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

The market is segmented by Type (Command and Control, ISR, Communication, Computer, Electronic Warfare), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

Sea-based C4ISR Market Size
Study Period: 2018-2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: South America
CAGR: >5.5 %
Sea-based C4ISR Market Key Players

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Market Overview

The sea-based C4ISR market is estimated to register a CAGR of over 5.5% during the forecast period, 2020 - 2025.

  • The sea-based command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (C4ISR) market is growing with the increase in the number of security attacks, global terrorism, increasing the requirement for integrated solutions and interoperability, rise in asymmetric warfare, and increasing use of technologies like active electronically scanned array (AESA) and unmanned platforms. Moreover, the growing anti-submarine warfare operations worldwide will lead to a growth in the market during the forecast period.
  • Increasing usage of geospatial intelligence, as well as the increasing need for short mission cycle time, will also lead to growth in the market in the years to come.
  • Advanced technological developments, such as the MantaDroid robot, are expected to provide growth opportunities for the market in the years to come. The MantaDroid Robot is a future underwater surveillance platform, and it has been designed as a flat and wide body robot that can accommodate a range of sensors and be utilized for different purposes, such as studying marine biodiversity, measuring hydrographic data, and performing search operations.

Scope of the Report

C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computer, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance) refers to systems, procedures, as well as techniques that are used to collect and disseminate information.

Command and Control
Electronic Warfare
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
South America
Rest of South America
Middle-East and Africa
Saudi Arabia
Unted Arab Emirates
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Electronic Warfare Segment Is Projected to Grow at a High Pace

Currently, electronic warfare has the highest share out of all the segments. The primary reason for the growth in this sector is the rising demand from various countries that are looking to upgrade, modernize, or replace their current EW systems. The Brazilian navy is in plans to upgrade its NDM Bahia (G 40) multi-purpose landing dock platform (LPD) with new surface navigation and electronic warfare systems. Moreover, the Defensor Mk3 electronic support measures (ESM) system, which was developed by Brazil's Navy Research Institute (IPqM), will be installed to identify radar emitters in a given electromagnetic environment. The system will comprise antenna, processing unit, as well as operator interface units. On the other hand, the UK Royal Navy is in plans to upgrade its electronic warfare capabilities under a UK Defense procurement program known as MEWP. Companies, such as Thales SA, BAE Systems Plc, and Thales, have been contracted to provide the necessary electronic warfare upgrades to the UK Royal Navy. The three companies will deliver critical components of electronic surveillance sensors, electronic warfare command, and control and electronic warfare operational support to the UK Royal Navy. The upcoming developments being done by various countries in terms of electronic warfare will increase the focus on this segment, and this will be the reason for its expected high CAGR.

Sea-based C4ISR Market Share

South America Is Expected to See the Highest Growth

In the sea-based C4ISR market, regionally, South America is generating the highest revenue at present. South America is witnessing an increase in the number of developments related to sea-based C4ISR. Brazil has been upgrading its naval strength by taking delivery of offshore patrol vessels. Moreover, Brazil, in 2018, launched its own domestically developed attack submarine. The main objective of the submarine is to protect the vast waters along the Brazilian coastline. The submarine will be deployed in a range of missions, including shallow water operations, anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare, special operations, offensive mine laying, and intelligence gathering. Moreover, the Brazilian Navy will also deploy the new submarines to patrol the country’s offshore deep waters that host vast oil and gas reserves. Thus, various upcoming developments in the South American region will lead to a positive impact on the growth of the market.

Sea-based C4ISR Market Growth

Competitive Landscape

Major players, like Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics Corporation, and BAE Systems plc, accounted for a major market revenue share in 2019 in the sea-based C4ISR market, while over a dozen companies accounted for the remaining share of the market revenue, globally. The majority of the companies saw an increase in the sale of C4ISR products leading to higher revenues. The sea-based C4ISR market is expected to experience a lot of activity during the forecast period, primarily due to the ongoing territorial disputes in the China Sea. The United States, Japan, South Korea, India, as well as the United Kingdom, are expected to be a few of the biggest spenders during the forecast period. China and India have been investing heavily on developing their sea-based warfare capability, with modern ships, aircraft carriers, and submarines. This rapid military expansion of China has forced neighbors to upgrade and procure equipment to tackle the Chinese threat in the Indian and the Pacific Ocean.

Recent Development

In August 2021, HENSOLDT in collaboration with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) was selected by the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) to provide four long-range radars including radar and the identification, friend or foe (IFF) system, respectively onboard German F124 Sachsen-Class air defence frigates.

In April 2021, the Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific awarded an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity NIEF Production Services contract to VTG as a prime contractor to provide C4ISR engineering and production services to its Network Integration Engineering Facility. The potential value of the contract is approximately USD 116 million and is expected to run over a period of five years.

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 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Command and Control

      2. 5.1.2 ISR

      3. 5.1.3 Communication

      4. 5.1.4 Computer

      5. 5.1.5 Electronic Warfare

    2. 5.2 Geography

      1. 5.2.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      2. 5.2.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. France

        3. Russia

        4. United Kingdom

        5. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.2.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.2.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.2.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. Unted Arab Emirates

        3. South Africa

        4. Qatar

        5. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 Elbit Systems Ltd

      2. 6.2.2 L3Harris Technologies, Inc.

      3. 6.2.3 General Dynamics Corporation

      4. 6.2.4 CACI International Inc

      5. 6.2.5 BAE Systems plc

      6. 6.2.6 Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corporation

      7. 6.2.7 Lockheed Martin Corporation

      8. 6.2.8 Northrop Grumman Corporation

      9. 6.2.9 Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc

      10. 6.2.10 Monch

      11. 6.2.11 Leidos Holdings Inc

      12. 6.2.12 Rheinmetall AG


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Sea Based C4ISR Market market is studied from 2018 - 2027.

The Sea Based C4ISR Market is growing at a CAGR of >5.5% over the next 5 years.

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

South America holds highest share in 2021.

Lockheed Martin Corporation, L3Harris Technologies, Inc., BAE Systems plc, Northrop Grumman Corporation, General Dynamics Corporation are the major companies operating in Sea Based C4ISR Market.

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