Digital Battlefield Market projected to reach $68.9 billion by 2025

According to the new market research report "Digital Battlefield Market by Solution (Hardware, Software, Service) Platform (Airborne, Naval, Land, Space), Application, Technology (Artificial Intelligence, IOT, Big Data, 5G, Cloud Computing and Master Data Management), Region - Global Forecast to 2025", published by MarketsandMarkets, the market is estimated at $32.9 billion in 2020 and is projected to reach $68.9 billion by 2025.

Demand among defence forces remains high due to military upgrades as well as new procurement programs, particularly in developed and developing economies such as the US, India, and China, among others.

Some of the major factors driving this market include increasing inclination towards cloud services in military & defence, rising modernisation and investments in the defence sector for developing military equipment and foreign intelligence platforms, high demand for devices supporting 5G technology for high-speed data transfer, and rapid advancement in artificial intelligence, Big Data analytics and robotics technologies.

Next generation digital battlefield products are among the vital requirements of defence and intelligence agencies across countries. Hence, military and intelligence agencies are the key end users, showcasing more demand for such equipment.

Some industry experts have noted that the COVID-19 pandemic has not majorly affected the demand for digital battlefield products. Companies such as Northrop Grumman Corporation (US), Lockheed Martin Corporation (US), and General Dynamics Corporation (US) received contracts for the supply of digital battlefield products to the defence forces of various countries in 2020, showcasing continuous demand during the COVID-19 crisis.

Below are some important developments that showcase the increase in demand for digital battlefield in the defence sector during the COVID-19 crisis in the North American region.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant damage to the economic activities of countries across the world:

The manufacture of digital battlefield products including systems, subsystems, and components has also been impacted. Although next generation digital battlefield products for defence applications are of prime importance, disruptions in the supply chain have halted their manufacturing processes for the time being. Resuming manufacturing activities depends on the level of COVID-19 exposure, the level at which manufacturing operations are running, and import-export regulations, among other factors.

Some important developments below showcase the increase in demand for digital battlefield in the defence sector during the COVID-19 crisis in the European region.

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected deliveries of major platforms in India, such as HAL's supply to the Indian Armed Forces of Tejas combat aircraft and Dhruv helicopters. The delivery schedules of other platforms are also likely to be pushed back, particularly if lockdowns are extended.

The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has extended procurement deadlines due to the COVID-19 outbreak that will in turn affect the growth of digital battlefield product which are required in such aircrafts and helicopters.

Rising modernisation of military equipment to strengthen defence forces is driving the growth of the digital battlefield products in defence applications

The rising focus of defence forces across the globe on modernising their military equipment including digital battlefield products will propel market growth. For instance, in 2020, according to International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), defence spending across the globe was estimated to be over USD 1,830 billion, an increase of 3.9% over 2019. This could be attributed to the growing conflicts between countries, leading to efforts to strengthen their defence forces.

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In recent years, over nine major international conflicts have taken place, including the Syrian Civil War, the Saudi Arabia-Yemen conflict, US-Iran tensions, and India-China tensions. Such conflicts can lead to high procurement of innovative AI-enabled battlefield products and the incorporation of advanced technologies into existing military systems to make them highly efficient and reliable.

Several governments are establishing special departments or agencies to integrate AI capabilities into the existing equipment and focus on developing new capabilities in the digital battlefield. Initiatives by such agencies, including the Strategic Council for AI Technologies (Japan), The National Science and Technology Council (US), and the AI Council (UK), will in turn support the growth of the digital battlefield market over the projected timeframe.

Based on platform, the space segment of the digital battlefield market is projected to witness the highest Compound annual growth rate (CAGR) during the forecast period.

In terms of platform, the market is segregated into airborne, land, naval and space.

Based on CAGR, the space segment is projected to witness highest CAGR from 2020 to 2025. Digital battlefield systems deployed in the space platform enable real-time mapping of objects across Earth and aid in satellite communication networks. This will substantially support the space segment growth. Based on platform, the airborne segment is projected to lead the digital battlefield market from 2020 to 2025. The growth in the airborne segment is attributed to the rising inclination of defence forces towards digital battlefield products & systems.

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