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    Airborne Tactical Radio Market Analysis

    Airborne Tactical Radio Market Analysis
    Report code - SR1909 Published On : Mar,2022 No. of Pages: 140
    Airborne Tactical Radio Market Size, Share, Trend, Forecast, & Competitive Analysis- 2 See more...

    Market Insights

    The airborne tactical radio market is likely to grow at a significant CAGR of 6.5% during the forecast period to reach a value of US$ 1.8 Billion in 2027.

    What is airborne tactical radios?

    Airborne tactical radios enable safe and secure communication networks that support voice and data communications, therefore enabling an aircraft to communicate with other airborne, ground-based, and seaborne platforms. Depending on the operational requirements of an aircraft, airborne tactical radios will operate in the frequencies ranging from HF, VHF/UHF, and VHF/UHF with SATCOM. With the growing necessity for enhanced situational awareness at the battlefield, there has been a robust demand for air-ground, air-ship, and air-air radios, over the years.

    Segments Analysis

    Device Type

    The market is bifurcated into air-air radio and air-ground/ship radio.

    • Air-ground radio is expected to remain the dominant as well as the fastest-growing device type in the market during the forecast period.
    • As the demand for unprecedented air-ground interoperability is gaining momentum in recent years, there has been a progress in the sales of air-ground tactical radios to the defense authorities.
    • These radios offer a smooth and effective channel for communication and also assist the aircrew during critical battlefield missions.
    • As a result, the larger deployment of these radios by the military forces enables greater mission effectiveness, which also helps drive market growth.

    Frequency Type

    The market is segmented as HF, VHF/UHF, and VHF/UHF with SATCOM.

    • Among frequency types, VHF/UHF type is the most commonly used frequency type for airborne tactical radios.
    • These radios are the most sought after by the armed forces as they provide better data throughputs as compared to the radios with other frequency types.
    • Moreover, the VHF/UHF radios are suitable for long-range communication, due to which they are a popular choice in defense, particularly for air-ground communication.

    Regional Trends

    North America is expected to remain the largest market for airborne tactical radios over the forecast period.

    • This is due to the sheer presence of the leading companies in the market such as Raytheon Technologies Corporation, L3Harris Technologies, Inc., Northrop Grumman, and BAE Systems, who are among the prime contractors for the US Department of Defense for airborne tactical radios.
    • In addition, the US Air Force is the supreme air power and the US DoD is extensively investing in airborne communication to mark their dominance.
    • Asia-Pacific is likely to witness the fastest market growth in the coming years due to the growing penetration of regional companies such as Hytera Communications Corporation Limited, Rolta India Limited, and Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), among others.
    • Furthermore, the countries, such as China and India, have been increasing their annual military expenditure, which is comprehensively driving the regional market growth.

    Report – Features

    Market Segmentation


    Regions Covered


    Countries/Sub-Regions Covered


    No. of Figures & Tables


    Company Profiles


    The market is segmented into the following categories:

    By Device Type-

    • Air-Air Radio
    • Air-Ground/Ship Radio

    By Frequency Type-

    • HF
    • VHF/UHF
    • VHF/UHF with SATCOM

    By Region-

    • North America (Country Analysis: The USA, Canada, and Mexico)
    • Europe (Country Analysis: Germany, France, The UK, Russia, and Rest of Europe)
    • Asia-Pacific (Country Analysis: China, Japan, India, South Korea, and Rest of Asia-Pacific)
    • Rest of the World (Country Analysis: Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Israel, and Others)

    Key Players

    The global market for airborne tactical radios is competitive. In recent years, there have been some major mergers and acquisitions in the industry, which has significantly influenced the competitive dynamics. For example, 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. The following are the major players in the ground tactical radio market:

    • BAE Systems
    • Raytheon Technologies Corporation
    • L3Harris Technologies, Inc.
    • Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG
    • Northrop Grumman

    Market Trends

    Effective airborne communication has become one of the most powerful weapons in 21st-century warfare. For an open battlefield situation, coordinated response to a static or mobile threat would involve the ground personnel, marine forces, and military aircraft. Better communication and support among these military assets would result in safe and efficient results. This calls for increased focus on the development of airborne tactical radios.

    Due to the increase in terrorism and cross-border threats, many countries are currently focused on strengthening the defense and offense systems of their airborne, ground-based, and naval forces. The defense authorities are also engaged in the development and deployment of proper communication networks between the different platforms to ensure battlefield supremacy. Thus, the deployment and usage of airborne tactical radios is rapidly gaining momentum in recent years.

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

    • In September 2021Collins Aerospace (Raytheon Technologies Corporation) signed a three-year contract worth US$ 294.1 million, with the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD), to provide 8,085 AN/ARC-210(v) radios that would be installed in more than 400 strategic and tactical airborne, seaborne, and land-based (mobile and fixed) platforms.
    • In April 2021Leonardo signed a contract with Boeing to provide its new software-defined radio, the SWave Airborne SDR SRT-800’ for the fleet of E-3A Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft. The advanced airborne radio will provide secure and cyber-resilient air-to-air and air-to-ground connectivity for the AWACS fleet.
    • In June 2019L3Harris Technologies, Inc. signed a contract with the US Air Force (USAF), to develop a prototype for the L3Harris Falcon Wideband Airborne HF Radio.

    With the greater demand for enhanced air-to-ground interoperability, the quality of the radios has witnessed a colossal improvement over the years. The radios that are being installed in the fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft enable safe and reliable voice and data communications, which provide a better platform for the aircrew for their missions.

    Research Methodology

    • This strategic assessment report, from Stratview Research, provides a comprehensive analysis that reflects today’s airborne tactical radio market realities and future market possibilities for the forecast period of 2022 to 2027.
    • The report segments and analyzes the market in the most detailed manner in order 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 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. The following are the key features of the report:

    • Overview, industry life cycle & supply chain analysis.
    • Environment analysis: Drivers and constraints, Porter’s five forces analysis, SWOT analysis.
    • Trend and forecast analysis.
    • Segment trend and forecast.
    • Competitive landscape and dynamics: Market share, Product portfolio, New Product Launches, etc.
    • Attractive market segments and associated growth opportunities.
    • Emerging trends.
    • Strategic growth opportunities for the existing and new players.
    • Key success factors.

    Airborne Tactical Radio Market Features

    Market Size in 2027

    USD 1.8 billion

    Market Growth (2022-2026)

    6.5% CAGR

    Base Year of Study


    Trend Period


    Forecast Period


    Segments Covered

    By Device Type (Air-Air Tactical Radio and Air-Ground/Ship Tactical Radio),

    By Frequency Type (HF, VHF/UHF, and VHF/UHF with SATCOM),

    By Region.

    Top Companies in 2022

    • BAE Systems
    • Raytheon Technologies Corporation
    • L3Harris Technologies, Inc.
    • Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG
    • Northrop Grumman

    Dominant Region

    North America is expected to remain the largest market for airborne tactical radios over the forecast period.

    Customization Options

    With this detailed report, Stratview Research offers one of the following free customization options to our respectable clients:

    Company Profiling

    • Detailed profiling of additional market players (up to three players)
    • SWOT analysis of key players (up to three players)

    Competitive Benchmarking

    • Benchmarking of key players on the following parameters: Product portfolio, geographical reach, regional presence, and strategic alliances

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    A Bird's Eye View of the Market

    The market is estimated to grow at a healthy CAGR of 6.5% in the coming five years. This is majorly attributed to the growing demand for air-ground radios across the globe to ensure unprecedented multi-platform interoperability.

    Raytheon Technologies Corporation, L3Harris Technologies, Inc., BAE Systems, Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG, and Northrop Grumman are some of the major players in the market. These companies engage in the production of advanced air-ground radios, which are currently in large demand by the defense authorities, across the globe.

    North America is estimated to be dominant in the market in the coming years as the US Department of Defense is actively pursuing the procurement of advanced air-ground radios in order to strengthen their aerial power and maintain their military dominance.

    Asia-Pacific is estimated to grow at the fastest pace in the market in the coming years. This is the result of the large procurement and development of airborne tactical radios in recent years, by two super air powers of Asia-Pacific (China and India), coupled with the significant growth in the military expenditure in both countries.


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