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Military Communications Market: Tech Pointers 2023-2030

Aerospace and Defense

13, March 2023

The defense sector has witnessed spectacular advancements in technology over the years, which is reflected today in battlefields powered by hi-tech weaponry, advanced robots, laser systems, and super drones. And with the growing focus on bolstering defense capabilities, there is increased attention towards ensuring that armed forces are not affected by ‘communication gaps.’ This explains the growth of the global military communications market, which will record a CAGR of 4.12% in the forecast period 2023-2030, as per Triton Market Research.

The communication devices used in the military provide faster, improved, and more versatile communications. This helps in expeditious decision-making with the help of intelligence input, effective situational awareness, and targeted action. Also, the safety of a nation’s armed forces is greatly enhanced by their use. The need to advanced ensure secure data transmission, coupled with the rising border conflicts and increasing investments by the government, are greatly driving the global market.

Military Communications Market Outlook: Dynamic Impact

  • Need for Real-Time Information During Combat
  • Identifying enemy position and receiving updates regarding the same is crucial during warlike situations. Such intel can be obtained from the use of tactical data links (TDL). The real-time information provided by them is pivotal for making informed decisions, deploying better countermeasures, planning strategies, and handling highly dynamic battle situations. Link 16 TDL is the most used data link system by the United States and NATO to gain real-time information.

    In Triton’s report, data link systems are studied under the component segment of the military communications market. Data link systems such as TDL provide seamless and efficient support for all three assets of the armed forces (army, navy, air force) under one roof, creating an efficient networking system. Their growing adoption is expected to drive the global tactical data links market at a CAGR of 6.33% during 2020-2028.

  • Countering Interoperability Issues with Advanced Technologies
  • Interoperability between communication systems ensures that defense forces work effectively and in unison. However, the lack of efficient interoperable systems is a major challenge faced by defense departments that can hamper growth. Hence, to meet the growing demand for effective communication, it is important to scale the current systems. This is accomplished by developing adaptable and advanced equipment, such as BLOS communication systems, which keep pace with the changing needs of different operating environments.

  • SATCOM – Defining the Future of Military Communications
  • Satellite communication (SATCOM) is widely used for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) in military operations and has emerged as an advanced communication solution. It is a critical component required to establish and achieve network-centric capabilities for the defense forces. Ka-band satellites offer a higher spectrum, enabling greater data speeds and capacities, as compared to X and Ku bands. In February 2023, Thales Group began delivering the Syracuse IV SATCOM naval stations to the French Navy, as part of its contract under the Syracuse IV program.

Growing Competition among Nations to Incorporate Advanced Technologies

With the quest for innovation and technological superiority, defense strategists across countries are looking for improved ways to outperform rivals. The United States is home to one of the biggest military bases in the world, thanks to enhanced government expenditure. According to Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) , the US’ military expenditure reached $778 billion in 2020. Such investments to secure advanced military equipment are driving the market in North America.

On the other hand, India is expected to emerge as a lucrative market in the Asia-Pacific region, owing to the rapid replacement of conventional defense equipment with modern warfare and communication systems. The adoption of network-centric and connective technologies in these systems is expected to further augment market demand.

Furthermore, artificial intelligence has become a vital part of modern combat systems as it enables the development of efficient systems that are less dependent on human input and can empower autonomous weapons to carry out attacks. The use of state-of-the-art equipment integrated with the latest developments has provided a much-needed boost to military technology, thereby enabling seamless communication and collaboration. And the growing efforts to modernize the defense sector with advanced technologies are expected to accelerate the military communications market’s growth over the coming years.


Q 1) Which are the key segments studied in the market report?

The key segments studied in the market report include armed force, communication type, and component.

Q 2) How do North America and Asia-Pacific influence the global market dynamics?

North America is the leading region in the global military communications market, and accounted for the highest revenue share in 2022. Whereas, the Asia-Pacific is expected to observe the fastest growth during 2023-2030.


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