Military Communications Market Scenario
Military communications involve all aspects related to communication of information and data by armed forces for efficient functioning, military command, and control. Military communications generally depend on a vast and complex communication network of equipment and protocols to convey information across people and geography. The increasing need for secure, confidential, and accurate real-time data transmission in military communications is expected to drive the market during the forecast period. The major technological challenge plaguing this market is the presence of multiple standards and devices, which makes it extremely difficult to achieve interoperability among so many different systems and technologies. Military communications facilitate the secure and robust provision of timely connectivity, the exercise of authority, and also in the direction of forces across geographies.
The mission-critical nature of this market necessitates the integration of emerging technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence, meta-materials, to improve the delivery of the right information to the right location and at the right time in an actionable format. Companies are estimated to invest in the military communications market at a rapid rate during the forecast period, despite the economic slowdown, technological challenges, and budget cuts. Emerging technologies such as Ka-band is typically used for long-range transmission of data. Its greater bandwidth supports faster transmission speeds. The beams generated in Ka-band are much more directive than the lower frequency bands, energy is more precisely focused in this band, and the spectrum can be reused more intensively in various geographic areas. With its stealth and performance, Ka-band is offering militaries long-range communication capability for the most demanding contexts and requirements. The factors driving the growth of the military communications market are replacement of aging technology with more advanced equipment, the introduction of digital communications, usage of software-defined radio, and enhanced security features. Another factor estimated to contribute to the growth of the military communications market is growth in investments by governments across the globe in the defense sector. The global military communications market is estimated to register a CAGR of over 3.2% during the forecast period of 2019 to 2025.
Segmentation of the Global Military Communications Market
The military communications market is segmented based on system, application, platform, and region. Based on the system, the market has been segmented into satcom systems, radio systems, security systems, and management systems. The satcom systems segment is the largest segment of the military communications market. The segment is also expected to register a high CAGR during the forecast period. Military users are focused on increasing their coverage area, which would bring outstanding capabilities and high performance. For instance, Thales signed a contract with Spanish Armed Forces to modernize their PR4G radios, in order to provide the users with enhanced capability of high priority information dissemination. Similarly, BAE systems signed a contract with the US Navy to support radio and communications systems design and integration for I3 surface combatant ships.
For instance, Inmarsat's Global Xpress is the first commercial high-throughput network that covers the entire world. Apart from the provision of in-flight connectivity, it also focuses on providing seamless data communication in the military airborne platform. Additionally, it is fully interoperable with military SATCOM (MILSATCOM). MILSATCOM has been divided into three categories, which are narrowband, wideband, and protected to match suitable frequency bands. MILSATCOM continues to play a crucial role in military communications architecture, as it can provide voice, video, and data communications to users globally. MILSATCOM must integrate and adopt new technologies to support these applications in warfighting applications.
The mobile user objective system is currently under development to meet future MILSATCOM requirements. It is required to increase the capacity of platforms that are highly mobile and are operating in the most challenging propagation environments. On the basis of application, the market has been segmented into command & control, situational awareness, routine operations, and others. The command & control is the largest segment due to the greater use of drones to achieve precision farming. The situational awareness application is expected to grow at a high CAGR during the forecast period. Based on the platform, the market has been segmented into airborne, ground-based, and naval. The ground-based segment is expected to be the largest segment in the review period. The airborne segment of the military communications market shows the highest growth rate. Based on the region, the market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and Latin America. North America region is expected to dominate the market in future, due to the rapid adoption of the advanced communications network and rising investment in the defense sector. Asia-Pacific is second to the North America market in the military communications market, due to increasing investments by the governments of developing countries.
The key players in the global military communications market are Airbus SAS (France), Alcatel (France), BAE Systems plc (UK), Collins Aerospace (US), General Dynamics Corporation (US), Harris Corporation (US), Lockheed Martin Corporation (US), Northrop Grumman Corporation (US), Raytheon Company (US), and Thales Group (France).
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The global military communications systems market is projected to register a moderate 3.2% in the forecast period.
The satcom systems segment is expected to observe substantial demand over the review period.
The massive demand for the market due to increased global conflicts has led to a development in investments primarily for military growth is the market's primary growth inducer.
North America is expected to observe substantial demand over the review period.
The airborne segment is expected to secure the highest CAGR.
The command and control segment is slated to expand as the fastest-growing segment.
A few eminent market players operating in the global military communications market are Lockheed Martin Corporation (US), Saab AB (Sweden), BAE Systems plc (UK), and others.