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Landing Gear Market from 2016-2020

May 11, 2016


Technavio has announced the top five leading vendors in their recent global unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) landing gear market report until 2020. This research report also lists four other prominent vendors that are expected to impact the market during the forecast period.

Technavio announces the top five leading vendors in the global UAV landing gear market until 2020.

Geographically, the global UAV landing gear market in APAC will record the highest growth rate of almost 19% during the forecast period. Increasing insurgency and territorial disputes have resulted in high investments in the indigenous development of UAVs and associated components in Asian countries including China, Vietnam, South Korea, India, and Japan. Also, the ability of several Chinese companies such as DJI to supply low-cost commercial and hobbyist UAVs will raise the demand for associated components in the region.

Competitive vendor landscape

The global UAV landing gear market is highly competitive with many prominent vendors competing for augmenting their market share. Owing to the stringent safety and regulatory norms, coupled with high investments requirements, entry of new vendors can get restricted during the forecast period.

According to Arushi Thakur, an industry expert at Technavio for aerospace components research, “The rapid adoption of UAVs in the commercial and civil application is driving the UAV component providers to develop and supply cost-efficient landing gears that can enhance the operation capability of small UAVs.”

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Top five UAV landing gear market vendors

Aero Telemetry

Aero Telemetry offers hydraulically actuated landing gears and associated subsystems for UAVs. The company manufactures and supplies both fixed and retractable landing gears for medium and large remotely piloted aircraft. It has designed several mission-critical UAVs, including the Boeing and NASA's X-48 Blended Wing Body UAV.

Aero Telemetry primarily offers retractable landing gear systems that are designed for UAV airframes weighing over 200 pounds. The largest retractable landing gear system that the company offers is capable of operating with UAV airframes of 3,000 pounds.

CIRCOR International

CIRCOR International, through its aerospace subsidiary, CIRCOR Aerospace, provides fluidic control and undercarriage components, as well as subsystems for aerospace and defense industry. Its services division engages in the designing of aircraft landing gear and components, which comprises designing and manufacture of landing gear ship sets and associated components such as spares parts.

Fiber Dynamics

Fiber Dynamics collaborates with many UAV manufacturers and provides them assistance in UAV manufacturing. For example, in 2014, the company partnered with General Atomics (a major UAV supplier) for the design and manufacture of advanced landing gear struts for its Predator B MQ-9 Reaper UAVs.

Since then, the company has been manufacturing landing struts by casting the core from its proprietary composite material, namely Thermocore. These are manufactured by employing LCRTM system, which helps in reducing the weight and cost of each landing struts, as well as enhances the structural integrity by ensuring superior absorption capability of the landing loads.

GE Aviation

GE Aviation designs, manufactures, and supplies landing gear struts predominantly for X-47B UAVs. These UAVs are used for the Unmanned Combat Air System Carrier Demonstration program of the US Navy. Since 2009, the company has been providing such landing gears to the Northrop Grumman (the company that manufactures X-47B UAVs).

The landing gear of the X-47B UAV is designed to address the challenges of takeoffs and arrested landings on the aircraft carriers of the US. Navy. The company is also responsible for the qualification of such integrated landing gear systems.


Héroux-Devtek designs and manufactures complex landing gear and associated components for UAV platforms. The company had designed and developed landing gear sub-systems for Global Hawk UAVs (manufactured by Northrop Grumman) that are currently operated by the US Air Force. Héroux-Devtek also provides landing gear systems for the X-45C unmanned combat aircraft developed by Boeing in 2002.

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