Strategy Analytics: Growing RF Market Opportunities from Defense Sector

Market for high power RF will grow at a CAGR of 9 percent through 2017

Jul 15, 2013, 12:19 ET from Strategy Analytics

BOSTON, July 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Military expenditure faces challenges with declining budgets impacting the introduction of new platforms, but technology will be the differentiator providing opportunities for RF technologies. The Advanced Defense Systems (ADS) service report, "Defense Market Opportunities for RF Technologies," forecasts that the market for RF technologies will remain strong as the focus shifts towards enhancing capabilities in areas such as radar, satellite communications and electronic warfare.

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This will be underpinned by operation across wider bandwidths and higher frequencies and the corresponding market for high power RF will grow at a CAGR of 9 percent through 2017. There will be a steady shift away from vacuum tube technology over the next five years and beyond as solid-state RF technologies such as GaN and SiC demonstrate the capabilities to meet future system requirements such as high frequency, wide bandwidth and high power operation.

"The need for bandwidth shows no sign of abating with net-centric warfare driving demand," noted Asif Anwar, Director of the ADS service at Strategy Analytics. "This will drive a move toward higher frequencies across all applications, but the trend is especially notable in the communications sector with Ka-band expected to form an increasingly staple part of the military satellite communications portfolio over the coming years."

"The challenges facing North America, and the US in particular are well documented, and European spending is also forecast to decline over the next ten years," observed Eric Higham, ADS Service Director North America. "From a defense industry perspective, the Asia-Pac, CALA and MEA markets offer opportunities with spending in these regions forecast to increase."

The "Defense Market Opportunities for RF Technologies" report discusses how the opposing forces of budgetary pressure versus upgrading system capabilities will impact the opportunities for RF technologies looking at:

  • Challenges facing military expenditure.
  • Electronic warfare system design.
  • Satellite communications growing importance.
  • What RF Technologies will Prevail?

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