Space-based C4ISR Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The Space-based C4ISR Market is segmented by Purpose (C4 and ISR) and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World). The report offers the market sizes and forecasts for all the above segments in value (USD billion).

Space-based C4ISR Market Size

Space Based C4ISR Market Summary
Study Period: 2018 - 2028
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: < 5 %

Major Players

Space Based C4ISR Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Space-based C4ISR Market Analysis

The space-based C4ISR market was valued at USD 2.75 billion in 2021, and it is anticipated to register a CAGR of about 5% during the forecast period (2022 - 2031).

The growing military spending of many countries is fueling the development and procurement of advanced space-based C4ISR systems. Defense spending continued its increasing trend in 2020 despite the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although several launch programs for satellite-based C4ISR technologies were postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic, there were no major cancellations in planned launches.

The rising adoption of geospatial systems for better surveillance and faster response time has bolstered the growth prospects of the market. Technological advancements in microelectronics have been vital toward developing sophisticated space-based C4ISR systems with advanced features while diminishing associated R&D costs.

Countries are progressively adopting space-based systems for better situational awareness, secure and faster communication, and threat detection capabilities. On account of the capability enhancement initiatives undertaken by the global military powerhouses, high demand for space-based C4ISR systems is expected to drive the market during the forecast period.

Space-based C4ISR Industry Segmentation

The space-based C4ISR market includes the development, procurement, and modernization of command, control, communication, computer, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems in space-based platforms. The market size estimate includes satellite and orbital launch costs, ground stations, mobile satellite communication unit costs, sensor package costs, and other miscellaneous costs but excludes logistics costs and salaries. Based on the purpose, the market is segmented into C4 and ISR. The report also covers the market sizes and forecasts for the space-based C4ISR markets in major countries across different regions. The market sizing and forecasts have been provided in value (in USD billion).

North America
United States
By Purpose
By Purpose
United Kingdom
By Purpose
By Purpose
By Purpose
Rest of Europe
By Purpose
By Purpose
By Purpose
By Purpose
Rest of Asia-Pacific
By Purpose
Rest of the World
By Purpose

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Space-based C4ISR Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Space-based C4ISR Market according to our research experts:

The ISR Segment held the Largest Market Share in 2021

Intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance are now critical to a nation’s strategic defense. Many nations are actively employing ISR systems throughout the entire spectrum to collect, process, and disseminate data in support of current and future national security needs. Several nations have powerful space-based image intelligence (IMINT) and are in the process of developing even greater capabilities. Satellites offer the necessary ISR information around-the-clock for the armed forces across the world, and with the development in sensor technology, space-based ISR missions are becoming cheaper, smaller, and lighter. The number of nations orbiting ISR satellites is increasing every year. Also, a few nations have developed satellite-based early warning systems designed to detect ICBMs during different flight phases. With the space domain fast becoming a key area of focus among major powers, about a fifth of all satellites launched each year belong to the military and are used for spying. Realizing the growing demand, several satellite manufacturers are developing newer generation ISR satellites for military customers. For instance, in April 2021, Lockheed Martin unveiled a new line of rapid, integrated, and affordable tactical Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) satellites. The United States is exploring and is interested in launching LEO and MEO satellite constellations, which have several advantages over GEO, where traditional military satellites fly. LEO satellites are smaller in size because they require less propulsion and less power, and data latency is also reduced. Such factors are expected to drive the growth of the segment during the forecast period.

Space-based C4ISR Systems: Revenue Share (6), by Purpose, Global, 2021

North America is Expected to Register the Highest Growth Rate During the Forecast Period

The existence of a robust infrastructure framework for the rapid development and deployment of space-based C4ISR systems in North America has bolstered the growth of the market in the region. The United States has invested its vast technological prowess toward the indigenous development of several weapon systems to foster its military prowess over all dominions. The United States has deployed more space assets than any other country in the world, and it is heavily reliant on the deployed space framework to support and enhance its war-fighting capability. The US SOCOM envisions network-centric warfare as a vital domain for the expansion of joint operational programs by the defense forces. On this note, the United States is launching several satellites every year to extend its military communication capabilities. For instance, in June 2021, it was reported that the US Space Force launched a new special military satellite, Satellite Odyssey, into orbit. The Odyssey is a surveillance satellite used to detect extraneous objects moving in space. Likewise, in March 2021, the US Space Force awarded two contracts to the United Launch Alliance and SpaceX for four National Security Space Launch Phase 2 missions scheduled for 2023. While ULA was awarded USD 224.2 million for two missions named USSF-112 and USSF-87, SpaceX was awarded USD 159.7 million for USSF-36 and NROL-69. Several such launches are scheduled during the forecast period, thereby driving the North American market.

Space-based C4ISR Systems- Growth Rate by Region (2022-2031)

Space-based C4ISR Industry Overview

L3Harris Corporation, CACI International Inc., Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Lockheed Martin Corporation are some of the prominent players in the market. However, several other manufacturers provide C4ISR solutions for the space platform. Favorable government policies and the existing global security scenario are fostering strategic collaborations between regional and global market players to merge their technological prowess and together develop sophisticated space-based C4ISR systems. Major players in the market are actively participating in forming JVs and partnerships with these domestic market leaders in the Asia-Pacific region, which is estimated to be the next biggest market during the forecast period, with huge potential and demand for space-based C4ISR capabilities.

Space-based C4ISR Market Leaders

  1. Northrop Grumman Corporation

  2. Lockheed Martin Corporation

  3. CACI International Inc.

  4. L3Harris Technologies, Inc.

  5. Elbit Systems Ltd.

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Space Based C4ISR Market Concentration

Space-based C4ISR Market News

  • In August 2021, In-Space Missions secured a USD 12.8 million contract from the United Kingdom’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) to build a military satellite. The satellite, named Titania, will be launched by Dstl in 2023 to explore the military utility of low-Earth orbit (LEO) direct-to-earth free-space optical communications (FSOC).
  • In January 2021, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) awarded L3 Harris Technologies a contract worth USD 121 million to build a prototype satellite capable of tracking hypersonic weapons. The contract covers building an on-orbit prototype demonstration for the agency’s Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor (HBTSS).
  • In November 2021, India's Defence Acquisition Council approved the procurement of the GSAT-7C communications satellite system for the Indian Air Force (IAF) at a budget of USD 300 million (INR22.36 billion).The procurement of the satellite system will facilitate real-time connectivity of the IAF's software-defined radios

Space-based C4ISR Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study

    3. 1.3 Currency Conversion Rates for USD



    1. 3.1 Market Size and Forecast, Global, 2018 - 2031

    2. 3.2 Market Share by Purpose, 2021

    3. 3.3 Market Share by Geography, 2021

    4. 3.4 Market Drivers and Restraints

    5. 3.5 Structure of the Market and Key Participants

    6. 3.6 Expert Opinion on the Space-based C4ISR Market


    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Indicators

    3. 4.3 Market Drivers

    4. 4.4 Market Restraints

    5. 4.5 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.5.1 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      2. 4.5.2 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      3. 4.5.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.5.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.5.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size and Forecast by Value - USD billion, 2018 - 2031)

    1. 5.1 Purpose

      1. 5.1.1 C4

      2. 5.1.2 ISR

    2. 5.2 Geography

      1. 5.2.1 North America

        1. United States

          1. By Purpose

        2. Canada

          1. By Purpose

      2. 5.2.2 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

          1. By Purpose

        2. France

          1. By Purpose

        3. Germany

          1. By Purpose

        4. Rest of Europe

          1. By Purpose

      3. 5.2.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

          1. By Purpose

        2. India

          1. By Purpose

        3. Japan

          1. By Purpose

        4. Rest of Asia-Pacific

          1. By Purpose

      4. 5.2.4 Rest of the World

        1. By Purpose


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 Elbit Systems Ltd

      2. 6.2.2 General Dynamics Corporation

      3. 6.2.3 Maxar Technologies 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 The Boeing Company

      10. 6.2.10 L3Harris Technologies Inc.

      11. 6.2.11 Defence Research and Development Organisation

      12. 6.2.12 Hanwha Systems Co. Ltd


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Space-based C4ISR Market Research FAQs

The Space-based C4ISR Market is studied from 2018 - 2028.

The Space-based C4ISR Market is growing at a CAGR of <5% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2018 - 2028.

North America holds highest share in 2021.

Northrop Grumman Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corporation, CACI International Inc., L3Harris Technologies, Inc., Elbit Systems Ltd. are the major companies operating in Space-based C4ISR Market.

Space-based C4ISR Industry Report

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