Air-based C4ISR Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Air-based C4ISR Market is segmented by Type (C4 Systems, ISR, and Electronic Warfare), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

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Study Period: 2018-2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: >4.5 %

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Market Overview

The air-based C4ISR market is anticipated to register a CAGR of over 4.5%, during the forecast period (2020 - 2025).

  • The increasing political and geographical tensions around the world are propelling the investments in airborne C4ISR systems.
  • The rapid growth in demand for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), electronic support/countermeasures (ESM/ECM), airborne C2, advanced tactical air reconnaissance system, and airborne warning and control system (AWACS) to enhance the situational awareness and survivability is driving the growth of the air-based C4ISR market.
  • A majority of the demand for air-based C4ISR systems is anticipated to be generated in the Asia-Pacific region during the forecast period, due to factors, like modernization plans and an increase in threat perception of countries.

Scope of the Report

The air-based C4ISR market includes all the developments, procurements, and modernization of command and control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems in the air-based platform.

C4 Systems
Electronic Warfare
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Latin America
Rest of Latin America
Middle-East and Africa
Saudi Arabia
United Arab Emirates
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

The C4 Systems Segment Recorded the Highest Market Share in 2019

The C4 systems segment currently has the highest market share. This is primarily due to the increasing popularity of network-centric warfare and advanced tactical communication datalinks. For instance, from December 2019, the US Air Force began testing a secure datalink that will allow the communication between F-35 and F-22 fighters. The new datalink will allow the sharing of targeting information, location, and other data between the two aircraft platforms without comprising on their stealth capabilities. Currently, the F-35s and F-22s can only communicate with other aircraft of the same type. However, this new technology will connect two unique datalinks through a gateway. With the integration of advanced technologies into airborne platforms, the mission readiness of armed forces on the battlefield will be enhanced greatly. Hence, investments into such technologies are anticipated to propel the growth of the segment in the coming years.

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The Asia-Pacific region to Register Highest Growth During the Forecast Period

The Asia-Pacific region is expected to witness the highest growth rate as compared to the other regions, due to the presence of high military spending countries, such as China, India, and Japan. With the presence of geopolitical tensions in the land and sea borders in multiple countries, the procurement of C4ISR is likely to increase across the region. Forced modernization efforts across the Asia-Pacific region are also expected to increase the procurement of C4ISR systems. China and India are taking huge strides toward strengthening their armed force capabilities and are among the top five defense spending countries in the world. Countries, like China, India, Japan, and Indonesia, are the key growth regions, which are anticipated to have robust C4ISR systems procurement during the forecast period. For instance, China is involved in the development of advanced UAVs, like the Wing Loong ID UAV, designed for missions, like ISR, border patrol, counterterrorism, and anti-smuggling.

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Competitive Landscape

The prominent players in the air-based C4ISR market are Lockheed Martin Corporation, the Boeing Company, BAE Systems PLC, L3Harris Technologies Inc., and Elbit Systems Ltd. However, there are many manufacturers that provide C4ISR solutions for air, land, and sea platforms. The regional manufacturers are gradually growing their presence in the market due to the support of their governments and partnerships with global players. Technological advancement in C4ISR systems and the demand for multi-functional systems are propelling the investments of the manufacturers in the research and development of cost-effective solutions. For instance, a prototype of a rotary-wing UAV was unveiled by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in March 2019 for supporting ISR missions of the Indian Army and Indian Navy. The new UAV was developed by the Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur. Such advancements in technology and product portfolio of the regional companies are anticipated to help the strategic expansion plans in the near future.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Degree of Competition


    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 C4 Systems

      2. 5.1.2 ISR

      3. 5.1.3 Electronic Warfare

    2. 5.2 Geography

      1. 5.2.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 5.2.2 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

        2. France

        3. Germany

        4. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.2.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.2.4 Latin America

        1. Brazil

        2. Rest of Latin America

      5. 5.2.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. United Arab Emirates

        3. South Africa

        4. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 The Boeing Company

      2. 6.2.2 General Dynamics Corporation

      3. 6.2.3 Elbit Systems Ltd

      4. 6.2.4 Lockheed Martin Corporation

      5. 6.2.5 Northrop Grumman Corporation

      6. 6.2.6 BAE Systems PLC

      7. 6.2.7 CACI International Inc.

      8. 6.2.8 Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc.

      9. 6.2.9 Rheinmetall Defense

      10. 6.2.10 L3Harris Technologies Inc.

      11. 6.2.11 Denel SOC Ltd

      12. 6.2.12 ThalesRaytheonSystems


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Air-based C4ISR Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Air-based C4ISR Market is growing at a CAGR of >4.5% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2019.

Lockheed Martin Corporation, The Boeing Company, BAE Systems plc, Elbit Systems Ltd, L3Harris Technologies, Inc. are the major companies operating in Air-based C4ISR Market.

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