Inertial and global satellite navigation devices market set to reach $1.9bn by 2030, driven by network-centric warfare capability modernization initiatives

In the rapidly evolving network-centric battlefield, militaries across the globe are extensively using inertial navigation systems (INS) and global navigation satellite system (GNSS) devices for navigation, positioning, tracking and targeting applications. In fact, the global military INS & GNSS devices market is anticipated to reach $1.9bn by 2030, which is approximately 30% higher compared to 2020 estimates, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

GlobalData’s report, ‘Global Military INS & GNSS Devices Market 2020-2030’, notes that the increasing usage of INS & GNSS devices and the development of new global and regional navigation satellite systems such as the EU’s Galileo, China’s BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS), India’s Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) and Japan’s Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) will play a pivotal role in driving the adoption of military GNSS devices worldwide.

Tushar M, Senior Defense Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “The technological advancements of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and integrated circuit technology have enabled manufacturers to design small and lightweight INS & GNSS navigation devices, thereby significantly enhancing their adoption on smaller platforms such as tactical UAV’s and other unmanned systems. The significant reduction in manufacturing cost and the growing military applications of INS & GNSS devices should propel market growth over the next decade.”

Between 2020 and 2030, the vehicle navigation system is expected to be the fastest growing segment with a CAGR of 6.8%. The procurement of armoured personnel carriers, infantry fighting vehicles, and light multirole vehicles is expected to drive the growth of the vehicle navigation system segment from 2020 to 2030. However, the airborne navigation system will be the largest in terms of actual spending due to the increasing adoption of UAVs as part of the future network centric battlefield.

Tushar continues: “The capability of military GNSS devices to utilize navigation signals from multiple satellite constellations has also enabled users to obtain superior positioning and navigational accuracy. However, due to widespread proliferation of GPS signal jamming technologies, there is uncertainty regarding the continuous availability of GNSS signals during most of the military scenarios. To overcome this issue, the majority of countries are now in the process of procuring advanced navigation systems consisting of hybrid INS & GNSS receivers.”

The major defence R&D companies are also continuously working on enhancing the security of GNSS signals. For instance, the US is also working on an encrypted M-code signal that offers superior jamming resistance. Other countries such as Russia, India and China have also developed INS/GNSS devices for their respective armed forces. These devices will utilize signals from the country specific satellite constellation and reduce the dependency on the US GPS network. Moving forward, the procurement of military INS & GNSS devices is expected to constitute a key component of armed forces modernization worldwide.

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