues are driving the growth of the Secondary Surveillance Radar Market

As per the report by International Air Transport Association(IATA) released in 2020, around 1.8 billion people travelled worldwide from one place to another which is less by 60% from 2019 when 4 billion people travelled from one destination to another. This huge travelling requires huge air traffic which leads to a huge requirement of Secondary Surveillance Radar(SSR) to gather information about the planes which is a driving factor for this market. The rise in security issues for any country is also another factor for the growth of the market. National security is also a concern nowadays as there is always a threat to a country by an external attack like terrorist or military attack from another country. SSR’s can also detect planes, aircraft of the enemy country entering into a territory.

New Technologies and Innovations are driving the growth of the Secondary Surveillance Radar Market

Indra Sistemas signed a contract with Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (HCAA) for the radars and air traffic control system for the international airport in Athens in September 2020. Raytheon Technologies Corporation also got an offer from the Missile Defense Agency to deliver some support for high altitude defence radars of the UAE. New innovative technologies like 3-D technology and transportable radars are introduced to avoid any plane delays and for detecting air traffic properly. Luftkartsverket(LFV)received an order from Indra Sistemas for long-range transportable radars in september 2019. These technologies enhance air traffic management and also national security.

The absence of transponder or faulty transponder, defence failure of the country, high cost of installation, restrictions in defence agreements  are major factors hampering the growth of this market

COVID-19 Impact Analysis

The Global Secondary Surveillance Radar(SSR) Market has shown a slight decline due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as there were full or partial lockdowns in many countries of the world and since aviation and defence were classified as non-essential services so they were shut down. Airport and Airline operators were also affected due to the pandemic. Due to Covid-19 and various restrictions in the part of the world, the aviation industry reduced the air traffic and also fewer people travelled during 2020. According to the report by the International Air Transport Association, only 1.8 billion people travelled worldwide in 2020 which is 60% less than that of 2019 seeing 4,5 billion people travelling worldwide. Now due to the decline in air passengers travelling affected the air operators as airport charges such as aircraft landing and parking fees, service charges decreased by 50 per cent in 2020 which led to a decline in the requirement of surveillance radars. Some of the air operators were removed from their jobs. After the pandemic, initially, the aviation industry will grow at a slow pace due to the construction of new airports but then a faster growth of the aviation industry is expected.

Market Segment Analysis

The Global Secondary Surveillance Radar(SSR) is segmented based on type, application and region and also on product connectivity, a distribution channel.

Based on the type, the Global Secondary Surveillance Radar(SSR) Market is segmented into Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS), Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) and other secondary radars.

Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) estimate whether the aircraft enters the TA/RA based on the interrogation of the ATC transponder and then receiving the signal while ADS-B gives the information automatically without interrogation. ADS-B requires no pilot or any external help.  ADS-B is Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B).  ADS-B messages can be tracked at a longer range than TCAS. It is expected that TCAS will upgrade ADS-B in future

Based on applications, the Global Secondary Surveillance Market is segmented into civil airports, national security, Defense and space.

Among these civil airports segment was the leading sector in 2019 but due to lockdowns and restrictions in 2020, both Military and Civil airports are affected due to decline in revenue but civil airports had the highest market share in 2020 also as nearly 1.8 billion people travelled worldwide in 2020. It is expected the demand for Secondary Surveillance Radars (SSR) will decrease in the future in both sectors but civil airports are generating revenue from cargo traffic which will result in the growth in the market share of SSR in civil airports. National security is also becoming quite important nowadays and so SSR’s are used at borders of countries and different foreign embassies to track any outside force or enemy coming into the territory.

Geographical Analysis

Based on Region, Secondary Surveillance Radar’s (SSR) are segmented as North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, The Middle East, Africa and South America.

North America is considered as the largest market for Secondary surveillance radar and even during the pandemic and post-pandemic, it is expected that North America will be the largest market for SSR’s due to the presence of a large number of big companies in the aviation and defence sector along with advanced technology. The USA, Canada are major countries in North America. There was a growing trend in air traffic in the region due to more passengers before the pandemic but during 2020, the number of passengers declined which led to a decline in air traffic. The percentage share of people travelling in December 2020 in North America was 22.7% of the world. Some of the major companies contributing to the region are  Lockheed Martin Corporation, Harris Corporation,  Raytheon Technologies Corporation etc.

Competitive Landscape

The Global Secondary Surveillance Radar market is fragmented with key global players in the market. Some of the major players contributing to the market's growth are- Hensoldt,  Indra Sistemas, ISRAEL AEROSPACE INDUSTRIES. LTD, Lockheed Martin Corporation,  Leonardo S.P.A,  NEC Corporation, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon Technologies Corporation, Thales Group, Rockwell Collins, Harris Corporation, Intel can.

Indra Sistemas signed a contract with Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (HCAA) for the radars and air traffic control system for the international airport in Athens in September 2020. Raytheon Technologies Corporation also got an offer from the Missile Defense Agency to deliver some support for high altitude defence radars of the UAE. Key players and companies are focused on getting new contracts from reputed agencies making this field quite competitive and intense. Mergers and acquisitions increase the competition in the market like Thales acquired Suneris and Ercom in 2019. New Innovations, Product Launches, Collaborations, Joint Ventures, Partnerships and Agreements makes the market quite competitive such as Leonardo made an agreement with Square Lux Holding for purchasing a 25.1% stake in Hensoldt company. Investment and divestment by the company also increase competition in the market. New projects and contracts also make the market competitive like Leonardo was given a contract for the RAT 31DL air defence radar system by the Royal Thai Air Force in November 2019. Lockheed Martin received a contract from Northrop Grumman Corporation (US) to supply the 24 APY-9 radars to the US Navy, Thales launches secondary Radar RSM NG for safe air traffic management in 2020-2021. Companies also adopt new plans and strategies like Thales Group is planning to connect flight management with air traffic management as a way to reduce 10% reduction in aircraft CO2.

Thales Group


Thales Group is a French multinational company that was known as Thomson-CSF before December 2000. It also acquired a UK based defence electronics company named Racal Electronics. It is the 8th largest contractor in the defence sector in the world. The headquarters of the company are in La defence, a city near to Paris. In 2006, the company also acquired Australian Defense Industries. The company has expertise in Defense, Aerospace, Transport, Security Markets. The company has operations in more than 68 countries of the world. Thales also participates in two major projects of the European Union which are Galileo and Sesar. The CEO of the company is Patrice Caine. The main motto of the company is “Building a future we can all trust”

Product Portfolio:

  • TOP SKY Air Traffic Control System
  • RSM NG: digital secondary surveillance radar which is a combination of MSSR Radar architecture and also ADS-B
  • TRAC NG: L-band Radar used for air traffic control. It combines long range and small target range.
  • FOD & RunWize

Key Development

  • Thales is planning to connect flight management with air traffic management as a way to reduce a 10% reduction in aircraft CO2
  • Thales launches secondary Radar RSM NG for safe air traffic management in 2020-2021.
  • Thales also acquired Suneris and Ercom in 2019.

Financial Overview

As of December 2020, the French state holds the maximum shares(25.68%) of Thales Group and Dassault Aviation has 24.62% shares.

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