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Aircraft circuit breakers Market

Aircraft circuit breakers Market Size, Share, Competitive Landscape and Trend Analysis Report by Type, by System Type, by Voltage, by Application : Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2021-2031

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Author's: Naga Surya Sanka| Anup Katira | Surya Sanka
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The global aircraft circuit breakers market size was valued at $265.3 million in 2021 and is projected to reach $387.1 million by 2031, growing at a CAGR of 4% from 2022 to 2031. Aircraft circuit breakers are important units in the electrical systems of military aircraft. The primary goal of manual and remote-control circuit breakers used in aircraft is to offer short-circuit protection. The circuit breakers used in the aircraft are capable of managing a significant amount of heat and electrical power.

Aircraft circuit breakers Market

The growing popularity of aircraft circuit breakers is attributed to their ability to quickly respond in case of electrical failures in aircraft. In case of electrical failure, the aircraft circuit breakers transfer heat efficiently to minimize fuel consumption and maximize performance. These circuit breakers help in mitigating the dangers associated with high-voltage electricity such as electric arching. These factors are anticipated to boost the aircraft circuit breakers market size during the forecast timeframe.

High installation and repair costs are estimated to hamper the aircraft circuit breakers market share in the upcoming years. This is because circuit breakers are expensive compared to fuse. Also, aircraft circuit breakers require regular maintenance due to the presence of an air compressor and for generating high pressure.

Rapid technological advancements in aircraft circuit breakers are estimated to boost the aircraft circuit breakers market growth. Circuit breakers are widely used as fault management systems as these circuit breakers protect aircraft from safety hazards by preventing the flow of electricity in case of an electrical issue. As most electric aircraft are powered by high voltage DC power, the circuit-breaking devices designed must be lightweight and strong enough to manage megawatts (MW) of electricity. The advancements in circuit breakers with the launch of solid-state circuit breakers have quick response time and can interrupt power flow in microseconds compared to traditional circuit breakers. Furthermore, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), is actively developing MW-scale circuit breakers that operate at a targeted voltage of 1 kilowatt (kW) with a power-to-weight ratio of 100 kW/kg. These advanced circuit breakers will play a major role in controlling the flow of faulty current.

The key players profiled in this aircraft circuit breakers market report include Boeing Company, Airbus SE, Embraer SA, Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation Lockheed Martin Corporation, Raytheon Technologies Corporation, Textron Inc., Dassault Aviation, and General Dynamics Corporation.

The aircraft circuit breakers market is segmented on the basis of type, system type, voltage, application, and region. By type, it is classified into a magnetic aircraft circuit breaker, thermal aircraft circuit breaker, and others. By system type, it is classified into AC and DC. By voltage, it is classified into high voltage, medium voltage, and low voltage. By application, it is classified into commercial aircraft, military aircraft, UAVs, and others. By region, the market is analyzed across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA.

The aircraft circuit breakers market is segmented into Application, Type, System Type, and Voltage.

Aircraft circuit breakers Market by Application

By application, the commercial aircraft sub-segment dominated the global aircraft circuit breakers market share in 2021. The implementation of the latest safety principles and emission norms requires the integration of refined subsystems and progressive technologies for commercial aircraft.

The growth of commercial aircraft is majorly attributed to the rise in the number of domestic and international passengers, technological advancements, and the rise in the tourism sector.

Aircraft circuit breakers Market by Type

By type, the thermal aircraft circuit breaker sub-segment dominated the market in 2021. The thermal circuit breaker is an electromagnetic component that trips the breaker when the current is too high. This kind of circuit breaker can instantly react to problems such as power surges as well as difficulties like improperly grounded electrical circuits.

The thermal aircraft circuit breaker is compact and lightweight that facilitates safer operations and provides high resistance to shock. These are predicted to be the major factors driving the aircraft circuit breakers market demand during the forecast period.

Aircraft circuit breakers Market by System Type

By system type, the AC sub-segment dominated the global aircraft circuit breakers market share in 2021. AC circuit breakers are more common than DC circuit breakers as they do not have a steady rate of voltage. The AC circuit breakers will disconnect themselves from the main power when excessive current is detected.

This offers protection to the wiring system in case of overheating. AC circuit breakers are widely deployed in aircraft as they can power high motor drives and are used for long-distance power transmission. Also, the AC circuit breakers have zero-crossing points in each cycle.

Aircraft circuit breakers Market by Voltage

By voltage, the medium voltage sub-segment dominated the global aircraft circuit breakers market share in 2021. The growth of this sub-segment can be attributed to the wide range of commercial, industrial, and power plant settings where ACBs with medium voltage are used. Medium voltage circuit breakers operate at a voltage of 10KV to 35 KV, have an easy mechanism, are installation friendly, reliable, and safe. The medium voltage aircraft circuit breakers provide superior dielectric medium, have a high service life, require minimum maintenance, are compact, and cost-effective.

The low voltage sub-segment is the second most dominating sub-segment owing to an increase in the use of low voltage circuit breakers for managing power station auxiliaries, electricity sharing systems, and maintaining switchgear and interior medium voltage.

Aircraft circuit breakers Market by Region

By region, North America accounted for the highest market share in 2021. This growth is majorly attributed to an increase in spending by the major U.S. firms including AMETEK, Inc., Amphenol Corporation, Astronicas Corporation, GE Aviation, and others. For instance, AMETEK, Inc., is the leading manufacturer of electronic and electromechanical devices for aircraft. Also, the U.S. has one of the largest aviation industries in the world owing to the presence of a large number of commercial and military aircraft. The commercial aviation sector accounts for more than 5% of the U.S. GDP which was equivalent to $1.25 trillion in 2022.

Impact of COVID-19 on the Global Aircraft Circuit Breakers Industry

  • The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the aviation sector and the ensuing travel restrictions are well known. In the second quarter of 2020, strict regulations were opted by all the countries around the world due to which the market observed a decline.
  • The COVID-19 virus continues to pose an existential danger to airports, airlines, and their commercial partners. Despite significant vaccination efforts, the global travel market is still far below pre-COVID-19 levels.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has led to financial devastation in the aviation sector where aircraft circuit breakers are widely used. The aviation sector has suffered huge losses and according to IATA estimates, the revenues for the airline sector were drastically reduced.
  • The drastic decline in the demand for passenger air transport during the pandemic due to COVID-19 regulations and containment measures is threatening the viability of several aircraft manufacturers that have negatively impacted the aircraft circuit breakers market size during the pandemic

Key Benefits For Stakeholders

  • This report provides a quantitative analysis of the market segments, current trends, estimations, and dynamics of the aircraft circuit breakers market analysis from 2021 to 2031 to identify the prevailing aircraft circuit breakers market opportunities.
  • Market research is offered along with information related to key drivers, restraints, and opportunities.
  • Porter's five forces analysis highlights the potency of buyers and suppliers to enable stakeholders to make profit-oriented business decisions and strengthen their supplier-buyer network.
  • In-depth analysis of the aircraft circuit breakers market segmentation assists to determine the prevailing market opportunities.
  • Major countries in each region are mapped according to their revenue contribution to the global market.
  • Market player positioning facilitates benchmarking and provides a clear understanding of the present position of the market players.
  • The report includes an analysis of the regional as well as global aircraft circuit breakers market trends, key players, market segments, application areas, and market growth strategies.

Aircraft circuit breakers Market Report Highlights

Aspects Details
Market Size By 2031

USD 387.1 million

Growth Rate

CAGR of 4%

Forecast period

2021 - 2031

Report Pages


By Voltage
  • High Voltage
  • Medium Voltage
  • Low Voltage
By Application
  • Commercial Aircraft
  • Military Aircraft
  • UAV
  • Others
By Type
  • Magnetic Aircraft Circuit Breaker
  • Thermal Aircraft Circuit Breaker
  • Others
By System Type
  • AC
  • DC
By Region
  • North America  (U.S., Canada, Mexico)
  • Europe  (Germany, UK, France, Spain, Italy, Rest of Europe)
  • Asia-Pacific  (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • LAMEA  (Brazil, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Rest of LAMEA)
Key Market Players

Eaton Corporation, safran, Raytheon Technologies Corporation, Sensata Technologies, Inc., Woodward Inc., crouzet, Astronics Corp.

Analyst Review

Circuit breakers are a crucial component of the electrical system because they guard the aircraft against damage from the high current that can damage the whole electrical system of an aircraft. They are employed in aircraft because they are more reliable and help in minimizing electric hazards. This is because circuit breakers used in the aircraft acts as an automated operated switch that is used for the safety of the electrical system by interrupting the flow of abnormal or faulty current. Also, circuit breakers can be used to interrupt the flow of small inductive currents, capacitive currents, and load currents. AC circuit breakers are widely used in aircraft for power transmission and the operation of high-power motor devices. These factors are predicted to increase demand for aircraft circuit breakers during the forecast period. Some of the limitations associated with the use of aircraft circuit breakers are additional maintenance is required for these circuit breakers as well an air compressor is required for creating high-pressure air. An overheated circuit commonly results in a blown fuse or tripped breaker. The growing energy demand necessitates the development of a robust and reliable transmission and distribution network. Aircraft circuit breakers play a crucial role in ensuring the grid works safely due to their ability to spot errors caused by power transmission system short circuits.

Among the analyzed regions, North America is expected to account for the highest revenue in the market by the end of 2031, followed by Asia-Pacific, Europe, and LAMEA. Rapid boom across the commercial aviation sector in the U.S. that accounts for more than 10 million American jobs and drives 5% of the U.S. GDP are the key factors responsible for the leading position of North America in the global aircraft circuit breakers market.

Author Name(s) : Naga Surya Sanka| Anup Katira | Surya Sanka
Frequently Asked Questions?

The diverse applications of aircraft circuit breakers across commercial aircraft, defense aircraft, and other sectors are the major market driver that is estimated to generate excellent opportunities in the aircraft circuit breakers market.

Boeing Company, Airbus SE, and Embraer SA are the major players in the aircraft circuit breakers market.

North America will provide more business opportunities for the global aircraft circuit breakers market in the future.

The major growth strategies adopted by the aircraft circuit breakers market players are product development and merger & acquisition.

The AC sub-segment of the system type acquired the maximum share of the global aircraft circuit breakers market in 2021.

The use of aircraft circuit breakers in the production of commercial aircraft is estimated to drive the adoption of aircraft circuit breakers.

The report provides an extensive qualitative and quantitative analysis of the current trends and future estimations of the global aircraft circuit breakers market from 2021 to 2031 to determine the prevailing opportunities.

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Aircraft circuit breakers Market

Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2021-2031