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Military Communications Market Size, Share and Industry Analysis, By Component (Hardware and Software), By Technology (SATCOM, VHF/UHF/L-Band, HF Communication, and Data Link), By Platform (Airborne, Ground, Naval, and Space), By Application (Command and Control, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR), Situational Awareness, Routine Operations, and Others), and Regional Forecast, 2019-2026

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The global military communications market Size was valued at USD 39.86 billion in 2018 and is projected to reach USD 62.96 billion by 2026, exhibiting a CAGR of 6.18% during the forecast period.

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This technology is used to exchange messages, data or information, and thoughts in the form of speech, image, text, and signal. The system, which is used to transfer data from one machine or person to another machine or person present at a remote location, is known as a communication system. This system consists of hardware as well as software components. The hardware components, such as a transmitter, antenna, receiver, and transceiver, are used to transmit and receive data. Moreover, the software systems are used to decode the confidential information that is received in the form of signs and to access real-time data. The received data can help an end-user to make the decision, control machines, and solve real-time problems. Therefore, advanced communications systems are widely adopted in multiple military and homeland security establishments.

Specifically, the communications system is crucial in the defense domain as it provides accurate real-time information that further helps to accomplish ground-based military missions, observation satellites, naval navigation, and air-to-ground and air-to-air military aircraft communication. This system is also used in multiple military applications such as command and control, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR), situational awareness, and routine operations. This increased adoption of a communication system in multiple defense sector applications is driving the growth of this market. Also, the growing procurement of IoT-based communication systems to strengthen the defense sector is boosting the market growth. Furthermore, the rise in the adoption of Ka-band technology for communication application, increased usage of IoT for military applications, emerging 5G technology, and continuously growing military expenditures are creating multiple future opportunities for the market


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Growing Adoption of Satellite Communication (SATCOM) Technology to Provide Advanced Communication Solution

Satellite communication allows one user to be able to update the other user about the environment and other changes happening in real-time. This information can reduce the upcoming errors and thereby increase efficiency and safety. Therefore, SATCOM technology is adopted to achieve enhanced speed and secure military communication.

In SATCOM technology, the signal can be transmitted through several frequency ranges bands, for instance, Ku-Band. The communication with Ku-band offers high-speed data transmission among other frequency bands such as L, C, and S-band. Thus, to deliver data transmission at a faster rate and to enhance communication system performance, the manufacturers are providing systems based on the SATCOM network.

Owing to the variety of design features, the SATCOM technology is used to achieve air-to-air, air-to-ground, ship-to-ship, and ship-to-shore communications. Moreover, the communication satellite terminal provides tactical communication on the move and are easily integrated on vehicles, naval vessels, and aircraft. The demand for vehicles equipped with a portable satellite terminal is growing for essential battlefield situational awareness during missions.

Furthermore, the emerging Ka-band satellite allows higher bandwidth communication and offers high-speed data transmission. Therefore, the growing trend of adoption of SATCOM technology for communication applications would drive the market growth during the forecast period.


Rise in Procurement of Advanced Military Communication System to Strengthen Defense Communication Security

Protection of highly confidential information and maintenance of consistent communication are two primary requirements of the defense sector. If the important data is not protected carefully or real-time data has not been transferred accurately, then it might risk the safety of citizens or may lead to disputes among various countries. Moreover, defense communications consist an all the aspects related to the transmission of information and data by military forces for well-organized functioning, military surveillance, command, and control. Furthermore, communication is generally reliant on a complex and vast communication network of hardware components and software to convey information to people and across geography. In addition to this, the growing disputes among countries across the globe would lead to an increase in military investments. These large military investments are used to procure the advanced communication systems that provide confidential, accurate and secure real-time data transmission. Therefore, the rise in the procurement of communication systems with enhanced security and privacy features is expected to upsurge the military communications market growth during the forecast period.

Growing Adoption of Wireless Communication Technology for Multiple Military Applications to Drive Growth

Evolving technologies in communication such as SATCOM, very high-frequency communication, and ultra-high frequency communication are replacing the conventional wired military communication systems for secure data transmission and network infrastructure. The emerging Ka-band technology has high bandwidth that offers long-range data transmission at a faster speed. Therefore, wireless communication is widely used in a variety of applications, including ground-based command and control systems, military combat missions, situational awareness, and routine military operations. Moreover, the rising need for advanced battlespace management systems, aerial surveillance vehicles, and upgraded communication systems would lead to speedy demand for control, command, communication, computer, intelligence, and surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems. Therefore, the increasing adoption of the wireless communication system in multiple defense applications is set to upscale this market during the forecast period.


High initial Cost Associated with Development of Military Communication and Networking Infrastructure is Hindering Market Growth

The military communication system should be very robust by design as it is used and installed in harsh environments. The communication system should have multi features so it can be used according to the changing military mission. Moreover, the continuous maintenance of a communication system is not feasible. Therefore, these systems have to be developed with high-quality material that would help to increase the lifespan of the communication system. Furthermore, before the real-time deployment of a communication system, high-level testing is very important to ensure secure this communication.

Unsecure communication can result in increased international disputes. Hence, the mission-critical nature of this market imposes an integration of hi-tech technologies, including artificial intelligence, meta-analytics, and automation, to enhance the delivery of accurate information to the correct location and at the precise time in an actionable format. These factors are leading to an increase in the overall communication system cost. This factor is expected to hamper the market growth for the short term. In spite of this, increased procurements of advanced communication technologies for military applications owing to the rising territorial disputes and rise in military expenditures are set to drive the growth of the market during the forecast period.


By Component Analysis

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Hardware Segment to Dominate Owing to their Increasing Adoption Worldwide

Based on the component, the market is bifurcated into hardware and software. The hardware component segment is further sub-segmented by transceivers, antenna, transmitter, receiver, and others. Among these components, the hardware segment is set to dominate the market during the forecast period. This large market share is due to the increased adoption of a communication system in numerous military applications.

The military software segment is anticipated to increase at a higher growth rate during the estimated period. This growth is attributed to the rising adoption of software-defined radio (SDR) systems for military communication. The SDR offers enhanced function for use. Moreover, the SDR system can transmit video, voice, and information, as well as the integration of cross-banding that enables communications across dissimilar systems. Furthermore, the SDR systems also can do multi modes of operations using multiple frequency bands. In the future, SDR will have the capability to adjust its function, parameters, or reconfigure itself in response to faster and smoothen battlefield management systems.

By Technology Analysis

SATCOM Segment to Lead Fueled by its Usage in the Conduction Military Operations

By technology, the market can be segmented by SATCOM, VHF/UHF/L-Band, HF communication, and data link. Among these segments, SATCOM would dominate the military communications market during the forecast period. This large market share is attributed to the increased adoption of SATCOM technology to conduct military operations across the world and also to enhance communication facilities for airborne, naval, and space platforms. Also, the adoption of the satellite communications system is increased as it provides essential communication support during wartime. Moreover, SATCOM technologies have achieved remarkable breakthrough efficiencies and a rise in performance in the platforms, such as ground-based command and control systems.

By Platform Analysis

Ground Segment to Dominate Backed by Growing Usage of Ground Antennas for Situational Awareness

By platform, the market is classified into airborne, ground, naval, and space. Among these, the ground segment would dominate the military communications market during the forecast period. This dominance is due to the higher adoption of a variety of communication technologies such as data links, high frequency (HF) communication, and VHF/UHF/L-Band for ground platform military platforms. The defence domain uses ground military antennas to obtain situational awareness for threat detection. These antennas mainly support high bandwidth networking for airborne vehicles, security systems, and handheld radios. The ground antennas are easy to install as a part of a short-term communication network and are adaptable to several butterflied situations. Nowadays, advanced technologies, namely solid powder antenna in the airborne and marine platform, is rising. Especially in the space-based platform, the solid-state powder antenna is widely used. Moreover, the key manufacturer, Collins Aerospace, offers HF communication, VHF/UHF/L-Band, and VLF/LF transmitter communication technology products for ground platforms.

By Application Analysis

Command & Control Segment to Lead Backed by Higher Adoption of Manpack Radios

Base on the application, the market is segmented into command and control, ISR, situational awareness, routine operations, and others. The command and control segment is set to dominate this market during the forecast period. This large share is due to the higher adoption of manpack radios for command and control applications. The manpack radios are largely used by air, naval, and ground forces to communicate with other army personnel.


North America Military Communications Market Size, 2018 (USD Billion)

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The findings based on our research methodology indicate that North America was estimated to hold the market share of largest military communication in 2018. The U.S. accounted for the highest military spender in the world in 2018. Moreover, the region has the presence of leading communication systems and equipment manufacturers such as Collins Aerospace, General Dynamics Corporation, Honeywell International Inc, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Raytheon Company that would facilitate growth during the forecast period.

Europe was estimated to hold the second-largest market share of military communication in 2018 owing to the presence of airborne and naval communication solution manufacturers such as Thales Group and Cobham Plc.

As per our market research study, Asia Pacific is expected to exhibit strong growth in the market during the forecast period owing to the significant rise in commercial aircraft deliveries in developing countries such as India and China. The region is expected to showcase long-term growth in the aircraft military communications market. Furthermore, the rise in military spending by economies such as China and India to develop advanced military systems to strengthen the defense sector is expected to fuel the market growth in Asia Pacific.

For instance, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the U.S. and China accounted for 50% of the world’s military spending.


Key Players Focus on Increasing Investments in R&D Activities and Adopting Innovative Strategies

The competitive landscape of this market depicts the domination of selected players such as Collins Aerospace, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Raytheon Company. A diversified portfolio of communication solutions, along with increased investment in R&D and strategic acquisition, are the prominent factors responsible for the dominance of these companies. These companies are adopting organic and inorganic growth strategies such as mergers and acquisitions and the development of new technology to enable the communication system. Also, they are entering into long-term contracts and partnerships with air, naval, and land forces to provide solutions with advanced features.



  • Cobham PLC

  • Collins Aerospace

  • General Dynamics Corporation

  • Honeywell International Inc.

  • Iridium Communications Inc.

  • L3Harris Technologies, Inc.

  • Lockheed Martin Corporation

  • Northrop Grumman Corporation

  • Raytheon Company

  • Rohde & Schwarz

  • Thales Group

  • Viasat Inc.


  • In July 2021, Cobham Ltd. proposed a plan to buy the U.K.-based Ultra Electronics Holdings plc for USD 3.6 billion. This acquisition can help the company to expand its maritime portfolio. Ultra Electronics Holdings plc is also involved in the development of sensors, torpedo, radar systems, forensics software, and a range of defense communication equipment.

  • In July 2021, Aselsan A.S. announced that it has delivered SANCAK, a next-generation electronic countermeasure system to the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF). SANCAK provides a significant advantage in the field by neutralizing strategic communication systems

  • In April 2021, Orbit Communications Systems Ltd. announced that it has received a contract worth USD 3.1 million from a leading European integrator to provide OceanTRx4 Mil satellite communications systems for new naval military platforms


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The military communications market report offers qualitative and quantitative insights on the communication systems used for military applications and a detailed analysis of the market size & growth rate of the segments in the market.

Along with this, the report provides an elaborative analysis of market dynamics, emerging trends, and competitive landscape. Key insights offered in the report are the adoption of advanced technology, recent industry developments such as partnerships, mergers & acquisitions, consolidated SWOT analysis of key players, Porter’s five forces analysis, business strategies of leading market players, macro and micro-economic indicators, and key industry trends.

 Report Scope & Segmentation



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  Value (USD Billion)

By Component

  • Hardware

    • Transceiver

    • Antenna

    • Transmitter

    • Receiver

    • Others

  • Software

By Technology


  • VHF/UHF/L-Band

  • HF Communication

  • Data Link

By Platform

  • Airborne

  • Ground

  • Naval

  • Space

By Application

  • Command and Control

  • Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR)

  • Situational Awareness

  • Routine Operations

  • Others

By Region

  • North America (The U.S. and Canada)

  • Europe (France, The U.K., Germany, Russia and Rest of Europe)

  • Asia Pacific (China, Japan, India, and Rest of Asia Pacific)

  • Rest of the World (Latin America and The Middle East & Africa)

Frequently Asked Questions

In 2018, the market was USD 39.86 billion, and it is anticipated to reach USD 62.96 billion by 2026, growing at a significant CAGR of 6.18% during the forecast period (2019-2026).

In the market, software, SATCOM technology, space platform, and ISR application are the growing segments.

Some of the driving factors are the rising military communication investments for the procurement of advanced solutions and the growing adoption of communication technology for multiple military applications.

In the market, some of the key players are Collins Aerospace, Northrop Grumman Corporation, General Dynamics Corporation, and Raytheon Company.

In the market, the key players are mainly focusing on product innovation and increasing investment in R&D activities for the development of cost-effective advanced solutions.

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