Overview of the global military load carriage systems market
According to the market research analyst at Technavio, the global military load carriage systems market will grow steadily at a CAGR of around 3% by 2020. One of the primary factors contributing to the growth of the market is the deployment of improved load bearing equipment (ILBE). ILBE an advanced load carriage system specifically designed for the marines or soldiers. The load carriage system includes a modular tactical vest and an outer tactical vest, which integrates with intelligent systems and assists troops in the battlefield. Other components that are included in the system comprise assault packs, hydration system, and manpack, which are carefully designed for the swift mobility of armed troops. For instance, BAE Systems has come up with a Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment (MOLLE) system, which is equipped with adequate weaponry and sustainability kit like a global positioning system (GPS), tactical assault panel (TAP), and a radio and focuses on the comfort of the army and their survivability on the battlefield.
A recent trend observed in the market is the introduction of integrated load carriage system (ILCS). This system is designed for the optimum weight distribution of the gear, which includes backpacks and body armors. The weight is strategically distributed onto the hips and legs of military personnel to reduce stress levels and fatigue. Also, the system consists of an independent battle belt for unrestricted movement and efficient performance of soldiers. These systems can be custom designed to suit the solder’s comfort level and are specific to their
Overview of the global amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) market
Technavio’s market research analyst predicts that the global amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) market will grow at a CAGR of more than 9% by 2020. There is an increase in the demand for large amphibious vehicles because of their wide applications in civil and military forces. These ships provide several benefits in military operations, such as in the transportation of armored vehicles and armed troops, as well as in carrying out humanitarian missions and relief work. AAVs are the oldest military vehicle platform, specifically in the areas of land mobility, lethality, reliability, and command, control, communications, computer, intelligence. The numerous capabilities of these naval vessels have propelled massive investments, which will, in turn, boost the growth prospects of this market during the forecast period.
3D printing is an evolving technology that helps users to create innovate designs and gives better results during mold manufacturing, computerized numerical control (CNC) cutting, or canvas printing. This technology can print electronics directly onto 3D surfaces; for instance, on naval vehicles, aircraft airframes, rocket engines, missile fins, and their guidance systems. The use of 3D printing would also improve the safety of the amphibious vehicles. Several attributes of 3D-printed AAVs are cost efficiency, improved competency, just-in-time (JIT) manufacturing, optimized performance, and weight
Overview of the global military mobile computing systems market
Technavio’s market research analyst predicts the global military mobile computing systems market to grow at a CAGR of more than 7% by 2020. One of the primary drivers for this market’s growth is the growing requirement of software-defined radios (SDR) technology. It is upgradeable, flexible, offers cheap multistandard terminals, and has a long lifetime for military wireless communications infrastructure. Also, it meets the demand for secure and reliable communications in defense applications. Some of the major factors driving the demand for SDR technology are the surging need for tactical communications, interoperability, real-time data communications, modernization programs, and size, weight, power (SWAP) benefits. Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) is one of the most successful military ventures that uses the SDR technology. It is a universal full duplex radio module that can be used across all the platforms and can be configured in the real-time field to provide flexibility, versatility, efficiency, and longer operating life from a single set battery. It provides a single platform for communication by lowering the number of radios to carry around.
One of the latest trends gaining momentum in the market is the increasing use of network-centric warfare. It provides machine-to-machine, sensor, radar, and other computing system communications allowing data exchange to scrutinize, plan, and make intelligent decisions. It offers several benefits such as secure communications, improved safety of combatants, productive campaigns, intelligence decisions, and significant results. The mobile computing systems help the military forces to achieve real-time and untethered
Overview of the global small arms market
Technavio’s market research analyst predicts the global small arms market to reach almost USD 6 billion by 2020. Small arms and light weapons constitute those armaments that are intended for individual use and can also be operated as portable weapons by a group of persons serving as a crew. Small arms can be categorized into revolvers, pistols, submachine guns, rifles, light machine guns, portable anti-aircraft guns, grenade launchers, portable anti-tank guns, and mortars. As per Technavio's market study, around 60% of the global small arms are possessed by civilians including private citizen, gangs, private security personnel, and non-state armed forces owing to the growing need for self-defense. Several countries across the globe are providing small arms for civilian defense purposes on legal grounds, which is one of the primary driving forces for the overall market’s growth. One of the latest developments in this market is the emergence of smart guns, which comprise of several technologies, including proximity sensors, biometrics, radio frequency identification (RFID), and microchips to improve gun safety. Owing to the technological benefits of these guns, several defense organizations are planning modernization strategies across the globe, which, in turn, will boost the growth prospects of this market during the predicted period.
Owing to the changing requirements from end-user segments, several vendors are coming up with new technologies for the manufacture of small arms and light weapons. For instance, there are programs like the lightweight small arms
Overview of the global C4ISR market
The market research analysts at Technavio predict that the global C4ISR market will grow progressively and post a CAGR of 4% by 2020. The growing acceptance of CREW (counter radio electronic warfare systems) systems for EW (electronic warfare) will help spur the growth of the market. These systems are extensively used for detonating RCIEDs (remote-controlled improvised explosive device) and significantly decrease casualties during attacks. Furthermore, CREW systems are vehicle-mounted and man-portable, capable of neutralizing RCIEDs, and are also used to interrupt the communications links of an IED, thereby, providing the military with a tactical advantage. It has also been observed that the vendors are investing in the development of CREW systems with features like superior protection performance, user-friendly operation, low power consumption, and functionality in extreme temperatures.
Recently, one of the trends in the market is the increasing use of Android and iOS-based devices for military purposes. Such devices are predominantly employed in military mobilization network integration evaluation (NIE) activities and software engineering directorate (SED) mobile applications. These devices have special features that increase the troop’s situational awareness in battlefields, feeds real-time information on combat zones, and share the same information with troops based at a distance. Additionally, Android or iOS-based devices ensure effective use of video, text messaging, and mapping technology to help squadrons determine the location of its own troops and opponent.
Competitive landscape and key vendors
The market appears to be highly fragmented due the
Outlook of the global man-portable communication systems market
Technavio’s market researchers predict that the global man-portable communication systems market will grow progressively at a moderate CAGR of 6% by 2020. The increasing integration of the Android operating system will be one the major factors contributing towards the growth of the market. The use of this technology will improve situational awareness in war zones by creating a digital battlefield that shows what is happening around the warfighter. Generally, such systems exist in the form of hand-held computers to accommodate the surplus information and also enables communication between different branches of the army through the use of a wide variety of digital data, communications, and tactical radios. For instance, the Android OS recently introduced the use of video, text messaging, and mapping technology, which enables the soldiers to communicate with each other and determines the locations of their squads and the opponents.
The emergence of inflatable SATCOM antennas is one of the few trends observed in the market recently. The integration of high-capacity global networks and advanced designs of these satellites are best suited for ground military usage in remote areas and adverse weather conditions. These antennas also offer other advantages like better power transmission, low weight, easy and quick setup process, and provide high-bandwidth communications for secure and non-secure voice, video, and data transmissions.
Competitive landscape and key vendors
This market appears to be highly competitive, and the players compete on the basis of cost, product quality,
The defense industry is involved in the research and development, design, and production of military materials, equipment, and facilities. The industry can be divided into two major segments: defense contractors and the arms industry.
Defense contractors are the organizations that provide products and services to military departments and governments. The arms industry produces guns, ammunition, military aircraft, and associated products.
Ongoing budget cuts and funding constraints are expected to be a major challenge for the defense industry over the next couple of years. Several major defense programs have been cancelled and new platforms lack funding support from customers.
Global revenues in the defense sector will likely continue to decrease in 2015 at an estimated rate of 1.3%. This will be offset by greater defense spending in the United Arab Emirates, India, Russia, Japan, and South Korea, as these countries work to equip their militaries with modern defense platforms and technologies.
The world’s biggest defense contractors include BAE Systems, Boeing Defense, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon.