Tactical Radios Market Size & Share, by Type (Vehicle Mounted, Handheld/Portable); Platform Type (Ground-based, Naval-based, Airborne Platform); Application (Army, Navy, Airforce, Land, Special Operation Force) - Global Supply & Demand Analysis, Growth Forecasts, Statistics Report 2024-2036

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  • Published Date: Dec 12, 2023
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Global Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2024-2036

Tactical Radios Market size is expected to cross USD 165 Billion by the end of 2036, expanding around 13% CAGR during the forecast period i.e., 2024-2036. In the year 2023, the industry size of tactical radios was over USD 13 billion. Mobile command systems have become increasingly necessary in recent years to allow armies to operate in difficult and distant areas. Various market players are meeting to supply better command systems for wars and battles across the globe. The Swiss Armed Forces and Elbit Systems inked a three-year, USD 15 million contract in April 2020 for the delivery of command and control systems for the Swiss Armed Forces' Tactical Reconnaissance System (TASYS).  

Numerous technological advancements are being made in the defense sector, and providers of military communication solutions are concentrating on offering interconnected military systems. The defense sector is increasingly utilizing sensors and smart devices, which presents growth chances for the tactical radios market. The market for tactical radios is expanding as a result of recent breakthroughs in information and communication technology, which are also bringing about profoundly revolutionary changes in many defense industries.

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Tactical Radios Market: Key Insights

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Base Year Market Size (2023)

~USD 13 Billion

Forecast Year Market Size (2036)

~USD 165 Billion

Regional Scope

  • North America (U.S., and Canada)
  • Latin America (Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America)
  • Asia-Pacific (Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, NORDIC, Rest of Europe)
  • Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC North Africa, South Africa, Rest of the Middle East and Africa)
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Tactical Radios Sector: Growth Drivers and Challenges


Growth Drivers

  • High Demand for Lightweight Handheld Radios in Defense and Military Sector - Growing defense, and military sector spending is further surging the demand for lightweight handheld radios. For instance, military spending around the globe accounted for more than USD 2 trillion in the year 2022.
  • Integration of LTE Technology - The growth of tactical radios market is stimulated by the adoption of LTE technologies in Professional Mobile Radio Systems, PMRs which allow for live data interchange and transmission of complicated Video and Voice Data as well as miniaturization of equipment carried out by major players. The market is also growing as a result of improved digital signal processing and compression technologies that are designed to exclude noise in the atmosphere because of miscommunication problems in highly stressful environments.


  • Operational Challenges Associated - Firstly tactical radios are expensive to develop, procure, and maintain. This can limit budgets for other military equipment and capabilities. Soldiers need to be trained on how to use and maintain their radios effectively. This can be time-consuming and resource-intensive as well.
  • The growth of the tactical radios market is likely to be impeded by problems with optimum connectivity in a limited bandwidth.
  • In the forecast period, increasing concerns about interoperability between different communication technologies are expected to have a negative influence on tactical radios.

Tactical Radios Segmentation

Platform Type (Ground-based Platform, Naval-based Platform, Airborne Platform)

In terms of platform type, the ground-based platform segment in the tactical radios market is projected to expand at a CAGR of over 40% by the end of 2036. Ground-based platforms are expected to remain the largest market for tactical radios for the foreseeable future. These radios are widely used in all ground tactical operations and missions. Additionally, the demand for tactical ground radios is expected to increase in view of the growing threat of terrorism and border conflicts. For instance, in the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war, the Russian military reportedly used Chinese-made BaoFeng UV-82HP tactical radios to communicate with military personnel stationed in Ukraine.

Application (Army, Navy, Airforce, Land, Special Operation Force)

Based on application, the land segment is anticipated to hold around 30% share of the global tactical radios market during the projected period. Ground forces are the most powerful in terms of personnel and have the largest number of vehicles, so militaries around the world are increasing their land-based mission capabilities. Ground communications systems are becoming increasingly sophisticated, allowing ground forces to take advantage of advanced radio technology and smartphones while actively moving in ground vehicles and dismounted infantry. The growing need for secure communications for mobile ground forces has led to the emergence of small form factor communications solutions that improve mobility.

Our in-depth analysis of the global tactical radios market includes the following segments:


  • Vehicle Mounted
  •  Handheld/Portable

          Platform Type

  • Ground-based Platform
  •  Naval-based Platform
  •  Airborne Platform


  • Army
  • Navy
  • Airforce
  • Land
  • Special Operation Force

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Tactical Radios Industry - Regional Synopsis

North American Market Analysis

The tactical radios market in North America region is predicted to dominate the market by reaching a growth rate of 35% during the time period between 2024 – 2036. The United States is the world's largest military spender. According to SIPRI, the country's military spending rose 4.4% to USD 778 billion in 2020, accounting for 39% of global military spending. The country plans to increase funding for communications, sensors and electronics by about 20% in real terms over the next two years. The country's Handheld, Manpack and Small Form Fit program aimed at procuring a family of software reprogrammable radios for tactical voice and data communications will generate huge demand for reader and manpack radios during the forecast period. The Army's current procurement goals include 100,000 leader radios, 65,622 manpack radios, 21,579 rifleman radios, and 104,496 single channel data radios. In January 2021, Thales announced that it had been awarded a third delivery contract by the U.S. Army to supply the AN/PRC-148D Improved Multiband Inter/Intra Team Radio (IMBITR). This latest award brings his total orders for IMBITR radio to over 6,000. Therefore, this predicted to further drive the market expansion in the North America region during the expected period.

APAC Market Statistics

The tactical radios market in Asia Pacific is expected to grow significantly during the estimated period. The growth of this market can be attributed on the account of increasing investment by the countries of this region in enhancing defense infrastructure and growing demand for faster communication along with the advancement in next-generation technologies. This growth can be attributed to an increase in defense spending, as well as increased emphasis on improving communications capabilities by providing the region with more sophisticated tactical communication systems.

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Companies Dominating the Tactical Radios Landscape

    • 3M Company
      • Company Overview
      • Business Strategy
      • Key Product Offerings
      • Financial Performance
      • Key Performance Indicators
      • Risk Analysis
      • Recent Development
      • Regional Presence
      • SWOT Analysis
    • Northrop Grumman
    •  Thales Group
    •  General Dynamics Corporation
    •  Raytheon Technologies Corporation
    •  L3Harris Technologies, Inc.
    • BAE Systems
    • Iridium Communications Inc.
    • Viasat, Inc.
    • Codan Limited


In The News

  • On February 16, 2021, Codan Limited announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares of the American company DTC from a private equity firm. The transaction was completed by April 30, 2021, subject to formal conditions typical for this type of transaction.
  • In support of the US Army Integrated Tactical Network program, PacStar announced in September 2020 that it had been awarded a tactical network communications contract by the US Army Program Executive Office Command, Command, Communications Tactical, for the delivery of the PacStar 400-series platform for SCOUT.

Author Credits:  Abhishek Verma, Hetal Singh

  • Report ID: 5455
  • Published Date: Dec 12, 2023
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The growing demand in defence and military and growing technological advancement are some of the major factors anticipated to drive the growth of the tactical radios market.

The market is anticipated to attain a CAGR of ~13% over the forecast period, i.e., 2024-2036.

The major players in the market are of Northrop Grumman, Thales Group, General Dynamics Corporation, Raytheon Technologies Corporation, L3Harris Technologies, Inc., BAE Systems, Iridium Communications Inc., Viasat, Inc., Codan Limited., and others.

The land segment is anticipated to garner the largest market size by the end of 2036 and display significant growth opportunities.

The market in Asia Pacific is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2036 and provide more business opportunities in the future.
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