The use of air power by navies has proved to be a critical element in the war at sea. Naval aviation constitutes a key branch of all major naval forces around the world.

Seaborne aircraft and helicopters are being increasingly deployed for improved naval combat capabilities, increased power projection and extended surveillance reach in the vast ocean environment.

Finding the best naval aviation suppliers

Naval Technology has listed some of the leading naval aviation manufacturers and suppliers based on its intel, insights, and experience in the sector.

The list includes contractors and suppliers of a wide range of naval aircraft, from reconnaissance helicopters to supersonic fighter jets and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). It also includes the suppliers of multi-role aviation training vessels (MATVs) and naval aircraft engines, systems, and spare parts, as well as naval aviation inspection, servicing, and maintenance specialists.

The information contained within the download document is useful for naval warfare strategists, mission commanders, naval air squadron leaders, aviators, senior procurement executives, naval defence system integrators, maintenance supervisors, and any other individual involved in the acquisition, operation and maintenance of naval aviation assets.

The download contains detailed information on naval aviation manufacturers and suppliers and their product lines, alongside contact details to aid your purchasing decision.

Related Buyer’s Guides which cover an extensive range of naval equipment, manufacturers and technology can also be found here.

Types and uses of naval aviation

Naval forces use different shipborne special-purpose aircraft to carry out strike missions against strategic targets both at sea and onshore, as well as perform a host of other actions, including anti-submarine warfare (ASW), maritime reconnaissance, search and rescue, and low-range patrol runs.

Navies use different types of aircraft including, but not limited to:

· Naval attack and fighter aircraft

· Anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft

· Naval light combat aircraft (LCA)

· Scout/dive bomber aircraft

· Torpedo bomber aircraft

· Maritime patrol and observation aircraft

· Naval transport and general-purpose aircraft

· Naval multi-purpose helicopters

· Maritime reconnaissance aircraft, and

· Advanced jet trainers (AJT)

The importance of aircraft carriers in naval aviation

Aircraft carriers, which are large purpose-built naval vessels featuring full-length flight decks and capable of carrying, launching and recovering multiple fighter planes and helicopters, serve as mobile air bases amidst the ocean.

The numbers and capability of aircraft carriers operated by a country determine its naval aviation strength and its sea power at large. Countries such as China and India have been keen to expand their maritime power by commissioning domestically developed aircraft carriers and deploying advanced naval aviation systems for defense.

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