The global man-portable communication systems market is expected to exceed over USD 40 billion by 2022 owing to the increased demand in encryption devices such as GPS systems, smartphones, radios, and other tactical communication devices.
The man-portable communication systems industry is estimated to grow at a CAGR of over 5% from 2015 to 2022. Man-portable communication system provides enhanced flexibility to the military by reducing the overall weight of the system and offering high mobility to soldiers in the battlefield. It offers cost reduction and power to drive the communications with wide-reachability, which is estimated to accentuate the demand over the forecast period. It is a strong and compact amplification technology used in the defense and field communications. It is deployed for secure voice and data applications with anti-jamming features. It reduces noises from military tanks, sirens, and vehicles generating a clear message.
The soldier level information required by the command and control system (C2) is estimated to drive the industry. The C2 technology is built on the common data standards and is based on the service-oriented architecture. It integrates information, which enables the staff and the commanders to seamlessly exchange a wide number of tactical information among the forces. Growing demand for advanced communications with reduced power consumption, weight, and size in the defense application is projected to fuel the man-portable communication systems market by 2022.
The defense modernization programs across various countries are estimated to offer lucrative opportunities for the industry. Increased focus to reduce soldier’s burden has been boosting the lightweight products demand. Rising investment in R&D projects by the defense ministry in various countries in order to reduce the power consumption is expected to drive the man-portable communication systems market. For instance, the U.S. undertook a program, Net Warrior, through which they made considerate progress to reduce the weight on soldiers while delivering highly advanced capabilities.
Technological advancements such as integration across varied platforms for effective net-centric environment, allowing users to access real-time data are expected to propel man-portable communication systems market growth over the forecast period. Defense companies are considerably improving the productivity across the industry with compliance to stringent government regulations. Additionally, the need for high bandwidth and frequency is anticipated to trigger the demand.
Encryption of classified information is crucial to safeguard personal safety and military operations. Usage of digital signature, standard encryption algorithm, and commercial off-the-shelf technologies will enable timely distribution of classified information. Encryption devices are estimated to be the pillar of the market ensuring safety in communications across all the platforms. Furthermore, emergence of Augmented Reality (AR) and virtual channels is expected to drive the demand over the next seven years. However, reduction in defense budgets and lack of availability of skilled workforce can curb market growth.
The man-portable communication systems industry can be classified on the basis of platform into land, naval, and airborne. Land-based platforms are estimated to dominate the industry. Rising number of integrated systems along with progressive technologies is estimated to be implemented over the forecast period.
Based on the application, the industry can be categorized into software-defined radios (SDR), commercial, homeland security, smartphones, telephonic encryption, and Satellite Communication (SATCOM). SDR offers effective handling of varied standards such as 2G, 3G, and 4G technologies leading to its increased popularity in the commercial segment. Furthermore, backpack transmitters are expected to play a vital role in this segment. Very small aperture terminals (VSATs) and SDR are anticipated to be the future trends driving the industry. Several wireless technologies in man-portable combined with technological boom such as cognitive radios are estimated to propel the radio spectrum demand.
North America is expected to be the prominent region owing to the huge expenditure in defense sector and availability of technologically advanced infrastructure. Asia Pacific and Middle East regions are estimated to emerge as developing regions owing to the increased spending in the portable communications industry.
Major vendors in the man-portable communication systems industry comprise Rockwell Collins, Saab AB, Harris Corporation, General Dynamics Corporation, Codan Ltd., Aselsan, L-3 Communication Holdings Inc., ITT Corporation, Thales Group, and ViaSat.
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