Military Radars Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Military Radars Market is segmented by Platform (Ground-based, Naval, Airborne, and Space), Application (Air and Missile Defense; Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR); Navigation and Weapon Guidance; Space Situational Awareness; and Other Applications), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Middle-East and Africa). The report offers the market size and forecasts by value (USD billion) for all the above segments.

Market Snapshot

military radars market
Study Period: 2018-2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 5.15 %

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Market Overview

The military radars market was valued at USD 13.66 billion in 2020, and it is expected to reach USD 22.58 billion by 2030, registering a CAGR of 5.15% during the forecast period (2021 - 2030).

The global aerospace and defense (A&D) manufacturing sector has been undergoing an unprecedented disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the defense sector is expected to remain stable and grow as most countries have not reduced their defense budgets and remain committed to sustaining their military capabilities. Supply-side shocks are some of the most visible effects of the pandemic’s impact on the defense sector. Firms located in countries badly affected by COVID-19 or those that are dependent on supply chains located in affected countries have been the immediate victims of the pandemic. Thus, due to the widespread disruption in the supply chain, some of the defense programs could face minor cost escalations and delays in the short term.

Radar is an essential component of several defense systems. The growing territorial disputes and threats from adversaries are propelling several countries to invest heavily in their surveillance systems to reduce dependency and detect intrusion and respond quickly.

The increasing use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), stealth aircraft, hypersonic missiles, and electronic warfare systems have forced several countries to enhance their radar capabilities. The market is driven by the advancements in range, detection, identification, and integration with other sensors and adaptability to new missions, platforms, and environments that are driving the demand for new military radars on a global scale.

Scope of the Report

Military radars are used by armed forces for surveillance, to find targets and track their movements, and direct other weapons or countermeasures against them. Military radars are also used for navigation and for tracking weather changes. The study includes radars used by the navy (coastal radars and ship-based radars), air force (weather navigation radar, airborne radar, and precision approach radar), and army (perimeter surveillance radars, long-range surveillance radars, and fixed and movable land radars), and in space applications. The other applications segment includes IED detection, airspace monitoring and traffic management, and weather monitoring. The report also covers the market sizes and forecasts for the military radars market across major regions. For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done based on value (USD billion).

Air and Missile Defense
Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR)
Navigation and Weapon Guidance
Space Situational Awareness
Other Applications
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Latin America
Rest of Latin America
Middle-East and Africa
United Arab Emirates
Saudi Arabia
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Airborne Segment is Expected to Register the Highest CAGR During the Forecast Period

A modern military aircraft is designed to perform distinct mission profiles; hence, the onboard radar systems must be capable of performing specifically as per the designated mission profiles. For instance, radars are used in combat aircraft to find hostile aircraft, control air-to-air missiles, rockets, and other onboard weapons. Similarly, in a bomber aircraft, radar is used to find surface targets, fixed or moving, and to navigate and avoid obstacles. An increase in the global aerial fleet has led to a rise in the demand for airborne radar and has fostered significant investments toward the development of advanced radar systems that can effectively be used against stealth technology-enabled combat aircraft. Moreover, the cost-effectiveness and ease of operations of unmanned platforms, when compared to manned platforms, have aided the rapid adoption of UAVs in defense applications (for both surveillance and attack operations). Unmanned platforms are largely being deployed by military organizations in conflict regions across the world. The US Army is planning to integrate ground-penetrating radar onboard small UAS to deliver a digital map that shows the shapes, sizes, and features of objects in the environment. Ground-penetrating radar technology has not proliferated into UAS due to size, weight, and power (SWaP) constraints. Hence, the US Army plans to test the feasibility of the system by collecting data on inert unexploded ordnance (UXO), synthetic tracer material, and flora and fauna using radar on a chip operating between 100MHz and 5GHz attached to an unmanned system. Additionally, the tethered aerostat radar systems are being used as a low-level airborne ground surveillance system in few countries. These factors render a positive outlook for the airborne radar segment of the market during the forecast period.

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Asia-Pacific is Expected to Witness the Highest Growth During the Forecast Period

Countries in the Asia-Pacific region, such as China and India, are investing heavily toward strengthening their defense capabilities, and they are expected to continue the same during the forecast period. As of January 2021, China was testing the KJ-600 surveillance aircraft that is widely speculated to be capable of detecting stealth aircraft such as the F-22 and the F-35. The aircraft is envisioned to be commissioned as the People Liberation Army’s (PLA’s) carrier-based early warning system. The Indian Air Force is emphasizing a large-scale fleet expansion and modernization at a time when its fighter aircraft squadron’s strength is depleting. As of March 2021, the Indian Air Force had a fighter aircraft squadron strength of 31 against a sanctioned strength of 42 squadrons. In January 2021, India signed an order for 83 Hindustan Aeronautics’ (HAL) Tejas Mk-1A Light Combat Aircraft. The order covers 73 single-seat Tejas Mk-1As and 10 two-seat trainers. It is worth USD 6.4 billion. Since 2017, South Korea has been operating the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), a transportable, ground-based missile defense system. In May 2020, South Korea announced the adoption of new, advanced interceptor missiles for the fielded THAAD systems. In the THAAD system, the radar intercepts an incoming missile, and the threat is identified by those manning the system, who then fire a projectile from a truck called the interceptor at the missiles. On the other hand, Japan is reportedly seeking to devise a new National Defense Program to develop new missile defense systems and replace the currently fielded Aegis systems by the end of 2021. Such developments are likely to foster the rapid growth of the market in Asia-Pacific during the forecast period.


Competitive Landscape

The military radars market is highly competitive and is marked by the presence of many prominent players competing for a larger market share. Lockheed Martin Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Israel Aerospace Industries, Leonardo SpA, and Raytheon Technologies Corporation are some of the major players in the market. The stringent safety and regulatory policies in the defense segment are expected to restrict the entry of new players. With the growing implementation of stealth technologies in adversary aerial platforms and weapons, market players are focusing on the development of sophisticated radar systems that can effectively detect targets with lower radar cross-sections. Also, players are investing in the development of several newer generation radars like the Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radars, Passive Radars, 3D Radars, Dual Band Radars, etc., which offer several advantages as compared to their conventional counterparts. With the growing focus on indigenization, several countries are investing in the development of Radar systems locally, which is expected to make the market more competitive in the years to come.

Recent Developments

  • In July 2021, Thales Canada was awarded a USD 186 million contract to supply and maintain the tactical radars used for CF-18 combat aircraft operations. The contract has provisions for the delivery of three such systems for USD 154 million, while the remaining USD 34 million is meant to provide support for the radar systems over the next five years.
  • In November 2020, Rosoboronexport (part of the Rostec State Corporation) showcased its latest P-18-2 Prima high-mobility 2D surveillance and acquisition radar, which offers the unique capability to effectively detect current and emerging low-visibility targets, including any stealth aircraft. The P-18-2 is distinguished from most other radars available on the market by its high mobility, which is achieved through the installation of all equipment and antenna posts on one vehicle.
  • In March 2020, the Russian state-owned arms maker Almaz-Antey delivered its first S-400 Triumf long-range air defense regiment to the Russian armed forces. The standard S-400 battery consists of four transporter erector launchers (TELs) with four large launch tubes or 16 smaller tubes (or a combination of the two) per TEL, in addition to long-range surveillance radar target acquisition and engagement (fire control) radar systems and a command post (vehicle).

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    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 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size by Value - USD billion)

    1. 5.1 Platform

      1. 5.1.1 Ground-based

      2. 5.1.2 Naval

      3. 5.1.3 Airborne

      4. 5.1.4 Space

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Air and Missile Defense

      2. 5.2.2 Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR)

      3. 5.2.3 Navigation and Weapon Guidance

      4. 5.2.4 Space Situational Awareness

      5. 5.2.5 Other Applications

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

        2. France

        3. Germany

        4. Russia

        5. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 Latin America

        1. Brazil

        2. Rest of Latin America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. United Arab Emirates

        2. Saudi Arabia

        3. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 Thales Group

      2. 6.2.2 Raytheon Technologies Corporation

      3. 6.2.3 BAE Systems PLC

      4. 6.2.4 Lockheed Martin Corporation

      5. 6.2.5 Israel Aerospace Industries

      6. 6.2.6 Northrop Grumman Corporation

      7. 6.2.7 Saab AB

      8. 6.2.8 Leonardo SpA

      9. 6.2.9 Airbus SE

      10. 6.2.10 FLIR Systems Inc.

      11. 6.2.11 HENSOLDT

      12. 6.2.12 QinetiQ Group PLC


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Military Radars Market market is studied from 2018 - 2030.

The Military Radars Market is growing at a CAGR of 5.15% over the next 5 years.

The Military Radars Market is valued at 13 Billion USD in 2018.

The Military Radars Market is valued at 22 Billion USD in 2030.

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

North America holds highest share in 2020.

Lockheed Martin Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Leonardo S.p.A. , Israel Aerospace Industries, Raytheon Technologies Corporation are the major companies operating in Military Radars Market.

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