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C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance) combines all the systems that allow military commanders to understand their operational environment, identify mission critical factors, and control their assets. It covers a broad range of capabilities and technologies, from on the ground sensors to space technologies.
Therefore, C4ISR systems support the terrain dominance capabilities of military units at the battlefield as well as at urban warfare zones.
A new market research report by Technavio predicts that the global C4ISR market will grow progressively and post a CAGR of 4% by 2020.
One of the recent trends in the market is the increasing use of Android and iOS-based devices for military purposes, including situational awareness, according to Technavio’s website. Such devices are predominantly employed in military mobilization network integration evaluation (NIE) activities and software engineering directorate (SED) mobile applications. These devices have special features that increase the troop’s situational awareness in battlefields, feeds real-time information on combat zones, and share the same information with troops based at a distance. Additionally, Android or iOS-based devices ensure effective use of video, text messaging, and mapping technology to help squadrons determine the location of its own troops and opponent.
The growing acceptance of CREW (counter radio electronic warfare systems) systems for EW (electronic warfare) will help spur the growth of the market. These systems are extensively used for detonating RCIEDs (remote-controlled improvised explosive device) and significantly decrease casualties during attacks. Furthermore, CREW systems are vehicle-mounted and man-portable, capable of neutralizing RCIEDs, and are also used to interrupt the communications links of an IED, thereby, providing the military with a tactical advantage. It has also been observed that the vendors are investing in the development of CREW systems with features like superior protection performance, user-friendly operation, low power consumption, and functionality in extreme temperatures.
During 2015, the land-based segment dominated the market by accounting for around 50% of the total market share. The increasing demand for manpack and vehicular SDR systems will be one of the primary drivers for this segment. The use of these systems ensures secure end-to-end connectivity, reliability, and interoperable communication. Moreover, the ongoing modernization and sustainment of existing land-based radar capability will also contribute to this segment’s growth in the coming years.
Undoubtedly, the major mission is to know how to navigate in the sea of data and how not to drown in it, says an australiadefense.com editorial. Across air, land, sea and space, thousands of sensors onboard manned and unmanned military platforms are collecting huge amounts of data. These ISR systems task, collect, process, analyze, fuse and disseminate the most mission-critical information in a framework that has become to known as PED or processing, exploitation, and dissemination. Essentially, getting the right information to the right people at the right time.
These aspects and many more will be the focus of upcoming conference on Military and C4I Technologies for Terrain Dominance on 20.12.16.