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    Tactical Radio Market Analysis | 2023-2028

    Tactical Radio Market Analysis | 2023-2028
    Report code - SR1907 Published On : Mar,2023 No. of Pages: 137
    Tactical Radio Market Size, Share, Trend, Forecast, Competitive Analysis, and Growth Oppor See more...

    Market Highlights

    The Tactical Radio Market is estimated to grow at a decent CAGR of 4.2% during the forecast period to reach a value of US$ 7.7 billion in 2028.

    Tactical Radio Market Forecast

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    Tactical radios enable voice and data communication for the armed forces. Over the past few years, tactical communications have gained importance as several militaries across the globe are focused on their respective soldier modernization objectives. In modern warfare, all elements of the armed forces including the ground-based dismounted soldiers, military vehicles, aircraft, helicopters, and naval forces, work in close cooperation with each other. Not only do these forces rely on clear and secure voice communications, but they are also dependent on shared data services, creating a vast information network, where all the elements have access to vital intelligence.

    In the modern-day battlefield, effective tactical communication has become one of the most powerful weapons. An wee-organized and coordinated response to a static or mobile threat would involve the role of ground personnel, marine forces, and military aircraft, particularly in 21st-century warfare. This necessitates better communication and support devices for these military assets, which would result in safe and efficient results. As a result, there has been a growing focus on the development of advanced tactical radios.

    As a result of the growing terrorism threats and border disputes, several countries are engaged in the strengthening of the defense and offense capabilities of their airborne, ground-based, and naval forces. Concurrently, the defense authorities are also focused on the development and deployment of proper communication networks among different platforms to ensure battlefield supremacy. Thus, the deployment and usage of tactical radios have rapidly been gaining momentum in recent years.

    Moreover, there have been several investments in the defense industry directed at tactical radios in recent years, which would boost the overall market. Some of them are:

    • In November 2022, L3Harris Technologies, Inc. was awarded a contract worth US$ 110.5 million (£90 million) by the British MoD, for the supply of 1,300 new multi-mode radios (MMR) by 2023. These radios would be fielded as both man-portable and vehicle-mounted product types.
    • In October 2022, the company was also awarded a contract worth US$ 235 million with the US Army, to produce manpack radios such as AN/PRC-163 leader and AN/PRC-158 manpack radios.
    • During the same period, Thales was awarded a contract worth over US$ 100 million by the US Army, to deliver 4,000 handheld AN/PRC-148D Improved Multiband Inter/Intra Team Radios (IMBITRs).
    • Similarly, in March 2022, BAE Systems signed a five-year contract worth US$ 176 million with the US Air Force to provide software-defined radios, offering a secure alternative to satellite communications, in support of the Air Force’s Airborne High-Frequency Radio Modernization program.

    The long-term contracts and agreements between the suppliers and the DoD form the crux of the tactical radio market growth. With the increasing number of global military operations, the quality of the radios has witnessed a colossal improvement over the years. Also, there has been a large procurement of advanced tactical radios from the ground, airborne, and naval forces across the globe, which provide better communication among the different military platforms and result in effective cross-platform interoperability and support. 

    Recent Market JVs and Acquisitions:

    • In January 2023, L3Harris Technologies, Inc. completed the strategic acquisition of the Tactical Data Links (TDL) business unit of Viasat, Inc. which would lead to an increase in the company’s annual sales.
    • In May 2021, CODAN Limited acquired Domo Tactical Communications (DTC), a technology provider for high-bandwidth wireless communications in next-generation software-defined radios. This acquisition would help CODAN Limited to expand its presence inside the USA.
    • In May 2020, BAE Systems completed the acquisition of the airborne tactical radios business division from Raytheon Technologies Corporation at US$ 275 million. As a result of this acquisition, BAE Systems is poised to become the market leader for airborne tactical radios.
    • In April 2020, Raytheon Corporation merged with United Technologies Corporation, to form Raytheon Technologies Corporation. Collins Aerospace, a part of the newly formed aerospace and defense giant, is among the major manufacturers and distributors of tactical radios, across the globe.
    • In June 2019, L3Harris Technologies, Inc. announced an all-stock merger of L3 Technologies and Harris Corporation.

    Segments Analysis


    List of Sub-Segments

    Dominant and Fastest-Growing Segments

    Platform-Type Analysis

    Ground-based Platform, Naval-based Platform, and Airborne Platform

    Ground-based platform is estimated to be the dominant segment and the airborne platform is expected to be the fastest-growing segment by platform type, during the forecast period.

    Frequency-Type Analysis

    HF, VHF/UHF, and VHF/UHF with SATCOM

    VHF/UHF is likely to be the dominant and fastest-growing frequency type during the forecast period.

    Product-Type Analysis

    Fixed Radio and Deployed Radio

    Deployed radio is expected to be the dominant as well as the fastest-growing product type, during the forecast period.

    Regional Analysis

    North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World

    North America is expected to be the dominant market and Asia-Pacific is likely to be the fastest-growing market during the forecast period.


    By Platform type

    The market is bifurcated into ground-based, naval-based, and airborne platforms. The ground-based platform is expected to remain the biggest market for tactical radios in the foreseeable future. These radios are frequently used for every ground-based tactical operation and mission. Moreover, with the increasing terror threats and border disputes, the demand for ground tactical radios is expected to intensify. For example, in the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war, the Russian military was reportedly using the Chinese-manufactured BaoFeng UV-82HP tactical radios for communication with their military personnel, who were stationed in Ukraine.

    By Product type

    The market is classified as fixed tactical radios and deployed tactical radios. Between both products, deployed tactical radios account for the dominant market share. With the increasing demand for effective communication for military personnel (armed forces, air forces, and naval forces) on the move, the deployed tactical radios have gained prominence. The air-to-ground tactical radios have witnessed a large demand in recent years to ensure proper multi-domain interoperability.

    By Frequency type

    The market is segmented into HF, VHF/UHF, and VHF/UHF with SATCOM. Among these frequency types, VHF/UHF is the most used frequency type for tactical radios. VHF/UHF radios were considered a breakthrough in the tactical radio market. They serve as a reliable source of two-way communication. Similarly, HF tactical radios are generally used for long-range communication, but due to the limited availability of frequency and low bandwidth capacity, they are not used as broadly as their VHF/UHF counterparts. Also, the demand for VHF/UHF radios with SATCOM is quite less as compared to that of HF and VHF/UHF radios as they are quite expensive.

    Tactical Radio Market Frequency Type

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    Regional Analysis

    North America is likely to maintain its supremacy in the tactical radio market throughout the forecast period. This is mostly due to the large investments made by the US DoD in tactical radios with the companies: L3 Harris Technologies, Inc., Collins Aerospace, BAE Systems, and Elbit Systems Ltd. Moreover, the US is the largest military spender globally, accounting for more than 1/3rd of the total share. In addition, major players in the market have their presence or are headquartered in the US.

    Tactical Radio Market Region

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    Concurrently, Asia Pacific is expected to witness the fastest growth in the global tactical radio market during the forecast period.  The key factors responsible for the swift growth are increased demand for tactical radios by the military forces and a rise in overall military expenditure (especially in China and India).

    Key Players

    There is stiff competition in the tactical radio market. The growth of the companies is directly dependent on industry conditions and government support. The companies differentiate their tactical radio offerings on the basis of their quality and their penetration in the target and emerging markets. These companies have an excellent brand identity, exceptional product development capabilities, vast product offerings, a large customer base, and a wide geographical reach. These companies strive for the formation of long-term agreements with different governments and defense authorities, globally.

    In recent years, several acquisitions increased the overall consolidation level of the market. As a result, inorganic growth is the key growth strategy of the companies in the market. There have been several mergers and acquisitions (such as the all-stock merger of L3 Technologies and Harris Corporation, the purchase of the tactical radio business of Harris Corporation by Elbit Systems Ltd., and the purchase of the airborne radio business unit of Collins Aerospace by BAE Systems) in the tactical radio market space, which have resulted in some substantial changes in the overall competitive landscape. The following are the major players in the tactical radio market:

    • L3Harris Technologies, Inc.
    • Collins Aerospace
    • Thales Group
    • BAE Systems
    • Rohde & Schwarz
    • Elbit Systems Ltd.
    • General Dynamics Corporation
    • Leonardo DRS
    • Northrop Grumman
    • ASELSAN A.S.

    Research Methodology

    This strategic assessment report, from Stratview Research, provides a comprehensive analysis that reflects today’s tactical radio market realities and future market possibilities for the forecast period. The report segments and analyzes the market in the most detailed manner to provide a panoramic view of the market. The vital data/information provided in the report can play a crucial role for the market participants as well as investors in the identification of the low-hanging fruits available in the market as well as to formulate the growth strategies to expedite their growth process.

    This report offers high-quality insights and is the outcome of a detailed research methodology comprising extensive secondary research, rigorous primary interviews with industry stakeholders, and validation and triangulation with Stratview Research’s internal database and statistical tools. More than 1,000 authenticated secondary sources, such as company annual reports, fact books, press releases, journals, investor presentations, white papers, patents, and articles, have been leveraged to gather the data. We conducted more than 15 detailed primary interviews with the market players across the value chain in all four regions and industry experts to obtain both qualitative and quantitative insights.

    Report Features

    This report provides market intelligence in the most comprehensive way. The report structure has been kept such that it offers maximum business value. It provides critical insights into the market dynamics and will enable strategic decision-making for the existing market players as well as those willing to enter the market.

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    In-depth Analysis of the Tactical Radio Market

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    Market forecast and trend data and emerging trends

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    Global, regional, and country-level historical data and forecasts

    Which are the most attractive market segments?

    Market Segment Analysis and Forecast

    Which are the top players and their market positioning?

    Competitive landscape analysis, Market share analysis

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    Porter’s five forces analysis, PEST analysis, Life cycle analysis

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    A Bird's Eye View of the Market

    The tactical radio market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 4.2% in the coming five years. This growth is majorly attributed to the rising military expenditure in recent times along with the increasing radio modernization expenses and growing geopolitical risks, across the globe.

    Since the North American region is largely focused on equipping its soldiers with the best communication technologies and devices due to its enormous military expenditure, the region is estimated to be dominant in the tactical radio market in the coming years. This is also due to the presence of major companies in the market, such as L3Harris Technologies, Inc., Collins Aerospace, and Elbit Systems Ltd, which are among the major contractors for the US Department of Defense (DoD).

    Asia-Pacific is estimated to grow at the fastest pace in the tactical radio market in the coming years. This is largely because of the large focus on the procurement and development of tactical radios for military personnel along with the immense growth in the military expenditure of two regional superpowers (China and India) in recent times. Moreover, the region is very prone to border conflicts and terrorist attacks, which amplifies the demand for these tactical radios for effective military operations.


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