Global Defence Tactical Radio Market Size, Share, Opportunities, COVID-19 Impact, And Trends By Type (Handheld, Vehicle-Mounted), By Application (Special Operation Force (SOF), Army, Navy, Airforce), And By Geography - Forecasts From 2023 To 2028

  • Published : Jan 2023
  • Report Code : KSI061611821
  • Pages : 152

The global defense tactical radio market was valued at US$15.051 billion in 2021 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 9.24% over the forecast period to reach US$27.946 billion by 2028.

Defense tactical radio is regarded to be an emerging technology that has superior quality features, geofencing, and also the feature of emergency tracking.  In addition, advancements in technology used in defense tactical radio are making them less expensive and even smaller in size. Furthermore, tactical radio communications are widely used in the military and defense to convey command over the battlefield from person to person. The increase in the need for lightweight and small military handheld radios, followed by the increase in the significance of effective communication operations, and wide application in various sectors is driving the global defense tactical radio market growth. In the military and defense industry, communication is crucial to the efficient conveyance of information. Governments across the world are increasing defense spending so that the army can have clear communication with the soldiers on the ground. The manufacturers are spending more money on research and development to create and market new, technologically advanced products. These are the main factors boosting the demand for defense tactical radios.

Increasing government spending on defense systems is aiding market growth.

The government's growing defense budget and research & development expenditures to provide their soldiers with technologically advanced products that could establish clear communication during their fieldwork is a major driving factor. An overall global military expenditure in 2021 reached US$2.08 trillion, for the first time crossing the figure of US$2 trillion. In 2017, it accounted for 1.72 trillion, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). Additionally, the defense sector is making strides in terms of technology advancements, and a lot of military communication solution suppliers are concentrating on offering interconnected military systems. Sensor and smart device applications are now permeating the defense sector, potentially opening up new market opportunities for tactical radios. Additionally, the development of the tactical radios market is being positively impacted by the huge revolutionary changes that current developments in information and communication technology are bringing about in various defense sectors.

Key Developments

  • In May in October 2022, L3Harris Technologies launched L3Harris AN/PRC-163 multi-channel tactical radio that would enable warfighters to stay connected anywhere on the battlefield, providing them extraordinary versatility in exercising command & control. The company recently in October 2021 received an order of 1,000 Falcon IV AN/PRC-171 compact team radios from the US army for enhancing its tactical communication.
  • In November 2021, Thales entered into a joint venture with Indra to develop SYNAPS multipurpose tactical radios based on Thale’s next-generation SDR System. The joint venture of the two Europe-based leading providers of high-tech radios came with the aim to provide French and Spanish armed forces with versatile and efficient tactical radios.

Army held a major share in the global defense tactical radio market in 2021.

Based on application, the global defense tactical radio market is segmented into special operation force (SOF), army, navy, and air force. Due to the government’s efforts to strengthen the army and collaboration with the defense tactical radio manufacturers for providing better solutions to armed forces are expected to push the market demand for such radios in the army. For example, the Army’s Integrated Tactical Network (ITN) Program provides the US Army with a network that is more resilient and secure by offering units several network communication pathways when faced with congested communications environments. This program is also likely to hold the defense tactical radio market in good stead. In September 2020, PacStar announced that it had been given a tactical network communications contract by the Program Executive Office Command, Control, Communications-Tactical of the US Army to deliver its PacStar 400-Series platform for Scalable Class of Unified Terminals (SCOUT) in support of this program. Thus, all these developments are predicted to augment growth in the market.

Moreover, in November 2022, the Indian Army approved the project sanction orders of five Make II projects which included the development of high-frequency man-packed software-defined radios for army personnel. The project came as part of the government’s Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan.

North America constitutes a significant share owing to the rising adoption of advanced defense equipment aided by the biggest military spending power the U.S.

Based on geography, the global defense tactical radio market is segmented into North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Asia Pacific regions. The US defense tactical radio market accounts for the major share owing to the highest allocation of the military budget across the world. According to the Defense Budget report issued by the United States Department of Defense in April 2022, the government enacted a budget of up to US$15.4 billion in 2021 for its U.S. personnel who are operating in Syria and Iran. Further, favorable initiatives and developments are expected to propel the market growth in the country. For instance, the Handheld, Manpack, and Small Form Fit (HMS) program in the US, aimed at procuring a large amount of software reprogrammable radios for tactical voice and data communications, is likely to generate a huge demand for this equipment during the forecasted period.

Global Defence Tactical Radio Market Scope:


Report Metric Details
 Market Size Value in 2021  US$15.051 billion
 Market Size Value in 2028  US$27.946 billion
 Growth Rate  CAGR of 9.24% from 2021 to 2028
 Base Year  2021
 Forecast Period  2023–2028
 Forecast Unit (Value)  USD Billion
 Segments Covered  Type, Application, And Geography
 Regions Covered  North America, South America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific
 Companies Covered Rolta India Limited, General Dynamics Mission Systems, Inc., Harris Corporation, Thales Group, Advanced Electronics Company, EID S.A. (Subsidiary of Cohort plc), ASELSAN A.S., Raytheon Company, Rockwell Collins, Barrett Communications
 Customization Scope  Free report customization with purchase


Market Segmentation:

  • By Type
    • Handheld
    • Vehicle- Mounted
  • By Application
    • Special Operation Force (SOF)
    • Army
    • Navy
    • Airforce
  • By Geography
    • North America
      • United States
      • Canada
      • Mexico
    • South America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Others
    • Europe
      • United Kingdom
      • Germany
      • France
      • Spain
      • Others
    • The Middle East and Africa
      • Saudi Arabia
      • UAE
      • Israel
      • Others
    • Asia Pacific
      • Japan
      • China
      • India
      • South Korea
      • Indonesia
      • Thailand
      • Others

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The defense tactical radio market is expected to reach a total market size of US$27.946 billion by 2028.
Defence Tactical Radio market was valued at US$15.051 billion in 2021.
The global defense tactical radio market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 9.24% during the forecast period.
North America constitutes a significant share of the defense tactical radio market owing to the rising adoption of advanced defense equipment aided by the biggest military spending power the U.S.
Increasing government spending on defense systems is aiding the defense tactical radio market growth.


1.1. Market Overview

1.2. Market Definition

1.3. Market Segmentation



2.1. Research Data

2.2. Assumptions



3.1. Research Highlights



4.1. Market Drivers

4.2. Market Restraints

4.3. Porters Five Forces Analysis

4.3.1. Bargaining Power of Suppliers

4.3.2. Bargaining Power of Buyers

4.3.3. Threat of New Entrants

4.3.4. Threat of Substitutes

4.3.5. Competitive Rivalry in the Industry

4.4. Industry Value Chain Analysis



5.1. Introduction

5.2. Handheld

5.3. Vehicle- Mounted



6.1. Introduction

6.2. Special Operation Force (SOF)

6.3. Army

6.4. Navy

6.5. Airforce



7.1. Introduction

7.2. North America

7.2.1. United States

7.2.2. Canada

7.2.3. Mexico

7.3. South America

7.3.1. Brazil

7.3.2. Argentina

7.3.3. Others

7.4. Europe

7.4.1. United Kingdom

7.4.2. Germany

7.4.3. France

7.4.4. Spain

7.4.5. Others

7.5. The Middle East and Africa

7.5.1. Saudi Arabia

7.5.2. UAE

7.5.3. Israel

7.5.4. Others

7.6. Asia Pacific

7.6.1. Japan

7.6.2. China

7.6.3. India

7.6.4. South Korea

7.6.5. Indonesia

7.6.6. Thailand

7.6.7. Others



8.1. Major Players and Strategy Analysis

8.2. Emerging Players and Market Lucrativeness

8.3. Mergers, Acquisitions, Agreements, and Collaborations

8.4. Vendor Competitiveness Matrix



9.1 Rolta India Limited

9.2 General Dynamics Mission Systems, Inc.

9.3 Harris Corporation

9.4 Thales Group

9.5 Advanced Electronics Company

9.6 EID S.A. (Subsidiary of Cohort plc)


9.8 Raytheon Company

9.9 Rockwell Collins

9.10 Barrett Communications

Rolta India Limited

General Dynamics Mission Systems, Inc.

Harris Corporation

Thales Group

Advanced Electronics Company

EID S.A. (Subsidiary of Cohort plc)


Raytheon Company

Rockwell Collins

Barrett Communications