A group of conductors (or elements) that are electrically coupled to a receiver or transmitter makes up an antenna. Antennas may be made to emit and receive radio waves equally in all horizontal directions (omnidirectional antennas), or they may be made to emit and receive radio waves preferentially in one specific direction (directional, high-gain, or “beam” antennas). Parabolic reflectors, horns, or parasitic elements, which serve to steer the radio waves into a beam or other desired radiation pattern, may be included in an antenna but are not connected to the transmitter. Antennas with dimensions significantly smaller than a half wavelength are difficult to achieve with strong directivity and good efficiency when transmitting.
An apparatus that transforms energy from one form to another is called a transducer. A transducer typically transforms a signal from one form of energy to another. When electrical signals are translated into and out of other physical quantities at the edges of automation, measurement, and control systems, transducers are frequently used (energy, force, torque, light, motion, position, etc.). Transduction is the process of changing one type of energy into another. An excitation signal is the external power source that active transducers need to function. The sensor modifies the signal to create an output signal. Contrarily, passive transducers don’t require a separate energy source because they produce electric current in response to an external stimulus that acts as the output signal. These include a photodiode, a piezoelectric sensor, a photovoltaic thermocouple, and others.
A structural, weatherproof casing that shields a radar antenna is known as a radome (a combination of the words “radar” and “dome”). The radome is made of a radio wave-transparent material. Radomes shield the antenna from the elements and hide the visible electronic components of the antenna. Additionally, they shield surrounding personnel from unintentional contact with rapidly moving antennas. Depending on the specific use, radomes can be built in a variety of shapes, such as spherical, geodesic, planar, etc., utilizing a variety of building materials including fiberglass and cloth covered with polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), among others. The nose cones frequently further act as radomes when present on fixed-wing aircraft with forward-looking radar, as are frequently employed for object or weather detection.
Major factors driving the growth of the market
There is increasing demand for surveillance radar due to the geo political tension in Europe and Asia pacific region. There is also a consistent demand for radomes, naval, land based and airborne. These factors will act as the driver of growth for antenna, transducer and radome market.
There is significant demand for weapon locating radar especially in Europe due to the ongoing conflict. Weapon locating radars will also see increased demand in the Asia pacific region. These factors will drive the market for antenna, transducer and radome market.
Trends influencing the growth of the market
Development of advanced AI and machine learning solutions will be a significant influencer of the market. AI will aid the development of advanced radar systems, this will lead to procurement of newer radar systems and replace older systems.
As cognitive radios and radars can adapt to dynamically changing environments, cognitive systems enabled by AI technologies are a viable choice to harden the equipment against such interferences.
The increase in defense spending will encourage procurement of Antenna, Transducer and Radome market. Procurement will also be driven by prevailing geo political conditions in Europe and the Asia Pacific and increasing use of radars for surveillance and intelligence gathering.
A firm-fixed-price, one-time purchase contract with a maximum value of $13,688,190 has been given to Raytheon Co. of Andover, Massachusetts, for radomes. As stated in Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1, this was a sole-source acquisition with the justification of 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1). This agreement has a basic term of two years and no option periods. The performance will take place in Massachusetts and will end on March 31, 2022. Army uses military service. Defense working capital funds for fiscal 2020 are the type of appropriation. Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting entity (SPRRA2-20-C-0023).
Meggitt, a company that specialises in aerospace, defence, and energy, has signed a £4.2 million contract with BAE Systems for the supply of cutting-edge nose radome technology for the Typhoon fighter. The innovative multi-function array radar system that is now being developed will be able to function well thanks to the new radome. In addition to the standard radar operations, such as wide band electronic assault, the UK has committed to developing game-changing technology that will give RAF Typhoons a leading electronic warfare capability. The European Common Radar Systems Mk 2 (ECRS Mk 2), which gives RAF pilots the capacity to locate, identify, and suppress enemy air defences using high-powered jamming, is being delivered by BAE Systems and Leonardo under a contract.