Global Defense Tactical Radio Market 2017-2021

  • Published: Oct 2017
  • Pages: 82
  • SKU: IRTNTR15366

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This market research study identifies General Dynamics, Harris, Raytheon Company, Rockwell Collins, and Thales Group as the leading players in the global defense tactical radio market. A comprehensive analysis of this market is also presented by product (portable and handheld radio and vehicle-mounted radio) and by geography (the Americas, APAC, and EMEA).

Overview of the global defense tactical radio market

Defense agencies are highly considerate regarding the enhancement of radio communication capabilities. This encourages them to take significant measures. Technavio's global defense tactical radio market research report identifies that the launch of radio programs by defense ministries to be one of the major factors that will have a positive impact on the growth of the market. The US department of defense (DoD) came up with one such programs in the past called the joint tactical radio system (JTRS). This program was used to form a single standard software-defined radio (SDR) system for the US Army. It also involved the development of software communications architecture, software-based waveforms, and joint tactical radio (JTR) set. The US Army launched another program as well, known as the mid-tier networking vehicular radio (MNVR) program. It equips both mobile and stationary forces with wireless connectivity. Such initiatives are expected to increase the defense tactical radio market worth during the forecast period. Technavio’s market research analysts predict that the defense tactical radio market growth will be at a CAGR of close to 8% by 2021.

The increasing need for lightweight and small military handheld radio is identified as one of the key trends that will boost growth in the global defense tactical radio market during the predicted period. This prevents soldiers from carrying heavy equipment and supplies over long distances during missions. For instance, a communication systems company, goTenna, introduced a lightweight military radio called goTenna Pro in March 2017. It is a professional grade mesh-networking radio, which is easy to carry.

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Defense tactical radio market key vendors and competitive landscape

The defense tactical radio market is highly fragmented and characterized by the presence of well-established defense contractors. They have extensive expertise on multiple products and solutions. The defense agencies regulate the design and production of tactical communication devices, which adhere to specific standards. This strengthens the competitive environment of the tactical communication market.

Key vendors in this market are -

  • General Dynamics
  • Harris
  • Raytheon Company
  • Rockwell Collins
  • Thales Group

Other prominent vendors in the market include BAE Systems, BARRETT Communications, Cobham, Codan Radio Communications, Leonardo, L3 Technologies, Northrop Grumman, Radmor, Rohde & Schwarz INRADIOS, and Rolta India.

Segmentation by product and analysis of the defense tactical radio market

  • Portable and handheld radio
  • Vehicle-mounted radio

Tactical radios are extensively used by special operation forces (SOF) to facilitate military intelligence exchange and perform quick and surprise attacks on unsuspecting enemies. The growing number of conflicts in regions such as Latin America, Africa, and Asia is driving the need for the deployment of SOF. The adoption of tactical radios for SOF activities will continue to increase due to the enhanced features of military radio communication equipment. These features include collaborative chat, intelligence gathering, and frequency hopping.

Segmentation by geography and analysis of the defense tactical radio market

  • Americas
  • APAC
  • EMEA

The increasing need for communication among troops and the base center is propelling the demand for tactical radios in the Americas. The US is involved in joint operations across the world and is focusing on achieving high levels of mission command interoperability through the joint multinational readiness center (JMRC). This includes an initiative for direct army radio communication with allied forces. Such initiatives will further influence the market’s growth in this region throughout the estimated period.

Key questions answered in the report include

  • What will the market size and the growth rate be in 2021?
  • What are the key factors driving the global defense tactical radio market?
  • What are the key market trends impacting the growth of the global defense tactical radio market?
  • What are the challenges to market growth?
  • Who are the key vendors in the global defense tactical radio market?
  • What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the vendors in the global defense tactical radio market?
  • What are the trending factors influencing the market shares of the Americas, APAC, and EMEA?
  • What are the key outcomes of the five forces analysis of the global defense tactical radio market?

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  • Market outline


  • Market overview
  • Market size and forecast
  • Key procurement criteria
  • Key takeaways
  • Five forces analysis


  • Global defense tactical radio market: Segmentation by product - 2016
  • Global defense tactical radio market: Segmentation by product - 2021
  • Global defense tactical radio market segmentation by product 2016-2021
  • Global portable and handheld radio market
  • Global vehicle-mounted radio market


  • Geographical segmentation
  • Regional comparison
  • Americas – market size & forecast
  • EMEA – market size & forecast
  • APAC – market size & forecast
  • Key leading countries
  • Market opportunity



  • Market drivers
  • Market challenges


  • Development of radios with enhanced features
  • Focus on lightweight and small radio
  • Advancements in cognitive radio technology


  • Competitive scenario
  • List of vendors in global defense tactical radio market
  • General Dynamics
  • Harris
  • Raytheon Company
  • Rockwell Collins
  • Thales Group
  • Other prominent vendors


  • List of abbreviations

Research Framework

Technavio presents a detailed picture of the market by way of study, synthesis, and summation of data from multiple sources. The analysts have presented the various facets of the market with a particular focus on identifying the key industry influencers. The data thus presented is comprehensive, reliable, and the result of extensive research, both primary and secondary.


Primary sources

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  • Channel partners
  • Industry experts
  • Strategic decision makers

Secondary sources

  • Industry journals and periodicals
  • Government data
  • Financial reports of key industry players
  • Historical data
  • Press releases


Data Synthesis

  • Collation of data
  • Estimation of key figures
  • Analysis of derived insights

Data Validation

  • Triangulation with data models
  • Reference against proprietary databases
  • Corroboration with industry experts



  • Market drivers
  • Market challenges
  • Market trends
  • Five forces analysis


  • Market size and forecast
  • Market segmentation
  • Geographical insights
  • Competitive landscape
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