Global military multimission communications market worth US$7+ billion over next decade


Defence departments worldwide will spend approximately US$7.69 billion on 25 different multimission communications development, acquisition, and maintenance programs over the next decade, Forecast International predicts.

More specifically, this dollar amount will be allocated for the development, procurement or maintenance of multimission communications systems or technology, Forecast International said in its ‘The Market for Multimission Communications Systems’ analysis.

The study projects that over the next decade, defence departments throughout the world will purchase some 480,468 individual units.
“The excessive costs of and setbacks in development of the U.S. Pentagon’s Joint Tactical Radio System and the restocking of communications equipment used in military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq are the primary factors driving current expenditures for multimission communications systems,” said Greg Giaquinto, Forecast International Senior Analyst.

According to the analysis, the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS), the Bowman Tactical Radio, and the Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS) will significantly impact the market for multimission communications in the coming decade.

JTRS is a U.S. Department of Defence program to develop and produce a single standard software-operated radio system for the United States armed services. This program is currently in research and development. Forecast International estimates that the DoD will spend about US$2.15 billion from fiscal year 2011 to fiscal year 2015 on JTRS R&D activities.

The Bowman Tactical Radio program of the U.K. Ministry of Defence seeks to purchase a family of multimission communications combat radios for the British armed services. General Dynamics United Kingdom Ltd is the program’s prime contractor. General Dynamics UK has chosen ITT Corp and Harris Corp to supply the bulk of the multimission communications systems to be purchased under the Bowman program. Forecast International is estimating that the British armed services will buy approximately 16,000 tactical radios under the Bowman program from 2011 to 2020.

The software-driven Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System constitutes a family of manpack, vehicular, and airborne radios manufactured by ITT’s Communications Systems Division. The most popular member of the SINCGARS family of military radios is the PRC-119, which Forecast International expects the U.S. DoD to buy in sizable quantities over the next several years.

According to the analysis, Harris, General Dynamics, Rockwell Collins, ITT, and Thales will receive 46.42 percent of the total dollar amount that defense departments worldwide are forecast to spend on the 25 multimission communications products and programs covered in the analysis. Harris will lead with US$1.99 billion in revenue. General Dynamics, Rockwell Collins, ITT, and Thales will follow with US$962 million, US$620 million, US$419 million, and US$294 million in revenue, respectively.