Man-Portable Communication Systems Market size is set to gain significant momentum from 2021 to 2027, due to the escalating need for battlefield communication systems for effective command and control and other military operations. In addition, the increasing reliance on software defined radio, owing to its high data transmission accuracy, enhanced voice clarity, and other security benefits, will boost the adoption of man-portable radio communication equipment. Man-portable systems refer to items designed to be carried as an integral part of the crew-served, individual, and team equipment of the dismounted soldier. Such portable defense and field communication equipment can be carried by one man, thus providing increased flexibility to the military and offering high mobility for soldiers on the battlefield.
Robust focus on boosting tactical networks and the rapid advancement in communication technologies are among the prominent trends stimulating the man-portable communication systems market outlook. For example, the Indian Army initiated the procurement of MINT (Mobile Integrated Network Terminal) systems under the Make II Category of Defense Acquisition Procedure (DAP) 2020. These systems are envisaged as portable, lightweight communication solutions with wireless access systems and satellite backhaul, hence generating growth opportunities for man-portable equipment business. The rise of defense modernization efforts and the mounting investment for the development of next-gen encryption devices to secure the tactical network will also proliferate industry expansion during the forecast timeline.
Satellite communications (SATCOM) will emerge as a key application segment for the man-portable communication systems market by 2027, as a result of the increasing launch of military communication satellites. For instance, France launched a state-of-the-art satellite into orbit in 2021, with an objective to enable armed forces to communicate securely and swiftly. Growth from the segment will further be driven by the mounting development of advanced military satellites with extremely high-frequency range uplink or crosslink capabilities as well as super high-frequency range communications.
The Latin America man-portable communication systems market is expected to hold an appreciable share by 2027. This can be credited to the significant increase in defense spending, coupled with the presence of top AR/VR companies in Mexico. Augmented and virtual reality tools play a crucial role in military action, as they help troops keep track of the battleground when they are on the move. The rising prominence of tactical augmented reality will, therefore, contribute to the overall industry dynamics over the coming years.
The competitive landscape of the global market comprises companies such as Elbit Systems Ltd., Cobham PLC, Saab AB, BAE Systems PLC, Thales Group, Ultra Electronics, ITT Inc., Raytheon, Leonardo, Codan Limited, ViaSat, Rockwell Collins (Raytheon Technologies), Huawei, Aselsan (Turkish Armed Forces Foundation), L-3 Communications Holding Inc., Harris Corporation, and General Dynamics Corporation. New product launches, partnerships and strategic collaborations are among the numerous initiatives being employed by these entities to foster their presence in the global market. For instance, in November 2020, Elbit Systems unveiled a portable tactical SATCOM (satellite communications) system, designed to offer on-the-move secure communication capabilities to armed forces.
The novel coronavirus outbreak posed major challenges to the industrial sectors worldwide, including defense. In the EU, for instance, the crisis caused certain vulnerabilities of defense infrastructure and supply chains as the region prioritized addressing public health emergencies. However, despite these challenges, there was a distinct increase in military expenditure in 2020, which may accelerate the production of portable communication devices for military operations. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s data, the total military spending worldwide surged to $1,981 billion in 2020, a hike of 2.6% from 2019, creating growth opportunities for the industry in the years ahead.
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