The Global Cryocooler Market Propelled By Growing Use Of Cryocoolers In Military & Defense Equipment


Cryocoolers are cooling devices that use a cryogenic refrigeration cycle to create ultra-low temperatures ranging from 4 K to 300 K. They are used in various applications such as military equipment, scientific research equipment, industrial vacuum systems, semiconductor manufacturing, and space applications. Cryocoolers provide stable cooling and are reliable even in harsh environments. The global Cryocooler Market is estimated to be valued at US$ 2540.58 Mn in 2023 and is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 5.8% over the forecast period 2023 to 2030, as highlighted in a new report published by Coherent Market Insights.

Market key trends:

The growing use of cryocoolers in military applications such as missiles, radars, infrared cameras etc. is driving the cryocooler market. Cryocoolers are becoming an integral part of these military and defense systems as they are capable of providing cooling in extreme environmental conditions of low temperatures and high vibrations. Cryocooler manufacturers are focusing on developing lighter and more efficient cryocoolers optimized for space and defense applications. The adoption of Infrared (IR) sensors and thermal imaging cameras for surveillance, detection, targeting and navigation is also increasing the demand for cryocoolers from this sector.
SWOT Analysis

Strength: Cryocoolers are energy efficient and require less maintenance compared to other refrigeration methods. They provide reliable cooling at extremely low temperatures.

Weakness: Initial investment costs for cryocoolers are high. Their design complexities also increase maintenance costs.

Opportunity: Growing demand for superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs) and quantum computing applications is opening new growth avenues. Rising use of infrared cameras and detectors in military and space applications presents an opportunity.

Threats: Competition from other cooling technologies such as closed-cycle gas refrigerators poses a threat. Stringent qualification and reliability requirements of cryocoolers from the aerospace industry increases production challenges.

Key Takeaways

The global cryocooler market demand is expected to witness high growth. The market was valued at US$ 2540.58 Mn in 2023 and is projected to reach US$ 3783.11 Mn by 2030, expanding at a CAGR of 5.8% during the forecast period.

Regional analysis comprises North America dominates the cryocooler market currently, owing to strong government investments and a high focus on defense, space, research, and healthcare applications. The Asia Pacific region is anticipated to grow at the fastest pace due to increasing R&D spending on IR cameras, SQUIDs, and quantum computing research in China, India, Japan, and South Korea.

Key players operating in the cryocooler market are Northrop Grumman Corporation, Sumitomo Heavy Industries Limited, Stirling Cryogenics BV, Sunpower Inc. (AMETEK Inc.), Superconductor Technologies Inc., RICOR, Advanced Research Systems Inc., Cobham PLC, Janis Research Company LLC, Cryomech Inc., and Chart Industries Inc. The market leaders are focusing on product innovation and collaborations with research institutes to strengthen their position in the industry

1. Source: Coherent Market Insights, Public sources, Desk research
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