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,
Overview of the global military tank containers market
Market research analyst at Technavio has predicted that the global military tank containers market will grow at a CAGR of more than 3% between 2016 and 2020. Military tank containers are used to supply basic necessities such as food, water, and medicines to armed troops on a regular basis. These military vehicles are suitable of crossing rough terrain and perform high-speed operations on rough and rocky roads. In the coming years, countries like China, France, Germany, India, Iran, Japan, Pakistan, Russia, South Korea, Taiwan, the UK, and the US will likely boost their capabilities to indigenously manufacture and import advanced military tank containers to ascertain adequate supply of vital products such as food, water, oil, gas, and pharmaceuticals to their respective armed troops. The defense authorities across the globe have increased their focus on the procurement and deployment of military tank containers, which will lend sufficient support to soldiers in the military encampments. The growing requirement for the timely delivery of food and other necessary supplies such as ammunition, rations, medicines, and equipment will enhance the growth prospects for this market in the coming years.
Owing to the potential attacks on the tanks and significant threats to the goods being transported, vendors are equipping tank containers with armors to combat enemy attacks. They are developing advanced military tank containers with improved protection, better durability, strike capabilities, and more effectiveness. Each container is incorporated with an anti-tank weapon, a grenade launcher, and a machine gun, which makes them capable of detecting attacks and responding to them. The Containerized Weapon System (CWS) of the US Army can also provide a defensive firepower boost, and also helps in
Overview of the global anti-ship missile defense system market
Extensive market research carried out by Technavio’s analysts has predicted that the global anti-ship missile defense system market will grow progressively at a CAGR of around 6% during the forecast period. Countries such as the US, the UK, Russia, Iran, Israel, China, South Korea, India, and Japan are expected to increase their demand for anti-ship missile defense systems during the forecast period, owing to intensifying border threats and national security concerns. Some of the major vendors in the market are designing advanced anti-ship missile defense systems with improved speed, strike capabilities, and enhanced effectiveness to cater to the demand from these nations. With an increase in naval warfare and sea border disputes across the globe, the modernization of naval combat systems is on the rise. Several ships and vessels are being equipped with advanced radar, sensors, offensive and defensive weapons, and navigation systems, to expand the capabilities of naval warfare, which will further boost the demand for anti-ship missiles during the predicted period.
The increasing use of sea-based X-band radar-1 (SBX-1) system is the latest trend gaining momentum in the market. This radar system is an enhanced version of the K and Ka-band radar systems that can detect any suspicious movement from a long distance. These are advanced electro-mechanically steered phased array radars which include a mid-course fire control radar based on a semi-submersible naval vessel. The SBX-1 platform is equipped with a command, control, and communications (C3) system and an in-flight interceptor
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.