Tactical Communication Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Tactical Communication Market is Segmented by Application (Airborne, Naval, and Land) and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Middle-East and Africa). The report offers the market sizes and forecasts in value (USD billion) for all the above segments.

Market Snapshot

Tactical Communication Market Overview
Study Period: 2018-2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 4.72 %
Tactical Communication Market Major Players

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Market Overview

The tactical communication market is estimated to reach USD 17.27 billion by 2030, registering a CAGR of 4.72% during the forecast period (2021 - 2030).

The COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent travel restrictions and lockdowns have caused disruptions in the supply chains of various players in the market. However, players have adjusted their operations in response to the pandemic in the latter half of the year, which has mitigated the pandemic’s impact on the market.

According to SIPRI, global military spending witnessed an increase of 2.6% in 2020, despite the fall in the global GDP. Nevertheless, defense spending may come down in the near future due to the global economic turndown triggered by the pandemic. This can challenge the growth of the market during the forecast period.

The rapid shift toward asymmetric warfare is forcing the militaries to develop their tactical communication capabilities. To improve combat effectiveness, the global armed forces are focusing on enhancing the network-based communication capabilities of their military platforms across the land, air, and sea domains, which is driving the growth of the market.

Also, the increasing investments toward the integration of advanced battlefield technologies and growth in demand for network-centric warfare and satellite-based communication are anticipated to propel the demand in the tactical communication market during the forecast period.

Scope of the report

Tactical communication is military communication in which information of any kind, especially orders and military intelligence, is conveyed from one command, person, or place to another on a battlefield, particularly during the conduct of combat. The market is segmented by application (airborne, naval, and land) and geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Middle-East and Africa). The report offers the market sizes and forecasts in value (USD billion) for all the above segments.

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
Saudi Arabia
United Arab Emirates
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

The Land Segment Held the Largest Market Share in 2020

Militaries across the world are strengthening their land-based mission capabilities as land-based forces are the largest in terms of personnel strength and operate the highest number of vehicles. Land-based communication systems are becoming increasingly sophisticated, allowing ground-based forces to leverage advanced wireless technology and smartphones while actively moving in ground vehicles or as dismounted infantry. The growing demand for secure communication for land-based forces on the move has given rise to communication solutions in a smaller form factor that enhances mobility like the manpack radios. For instance, in April 2021, L3Harris Technologies announced that its Falcon III AN/PRC-117G manpack radios were selected by the German Ministry of Defence for the German Army. There is also a growing demand for SATCOM-on-the-move solutions allowing soldiers to maintain communications in any situation while their vehicle is moving. In June 2020, Airbus unveiled a land-based communication solution that offers units in operation a secure satellite-based broadband connection with high availability to exchange videos, voice, and operational flows in fast-moving circumstances. The solution, named OTM-T (On-The-Move Terre), is compact, weighs less than 60 kg, and can easily be integrated into any armored vehicle. The French Army is expected to be the prime customer for the solution. The current 5G and future 6G networks are expected to open new frontiers in tactical communication for military forces on the ground as they equip them with better data bandwidth, resulting in better data speed and improved connectivity and reach. These technologies are further expected to bolster the prospects of the segment during the forecast period.

Tactical Communication Market Key Trends

North America is Expected to Generate the Highest Demand During the Forecast Period

North America held the highest market share among all the regions in 2020. The United States is the largest military spender in the world. In 2020, the military expenditure of the country grew by 4.4% to reach USD 778 billion, accounting for 39% of the global military expenditure, according to SIPRI. The country plans to increase its funding for communications, sensors, and electronics by about 20% in real terms over the next two years. The country’s Handheld, Manpack, and Small Form Fit (HMS) program, aimed at procuring a family of software reprogrammable radios for tactical voice and data communications, is expected to generate huge demand for Leader and Manpack radios during the forecast period. The current Army acquisition objective includes 100,000 Leader Radios, 65,622 Manpack Radios, 21,579 Rifleman Radios, and 104,496 Single Channel Data Radios. In January 2021, Thales announced that it had been awarded its third delivery order from the US Army to provide the AN/PRC-148D Improved Multiband Inter/Intra Team Radio (IMBITR). This latest award brings the total IMBITR radio orders to more than 6,000. On the other hand, the US Space Force had submitted its first unfunded priorities list in 2020, which includes funding to accelerate several satellite communications programs, missile warning satellites, and the launch of two GPS satellites. The country is working on two strategically important satellite communication programs. The Protected Tactical Satellite Communications (PTS) program is intended to provide jam-resistant, low-probability-of-intercept satellite communications for tactical forces operating in highly contested environments. On the other hand, the Evolved Strategic Satellite Communications (ESS) program is a follow-on to the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) program intended to support strategic missions, such as nuclear command and control. Similarly, Canada also has plans to invest significantly in the procurement of portable communication systems in the coming years. Such modernization plans to enhance the capabilities of the armed forces in the region are expected to propel the growth of the market in North America during the forecast period.

Tactical Communication Market Growth Rate

Competitive Landscape

The tactical communication market is fragmented, with many players providing communication systems across various platforms. Some of the prominent players in the market are L3Harris Technologies Inc., General Dynamics Corporation, Thales Group, Elbit Systems Ltd, and Raytheon Technologies Corporation. Investment toward the research and development of faster, reliable, and secure tactical communication systems is anticipated to help the companies increase their presence and shares in the market. Several local players have emerged in the market over the years, driven by the focus of several countries toward indigenous manufacturing. For instance, in India, the “Make in India” initiative has given a boost to private players in the defense space and has facilitated companies like Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and Saankhya Labs to develop and manufacture next-generation communication solutions for the country’s armed forces. Such developments are anticipated to help the companies increase their cashflows in the years to come.

Recent Developments

In February 2021, the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) signed a contract for the procurement of Software Defined Radio Tactical (SDR-Tac) worth nearly USD 138 million.

In December 2020, Indra and Thales, two of Europe’s leading high-tech defense sector companies, signed a partnership agreement to develop and offer a next-generation tactical communications system to Spain’s Armed Forces.

In September 2020, PacStar announced that it had been awarded a tactical network communications contract by the US Army Program Executive Office Command, Control, Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T) to deliver its PacStar 400-Series platform for SCOUT (Scalable Class of Unified Terminals) in support of the US Army Integrated Tactical Network (ITN) program.

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

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

    1. 5.1 Application

      1. 5.1.1 Airborne

      2. 5.1.2 Naval

      3. 5.1.3 Land

    2. 5.2 Geography

      1. 5.2.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 5.2.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Russia

        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 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. Turkey

        4. 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 L3Harris Technologies Inc.

      3. 6.2.3 Northrop Grumman Corporation

      4. 6.2.4 Raytheon Technologies Corporation

      5. 6.2.5 General Dynamics Corporation

      6. 6.2.6 BAE Systems PLC

      7. 6.2.7 Ultra Electronics Holdings PLC

      8. 6.2.8 TERMA

      9. 6.2.9 Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd

      10. 6.2.10 Lockheed Martin Corporation

      11. 6.2.11 Elbit Systems Ltd

      12. 6.2.12 PacStar (Curtiss-Wright Corporation)


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Tactical Communication Market market is studied from 2018 - 2030.

The Tactical Communication Market is growing at a CAGR of 4.72% over the next 5 years.

The Tactical Communication Market is valued at 17 Billion USD in 2018.

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

North America holds highest share in 2020.

L3Harris Technologies, Inc, General Dynamics Corporation, Thales Group, Elbit Systems Ltd., Raytheon Technologies Corporation are the major companies operating in Tactical Communication Market.

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