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Military Embedded Systems Market Size - By Platform Type (Land, Airborne, Naval), By Application (Radar, Command & Control, Avionics, Electronic Warfare, Communication & Navigation, Weapon Fire Control Systems, Wearables), By Component & Forecast 2024 - 2032

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  • Published Date: Mar 2024
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Military Embedded Systems Market Size

Military Embedded Systems Market size was valued at USD 1.6 billion in 2023 and is estimated to register at a CAGR of over 8% between 2024 and 2032. Military operations increasingly rely on real-time data and intelligence for effective decision-making. Embedded systems enable the integration of various sensors, cameras, and communication devices to provide soldiers with enhanced situational awareness on the battlefield.

Military Embedded Systems Market

The demand for military embedded systems capable of collecting, processing, and disseminating data in challenging environments drives market growth. Defense agencies worldwide are investing in the modernization of their armed forces to maintain strategic superiority and address emerging threats. This includes upgrading legacy systems with advanced embedded technologies to enhance mission effectiveness, survivability, and operational capabilities.

The proliferation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), and autonomous systems in military operations drives the demand for sophisticated embedded systems. These systems require robust processing, sensor fusion, navigation, and communication capabilities to operate autonomously and effectively execute missions in complex environments. For instance, in January 2023, GET Engineering, announce the launch of its latest Compact Embedded System for both military and industrial uses, that are complaint with MIL STD 704 F, MIL STD 1275 D power, & MIL-STD 461 EMI filters. The system design is unique to the company, that allows for mixing & matching protocols, will also functionality in the complex systems.

With the increasing connectivity and integration of embedded systems into networked environments, there is a heightened risk of cyber-attacks. Vulnerabilities in embedded systems could be exploited by adversaries to gain unauthorized access, disrupt operations, or compromise sensitive data, posing significant security risks to military assets and personnel. The reliance on global supply chains for components and subsystems in embedded systems introduces vulnerabilities related to the security and integrity of the supply chain. Malicious actors may target the supply chain to insert counterfeit or compromised components, leading to potential security breaches or system malfunctions within military embedded systems.

Military Embedded Systems Market Trends

The military embedded systems industry is witnessing a trend towards the integration of AI and ML technologies to enhance the capabilities of embedded systems. AI-powered embedded systems can analyze vast amounts of data in real-time, automate decision-making processes, and improve situational awareness on the battlefield. Applications include autonomous vehicles, predictive maintenance, threat detection, and mission planning, driving the demand for AI-enabled embedded systems in military operations.

Size, Weight, Power, and Cost (SWaP-C) optimization is a key trend in the military embedded systems market. As defense agencies seek to deploy more capable and sophisticated systems in increasingly constrained environments, there is a growing emphasis on reducing the size, weight, power consumption, and cost of embedded systems. Advancements in semiconductor technology, miniaturization, and energy efficiency enable the development of compact, lightweight, and energy-efficient embedded systems without compromising performance or functionality.

SWaP-C optimization allows for greater mobility, flexibility, and scalability in military operations, driving the adoption of compact and energy-efficient embedded systems in defense applications. In addition, a rapid shift in the defense sector towards the warfare based on electronics and novel technologies and introduction to modern technologies like C4ISR, wireless, and cloud are anticipated to create significant growth opportunities to the market growth.

Military Embedded Systems Market Analysis

Military Embedded Systems Market, By Platform Type, 2022- 2032 (USD Billion) 

Based on platform type, the market is divided land, airborne, naval. The naval segment is expected to grow at 6% CAGR during the forecast period.

  • The Naval segment within the Military Embedded Systems market pertains to the application of embedded systems in maritime defense and naval operations. These embedded systems are specifically designed and integrated into naval vessels, submarines, and maritime platforms to enhance their capabilities, performance, and operational effectiveness.
  •  The Naval segment encompasses a wide range of embedded systems, including sensors, communication systems, navigation equipment, weapon control systems, surveillance systems, and command and control (C2) systems. Embedded systems play a vital role in integrating various sensors, such as radars, sonars, electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) cameras, and acoustic sensors, to provide comprehensive maritime surveillance and detection capabilities.
Military Embedded Systems Market Share, By Application, 2023

Based on application, the military embedded systems market is divided into radar, command & control, avionics, electronic warfare, communication & navigation, weapon fire control systems, wearable, others. The communication & navigation segment dominated the global market with a share of over 20% in 2023.

  • The shift towards network-centric warfare concepts, where military operations rely on interconnected networks for real-time data sharing and decision-making, drives the demand for robust communication and navigation systems. Integrated communication networks and navigation solutions are essential for maintaining connectivity, situational awareness, and operational effectiveness across distributed military forces.
  • The increasing deployment of unmanned systems, including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), and unmanned maritime vehicles (UMVs), drives the demand for communication and navigation systems tailored for unmanned platforms. These systems require reliable communication links and autonomous navigation capabilities to operate effectively in diverse environments, fueling market growth.
U.S. Military Embedded Systems Market Size, 2022-2032, (USD Million)

North America military embedded systems market accounted for 30% of the revenue share in 2023. North America is a hub for technological innovation, with numerous research institutions, defense contractors, and technology companies driving advancements in communication and navigation systems. Investments in research and development (R&D) foster the development of cutting-edge technologies, leading to the creation of more sophisticated and capable embedded systems for military applications. The United States government allocates significant funding for defense procurement, including investments in communication and navigation systems for military use.

Defense budgets support the acquisition of advanced embedded systems to modernize military capabilities, enhance operational effectiveness, and maintain strategic superiority in defense operations. North America boasts a strong aerospace and defense industry, with leading companies involved in the design, development, and production of communication and navigation systems for military applications. These companies leverage their expertise and capabilities to deliver state-of-the-art embedded systems that meet the stringent requirements of defense customers.

Military Embedded Systems Market Share

Northrop Grumman Corporation and Renesas Corporation holds a significant share of over 20% is a global aerospace and defense company that specializes in the development and manufacturing of advanced technology systems for military and commercial applications. In the Military Embedded Systems Market, Northrop Grumman Corporation offers a wide range of embedded systems, including communication systems, sensor technologies, mission computers, and avionics solutions. These embedded systems are integral components of various defense platforms, such as aircraft, helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and ground vehicles, enhancing their capabilities and performance on the battlefield.

Some of the major players in the market are Lockheed Martin Corporation, Raytheon Technologies Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, BAE Systems plc, General Dynamics Corporation, L3Harris Technologies, Inc., Thales Group. These major players applying strategies like product innovations and mergers and acquisitions. Also, companies are involved in several growth and expansion strategies to gain a competitive advantage in the market.

Military Embedded Systems Market Companies

Major companies operating in the military embedded systems industry are:

  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Raytheon Technologies Corporation
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • BAE Systems plc
  • General Dynamics Corporation
  • L3Harris Technologies, Inc.
  • Thales Group

Military Embedded Systems Industry News

  • In October 2022, GE unveiled its latest product innovations to release two new control solutions. Built on the capabilities of Industrial Internet Control System (IICS), Intelligent Platforms PAC Systems RX3i CPL410 (the first-ever outcome that will optimize open controller) and Equipment Insight 2018 (remote monitoring as a service platform) both designed to harness the combined power of edge controls and analytics to deliver actionable intelligence across the industrial ecosystem.

The military embedded systems market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecasts in terms of revenue (USD Million) from 2018 to 2032, for the following segments:

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Market, By Platform Type

  • Land
  • Airborne
  • Naval

Market, By Component

  • Hardware
  • Software

Market, By Application

  • Radar
  • Command & Control
  • Avionics
  • Electronic Warfare
  • Communication & Navigation
  • Weapon Fire Control Systems
  • Wearables
  • Others

The above information is provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • ANZ
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Rest of Latin America
  • MEA
    • UAE
    • Saudi Arabia
    • South Africa
    • Rest of MEA


Authors: Suraj Gujar, Sandeep Ugale

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The market size of military embedded systems reached USD 1.6 billion in 2023 and is set to witness USD 3.5 billion by 2032, as they increasingly rely on real-time data and intelligence for effective decision-making.

The naval segment is projected to register a CAGR of over 6% through 2032, attributed to capabilities, performance, and operational effectiveness.

North America market accounted for a share of over 30% in 2023, favored by technological innovation, with numerous research institutions, defense contractors, and technology companies.

Lockheed Martin Corporation, Raytheon Technologies Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, BAE Systems plc, General Dynamics Corporation, L3Harris Technologies, Inc., and Thales Group.

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