Report Scope & Overview:

Air-to-Air Refueling Market Size was valued at USD 630.31 million in 2022, expected to reach USD 1505.7 million by 2030, and grow at a CAGR of 11.5% over the forecast period 2023-2030.

Aerial refueling is primarily described as the process of transporting aviation fuel from one aircraft to another while both are in flight. fuel is transfer by aircraft is known as tanker and the aircraft which received the fuel is call aircraft receiver. The aerial refueling processes are carried out using two basic methodologies: flying boom and progue-and-drogue. The former technique is significantly faster than the latter, but it necessitates the installation of a specific sort of boom operator station.

Air-to-Air Refueling Market Revenue Graph

Air-conditioning systems are particularly important, especially in military aircraft, where the excess fuel obtained can cause the aircraft to stay in the air longer. In this way, the width of the aircraft and its efficiency can be greatly increased. In military aircraft, some of them can compensate for the small fuel stored at take-off. This can be done to compensate for the heavy weight of weapons, armor and the like, by reducing the amount of departure. After taking off, the aircraft can get more fuel, thus avoiding overheating of the original fuel when it is lifted, and as a result save it. An effective departure truck is also possible for planes that start with less fuel and gain more capacity after flying. In this way, the aircraft can gain significant momentum while taking off, thus enabling it to reach its peak in less time. According to reports, potential fuel saving can be done by adding up to 35-40% more fuel, especially on long-haul flights.



  • Rise in investment


  • High maintenance cost

  • High installation cost


  • Automatic refueling

  • Smart drogue system


  • Fuel consumption for long distant flights.


The level of industrial production around the world has been disrupted, due to announced closures and government restrictions on public gatherings due to the COVID-19 epidemic.

There will be a huge increase in demand for air-conditioning components as governments plan to resume air travel soon. A series of supply of spare parts such as pipe beads, pressure nozzle, aircraft fuel injection component, etc. are affected that hamper further research and development in the aviation industry. The companies have decided to postpone its operations, which include reducing flights and eliminating more economical flights. For example, Qatar Airways suspended all ten of its A380 aircraft until May 31, 2020, as a precautionary measure against COVID-19. In addition, the Emirates has also suspended most of its passenger services due to the epidemic. Now, airlines and airport management companies are seeking bail packages from the government. For example, European airport operators are expected to incur $ 15.5 billion losses as a result of the epidemic.

The gasoline tank sector is expected to account for the largest share of the air-to-air refueling market in 2022. Because it supports the safety of an aircraft's fuel systems, a gasoline tank system is an important component of an air-to-air refueling system.

This system is installed in the aircraft's fuel tank and stores non-flammable gases such as nitrogen. When the bleed air is given, the fuel tank operates during the flight.

The manned segment is expected to lead the air-to-air refueling market over the forecast period. The increasing use of manned systems for air-to-air refueling by military and naval forces around the world is predicted to boost the expansion of the manned segment.

According to system, the boom refueling segment is expected to lead the air-to-air refueling market over the forecast period. Most tanker aircraft use boom refueling systems, which consist of a rigid tube that assists a tanker aircraft operator in extending the boom tube and inserting it into a vessel aboard the aircraft being refuelled. The boom refueling segment's growth can be ascribed to its capacity to transfer gasoline as quickly as feasible. Because the boom is stiff, it has a higher transfer rate than the probe and drogue.

Fixed-wing aircraft are expected to lead the air-to-air refueling market during the projected period. A fixed wing aircraft achieves flight by using wings attached to the fuselage to generate lift from the aircraft's forward motion. Fixed wing aircraft are growing in popularity because they can travel longer distances and have better aerodynamic structures than rotary wing aircraft. Fixed-wing aircraft may also fly in difficult climates and surroundings.


Jeppesen, PARKER HANNIFIN CORP, Cobham Limited, Eaton, Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group, Draken International, BAE Systems, GE, Safran, Airbus S.A.S.


by Aircraft Type:

  • Fixed Wing

  • Fighter Aircraft

  • Tanker Aircraft

  • Military Transport

  • UAVs

  • Rotary Wing

  • Attack Helicopters

  • Transport Helicopters

by Type:

  • Manned

  • Unmanned

by Component:

  • Pumps, Nozzles

  • Valves

  • Booms

  • Pods

  • Fuel Tanks

  • Others

by System:

  • Probe

  • Drogue

  • Boom Refueling

  • Autonomous

Air-to-Air Refueling Market Segment Chart


North America is one of the leading markets for air-to-air filling programs in terms of research and development activities, deployment, and the presence of key market players.

The major countries under this region are the Canada & US. Air-to-air refueling market in North America is led by US. The North American military aviation sector is growing at a slower pace, resulting in a significant need for air-to-air filling programs. The presence of major players, OEMs, and component manufacturers is one of the key factors that is expected to boost the North-to-air filling market in North America. The US is expected to continue the growth of the North American air-to-air refueling market. The growing number of military aircraft development programs, the ongoing research and development of improved military airports, and the availability of large-scale systems and component manufacturers are expected to lead to a growing demand for air-to-air filling programs in North America during the forecast period.


  • North America

    • USA

    • Canada

    • Mexico

  • Europe

    • Germany

    • UK

    • France

    • Italy

    • Spain

    • The Netherlands

    • Rest of Europe

  • Asia-Pacific

    • Japan

    • South Korea

    • China

    • India

    • Australia

    • Rest of Asia-Pacific

  • The Middle East & Africa

    • Israel

    • UAE

    • South Africa

    • Rest of Middle East & Africa

  • Latin America

    • Brazil

    • Argentina

    • Rest of Latin America

Air-to-Air Refueling Market Report Scope:
Report Attributes Details
Market Size in 2022 US$ 630.31 Million
Market Size by 2030 US$ 1505.7 Million
CAGR CAGR of 11.5% From 2023 to 2030
Base Year 2022
Forecast Period 2023-2030
Historical Data 2020-2021
Report Scope & Coverage Market Size, Segments Analysis, Competitive  Landscape, Regional Analysis, DROC & SWOT Analysis, Forecast Outlook
Key Segments • By Aircraft Type (Fixed Wing, Fighter Aircraft, Tanker Aircraft, Military Transport, UAVs, Rotary Wing, Attack Helicopters, and Transport Helicopters)
• By Type (Manned and Unmanned)
• By Component (Pumps, Nozzles, Valves, Booms, Pods, Fuel Tanks and Others)
• By System (Probe & Drogue, Boom Refueling and Autonomous)
Regional Analysis/Coverage North America (USA, Canada, Mexico), Europe
(Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands,
Rest of Europe), Asia-Pacific (Japan, South Korea,
China, India, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific), The
Middle East & Africa (Israel, UAE, South Africa,
Rest of Middle East & Africa), Latin America (Brazil, Argentina, Rest of Latin America)
Company Profiles Jeppesen, PARKER HANNIFIN CORP, Cobham Limited, Eaton, Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group, Draken International, BAE Systems, GE, Safran, Airbus S.A.S.
DRIVERS • Rise in investment
RESTRAINTS • High maintenance cost
• High installation cost

Frequently Asked Questions

Aerial refueling is primarily described as the process of transporting aviation fuel from one aircraft to another while both are in flight.

The market size for the Air-to-Air Refueling Market was valued at USD 630.31 million in 2022.

The expected CAGR of the Air-to-Air Refueling Market is 11.5% during the forecast period 2023-2030.

The leading players in the Air-to-Air Refueling Market include Jeppesen, PARKER HANNIFIN CORP, Cobham Limited, Eaton, Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group, Draken International, BAE Systems, GE, Safran, and Airbus S.A.S.

North America region dominated the Air-to-Air Refueling Market.

Table of Contents


1. Introduction

1.1 Market Definition

1.2 Scope

1.3 Research Assumptions


2. Research Methodology


3. Market Dynamics

3.1 Drivers

3.2 Restraints

3.3 Opportunities

3.4 Challenges


4. Impact Analysis

4.1 COVID-19 Impact Analysis

4.2 Impact of Ukraine- Russia war

4.3 Impact of ongoing Recession

4.3.1 Introduction

4.3.2 Impact on major economies US Canada Germany France United Kingdom China Japan South Korea Rest of the World


5. Value Chain Analysis


6. Porter’s 5 forces model


7.  PEST Analysis


8. Air-to-Air Refueling Market, by Aircraft Type

8.1 Fixed Wing

8.2 Fighter Aircraft

8.3 Tanker Aircraft

8.4 Military Transport

8.5 UAVs

8.6 Rotary Wing

8.7 Attack Helicopters

8.8 Transport Helicopters


9. Air-to-Air Refueling Market, by Type

9.1 Manned

9.2 Unmanned


10. Air-to-Air Refueling Market, by Component

10.1 Pumps, Nozzles

10.2 Valves

10.3 Booms

10.4 Pods

10.5 Fuel Tanks

10.6 Others


11. Air-to-Air Refueling Market, by System

11.1 Probe

11.2 Drogue

11.3 Boom Refueling

11.4 Autonomous


12. Regional Analysis

12.1 Introduction

12.2 North America

12.2.1 USA

12.2.2    Canada

12.2.3    Mexico

12.3        Europe

12.3.1    Germany

12.3.2    UK

12.3.3    France

12.3.4    Italy

12.3.5    Spain

12.3.6    The Netherlands

12.3.7    Rest of Europe

12.4        Asia-Pacific

12.4.1    Japan

12.4.2    South Korea

12.4.3    China

12.4.4    India

12.4.5    Australia

12.4.6    Rest of Asia-Pacific

12.5        The Middle East & Africa

12.5.1    Israel

12.5.2    UAE

12.5.3    South Africa

12.5.4    Rest

12.6        Latin America

12.6.1    Brazil

12.6.2    Argentina

12.6.3    Rest of Latin America

13.Company Profiles


13.1.1 Financial

13.1.2 Products/ Services Offered

13.1.3 SWOT Analysis

13.1.4 The SNS view


13.2 Cobham Limited

13.3 Eaton

13.4 Airbus S.A.S.

13.5 GE

13.6 Safran

13.7 Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group

13.8 Draken International

13.9 BAE Systems

13.10 Jeppesen


14. Competitive Landscape

14.1 Competitive Benchmarking

14.2 Market Share analysis

14.3 Recent Developments


15. Conclusion

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