Global Airborne Weapon System  Market size was valued at USD 85.5 Billion in 2024 and is expected to reach USD 129.6 Billion by 2033, at a CAGR of 4.2% during the forecast period 2024 – 2033.

Airborne Weapon System Market: Overview

An airborne weapon system is often defined as a mix of weapons, detectors, and other equipment installed into an aircraft to conduct offensive or defensive operations while flying.

The worldwide trend in aerial weapon systems is characterized by technological breakthroughs, enhanced accuracy, and adaptability. Modern aerial weapon systems are getting increasingly complex, with upgraded sensors, guidance systems, and communication capabilities that improve targeting precision while reducing collateral damage.

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) play an important role by providing greater endurance, stealth capabilities, and the capacity to operate in dangerous settings without endangering human lives. Furthermore, there is a rising emphasis on multi-role platforms that can carry out a variety of tasks, including intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) and strike operations.

Furthermore, there is a tendency towards the development of hypersonic missiles, which provide exceptional speed and manoeuvrability while testing conventional defence systems. In general, the tendency is towards more efficient, accurate, and adaptive aerial weapon systems to meet evolving threats and operational requirements globally.

By aircraft type, the fighter jet segment held the highest market share in 2023 and is expected to keep its dominance during the forecast period 2024-2033. The present focus in fighter planes is on stealth technology, superior avionics, and multirole capabilities. Integrating artificial intelligence improves decision-making. Modular designs enable customization, while sustainable propulsion technologies and a smaller operational footprint adapt to changing operational requirements.

By weapon type, the missiles segment held the highest market share in 2023 and is expected to keep its dominance during the forecast period 2024-2033. Missiles are becoming more precise, longer ranged, and quicker. Advances in guidance systems, propulsion technology, and miniaturization enable more varied and powerful missile capabilities, which shape modern warfare and geopolitical threats.

In North America, there is an increasing demand for improved aerial weapon systems with enhanced precision, range, and adaptability. The integration of AI, stealth technologies, and unmanned platforms is accelerating innovation, improving operational capabilities, and altering aerial combat plans.

Northrop Grumman is a multinational aerospace, defence, and security business that specializes in the design, improvement, and manufacturing of naval systems. Sonar that can survey the lowest depths of the ocean, anti-submarine devices, and modern electronic warfare.

Report Scope

Feature of the Report Details
Market Size in 2024 USD 85.5 Billion
Projected Market Size in 2033 USD 129.6 Billion
Market Size in 2023 USD 82.9 Billion
CAGR Growth Rate 4.2% CAGR
Base Year 2023
Forecast Period 2024-2033
Key Segment By Aircraft Type, Weapon Type and Region
Report Coverage Revenue Estimation and Forecast, Company Profile, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors and Recent Trends
Regional Scope North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and South & Central America
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CMI has comprehensively analyzed the Global Airborne Weapon System market. The driving forces, restraints, challenges, opportunities, and key trends have been explained in depth to depict the in-depth scenario of the market. Segment wise market size and market share during the forecast period are duly addressed to portray the probable picture of this Global Airborne Weapon System industry.

The competitive landscape includes key innovators, after market service providers, market giants as well as niche players are studied and analyzed extensively concerning their strengths, weaknesses as well as value addition prospects. In addition, this report covers key players profiling, market shares, mergers and acquisitions, consequent market fragmentation, new trends and dynamics in partnerships.

Global Airborne Weapon System Market 2024–2033 (By Billion)

List of the prominent players in the Airborne Weapon System Market:

  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • The Boeing Company
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Raytheon Technologies Corporation
  • BAE Systems plc
  • Saab AB
  • Airbus SE
  • Thales Group
  • Leonardo S.p.A.
  • General Dynamics Corporation
  • Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd.
  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.
  • Dassault Aviation SA
  • Kongsberg Gruppen ASA
  • MBDA
  • Textron Inc.
  • Hanwha Corporation
  • L3Harris Technologies Inc.
  • Elbit Systems Ltd.
  • Indra Sistemas S.A.
  • Others

The Airborne Weapon System Market is segmented as follows:

By Aircraft Type

  • Fighter Jets
  • Helicopters

By Weapon Type

  • Bomb
  • Guns
  • Rifles
  • Missiles
  • Others

Regional Coverage:

North America

  • U.S.
  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • Rest of North America


  • Germany
  • France
  • U.K.
  • Russia
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Netherlands
  • Rest of Europe

Asia Pacific

  • China
  • Japan
  • India
  • New Zealand
  • Australia
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Rest of Asia Pacific

The Middle East & Africa

  • Saudi Arabia
  • UAE
  • Egypt
  • Kuwait
  • South Africa
  • Rest of the Middle East & Africa

Latin America

  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Rest of Latin America