Infrared Search & Track (IRST) System Market - Introduction

Infrared search & track (IRST) system refer to a method of detecting and tracking objects which give off infrared radiation such as in jet aircraft and helicopters, the IRTS is being widely used in the military and defense sector for security and surveillance. The applications of Infrared search and track technology promises to enhance sensor suites for next-generation fighter aircraft, especially when it comes to spotting stealth aircraft without using radar. Further, one could find out infrared search & track (IRST) system applications and examples on the nose of many modern fighter jets such as the Eurofighter Typhoon and you’ll spot a large bulbous lump coming from just near the cockpit.

The Infrared Search & Track (IRST) System are expected to be increasing in the future as these are used to detect the vehicles and devices that give out infrared radiation. This is used mostly in jet planes and aircraft. The biggest advantage of the IRST system is that they dont give off any infrared radiation of themselves which makes them difficult to detect unlike in RADAR which gives off an infrared signature of itself.

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Infrared Search & Track (IRST) System Market - Competitive Landscape

  • On March 2019, Boeing and Lockheed Martin has decided to make stealthy infrared search and track (IRST) avionics for F-15C jet fighter. U.S. Air Force air combat experts asked electro-optics engineers at the Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp. to design and build six additional infrared search and track (IRST) sensors for the F-15C Eagle jet fighter to enable the aircraft to detect, track, and attack enemy aircraft in a stealthy way without making its presence known.

Leonardo S.p.A

Leonardo SpA operates as a technology company. The Company provides its services to the aerospace, defense, and security sectors globally. Leonardo works on helicopters, aircrafts, aerostructures, airborne and space systems, land and naval defense electronics, and defense systems.

Thales Group

Thales Group is a French multinational company engaged in designing and building electrical systems and provides services for the aerospace, defense, transportation and security markets. Its headquarters are in Paris, and its stock is listed on the Euronext Paris. The CEO of Thales Group is Patrice Caine since December 2014. The company offers onboard electronic equipment designed to increase flight safety and reliability, civil and military aircraft simulators, onboard connectivity and in-flight entertainment; onboard equipment and functions for aircraft piloting, navigation, and control; equipment, payloads, satellites, systems and services for the space sector; rail signaling, control and monitoring of urban transport networks and main lines, and ticketing solutions.

Rheinmetall AG

Rheinmetall AG, based in Düsseldorf, Germany, is a publicly listed and internationally successful corporation. As an integrated technology group, Rheinmetall is a market leader in the areas of environmentally friendly mobility and threat-appropriate security technology. The Automotive sector commands a good position as a global supplier to the automotive industry for modules and systems. The Rheinmetall Group´s Defense sector is Europe’s supplier of defense and security technology and a longstanding partner of the armed forces.

Lockheed Martin Corporation

Lockheed Martin Corporation, is a security and aerospace company. The Company offers research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of technology systems, products and services. The Company mainly works through four segments that are aeronautics, missiles and fire control (MFC), rotary and mission systems (RMS), and space systems. The Company serves both the United States and international customers with products and services that have defense, civil and commercial applications, with its principal customers being agencies of the United States Government

Northrop Grumman Corporation

Northrop Grumman Corporations a global security company that provides products, systems and solutions in autonomous systems; cyber; command, control, communications and computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR); strike, and logistics and modernization. The Company's segments include Aerospace Systems, Mission Systems and Technology Services. The Company joins in a range of defense and government programs in the United States and abroad.

Some of the significant players in the Infrared Search & Track (IRST) System market are Leonardo S.p.A, Thales Group, Rheinmetall AG, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Aselsan A.S., HGH Systmes Infrarouges SAS, Safran S.A., Tonbo Imaging Private Limited, and Hughes Network Systems LLC. among others.

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Infrared Search & Track (IRST) System Market - Dynamics

Technological Advancements In Infrared Search & Track (IRST) System

Continued technological advancements in infrared sensing systems have upgraded the capabilities of present infrared search and track (IRST) systems. Such as choosing highly accurate sensors, state-of-the-art image processing, and advanced display systems have led to the rise of efficient and effective infrared search and track (IRST) systems in the recent years. The infrared search and track (IRST) systems are able to search and track an object in adverse conditions such as bad weather, pitch-black darkness and in under water settings.

Wide Applications of Infrared Search and Track (IRST) Systems in aerospace and defene.

The infrared search and track (IRST) systems can be mounted on the different platforms such as airborne, naval or any land vehicle or infrastructure. IRST systems offer higher efficiency in passive surveillance as compared to other technologies as RADAR and SONAR. The systems are extensively used in military aircrafts and jets aiding in identifying approaching aircrafts, missiles, and projectiles. Consequently, infrared search and track (IRST) systems have become an integral part of the modern defense equipment and the market is expected to rise significantly during the forecast period. 

Infrared Search & Track (IRST) System Market – Segmentation

The Infrared Search & Track (IRST) System market can be segmented based on:

  • Component
  • Platform
  • Industry vertical
  • Geography

Infrared Search & Track (IRST) System Market Segmentation – By Component

Based on the component, the Infrared Search & Track (IRST) System market can be fragmented into:

  • Scanning Head
  • Processing & Control Electronics
  • Display

Infrared Search & Track (IRST) System Market Segmentation – By Platform

Depending on the platform, the Infrared Search & Track (IRST) System market can be bifurcated into:

  • Airborne
  • Naval
  • Land
  • Others

Infrared Search & Track (IRST) System Market Segmentation – By industry vertical

Depending on the operating voltage, the Infrared Search & Track (IRST) System market can be classified into:

  • Aerospace and Defense
  • Homeland Security

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