C4ISR & the Digitization of the Battlefield

C4ISR & the Digitization of the Battlefield

Provided by BIS Research

The concept of battlefield digitization has emerged owing to rapid developments in the field of information technology, electronics, and optoelectronics. Furthermore, the increasing tensions among different nations has helped in the growth of demand for defense electronics globally. The world is witnessing a growing number of maritime disputes, traditional land-based conflicts, hybrid warfare, piracy over oceans, cyber-attacks, urban insurgency, and lone-wolf civil attacks, which is helping in the growth of the electronics defense market.

C4ISR Systems in Demand

All these factors have led to a considerable increase in the defense budget of several nations, including the U.S., China, India, and the U.K., which are constantly increasing their budget to procure defense electronics systems. The defense electronics market has registered high investment particularly in Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems that provide military with various operational advantages. From the power of providing real time data in the battlefield to turning complex data into knowledge for commanders, C4ISR systems are proving to be ground breaking innovation in the defense industry. With the integration of all the three platforms (air, land, and sea), the C4ISR systems enable interoperability and maximum utilization of the military assets.

According to a market research report by BIS Research titled ‘Global C4ISR Systems Market - Analysis and Forecast (2017-2021)', the C4ISR systems market captured a market value of $90.67 billion in 2016 with land based systems accommodating the highest share. The market is being driven by myriads of factors such as improved situational awareness with C4ISR systems and rising defense spending on C4ISR systems. Moreover, increasing degree of cyber security and growing demand for commercial off-the-shelf technologies are expected to create considerable opportunities in the market.

Active Market Landscape

The operational superiority of C4ISR systems has helped in spreading the awareness about this system, especially in the emerging economies such as China, India, and Brazil, propelling the growth of C4ISR systems market globally. In September 2017, Elbit Systems Ltd., a key market player, announced in a press release that it has acquired an approximately $11 million contract for the supply of an integrated maritime C4ISR system to an Asia-Pacific navy.

Some of the key players analyzed in the report are:

  • Airbus S.A.S
  • BAE Systems
  • The Boeing Company
  • Elbit Systems
  • General Dynamics Corporation
  • Harris Corporation
  • Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI)
  • L-3 Technologies
  • Leonardo DRS
  • Lockheed Martin


The C4ISR systems market is segmented into five types: command and control, communication, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and electronic warfare. The largest share of the market is accounted by Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) applications, owing to the rise in demand for enhanced surveillance systems for tracking terrorist activities and border patrolling.

Geographically, North America is expected to dominate the market, followed by Asia Pacific, Europe, and Rest of the world. All the developments in the C4ISR market will enable a paradigm shift in the military operations with improving interoperability, mobility and improved resilience in communications.

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