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The global military antenna market size was valued at USD 4.89 billion in 2019 and is projected to reach USD 5.78 billion by 2027, exhibiting a CAGR of 8.61% during the forecast period (2020-2027).
The antenna is the device used to convert radio frequency into the alternating current with the help of transducer. There has been a rise in the demand for antennas for airborne, marine and ground military operations from the countries such as the U.S., China, and India. The companies and government are focusing on the airborne applications, to strengthen its military forces with the technologically advanced military antennas.
However, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the market dynamics for the upcoming years. To overcome this pandemic companies are focusing on factors such as
Prioritizing Defense Expenditure to the Healthcare Industry To Overcome COVID-19 Pandemic
Since the COVID-19 virus outbreak in December 2019, the disease has spread to more than 100 countries across the globe. The global impacts of the COVID-19 have already starting to be felt, and will significantly impact this market in the year 2020 and 2021.
COVID-19 pandemic can impact the global economy in three main domains, such as by directly affecting the production and demand of the goods, by creating supply chain and market disruption, and by the financial impact on organizations and financial markets.
Moreover, the electronic industry has impacted by the COVID-19. The reduction in demand has changed the dynamic of this industry. The companies are planning to launch an e-commerce platform to simplify the distribution network.
Countries across the globe are prioritizing their defense expenditure to the healthcare industry to build the required infrastructure facilities to tackle the growing coronavirus cases. This may largely impact the growth of the market.
It is expected that post-impact of COVID-19 pandemic, there will be drastic defense budget cuts from the developed nation such as the U.S., The U.K, Russia, China, and India. According to an analysis by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), governments around the world spent USD 1.9 trillion in defense last year. This is the highest figure in more than three decades. However, this would not be the case in the year 2021.
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Development of Smart Antennas
A smart antenna system integrates multiple antennas with signal processing algorithms to automatically optimize its reception pattern and radiation in response to the signal environment. These are categorized as adaptive array antennas or switched beam antennas.
Smart antenna enhances the quality of wireless communication by minimizing the errors and managing the incoming signals. Moreover, it allows data signal customization as per the requirement for military troops, which improves operational efficiency. The need for fast and high-frequency wavelengths with better field monitoring capabilities and communication systems is expected to propel the market growth.
Increase in demand for Advanced Military Antennas due to Growing Transnational Disputes Will Aid Growth
The rising transnational disputes on the borders have led the government of countries such as India and China to strengthen their security, surveillance, and tracking capabilities. This has led to an increase in the demand for advanced military antennas. In the current digital era, aspects such as reliability, efficiency, and real-time communications are vital to succeed in network-centric operations; hence, advanced antenna technology is deployed for security & surveillance purpose, which is expected to propel the military antenna market growth.
Moreover, due to the rising disputes and terrorist activities, governments across several countries have increased their defense budgets and are focused on modernizing and strengthening their defense capabilities. The rising defense budgets are anticipated to augment market growth. There has been a significant rise in the defense budget in recent years. As stated by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the global military expenditure has increased by 3.6% in 2019 as compared to 2018. This rising defense budget for modernization programs is expected to impact the market growth rate positively.
Paradigm Shift from Conventional to Technologically Advanced Military Equipment
Change in warfare and battlefield management and the need for modernization of conventional military equipment has increased. Modernization of defense systems is necessary to keep pace with the technological progress during the battlefield; this demand for up-gradation is expected to drive the growth of the market. Modernization is aimed at improving quality, close the capability gap, and decrease the overall cost. It has been observed that there has been a rise in major contracts between key defense companies and the U.S. government for up-gradation of military systems such as tactical radar systems, movable tactics, and light weapons, advanced military antennas, and others. Moreover, there has been a rise in the usage of the advanced antenna for armed forces, which is expected to fuel the growth of the market.
Many countries are focused on upgrading their defense forces; for instance, In 2019, India planned to spend USD 130 Billion in the next 5-7 years to modernize its armed forces and enhance its combat capabilities. The plan involves the procurement of surveillance equipment, air defense system, drones, warships, submarines, missiles, and others, which is predicted to boost the market growth.
High Cost Associated with Research And Development (R&D) Of Military Antenna
The military antennas are used to address the needs of most communication & surveillance applications, electronic warfare, and others. With increasing technological development in defense equipment, this antenna needs to be developed for its compatibility with other equipment. However, high costs are involved in R&D of the antenna technology due to complexity in the design and development of the antenna. The development, integration of systems across the platforms, and the maintenance of these systems are very expensive. Hence, the market growth is anticipated to affect due to these factors negatively.
Super-High Frequency to Grow at Faster Pace during 2020-2027
Based on frequency, the military antenna market includes high frequency, ultra-high frequency, super high frequency, and extremely high frequency. The high-frequency segment held a dominant share of the military antennas market in 2019. The dominance is due to a comparatively lower cost of the system based on high frequency bands along with its high efficiency in military applications such as surveillance and combat operations. The super-high frequency segment is projected to register a higher CAGR by 2027 due to its space-based and weather forecasting applications. Moreover, the rise in satellite-based systems and the growing adoption of 5G based radar systems will boost the growth of the market.
Array Antenna Segment Dominated the Market in 2019
Based on type, the market is segmented into dipole antenna, aperture antenna, traveling wave antenna, loop antenna, and array antenna. The dipole antenna segment accounted for the largest market share in 2019. This type of antenna is largely used in most of the radar systems for military applications. The array antenna segment is anticipated to project a significant CAGR during the forecast period owing to the increase in the number of remote sensing and defense radar applications. In May 2020, Raytheon Technologies was awarded a contract of USD 238 million by the U.S. Navy. Through this contract, the company will supply the navy planar array antenna to the U.S. navy.
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Airborne Segment to Register a Higher CAGR during the Forecast Period
In terms of platform, the market segments include airborne, marine, and ground. The ground segment is expected to hold a dominant military antenna market share during the forecast period. The dominance is attributable to the increase in border security issues among the countries and the modernization of existing military radar systems with technologically advanced radar systems. The airborne segment is expected to grow at a significant CAGR during the forecast period due to the increasing demand for next-generation fighter aircraft with advanced antennas based systems in the developed and emerging countries.
Besides, the marine segment is expected to register a significant growth by the end of the forecast period owing to the rising preference of very high-frequency antennas for submarines and other ships.
Rising Demand for Advance Battlefield Operations would Boost the Growth of Electronic Warfare Segment
In terms of application, the market is segmented into communication, surveillance, SATCOM, electronic warfare, and telemetry. The communication segment is expected to have a dominant share in the market during the forecast period. The dominance is due to an increase in demand for warfare equipment and systems for the military troops during combat operations. The electronic warfare segment is expected to grow at a significant CAGR during the forecast period due to a rise in the demand for up-gradation of military radar and antenna systems.
North America Military Antenna Market Size, 2016-2027 (USD Billion)
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The report includes analysis of the global market at the regional level. The market size in North America stood at USD 1.84 billion in 2019. The dominance of this region is attributable to the presence of major players in the market and the rise in defense expenditure by the U.S. government on the modernization of military equipment. For instance, In March 2020, Lockheed Martin Corporation was awarded a contract worth USD 240 million by the U.S. Space Force to develop jam-resistant communications payloads under the Protected Tactical SATCOM (PTS) program. The company assists in deployment military SATCOM terminals with stationary antennas in this program. This, along with the presence of favorable policies in the U.S and Canada, is responsible for the dominance of North America in this market. The market in Europe is expected to grow at a significant CAGR owing to the rising awareness regarding advanced technology-based antenna systems. The market in the Asia Pacific is expected to exhibit healthy growth owing to the increasing defense spending by countries such as China and India. In addition to this, market players in this region are making heavy investments, which in turn, will fuel demand for antennas. Latin America and the Middle East & Africa accounted for a comparatively lower share of the market owing to the presence of OEMs and defense activities market.
Advanced Product Development by Raytheon Technologies Corporation, Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG, and L3Harris Technologies to Lead the Global Market.
The market is fragmented as the number of players are involved in designing and developing military application based antennas. Companies are looking forward to developing a technologically advanced product and establish a strong partnership with the government of developed and emerging countries.
Currently, Raytheon Technologies, Rohde & Schwarz, and L3Harris Technologies, lead the market, these three companies accounting for around 48% market share in 2019. Other key players such as Cobham Limited, Antcom Corporation, and Comrod Communication AS have also entered the market competition with technologically advanced military antennas.
These companies are adopting strategies such as new product development and geographic expansion, to establish its strong presence in the market, specifically in the U.S. market.
This military antenna market research report provides detailed industry analysis and focuses on key aspects such as leading companies, product types, and leading applications of the antenna products.
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Value (USD Billion)
Fortune Business Insights says that the global military antenna market size was valued at USD 4.89 billion in 2019 and is projected to reach USD 5.78 billion by 2027.
In 2019, the North America market value stood at USD 1.84 billion.
Growing at a CAGR of 8.61%, the market will exhibit steady growth in the forecast period (2020-2027).
The array antenna segment is expected to be the leading segment in this market during the forecast period.
An increase in demand for advanced military antennas due to growing transnational disputes and modernization of conventional to technologically advanced military equipment market players are major factors driving the growth of the market.
Raytheon Technologies, L3Harris Technologies Ltd., Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co KGare major players of the global market.
North America dominated the market share in 2019.
The key companies are adopting expansion strategies by establishing a strong partnership with the companies and governments. Moreover, companies are also involved in designing and developing advanced antennas for various military applications.
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