The global battle management system (BMS) market is estimated to register a decent growth over the forecast period driven by technological advancements such as modifications and new innovations in BMS to offer more safety by the commanders. Battle management system is an expert rules based system offering users or commanders comprehensive battlefield view with respect to target analysis, automated recommendations, and awareness of the situation for the target objects. The key drivers for market growth are expected to be the need for minimizing the risk of friendly fire, change in warfare, protection of troops, and interoperability. Increase in the need to protect nations from rapidly growing terrorist activities requires strengthen military forces.
For a successful mission it is required to maintain a strategic coordination between the frameworks, powers of platoon mounted, organization, and the regiment. Therefore, the armed forces are now moving to utilize the Command, Control, Battle Management, & Communications (C2BMC), which increases the system performance by coordinating and integrating BMDS (Ballistic Missile Defense System) in the battle space. Due to aforementioned factors, military forces are now concentrating on up gradation and modernization of their vehicles across the globe.
The wide spectrum of threats present could become a driving factor for BMS. Those threats force nations to develop and implement a sustainable battle management system. The major use of a BMS is to offer survivability of assigned troops with real-time information in a battlefield. However, in the developed economies, the harshness of depreciated expenditure and uncertain financial condition on defense is a factor expected to act as a restraint for the key players operating in the sector. In addition, the challenges for data protection while transmission and integration of system have been witnessed. Hence, they pull out from BMS projects.
The evolution of emerging technologies such as BMS becomes difficult for the vendors to implement BMS into the vehicles. Vetronics are used to upgrade the military vehicles offering military forces with improved communication between vehicles, enhanced performance in surveillance, advanced implementation of weapon system, and easy navigation.
The key regional markets that dominate the battle management system industry in terms of on-time delivery, innovations & modifications, and technology are from the U.S., and Europe followed by Israel. The land-forces has captured and dominated the majority of the BMS user base. The land-forces use BMS majorly in comparison to the other two forces. The land-based BMS holds the maximum share while the airborne and naval based BMSs both hold the remaining minimum share. The application of this system is rapidly growing with armored vehicles procurement and modernization of the forces.
Recent innovation in technologies, such as WINBMS (Weapons integrated battle management systems) and SINCGARS Tactical BMS (Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System tactical BMS) would control the demand over the next seven years. These systems offer real-time tracking of position, awareness along with command message, IP networking, and embedded GPS. In addition, WINBMS provides encrypted transmission of data.
Battle management system along with systems such as communication, control, and command (C2BMC) offers the troops with anticipating, characterizing, and coordinating in operations against hostile party. The advancement in technology with WINBMS (Weapon Integrated BMS) and SINCGARS Tactical BMS (S-TBMS) would also offer the enhancement in tracking the real-time position of soldiers and vehicles.
The evolution of trends would control the global battle management system market. The rising shift of armed forces towards C2BMC utilization would increase the system performance by coordinating and integrating BMDS (Ballistic Missile Defense System) in the battle space with its ability to protect vehicles from ballistic missile threats. China, Japan, and India have increased their defense budgets which lead to rising R&D activity. This activity would develop systems to protect their nations from threats.
The commercial off-the-shelf utilization of components is smaller in size & weight, required low cost for development. It is an emerging trend as vendors of Vetronics systems are adopting this technology for aforementioned factors. Many military vehicles are reconstructed with COTS (Commercial off-the-shelf) components, which offer smart display as well as seamless benefits to the user. This technology relies on ARINC 661 standard utilization and HMI (Human Machine Interface) in their software. These are vital for application dealing with critical mission. Touch screens and smart device display supports HMI applications such as Presagis VAPS XT software. This software reconfigures on many devices for different missions to enhance the affordability and reliability of the system.
Europe is a successful BMS player in the global market with a decent share in terms of revenue share. The key contributor to the market has their base production mostly in Europe and North America. North America is considered as the global leader in the BMS market with various advanced technologies. Asia Pacific is an emerging battle management system market, investing highly in advancement and innovation in technology.
Some of the key vendors in battle management system market include Rockwell Collins, Northrop Grumman, Harris, Lockheed Martin, and other prominent vendors include Rolta India LTD, General Dynamics, Cob ham, and Raytheon. The global market has witnessed numerous competitors who engage in multinational joint ventures to capture the majority of contracts for innovations in BMS.
For instance, a recent joint venture between MBDA Deutschland GMBH, Lockheed Martin, and MBDA Italia for the MEADS program. The Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) is a missile and ground-mobile air defense system developing to replace Patriot missile system through a NATO-managed development. MEADS is a tri-national development program initiated by the U.S., Italy, and German. ANKARA, Turkey authorities are expecting to purchase the MEADS after they dropped their decision to purchase the country’s first long-range air & anti-missile defense system from a Chinese contractor.
According to General Dynamics UK Ltd, the organization has recently been awarded a £135 million contract from the UK Ministry of Defense to provide enhanced Bowman tactical Communication systems (BCIP5.6) for the British Armed Forces. This contract is expected to bring a series of enhancements and up-gradation for the existing Bowman tactical communications equipment used by the UK military forces.
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