17 June 2010


Multi-band trends in tactical military radios boosting component demand

The annual military radio market will increase at a compound annual average growth rate (CAAGR) of nearly 5% from under $3bn in 2009 to almost $5bn in 2020, forecasts market research firm Strategy Analytics’ Advanced Defense Systems (ADS) service report ‘Electronic Component Demand Scenarios for Land Based Military Tactical Radios’.

The next generation of military tactical radios will serve as nodes and hubs in mobile ad hoc networks (connecting ground, naval, airborne and satellite assets into an interactive mesh of battlefield information and decision-making). Electronic content from the current generation of single-band and multi-band radio radios will therefore decline, as their capability no longer meets the emerging network-centric requirements, predicts Strategy Analytics. In contrast, the next generation of military tactical radios, including those from the JTRS program in which companies like Harris and Thales are involved, will be capable of performance in several frequency ranges and enhanced data throughputs. These multi-mode radios will significantly upgrade capabilities and serve as the critical components needed to provide ‘network-centric’ battlespace resources.

“The development of multi-mode, multi-band radios will provide significantly upgraded capabilities with frequencies extending to 2.7GHz,” notes Asif Anwar at Strategy Analytics. “Multi-mode, multi-band will mean multiple transceivers, fueling an increase in the number of RF components. Together with digital and other passive components, the resulting radio electronics market will grow to over $1bn,” he forecasts.

“The increasing sophistication of baseband processing and encryption requirements coupled with traditionally low-frequency military radio operating ranges will mean that silicon semiconductors will remain seated as the dominant technology,” Anwar says. “However, increasing operating frequencies and bandwidths will open the doors for compound semiconductor technologies such as gallium arsenide and gallium nitride,” he concludes.

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