Stealth coatings technology is the way in which platform of ships and weapons are coated for the purpose of hiding them for detection. For stealth, black composite materials are used for stealth ships which absorbs or reflects the radar signals. Stealth coating when painted over the hull of a ship increases the reflective capabilities. Stealth coating is basically a radar absorbing material which is applied on the aircrafts or ships for reducing the radar cross section so it becomes difficult to detect them by radars. Its importance in defense, military, aerospace and automotive sector due to its strength and durability may act as a driver for its market valuation.
Radar Absorbing Material may Fuel the Growth in Aerospace
Polymer based radar absorbing material is applied over the entire external part where there is a high radar reflection such as surface edges. The radar absorbing material consists of ferromagnetic particles embedded in a polymer matrix and provides high dielectric constant. Polymer matrix composites or radar absorbing structures have the qualities to replace highly reflective conventional metallic aircraft structures. A stealthy aircraft is less observable to various detection devices such as radar, laser, infrared, or acoustic sensors. The electromagnetic characteristics in stealth help in growing the adoption. Stealth aircrafts are capable of high maneuverability for armed flights without being detected by enemy sensors.
Stealth Coating in Health Care may boost the Adoption
As per the research conducted by sciencemag.org, transient and stealth coating of liver sinusoids by two arm PEG OligoLys was found to be effective in preventing the sinusoidal clearance of non-viral and viral gene vectors. Stealth coating provides an efficiency in their target tissues via their relocation from the liver sinusoid to the tissues. Stealth coating of nano medicines, for instance, by polyethylene glycol allows nano medicines to persist in the blood circulation for hours to days. Therefore, advantages of stealth coating in medical can be a major factor for its high growth in the market.
Less Load Carrying Capacity may restrain the Growth
Stealth technology has the disadvantage that it can carry reduced amount of payload. As most of the payload is carried internally in a stealth aircraft to reduce the radar signature, weapons cannot occupy a large space internally. Instead, a conventional aircrafts carry much more payload than any stealth aircraft. Furthermore, stealth aircrafts cannot fly as fast as conventional aircrafts, thus, taking more time and fuel. Although, F-22 category aircrafts are fast but cannot be as fast as other conventional aircrafts like Mach 2 or Su-37.
High Cost of Stealth Technology Aircrafts
Stealth aircrafts are highly expensive and because of their high price tags, it becomes somewhat difficult for economically backward countries to own it. Fighters such as b-2, F-117 and F-22 are one of the costliest aircrafts in the world.
Key players in the sector include Intermat Defense, CFI Solutions, Stealth Coatings, Inc., Veil Corporation, Stealth Veils, Hyper Stealth technologies Pvt. Ltd., Micromag, Akzo Nobel, PPG Industries, Mankiewicz, Sherwin-Williams, Axalta Coating Systems, etc.
Hyper Stealth Technologies in 2020 have introduced a new stealth material in the form of coating for army, navy and air force which is capable of absorbing microwave radiations of enemy Radar helping the target to hide perfectly. The coating is in micron level having minimum weight to penalty ratio. HSTPL coating covers complete spectrum i.e. UV, VIS, NIR, MWIR, LWIR and Microwave. Therefore, this adaptive multi spectral coating is an excellent solution for achieving thermal camouflage property without using any external power.
In July 2020, Physicists from NUST MISIS partnering with the Polytechnic University of Turin (Italy) and the Scientific and Technological Center of Unique Instrumentation of the Russian Academy have developed innovative meta material based on stealth technology that eliminates an object’s electrical type of scattering. To hide the antennas or cell towers, the researchers have developed a special coating based on an ideal magnetic scatterer turning an elongated metal object with an electric response into an object with a magnetic response.
Scientists at the Centre for Nano and Soft Matter Sciences in India have designed a metal mesh structure for constructing a transparent shield against electromagnetic interference. The “invisible” shield, as it is named is applicable in many stealth applications for covering electromagnetic wave emitter or absorber devices. This transparent and flexible EMI shields are made using the templating method and spray coating. This metal mesh can be created on any desired substrate, for e.g. acrylic, polycarbonate, glass, etc. without compromising the conductivity of electrodes.
North America is projected to dominate the stealth coating market owing to increasing applications in the defense and automotive industry. As aerospace sector is one of the largest industries in the world, and majorly supplies military and civil aerospace hardware to the world. Investments in US by Federal Aviation Administration enhances the safety of aircraft parts manufactured. Substantial increase in defense spending and rising demand for commercial and military aircraft have escalated the growth of stealth coating in North American region. Other than that, research and development for military applications, home land security is anticipated to drive the demand of stealth technology.
Stealth coating market in Europe is anticipated to have a significant growth due to the growing need for military defense and security in aerospace sector. Emerging threats from big countries is forcing the European government to increase spending on defense. Several initiative by European Union, for instance, Permanent Structured Cooperation on Defense and Security (PESCO), and the European Defense Fund (EDF), etc. Additionally, launch of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems in cars and electric vehicles is further increasing the demand of radar absorbing materials. Growing wideband 5G and millimetre based RF system capabilities and technological advancements in the sector are paving the way for market growth.
Countries like India, Japan and China are investing huge amount in stealth aircrafts. China is expected to witness the highest growth owing to the increase in number of developments. Aerospace industry in Singapore is anticipated to grow at a rapid rate due to the foreign direct investments and growing incidences of participation of private companies. Growth in military expenditure of the government in Asian countries to strengthen air, land and sea capabilities for the future is a major contribution for driving the growth of stealth coating in aircrafts.
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CFI Solutions, Stealth Coatings, Inc., Veil Corporation, Stealth Veils, Hyper Stealth technologies Pvt. Ltd., Micromag, Akzo Nobel, etc.
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North America, China in Asia Pacific.
High cost of aircrafts may restrain emerging economies to adopt stealth coating aircrafts.
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