Military Navigation Systems Market - By Platform, By Component,By Grade,By Application & Global Region - Market Size, Trends, Opportunity, Forecast 2021-2026

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The global military navigation systems market is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of around 6.8% over the forecast period 2021-2026.

Military navigation systems are typically used to ascertain, process, monitor and control objects or people or the paths that lead toward them during different military operations. They are predominantly essential in the absence of light in night missions. These systems are integrated with sensors, global positing software (GPS), radar, LIDAR, AIS receivers, and many other technologies. By allowing significant reduction of response time, they are also used for search and rescue operations, combats, force deployment, vehicle navigation and many other military applications. They are suitable for ground, aviation, and maritime navigation and accurate positioning for a wide range of military applications also in the enemy territories.

The military navigation systems are built in order to fulfill the requirement of military transport aircrafts and to aid in various tactical military air transport operations in warlike environments such as logistical support, surveillance and avoiding the disruption of satellite transmissions and GPS Jammer Location (JLOC) etc. They are known for being highly flexible and reliable systems and for providing accurate navigation, guidance solution and all-weather and across-the-clock operations for various airborne systems, handheld receivers, precision-guided munitions, and embedded applications.


The primary factors influencing the growth of the market include: the proliferating adoption of military navigation systems for various military activities around the globe, the augmenting demand for missiles and artillery systems due to the burgeoning geopolitical instabilities especially in the Middle Eastern and Asia-Pacific region, the increasing military and defense budgets of countries across the world, the changing nature of conflicts between countries resulting in the demand for enhanced rockets and missiles from militaries across the globe, the soaring demand and use of new generation air and missile defense systems and the rising preference for the use of UAVs in modern warfare etc.

Additionally, the armed forces in majority of the regions across the globe are focusing on the advancement and up-gradation of their military equipments with high-end technologies to aid them in different hostile situations. They are integrating technologies and sytems such as IoT, weapons medium extended air defense system, integrated battlefield management systems (WIBBMS), advanced inertial navigation systems, satellite-based radio navigation systems, digital navigation systems, hybrid navigation systems and multi-sensor data fusion. They are also working on developing products with small antennas, airborne products, test and training instrumentation, and radio-frequency technology for connected military navigation systems which can work even in case of GNSS jamming or spoofing. Also, the development of advanced weapons such as nuclear ballistic missiles, high-speed cruise missiles and hyopersonic missiles by advanced nations such as India, Russia and others which are built to penetrate high-end air defense systems including the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS), Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC-3), and S-400 have led to the high demand for military navigation systems for increasing the efficiency in operations.

Moreover, the high military spending of the countries enabling their respective governments to procure a wide range of products for various military operations for both manned and unmanned systems in different parts of the world is anticipated to bring about tremendous amount of opportunities for the expansion of the military navigation systems market in next few years.

Furthermore, other factors such as the increasing use of weaponry in miniature form across different military operations, the surging demand for real-time information in a wide range of applications across the world, the growing incidences of drug smuggling and trafficking in different countries forcing the military forces worldwide to target insurgents and terrorist groups and the rising homeland security in regions are further expected to boost the growth of the military navigation systems market during the forecast period.

However, factors such as issues related to technical and measurement errors in sensors, the high cost of development and maintenance of these systems coupled with the limited military funding in developing countries and the lack of skilled workforce may hamper the growth of the market during the forecast period.


By Platform:

  • Aviation
    • Combat Aircraft
    • Military Helicopter
    • Military Transport Aircraft
  • Ammunition
    • Missile
    • Rockets
  • Marine
    • Shipboard
    • Submarine
  • Ground
    • Armored Vehicle
    • Man-Portable device
  • Space
    • Space Launch Vehicles
    • Satellites
  • Unmanned Vehicle
    • UAVs
    • UMVs
    • UGVs

By Component

  • Hardware
    • GPS Receiver
    • Inertial Navigation System
    • Anti-jamming Device
    • SONAR
    • Personal Navigation System
    • Sense and Avoid System (SAS)
    • Thrust Vector Control
    • Radar Altimeter
    • Radar
    • AIS Receiver
  • Software
  • Service

By Grade:

  • Navigation Grade
  • Tactical Grade
  • Space Grade
  • Marine Grade

By Application:

  • Command & Control
  • Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR)
  • Combat & Security
  • Targeting & Guidance
  • Search & Rescue (SAR)

By Region:

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa


Geographically, the North American region has been and is expected to remain as the most dominant region in the military navigation systems market. The growth in the region could be attributed to factors such as the rapid expansion of the defense industry in the region, the bolstering adoption of ultramodern solutions like UAVs and Virginia-class submarines in the region, the growing technological innovations and advancements in the military equipments in the region, the burgeoning government support and investments in military and defense systems in the region and the presence of prominent market players in the region etc.

The European region accounts for the second largest share in the global military navigation system market. The region is further estimated to grow rapidly in the upcoming years on account of factors such the increasing number of military modernization programs in the region, the high presence of some of the major market players and the large number of military missiles deliveries in the region etc. The major contributors to the region include the UK, France, Russia, Germany and Italy among others.

The Asia-Pacific Region holds a major share and is further anticipated to be the fastest growing regional market for military navigation system during the forecast years owing to factors such as the consistently increasing military spending in the countries across the region, the worsening regional tensions in the East and South China Seas in the region, the growing advancement in military technologies in the region and the increasing procurement of new ships to increase the air strength and ISR capabilities by the military in the region. Additionally, the emergence of high number of regional players assisting in various programs of armed forces in the region is also anticipated to fuel the growth of the military navigation system market in the Asia Pacific region. The major contributors to the region include China, India, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Australia and Pakistan.


The global military navigation systems market is highly fragmented and competitive with the presence of key operating players including:

  1. LORD MicroStrain
  2. Raytheon
  3. Cobham Limited
  4. Esterline Technologies
  5. Thales Group
  6. Honeywell International Inc.
  7. Garmin Ltd.
  8. GE Aviation
  9. BAE Systems
  10. Summitek Instruments Inc.
  11. Intelsat Corporation
  12. KVH Industries Inc.
  13. Parker Hannifin Corp
  14. L3Harris Technologies Inc.
  15. Moog Inc. (US)
  16. Northrop Grumman Corporation
  17. Safran SA
  18. Israel Aerospace Industries
  19. Collins Aerospace (United Technologies Corporation)
  20. GEM elettronica
  21. Trimble Inc.
  22. Other Players

Few of these players from time to time get involved in many different strategic business acquisitions, collaborations and partnerships for the purpose of intensifying their revenue, market share and their geographical footprints across different regions around the globe.


  • In April 2021, Honeywell launched a new series of miniature inertial measurement units (IMUs) ruggedized to offer high accuracy along with the durability to survive high-shock environments. An IMU typically uses gyroscopes, accelerometers and electronics to give precise rotation and acceleration data. This enables a vehicle system to calculate where it is, in what direction it is going, and at what speed, even when GPS signals are not available.


  • In May 2021, The US Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) awarded a $325.5m multi-year contract to BAE Systems to provide advanced Military Code (M-Code) Global Positioning System (GPS) modules. The modules will provide reliable and secure positioning, navigation, and timing data with anti-jamming and anti-spoofing capabilities. The contract will see the company deliver Modernised GPS User Equipment (MGUE) Increment 1 Common GPS Modules (CGMs) compatible with the advanced M-Code signal.

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