The “Global X-Band Radar Market, by Type (Mobile X-Band Radar and Sea Based X-Band Radar), by System Component (Command and Control System and Communication System) and by Geography (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa) - Global Forecast to 2027”, is expected to be valued at US$ 6,988.6 million by 2027, witnessing a CAGR of 3.8% during the forecast period (2019-2027), as highlighted in a report published by Coherent Market Insights.
X-band radars are a type of radar that operates between the radio frequency range 8 GHz-to 13 GHz. X-band radar finds major applications in satellite communication, radar, and wireless computer networks. There are two types of X-band radar namely sea-based X-band radar and mobile X-band radar. X-band radars are used in civil, government, and military institutions for weather monitoring, maritime, air traffic, defense tracking, vessel traffic control, and vehicle speed control. X-band is majorly used in modern radars due to short wavelength of X band, allowing for high-resolution imagery for target identification and discrimination.
The global X-band radar market is estimated to account for US$ 5,122.5 Mn in 2018 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 3.8% during the forecasted period (2019-2027).
Development in multiple target detection technology is expected to drive growth of the global X-band radar market during the forecast period
The introduction of improved packing technologies and signal conditioning circuits has enabled the incorporation of compact and low cost radar solutions in the market. These radars are a lot better in terms of performance than conventional imaging systems. Growing significance of radar systems in multiple target detection coupled with growing use of radar as an effective solution collision avoidance and obstacle detection is expected to drive the market growth in the near future. Moreover, sea-based X-band radar system has improved the ability to perform critical hit assessment functions, which plays a vital role in defense systems whether the rocket-interceptors have successfully detected incoming missiles.
High growth of the global unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market is expected to pose lucrative growth opportunities for market players
The global unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market has witnessed significant growth in the recent past and is expected to continue to grow in the near future. Radars are extremely crucial in detecting and tracking UAVs. The UAVs carry optical-sensors payload, which is less vulnerable to detection by devices including radar. Moreover, radars developed in the recent past can scan large areas and are less likely to be affected by smoke, weather, and dust. Thus, high growth of the global unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market will offer significant growth opportunities for market players.
Inability of sea-based X-band radars to prove its capabilities in mock tests is expected to restrain the global X-band radar market growth over the forecast period
In the recent past, sea-based X-band radars have failed to prove its abilities several times. For instance, in January 2010, the U.S. deployed a sea-based X-band radar for testing it. In this test, the interceptor tried to destroy a target launched from the Marshall Islands. However, according to official reports from Pentagon, the sea-based X-band radar system showed undesirable performance and failed to intercept location. This was owing to inability of radar to discriminate among falling lumps of unused rocket fuel or other target missiles and other materials.
Various countries in North America have deployed several mobile counter target acquisition (CTA) radars. AN/TPQ-53 and AN/TPQ-50 radar systems are the most popular radar systems in the region, developed by Lockheed Martin. The radars function on pulsing electromagnetic signals or radio waves across a particular area in various directions and wavelengths.
The primary focus of various governments in Latin America is to prevent airstrike. For instance, the Mexican Government has deployed 5 new GM400 ground master radars that are developed by Thales-Raytheon Systems Company LLC. GM400 radars are designed for identification and tracking up to 2,000 targets across the ranges of 463 kilometers. It also provides warning about aircrafts that could pose threat to the nation.
Countries in this region are increasingly investing in defense, in order to combat external threats. For instance, Voronez radars developed by Russia is an early warning radar that can be operated in multi-frequency. These radars facilitate long-range monitoring of airspace against ballistic missile attack.
Key companies operating in the global X-band radar market are Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd., Saab Group, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Japan Radio Company Limited, Reutech Radar Systems (RRS), Furuno Electric Co., Ltd., Raytheon Company, Terma A/S, Detect Inc., and ProSensing, Inc.