In today’s unstable and volatile environment that we live in, every conflict, however small it may be, may hold much larger repercussions in the future, and with the number of armed conflicts going around the world right now, every country’s defense has to continuously watch over its shoulders so as to not get destroyed by enemy forces. This is where Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) comes into the picture. Air & Missile Defense Radar is expected to be in huge demand in economies which witness frequent conflicts. Regions such as Middle East, Asia Pacific and Europe are experiencing an increasing number of threats from outside forces, which will definitely make them a much sought-after technology in coming years.
The Air & Missile Defense Radar is also known as AN/SPY-6, and offers surface warfare capabilities, as well as air and missile defense. The system consists of two primary radars- the X-band radar and the S-band radar, with the former used for precision tracking, missile communication, along with horizon search and terminal target illumination. The S-band radar is used for tracking, volume search and ballistic missile defense discrimination, & similar to X-band, also offers missile communication. The Air & Missile Defense Radar is additionally capable of performing electronic attacks owing to its AESA antenna.
The Air and Missile Defense Radar system is expected to serve the global market in the coming years, owing to some of the following factors:
Major countries in Asia and Middle East are in constant threat of missile and nuclear attacks thus making these regions a potential market for the firms. There is an increased demand for naval based radar system from the armed forces from both European and U.S central command.
Industry trend is highly opportunistic as the increased threat in the East Asian, Middle East and European countries regarding the nuclear and other missiles has been very high from the era of cold war.
Need of possessing improved and much stronger naval fleet amongst many countries creates opportunities for the market.
Defense and surveillance systems around the globe have undergone miniaturization and automation, which again is a driving factor for the market.
A joint commission was formed by U.S navy to increase the number of ballistic missile defense tracking systems for the naval fleets. The development of dual ship-based radiolocation created an upspring in the naval air & missile defense radar market. The Air and missile defense radar market is never stagnant as there are constant R&D practices which lead to the upgrading of product due to which global demand never goes down. Constant upgradation of missiles and other air strike weapons creates a need for better geo-tracking technology.
Budget cuts in Europe and U.S. led to a temporary downturn of the air and missile defense radar industry. As it is a technology driven market, even though the missiles are tested successfully, their real time deployment in the war zone is limited which causes limitation for these products.
Dual band radars have been developed to reduce the gap between standardization of naval-based air and missile defense radiolocation system and technology. The dual band technology has created a high demand in the market as U.S. planned replace all the ships with the dual band radars which will be replacing the existing geo-tracking systems.
South America is expected to be a high potential region for Air and Missile Defense Radar systems, where it is estimated that the procurement and maintenance cost of radars will be on constant growth. U.S. and Australia jointly agreed to develop an active phased array radar in 2014, based on x-band phased array and s-band active array technologies.
Israel, a leader in producing military defense technologies in the world, did successful test of its arrow 3 anti-missile system. This version of arrow can destroy missiles at higher altitudes 100km and away. Israel influences the global market to a great extent as there are hundreds of industries in Israel which are directly or indirectly related to the defense sector. Israel has a good industry trend where the government and industries go hand in hand.
Based on regions, the Air & Missile Defense Radar market can be segmented as Central & South America, North America, Middle East & Africa, Asia Pacific and Europe. Major countries in the industry are Israel, India, China, Turkey, Germany, Russia, France, UK, UAE, Australia, South Korea, U.S., Canada, Saudi Arabia and Brazil. The U.S., Russia and Israel constitute the major Air & Missile Defense Radar manufacturing hubs. The market is segmented based on usage and working platforms of these systems and based on regions. Products are differentiated into three sectors as ship-based defense, land-based defense and air-based surveillance & defense radar systems.
Air and defense radar industry is influenced by key players such as Thales, SAAB, Rockwell Collins, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, and Lockheed Martin. Other vendors include Kelvin Hughes, Israel Aerospace Industries, Honeywell International, Finmeccanica, Exelis, Cobham, Boeing, BAE Systems, and Airbus Group. Some of the major developments taking place in the industry include:
In November 2019, Raytheon was awarded a 97.3 Million USD contract regarding integration and production support for the AN/SPY-6(V), which includes software development for the Aegis baseline 10, along with Maintenance Training System development, among others.
In December 2019, Northrop Grumman partnered with the Strategic Capabilities Office, for the demonstration of a conventionally-configured, ground-launched ballistic missile, conducted by the U.S. Air Force from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base.
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