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The global military radar market size was USD 13.93 billion in 2020. The market is projected to grow from USD 14.41 billion in 2021 to USD 22.06 billion in 2028 at a CAGR of 6.27% in the 2021-2028 period. The global impact of COVID-19 has been unprecedented and staggering, with military radars witnessing a negative demand shock across all regions amid the pandemic. Based on our analysis, the global market exhibited a huge decline of -5.00% in 2020. The sudden rise in CAGR is attributable to this market’s demand and growth, returning to pre-pandemic levels once the pandemic is over.
Radar is used in defense applications to detect air, land, and sea threats, such as missiles, ships, aircraft, and spacecraft. The rising concern of strengthening defense capabilities leads to the growing procurement of defense equipment and that is driving the market's growth. Defense spending by emerging economies in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East can be attributed to the continuous need to monitor the rising terrorist activities combined with geopolitical tensions. Therefore, in April 2021, China has launched a new portable and multipurpose radar that can detect stealth aircraft, low-flying cruise missiles, and drones. Additionally, the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) satellite is scheduled to be launched by 2022.
Defense Industry Has Faced Unmatched Challenges Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
The pandemic has shattered the economic condition of various countries across the globe. The defense industry continues to operate despite the global crisis and still has strong demand from its customers.
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Emergence of MIMO Radar to Overtake Conventional Phased Array Radar
The multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) radar has multiple antennas that radiate arbitrary waveforms and are equipped with digital receivers. The MIMO are developed to decrease the weight, power, size, and cost of conventional AESA (Active Electronically Scanned Array) radars. These radars leverage 3D range with their multiple transmit and receive antennas that can operate at different frequencies. This new MIMO technology is anticipated to outperform the conventional active electronically phased array (AESA) systems for ground radar applications. MIMO possesses higher jamming resistance as compared to AESA. Thus, in November 2020, Advanced Protection Systems (APS) had launched a new generation of FIELDctrl 3D MIMO radars. These are used by security, military, and critical infrastructure industries.
Rising Concern to Strengthen Air Defense Capabilities to Propel Market Growth
The Middle East has been a conflict-prone region for a long time due to border conflicts and tensions in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Syria. The uncertainty in regional power and local disputes has led to an increase in importing arms in the region. Rising cross-border conflicts, procurement of next-generation weapons, and political unrest among neighboring countries boost the market growth.
These concerns have led to an increase in defense expenditure and procurement of military radars to detect threats, which are expected to fuel the military radar market growth. Moreover, the shift from traditional war fighting methods to electronic and cyber warfare is anticipated to generate opportunities for these systems.
Rising Technological Advancements in Radar Technology Drive Market Growth
The manufacturers are focused on developing and innovating more precise radar systems. The market is shifting towards the adoption of modern active electronically scanned array radars. These radars can be controlled with software to change and optimize the targets without making any modifications to the hardware. Developments in solid-state technology such as Gallium Nitride have given birth to a new generation of AESA radars. For instance, in January 2019, Comtech PST Corporation launched a BPMC928109-1000 model gallium nitride amplifier for X-band radar applications in air traffic control, military tracking, police vehicle speed detection, and maritime vessel traffic control.
The next-generation radars such as Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor (LTAMDS) developed by Raytheon and Gallium Nitride (GaN) AESA radar developed by SAAB AB have long-range and better target detection capabilities. With evolving electronic and cyber-attacks, the demand for next-generation radars is increasing, thus drives market growth.
Unavailability of Radar Solution to Counter Drones to Hamper Growth
Generally, most drones are very small and cannot be detected by the radars unless the drones have ADS-B or a transponder installed onboard. There is no solution available yet to counter such a small entity on the radar scope. Moreover, due to the rising adoption of private or commercial drones, radar systems are unable to handle such a large number of targets at the same time. The inbuilt filters display only more important targets to avoid overloading the system, and the rest is filtered out. The inability to detect drones and the rising adoption of miniature drones for surveillance purposes is expected to hamper the market growth.
Airborne Radar Segment Will Witness Highest Growth Owing to Increasing Demand for UAV Radar
Based on the platform, the market is segmented into airborne, land, and naval radar.
The land radar segment is anticipated to dominate the market in 2020 due to cross-border conflicts, growing terrorism, and geopolitical disputes among different countries.
The airborne segment is projected to grow at the highest CAGR during 2021-2028. The growth is attributed to the rising demand for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) radar and the growing procurement of fighter jets from Asian countries.
Naval segment will showcase significant growth as it is used to identify and track the position of vessels that helps in safe navigation of a ship from one point to another.
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Rising Demand for Border Security Predicted to Fuel Growth of Short Range Radar Segment
Based on range, the market is divided into long, medium, short, and very short.
The short-range segment is estimated to dominate the market in 2020. The growth is due to its wide range of security, border surveillance, and monitoring applications.
The long-range radar segment is anticipated to show the highest growth owing to the rising demand for long-range radars for naval surveillance and maritime operations. For instance, in June 2020, Northrop Grumman signed a five-year contract worth USD 89.6 million with the U.S. Army to design and develop long-range radars.
Medium range segment is estimated to show significant growth due to rising demand for air surveillance and tracking radars. Very short range segment will witness moderate growth due to growing use of these radars in critical missions to protect land forces against mortars, air threats, and artillery.
Ground Surveillance and Intruder Detection Segment Dominate Market Due to Increasing Border Tensions between Neighboring Countries
Based on application, the market is segmented into weapon guidance, airspace monitoring & traffic management, ground surveillance, intruder detection, airborne mapping, navigation, and others.
The ground surveillance & intruder detection segment held the highest shares in 2020 owing to the rising procurement of advanced radars for border security. Rising cross-border disputes have led to increased demand for military radar systems for surveillance and threat detection applications. The airspace monitoring & traffic management segment will witness significant growth as it helps air traffic controllers to monitor all aircraft in the airspace. Navigation radar segment is projected to show moderate growth owing to growing demand from the aviation and marine sector.
UHF/VHF Segment to Show Highest Growth Owing to Rising Demand for Airborne Application
Based on radar frequency, the market is classified into C-band, S-band, X-band, L-band, UHF/VHF, and Ku/K/Ka-band.
The UHF/VHF frequency segment is anticipated to be the fastest-growing segment owing to its rising demand for synthetic aperture radars (SARs). For instance, in July 2019, Lockheed Martin signed a contract with the U.S. Navy to produce APY-9 radars for the U.S. Navy’s E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne surveillance aircraft. These ultra-high frequency surveillance radars are specifically designed for the E-2D to detect smaller targets at a greater range. Moreover, the increasing demand for high-frequency radars for airborne and maritime applications is expected to support market growth.
Antenna Projected to Be Fastest-Growing Segment Supported by Technological Advancements
Based on components, the market is segmented into antenna, receiver, duplexer, transmitter, and others. The antenna segment held the highest shares in 2020 and continued its domination during the forecast period. The growth is attributed to the rising demand for advanced military surveillance radars and tracking systems. Rising cross-border conflicts between countries such as China and India have led to an increase in demand for advanced antennas that are reliable, efficient, and provide real-time communications. The transmitter segment will witness significant growth due to the growing use of military radars from defense forces.
North America Military Radar Market Size, 2020 (USD Billion)
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The market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Rest of the World.
North America dominated the military radar market in 2020 and is valued at USD 5.42 Billion. The growth is due to the highest defense expenditure from the U.S. and the procurement of advanced military radars. Programs and initiatives such as the Three Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar and the Air and Missile Defense Radar are anticipated to boost the market growth. Furthermore, key OEMs such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and others boost the market growth.
Asia Pacific region will witness remarkable growth during the forecast period. The defense spending in Asia-Pacific is on the rise due to growing cross-border issues & geopolitical tensions in countries such as China-India, India-Pakistan which has led to the increasing demand for advanced threat detection systems in the region. In June 2021, Indian Defense Ministry signed a contract with Mahindra Telephonics to procure eleven airport surveillance radars for the Indian Coast Guard and the Indian Navy.
Europe is expected to grow substantially owing to the rising military modernization programs. The demand is expected to come from Spain, Germany, and others, where increases in military expenditure have been observed year-over-year. In July 2020, HENSOLDT, a German defense electronics and sensor company, signed a contract worth USD 1.70 billion with Airbus Defense and Space to provide all new AESA Radars for the German and Spanish fleet of Eurofighter. Under the agreement, the company would supply the fighter aircraft radar components such as digital multi-channel receiver, antenna receiver, and transmitter modules to the 130 aircraft.
The rest of the World will witness significant growth during the forecast period. The growth is due to rising space expeditions and increased defense budgets of Saudi Arabia and Israel. In June 2020, Raytheon Technologies Corporation signed a seven-year contract worth USD 2.3 billion with Missile Defense Agency to develop seven gallium nitride-based transportable surveillance radars for Saudi Arabia.
Lockheed Martin Corporation Embracing Fully Digital Environment to Sustain Its Leading Position in Market
Lockheed Martin Corporation, with its wide product portfolio, is leading this market. With strategic acquisitions and partnerships, the company is focused on growing its capabilities. Moreover, the company is implementing automation and utilizing augmented reality and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to build digital radar sensors, making the future environment completely digital. This digital automation is expected to spur future opportunities for the company.
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The global military radar market report provides a detailed analysis of this market and focuses on key aspects such as top defense companies, product types, and leading applications. Moreover, the report offers insights into key market trends and highlights key industry developments. In addition to the factors mentioned above, the market report encompasses several direct and indirect factors that have contributed to the growth opportunities of the market over recent years.
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Platform; Range; Application; Frequency; Component, and Geography
Fortune Business Insights says that the global market size was USD 13.93 billion in 2020 and is projected to reach USD 22.06 billion by 2028.
The market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 6.27 % during the forecast period (2021-2028).
The land radar segment is expected to be the leading segment in this market during the forecast period.
Lockheed Martin Corporation is the leading player in the global market.
North America held the highest market share in 2020.
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