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Tactical Data Link Market to Reach $11,073.9 Million by 2028; Rising Border Skirmishes to Augment Growth

July 16, 2021 | Aerospace & Defense

The global tactical data link market size is expected to experience considerable growth by reaching USD 11,073.9 million by 2028. This information is published by Fortune Business Insights in its report, titled “Tactical Data Link Market Size, Share & COVID-19 Impact Analysis, By Solution (Hardware and Software), By Data Link Type (Link 16, Link 22, SADL, and Others), By Platform (Air, Ground, and Sea), By Application (Command & Control, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR), Electronic Warfare, Radio Communication, and Situational Awareness), and Regional Forecast, 2021 – 2028.” The report further observes that the market stood at USD 6,380.0 million in 2020 and is likely to exhibit a CAGR of 7.52% between 2021 and 2028.

Northrop Grumman Secures ADFTA Contract to Develop Joint Data Network

In November 2019, Northrop Grumman Corporation announced that it has secured a contract from the Australian Defense Force Tactical Data Link Authority (ADFTA). According to the contract, the company will deliver data link systems and impart training to develop the functionality and interoperability of the Australian Defense Force’s Joint Data. With extensive experience in networking and communication across multi-domain forces, Northrop’s advanced multi-system provides critical connectivity for the defense forces.

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Rising Border Tensions to Propel Countries to Adopt Advanced Communication Systems

According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), China and India's military expenditure was estimated to be around USD 252 billion and USD 72.9 billion, respectively, in 2020. The rising terrorist activities across the globe has led the countries to improvise their defense capabilities. Besides, other cross-border incidents have propelled the government agencies to focus on adopting innovative and modern military communication technologies and systems.  These factors are anticipated to bode well for the global tactical data link market growth in the forthcoming years.

Product Innovation by Key Players to Strengthen Their Market Positions

The market is segmented into several major companies striving to maintain their dominance by introducing advanced tactical data links that are in great demand among defense agencies globally. Additionally, the adoption of strategies such as merger and acquisition, collaboration, and partnership by other key players is expected to boost market growth during the forecast period.

Industry Development:

  • November 2020 – BAE Systems announced that it received a certification from the Department of Defense AIMS program office for its Identification Friend-or-Foe (IFF) transponder developed for the F-22 Raptor. As per the company, the IFF transponder is integrated with a multi-channel subsystem, which is compatible with the avionic equipment of the aircraft.

List of the Companies Operating in the Global Market:

  • BAE Systems plc. (The U.K.)

  • Curtiss-Wright Corporation (The U.S.)

  • Elbit Systems Ltd. (Israel)

  • General Dynamics Corporation (The U.S.)

  • Honeywell International, Inc. (The U.S.)

  • L3Harris Technologies, Inc. (The U.S.)

  • Leonardo S.p.A. (Italy)

  • Northrop Grumman Corporation (The U.S.)

  • Raytheon Technologies Corporation (The U.S.)

  • Saab AB (Sweden)

  • Thales Group (France)

  • Viasat, Inc. (The U.S.)

Further Report Findings:

  • North America is expected to remain at the forefront and hold the largest global tactical data link market share in the forthcoming years. The region stood at USD 2,432.5 million in 2020. The region’s exponential growth is attributable to the presence of several hardware and software developers in the region. Besides, countries such as the U.S., being NATO members, are allowed to use link 11, link 2, link 1, link 22, and link 16 capabilities.

  • The market in Europe is expected to experience significant growth backed by the increasing focus on modernization programs by countries such as the U.K., Russia, France, and others that will boost the adoption of advanced tactical data links between 2021 and 2028.

  • Based on the platform, the air segment held a market share of about 33.73% in 2020. The segment is expected to gain momentum due to the surging demand of these data links for improving situational awareness capabilities of several military aircraft worldwide.

Table of Segmentation:



Study Period


Base Year


Forecast Period


Historical Period 



  Value (USD Million)


Solution; Data Link Type; Platform; Application and Geography

By Solution

  • Hardware

  • Software

By Data Link Type

  • Link 16

  • Link 22

  • SADL

  • Other

By Platform

  • Air

  • Ground

  • Sea


By Application

  • Command & Control

  • Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR)

  • Electronic Warfare

  • Radio Communication

  • Situational Awareness

By Geography


  • North America (By Solution, Data Link Type, Platform, Application, and Country)

    • The U.S. (By Application)

    • Canada (By Application)

  • Europe (By Solution, Data Link Type, Platform, Application, and Country)

    • The U.K. (By Application)

    • Germany (By Application)

    • France (By Application)

    • Russia (By Application)

    • Rest of Europe (By Application)

  • Asia-Pacific (By Solution, Data Link Type, Platform, Application, and Country)

    • Japan (By Application)

    • China (By Application)

    • India (By Application)

    • Rest of Asia-Pacific (By Application)

  • Rest of the World (By Solution, Data Link Type, Platform, Application, and Country)

    • Latin America (By Application)

    • The Middle East & Africa (By Application)


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