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Military Antenna Market

Military Antenna Market Size, Share, Competitive Landscape and Trend Analysis Report by Platform (Airborne, Marine, Ground), by Application (Communication, Surveillance, SATCOM, Electronic Warfare, Telemetry), by Frequency (High Frequency, Ultra High Frequency, Super High Frequency, Extremely High Frequency), by End-Use (OEM, Aftermarket): Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2021-2031

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Author's: Mohnish Jayendra Khisty | Sonia Mutreja
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The global military antenna market was valued at $3.7 billion in 2021, and is projected to reach $6.7 billion by 2031, growing at a CAGR of 6.1% from 2022 to 2031.

An antenna is any device that receives and transmits electrical signals. In most cases, industries define these signals as television or radio waves. A military antenna works as a translator that converts radio frequency into alternating current. Military antennas are commonly designed for military, special operations, and government agencies worldwide. It creates a communication bridge among different countries in the world. It is generally used in naval vessels, armored vehicles, military aircraft, armored aircraft, and military ships to provide accurate tracking, better surveillance, and communication.

Military Antenna Market

Currently, air defense systems used by defense forces worldwide use active phased array antennas to provide a detailed image of the area under surveillance. These have led to a rise in the demand for air defense systems across the globe and are expected to drive the military antenna market. For instance, in August 2021, Lockheed Martin Corporation announced the launch of a hybrid antenna for 5G, radar, and remote sensing applications. The new dish was termed Wide Angle ESA Fed Reflector (WAEFR) antenna and was a hybrid of a phased array Electronically Steerable Antenna (ESA) and a parabolic dish. This increased the coverage area by 190% compared to traditional phased array antennas at a much lower cost.

Military Antenna Market by Platform

The factors such as the integration of military SATCOM in military communication, increasing use of electronically steered phased array antennas, and increase in demand for land-based communication systems supplement the growth of the military antenna market. However, limited bandwidth for communications and high costs associated with the development and maintenance of infrastructure are the factors expected to hamper the growth of the military antenna market. In addition, the replacement of conventional equipment with technologically advanced equipment and the rise in government expenditure for military applications creates market opportunities for the key players operating in the military antenna industry.

The military antenna market is segmented into platform, application, frequency, end-use, and region. By platform, the market is divided into airborne, marine, and ground. By application, it is fragmented into communication, surveillance, SATCOM, electronic warfare, and telemetry. By frequency, it is categorized into high frequency, ultra-high frequency, super high frequency, and extremely high frequency. By end-use, it is further classified into OEM and aftermarket. By region, it is analyzed across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA.

Military Antenna Market by Application

The leading players operating in the military antenna market are Alaris Holdings, Amphenol Corporation, Antcom, Antenna Products Corporation, AVL Technologies, Inc., Barker & Williamson, Cobham Aerospace Communications, Comrod Communication AS., Eylex Pty Ltd., Hascall-Denke, L3Harris Technologies, Inc., Lockheed Martin Corporation, M.T.I Wireless Edge Ltd., Mobile Mark, Inc., Raytheon Technologies Corporation, Rohde & Schwarz, and Southwest Antennas.

Integration of military SATCOM in military communication

Satellite communication (SATCOM) is key for military operations as it provides beyond line-of-sight communications, which can cover around one-third of the earth on a single satellite. Satellite communications enable an aircraft to communicate via satellite with air traffic control and other ground-based facilities while in the air. It can include voice and ground service. With the arrival of internet protocol (IP)-based applications and new data-hungry cockpits, SATCOM delivers critical safety data as well as improves operational performance for present military aircraft fleets. The potential to enhance safety and efficiency of air travel is exhaustive. As military forces increasingly use space-based assets to fulfil their missions, SATCOM technologies have become vital for communications networks. For instance, in April 2021, Comrod Communication AS. announced the launch of the UHF SATCOM dismounted antenna. It featured a fully ruggedized tripod, to provide a ground deployed remote antenna capability. In addition, it covered the full UFO waveform 292-318 / 243-270 MHz as well as MUOS 300-320 / 360-380 MHz. Moreover, in Europe, the European Union Agency for the Space Programme’s (EUSPA) Government Satellite Communications (GOVSATCOM) initiative is anticipated to accelerate research and innovation in the EU’s Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP). For instance, in December 2021, Airbus and One Web signed a distribution partner agreement to provide low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite communication services for military and government use to European and UK armed forces, and civil protection and security forces. Hence, the adoption of satellite communication (SATCOM) in military communication avionics is expected to drive the military antenna market.

Military Antenna Market by Frequency

Increasing use of electronically steered phased array antennas

Steered phased antennas are a type of antenna array that comes with the feature of electronic steering to change the direction and shape of radiated signals, without any physical movement of the antenna. The phase difference between the radiated signals from each antenna in the array is responsible for this electronic steering. Thus, military platforms adopted communication on-the-move (COTM) solutions for commercial vehicles, military vehicles, trains, and boats, which has led to the greater use of electronically steered phased antennas (ESPA). For instance, in January 2021, L3Harris Technologies developed a Multi-Band Multi-Mission (MBMM) phased array ground antenna system and integrated it with the Space Force’s Satellite Communication Network system in order to demonstrate multiple simultaneous satellite contacts. Also, in 2019, the US Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), in partnership with the Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit, awarded a contract to Atlas Space Operations (US) to prototype an electronically steered antenna array to support the Air Force’s multi-band, multi-mission requirements. Therefore, the increasing use of electronically steered phased array antennas for military communication systems is expected to drive the military antenna market.   

Military Antenna Market by End-Use

High costs associated with the development and maintenance of infrastructure

The high cost of developing and maintaining earth station infrastructure is one of the major factors hindering the market growth. Most of the required components are typically custom-made or purchased from expensive commercial off-the-shelf suppliers (COTS). Additionally, designing, developing, and building an antenna and its components requires hours of work by trained personnel. The skill level required is itself a barrier to entry, requiring significant investment in the R&D, manufacturing, system integration, and assembly stages of the value chain for these systems.

Satellite communications services are used in advanced defense systems, and system failures are undesirable. These services must be accurate, reliable, durable, energy-efficient, and have a wide detection range. Companies in this market need to develop highly functional and efficient ground facilities to maintain leadership and remain competitive. Owing all such factors associated with high cost for the development and maintenance of infrastructure hinders the military antenna market growth.

Military Antenna Market by Region

Replacement of conventional equipment with technologically advanced equipment

The necessity for upgrading conventional military equipment has increased as warfare and battlefield management have changed. Modernization of defense systems is required to stay up with technological advancements on the battlefield, and this requirement is projected to propel the market forward. The goal of modernization is to improve quality, close the capability gap, and lower total costs. There has been an increase in major contracts between major defense corporations and the U.S. government for military system upgrades and such as tactical radar systems, traveling wave antennas, loop antennas, moveable tactics, light weapons, upgraded antennas, and other items. For instance, in September 2021, Southwest Antennas awarded an Indefinite Quantity Indefinite Delivery (IDIQ) contract worth $4.9 million from a major U.S. Federal Law Enforcement agency. Southwest Antennas supplied high-performance antennas, accessory products, and engineering services to support and upgrade existing communication technology along with the deployment of new systems to be used by federal law enforcement officers. Thus, upgrading conventional military equipment with technologically advanced equipment is expected to create lucrative opportunity for the military antenna market during the forecast period.

Key Benefits For Stakeholders

  • This study presents an analytical depiction of the global military antenna market analysis along with current trends and future estimations to depict imminent investment pockets.
  • The overall military antenna market opportunity is determined by understanding profitable trends to gain a stronger foothold.
  • The report presents information related to the key drivers, restraints, and opportunities of the global military antenna market with detailed impact analysis.
  • The current military antenna market is quantitatively analyzed from 2022 to 2031 to benchmark financial competency.
  • Porter’s five forces analysis illustrates the potency of the buyers and suppliers in the industry.

Military Antenna Market Report Highlights

Aspects Details
Market Size By 2031
Market Size By 2031

USD 6.7 billion

Growth Rate
Growth Rate

CAGR of 6.1%

Forecast period
Forecast period

2021 - 2031

Report Pages
Report Pages

316

Military Antenna Market By Platform
By Platform
  • Airborne
  • Marine
  • Ground
Military Antenna Market By Application
By Application
  • Communication
  • Surveillance
  • SATCOM
  • Electronic Warfare
  • Telemetry
Military Antenna Market By Frequency
By Frequency
  • High Frequency
  • Ultra High Frequency
  • Super High Frequency
  • Extremely High Frequency
Military Antenna Market By End-Use
By End-Use
  • OEM
  • Aftermarket
Military Antenna Market By Region
By Region
  • North America  (U.S., Canada, Mexico)
  • Europe  (UK, Germany, France, Italy, Russia, Rest Of Europe)
  • Asia-Pacific  (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Rest Of Asia-Pacific)
  • LAMEA  (Latin America, Middle East, Africa)
Key Market Players
Key Market Players

Mobile Mark Inc., Rohde & Schwarz GmbH, AvL Technologies, Inc., Comrod Communications, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Barker & Williamson, Amphenol Corporation, Southwest Antennas Inc., L3 Harris, Raytheon Company, Hascall-Denke, MTI Wireless Edge, Antcom Corporation, Cobham plc, Eylex Pty Ltd., Antenna Products Corporation, Alaris Holdings Limited

Analyst Review

This section provides the opinions of various top-level CXOs in the global military antenna market. The increasing demand for modern battle equipment, rising technological advancements, and growing demand for high-frequency military aircraft are driving the growth of the military antenna market. Many countries are now focusing on modernization to improve the equipment quality and offer more advanced technologies to their country forces. For instance, in January 2021, Thales announced that it had been awarded its third delivery order from the U.S. 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. Similarly, Canada also has plans to invest significantly in the procurement of portable communication systems in the coming years.

Furthermore, the military antenna market is expected to grow at a significant rate in the coming years, owing to the adoption of various electronic systems for communication, intelligence, surveillance & reconnaissance (ISR), and command and control in the defense industry. Also, military forces are increasingly using space-based assets such as SATCOM technologies to fulfill their missions. For instance, in April 2021, Comrod Communication AS. announced the launch of the UHF SATCOM dismounted antenna. It featured a fully ruggedized tripod to provide a ground-deployed remote antenna capability. In addition, it covered the full UFO waveform 292-318 / 243-270 MHz as well as MUOS 300-320 / 360-380 MHz.

The market growth is supplemented by factors such as the integration of military SATCOM in military communication, increasing use of electronically steered phased array antennas, and increase in demand for land-based communication systems supplement the growth of the military antenna market. However, limited bandwidth for communications and high costs associated with the development and maintenance of infrastructure are the factors expected to hamper the growth of the military antenna market. In addition, the replacement of conventional equipment with technologically advanced equipment and the rise in government expenditure for military applications creates market opportunities for the key players operating in the military antenna market.

Among the analyzed regions, North America is the highest revenue contributor, followed by Asia-Pacific, Europe, and LAMEA. On the basis of forecast analysis, Asia-Pacific is expected to lead during the forecast period due to the rising military shipbuilding activities in countries such as Japan, China, South Korea, and India and growing awareness about technological advancements.

Author Name(s) : Mohnish Jayendra Khisty | Sonia Mutreja
Frequently Asked Questions?

The global military antenna market was valued at $3.68 billion in 2021, and is projected to reach $6.68 billion by 2031, registering a CAGR of 6.1% from 2022 to 2031

The leading players operating in the military antenna market are Alaris Holdings, Amphenol Corporation, Antcom, Antenna Products Corporation, AVL Technologies, Inc., Barker & Williamson, Cobham Aerospace Communications, Comrod Communication AS., Eylex Pty Ltd., Hascall-Denke, L3Harris Technologies, Inc., Lockheed Martin Corporation, M.T.I Wireless Edge Ltd., Mobile Mark, Inc., Raytheon Technologies Corporation, Rohde & Schwarz, and Southwest Antennas.

North America is the largest regional market for military antenna

Military antenna used for communication is the leading application of military antenna market

Increased usage in military surveillance are the upcoming trends of military antenna market in the world

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Military Antenna Market

Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2021-2031