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The global military antenna market size was valued at USD 3.32 billion in 2021. The market is projected to grow from USD 3.67 billion in 2022 to USD 6.61 billion by 2029, exhibiting a CAGR of 8.76% during the forecast period. The global COVID-19 pandemic has been unprecedented and staggering, with military antenna experiencing lower-than-anticipated demand across all regions compared to pre-pandemic levels. Based on our analysis, the global market exhibited a decline of 33.6% in 2020 as compared to 2019.
An antenna is a device that uses a transducer to convert radio frequency into alternating electricity. The demand for antennas for aerial, maritime, and ground military operations has increased recently in India, the U.S., and China. Companies and governments are concentrating on aerial applications to provide technologically sophisticated military antennas to their country's military forces.
COVID-19 Pandemic Reduced the Product Demand Leading to Slow Market Growth
The COVID-19 pandemic had a negative impact on the economies of various countries. Manufacturing processes have been halted due to supply chain disruptions. The level of COVID-19 exposure, the level at which manufacturing operations are functioning, and import-export rules, among other things, all have a role in resuming manufacturing activity. To overcome this pandemic, companies focus on long-term contracts post 2020.
Impact of Russia-Ukraine War on the Procurement of Military Antenna
The ongoing Russia-Ukraine war has changed the dynamics of the European defense industry in 2022. NATO countries and European countries provide ammunition, ground surveillance radars, firefinder weapons, and other systems into western Ukraine via Poland. More than 25 countries have joined to support the Ukraine war crisis. These countries have provided support in terms of finance, weaponry support, special military operations, and others. Thus, the military antenna market growth has been observed recently.
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Increase in Technological Advancement in Smart Antennas
A smart antenna system combines several antennas with signal processing algorithms to optimize its reception pattern and radiation in response to changing signal conditions. Adaptive array antennas and switching beam antennas are two types of antennas.
Smart antennas improve wireless communication quality by reducing mistakes and controlling incoming signals. Furthermore, it allows military soldiers to customize data signals based on their needs, which improves operational effectiveness. The market is predicted to increase due to the demand for quick and high-frequency wavelengths and improved field monitoring capabilities and communication systems.
Increase in Demand for Satellite Communication Equipment Due to Growing Space Exploration Programs will Aid Growth
Satellite communication is heavily used to control the incorporation of current satellite communication into existing communications and reconnaissance architectures. As operating needs have grown and technological improvements have advanced rapidly, the bandwidth requirement has exploded.
As a result, C4ISR mainly relies on satellite communication to deal with the issues that modern deployed forces face. The advancement of satellite communication infrastructure has aided in constructing new terrestrial communication networks, allowing for greater operational agility. As a result, the market for satellite and military antennas will see substantial growth due to the expansion of satellite communication infrastructure.
Significant Demand to Replace Conventional Equipment with Technologically Advanced Military Equipment
The necessity for upgrading conventional military equipment has increased as warfare and battlefield management have changed. Modernization of defense systems is required to stay up with technological advancements on the battlefield, and this requirement is projected to propel the market forward. The goal of modernization is to improve quality, close the capability gap, and lower total costs. There has been an increase in major contracts between major defense corporations and the U.S. government for military system upgrades such as tactical radar systems, traveling wave antennas, loop antennas, moveable tactics, light weapons, upgraded antennas, and other items.
Countries are looking forward to upgrading antenna systems in the near future. For instance, in 2022, India is planning to increase defense budget by around 5% for military modernization programs, and in the next 5-7 years is focused to spend USD 130 billion to modernize its military forces and enhance its combat capabilities.
High-Cost Associate with Research and Development (R&D) of Military Antenna
Military antennas are used to address the needs of surveillance & communication applications, C5ISR, electronic warfare, and others. The increase in technological development in defense equipment, the antenna needs to be developed for its compatibility with other equipment. However, due to complexity in design, and high development costs are involved in the R&D of the antenna technology. The development, integration of equipment across the segments, and the maintenance of this equipment are very expensive. Hence, the market growth is anticipated to affect negatively due to these factors.
Satellite communication services are used to communicate with extremely complex defensive systems, making any system breakdown unfavorable. These services should be precise, dependable, long-lasting, energy-efficient, and capable of detecting a wide range of objects. To sustain market leadership and remain competitive, companies in this industry should construct highly functioning and efficient ground facilities.
Super-High Frequency Segment to Grow at Faster Pace during 2021-2029
Based on frequency, the market comprises high frequency, ultra-high frequency, super high frequency, and extremely high frequency. The high-frequency segment held a major share of the military antennas market in 2021. The dominance is due to the comparatively lower cost of the system based on high-frequency bands along with its military applications such as surveillance and combat operations.
The super high frequency segment is anticipated to register a higher CAGR in 2021, owing to its wide usage in space-based and weather forecasting applications. Moreover, the increase in satellite-based systems and the growing adoption of 5G based radar systems will boost the growth of the market.
Rise in Demand for Radar will Facilitate the Demand for Array Antenna Segment in 2021
On the basis of type, the market is divided into aperture antenna, dipole antenna, array antenna, traveling wave antenna, and loop antenna. The dipole antenna segment accounted for the largest military antenna market share in 2019. This type of antenna is largely used in most 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 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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Rise in Next-generation Fighter Aircraft Will Boost the Demand for Airborne Segment to Register a Higher CAGR during the Forecast Period
In terms of platform, the market is divided into ground, airborne, and marine. The ground segment is attributed to hold the largest share in the market during the forecast period. The dominance is attributed to the increase in border security issues among countries and the modernization of existing military radar systems with technologically advanced radar systems. The airborne segment is expected to grow at a substantial CAGR during the forecast period due to the rise in demand for next-generation fighter aircraft with advanced antenna based systems in developed and emerging countries.
Besides, the marine segment is anticipated to register a significant growth by the end of the forecast period owing to the rising preference for very high-frequency antennas for submarines and other ships.
Rising Demand for Advance Battlefield Operations will Boost the Growth of Electronic Warfare Segment
On the basis of application, the market is divided into SATCOM, communication, surveillance, electronic warfare, and telemetry. The communication segment is expected to have the largest share in the market during the forecast period. The dominance is attributed to the rise in adoption and implementation of warfare equipment and systems for military troops during combat operations. The electronic warfare segment is anticipated to grow at a significant CAGR during the forecast period. This is due to a rise in the demand for upgraded military radar and antenna systems.
North America Military Antenna Market Size, 2029 (USD Billion)
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The report includes an analysis of the global market at the regional level. The market size in North America was estimated at USD 1.25 billion in 2021. North America is projected to grow at the highest growth rate during the forecast period. The growth in the region is due to military dominance in the U.S., an increase in investment in development and testing, and rise in budget expenditure. In November 2020, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and the U.S. navy tested an Aegis Ballistic missile defense (BMD) system against an intercontinental ballistic missile target. Furthermore, In May 2019, the U.S. Ministry of Defense (MoD) appealed to the U.S. government for the addition of USD 100 million for the fiscal year 2020 to develop an advanced missile defense system.
The European market is expected to witness a significant growth rate, owing to rising awareness regarding advanced technology-based antenna systems. The growth in the region is owing to the increase in government expenditure, demand for advancement in technology, procurement of defense systems. In April 2020, Russia carried out testing of its advanced anti-satellite missile system PL-19 Nudol. It is an anti-ballistic missile interceptor and an anti-satellite weapon. Furthermore, in 2019, the European Union council approved the development of the TWISTER (Timely Warning and Interception with Space-based Theater Surveillance) interceptor missile, which is under the initiative of Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO). Such developments in defense will, in turn, propel the demand for military antenna systems.
The market is Asia Pacific is expected to grow at the highest CAGR owing to the increasing military spending by India and China. Furthermore, market players in this region are investing heavily, which, in turn, will propel the demand for antennas. For the fiscal year 2022-2023, India's entire defense expenditure is USD 54.2 billion. A USD 22.26 billion fund has been set aside for the acquisition of new weaponry and military platforms. The Indian Air Force will receive USD 7.43 billion in new weapons, while the Navy will receive USD 6.36 billion and the Army will receive USD 4.28 billion.
South America & the Middle East & Africa combined accounted for a comparatively lower share of the market owing to the presence of OEMs and defense activities. Moreover, due to the increase in defense spending, rise in development and testing will also help the market to boost in the region.
Advanced Product Development for Communication, Hypersonic Applications by Key Players to Lead the Global Market
The industry is fragmented due to a large number of companies involved in designing and constructing military antennas. Companies are eager to develop technologically superior products and have strong partnerships with governments in both developed and developing nations.
Raytheon Technologies, Rohde & Schwarz, and L3Harris Technologies are the key players in the market.
Other major competitors have entered the market with technologically superior military antennas, including Antcom Corporation and Comrod Communication AS.
In March 2021, Cobham Advanced Electronic Solution (CAED) was awarded a contract from the U.S. government to develop advanced antenna technology solutions for hypersonic applications.
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The global market research report provides a detailed military antenna market analysis and focuses on key parameters such as leading companies, product types, and major applications of the antenna. Besides this, the report offers insights into the market trends and highlights key industry developments. In addition, to the above-mentioned factors, the report encompasses several factors that have contributed to the growth of the market in recent years.
Value (USD billion)
Fortune Business Insights says that the global market size was USD 3.32 billion in 2021 and is projected to reach USD 6.61 billion by 2029.
In 2021, the North America market value stood at USD 1.25 billion.
Registering a CAGR of 8.76%, the market will exhibit steady growth in the forecast period.
The ground segment is expected to lead this market during the forecast period.
Lockheed Martin Corporation, Cobham Advance Electronic Solution, Raytheon Technologies Corporation, and L3harris Technologies, Inc. are the major players in the global market.
North America dominated the market in terms of share in 2021.
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