Space-based platforms constitute the smallest share of all the platforms, including land and air. However, this segment is the second fastest growing segment and is expected to reach USD 18 billion by 2020. Currently, the United States is the pioneer and leader in space-based platforms, but other countries such as South Korea and Japan are also investing in this extremely vital sector of the future. For better surveillance and faster response time, interest in geospatial systems has been growing quickly among countries. These systems are some of the most developed products of this platform type and are expected to lead the growth in space platforms in the years to come.
Technological Advancement in Space-based C4ISR
Rapid technological developments are breeding disruptive technologies in the defense industry. The impact of defense majors’ portfolio capabilities creates an unexpected competition, particularly in the case of sea-based C4ISR. It is difficult for organizations to keep up with breakthrough technologies at each level due to the significant investment involved. As per a recent survey, end-user organizations are interested in live streaming of video for situational awareness to explore and analyze the process.
Cubic Solutions is one such company that offers real-time full motion video-based on cloud computing software. The company has acquired DTECH, GATR Technologies, and TeraLogic to ramp up business in the market. DTECH brings its modular and miniaturized Internet-on- the-move capability, while the GATR is the only provider of inflatable satellite communication (SATCOM) antenna solutions whose unique inflatable antenna technology enables portability, low cost of ownership, reliability in extreme environments, and ease of setup. TeraLogic, an industry standard in the United States intelligence community, renders video management solutions.
Space based C4ISR Market: Market Share in %, by Platform, 2018
Source: Mordor Intelligence Analysis
Use of Commercial SATCOMS in Defense Sector
By providing unequalled capabilities for command and control in remote and austere environment with little or no infrastructure, satellite communications (SATCOM) have become a firmly established part of modern military operations. Following ten years of combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq after the attacks of 11th of September, 2001, both the utility and use of SATCOM for military applications have expanded greatly. As operational requirements grew and technological innovation progressed at a rapid pace, bandwidth requirements grew exponentially. As a result, C4ISR, along with an array of administrative and support functions, today relies heavily on satellite communications to help address the challenges faced by modern deployed forces.
DOD’s most recent SATCOM usage estimates that over 30% of commercial SATCOM is bought independently by its components, even though it found the average cost of commercial SATCOM bought through DISA to be about 16% lower than independently bought commercial SATCOM. Fragmentation limits opportunities for DOD to bundle purchases, share services, and streamline its procurement of commercial SATCOM. The authority currently uses both military and commercial SATCOM to meet its global communications requirements. It leases commercial SATCOM to meet outstanding military SATCOM requirements, to satisfy users who need a disproportionate share of military satellite resources, and to continue providing capability to the military services using commercial band-only equipment.
The military SATCOM architecture consists of three segments
- A protected segment that provides secure, jam-resistant communications
- A wideband segment, which supports army mobile ground terminals and navy ships and submarines, among other things
- A narrowband segment, which provides complementary capability to the other segments, such as beyond line-of-sight secure tactical communications capabilities
The recent increase in commercial SATCOM systems with improved security features that meet military standards, also supports this move. Together, with further emerging international standards (which allow for greater interoperability between international forces while on deployment), this is likely to put commercial systems on an even stronger footing when addressing the military market.
Key Players: Harris Corporation, General Dynamics, Thales Raytheon Systems, Boeing, CACI International Inc., amongst others.
March 2018: Leidos in talks with US Army for a potential five year USD 230 million task order for the army prototype and integrate technologies.
November 2017: BAE has been awarded a USD 12.8 million DARPA contract to design a test bed for development of space warfare command and control systems.
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1.1 Scope of Study
1.2 Market Definition
1.3 Executive Summary
2. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
2.1 Study Deliverables
2.2 Study Assumptions
2.3 Research Phases
3. Market Insights
3.1 Current Market Scenario
3.2 Technology Trends
3.3 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Force Analysis
3.3.1 Threat of New Entrants
3.3.2 Threat of Substitutes
3.3.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
3.3.4 Bargaining Power of Buyers
3.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry
4. Market Dynamics
5. Space-based C4ISR Market Segmentation, by Type
5.1 Command & Control
5.5 Electronic Warfare
6. Space-based C4ISR Market Segmentation, by Geography
6.1 North America
6.1.1 United States
6.1.4 Rest of North America
6.2.2 United Kingdom
6.2.6 Rest of Europe
6.3.4 Rest of Asia-Pacific
6.4 South America
6.4.3 Rest of South America
6.5 Middle East & Africa
6.5.1 Saudi Arabia
6.5.2 South Africa
6.5.3 Rest of Middle East & Africa
7. Competitive Landscape
7.2 Market Share Analysis
8. Company Profiles
8.1 Harris Corporation
8.2 General Dynamics
8.3 ThalesRaytheon Systems
8.5 CACI International Inc.
8.6 BAE Systems Plc
8.7 Lockheed Martin
8.8 Northrop Grumman Corporation
8.9 Kratos Defense and Security Solutions
8.10 Rheinmetall Defense
8.11 Maxar Technologies Ltd.
8.12 Northrop Grumman Corporation
9. Future Market Outlook