C4ISR Market Sees Promising Growth

  • Global C4ISR market is projected to grow at a CAGR of more than 4% during the period 2017-2023.
  • Raytheon signed a contract worth $25.4 million with the U.S. Air Force.
  • Saab Group had an agreement $170 million with Saudi Arabia.

Global C4ISR Market Report Information by System (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance), by Application (Land, Air, Naval, and Space), and by Region – Forecast to 2023.

The leading market players in the global C4ISR market primarily include BAE Systems, Elbit Systems, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Harris, Rockwell Collins, CACI, Rheinmetall, and Saab AB.

The C4ISR market has seen steady growth in recent years due to increased spending, especially in the Middle East, and the improving economic conditions of developing countries such as China and India. In addition, the growing use of these systems by civil and federal agencies for law enforcement purposes has also led to market growth.

Integrated C4ISR systems are gaining significant acceptance in the market and their use is likely to increase in the next five years as these systems allow easy access to information to take decisions instantly. The defense sector is also increasingly turning to commercial satellites for cost effective communication. Another trend in the market is the growing use of UAV in ISR activities to gather critical information during wartime.

The use of advanced technologies has also enhanced the scope of the C4ISR market. These systems are now being used by civil government agencies to predict and minimize losses caused due to natural disasters. The governments of countries worldwide also use them in border control, protection of national security from cybercrimes and terrorist threats, and on a small scale in the aerospace industry.

Traditional C4ISR systems use separate stand-alone units and equipment for different functions and were meant for specific mission requirements; this makes it necessary to collect and analyze information from multiple sources and use separate systems and displays, which is time-consuming.

To tackle this issue, vendors are now designing integrated C4ISR systems, which provide seamless interoperability among different mutually supporting systems, ease of use, and data security. This also results in cost advantages and process simplifications for OEMs as they do not have to upgrade or integrate existing systems.

Concurrently, the defense sector has been increasingly using commercial SATCOMs that have similar frequencies and capabilities to MILSAT. The increase in demand for more bandwidth to connect ground forces and to build a network for unmanned aircrafts has resulted in high dependence of the military on commercial SATCOM.

With COTS products, defense departments can get the latest technology for shorter lease periods, resulting in reduced costs. In 2013, the US DOD has allocated close to 40% of its communication satellite budget to SATCOM.

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