Satnews Daily
November 26th, 2014

Frost & Sullivan's In-Depth Look @ MILSATCOM

[SatNews] The demand for high throughput MILSATCOM applications is growing as the use of unmanned aerial systems and implementation of command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance of C4ISR systems increase.

High throughput SATCOM applications can support imagery streaming and seamless connectivity across tactical and strategic networks – capabilities which have become vital in the military space. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Analysis of the Global Military Satcom Applications Market, finds that the market earned revenues of $3.05 billion in 2013 and estimates this to reach $3.82 billion in 2022. The study covers manpack/handheld, ground vehicle mounted, air platform mounted, naval platform mounted and fixed MilSatCom applications.

“To support MilSatCom suppliers and service providers, governments and commercial operators are launching high throughput satellite systems, which are driving Ka-band capacity,” said Frost & Sullivan Aerospace & Defence Research Analyst Arun Kumar Sampathkumar. “Currently, unused satellite spectrum capacity is delaying the migration to high throughput frequencies and hence lowering MilSatCom hardware expenditures. Nonetheless, as military users migrate to Ka bandwidth and Internet protocol (IP)-based strategic military communication networks, spending on MilSatCom will rise.”

Globally, spending is focused on upstream spectrum procurement. As a result, spending on hardware upgrades will go up in the coming decade and stimulate the use of MilSatCom applications. With the recent amendment to the United States Defence Authorization Act, which necessitates the adoption of a long-term strategy for commercial spectrum procurement, the market will continue expanding. Hardware manufacturers are looking to offer multi-band SATCOM terminals to meet the upgrade trend, while allowing users to operate across existing and upcoming capacities.

However, reducing military budgets and force downsizing, especially among the western defence forces—the big spenders in the MILSATCOM domain—are dampening the prospects of hardware providers. Of the various instances, the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, budget sequestration in the United States, and reduced deployment of special forces have especially restricted MILSATCOM spending. To win contracts globally, MILSATCOM suppliers should offer cost-effective solutions that enable defence forces to reduce their overall upstream and downstream expenditure. This will help hardware suppliers secure satellite capacities and promote their new age MilSatCom capabilities as solutions rather than stand-alone hardware offerings.

“Strong opportunities for MILSATCOM suppliers will come from the Middle East and Asia-Pacific markets, where defence spending and cross-border security concerns are increasing,” pointed out Sampathkumar. “Suppliers must target these markets that have evolving MilSatCom needs not entirely met by proprietary systems.”

Analysis of the Global Military Satcom Applications Market is part of the Defence Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: Global Military Helicopters Market Assessment, Global Civil Helicopters Market, Global Military Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Market Assessment, and US Airport Screening Technologies. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

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