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Augmented Reality (AR) in Defense – Thematic Research

Pages: 57 Published: March 29, 2022 Report Code: GDDEF-TR-S051

The global Augmented Reality (AR) market was worth nearly $7 billion in 2020. The market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 36% during the forecast period.  AR is a technology that allows the user to see the real world overlaid with digital data. In defense, AR is currently primarily used in manufacturing and engineering. It is multifaceted, enabling workers to work more accurately, aiding remote assistance collaboration, and can replace paper manuals by providing step-by-step instructions. The advantages of remote assistance and instruction are also being adopted by military medics. As well as this, AR is becoming an increasingly important part of training for the military as simulated assets can be displayed as if in the real world. AR is being used in battlefield applications too, for pilots and infantry, to enhance a soldier’s situational awareness and reaction times.

AR market overview

AR market overview

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What are the value chains of AR in the defense industry?

The value chains of AR in the defense industry are semiconductors, components, devices, platforms, and apps and content.

Semiconductors

Semiconductors are one of the key battlegrounds in AR today. Chipmakers are now striving to improve their existing capabilities to suit the evolving requirements of AR, mostly around screen resolution, frame rates, processing speed, and connectivity.

Components

Much of the major action in AR components is around 3D sensors, cameras, audio, displays, and batteries. These components come together for positional tracking, motion tracking, gesture recognition, and machine vision.

Devices

AR-enabling hardware comes in various forms, including smartphones, eyewear, and AR headsets. For consumer AR applications, smartphones are the most used platform, while enterprises typically prefer AR headsets and AR smart glasses, which offer a broader range of functions.

Platforms

Building an AR ecosystem by incorporating both hardware and software is essential for the long-term success of any company in the AR market. The five prerequisites for a successful AR ecosystem are Application programming interfaces (APIs) and SDKs, AR engines – games, AR engines – enterprise, AI, and application delivery networks (ADNs) and content delivery networks (CDNs).

Apps & Content

Content is a major area of concern for AR companies. Enterprises are an increasingly important area of focus for AR companies. Media houses and ecommerce companies have been early adopters of AR, while the technology is also used by healthcare, engineering, and military organizations. Microsoft, PTC, Deloitte, McKinsey, and Accenture are investing in AR development platforms to support firms through the AR implementation process.

Which are the key defense organizations associated with the AR theme?

The key defense organizations associated with the AR theme are Royal Australian Air Force, Royal Australian Navy, Brazilian Navy, Royal Canadian Navy, French Special Forces, Indian Army, Israeli Defense Forces, New Zealand Defense, Norwegian Army, British Royal Navy, British Army US Army, and US Navy.

Who are the specialist AR vendors in the defense industry?

The specialist AR vendors in the defense market are Augmenti, BAE Systems, Elbit Systems, Leonardo, Lockheed Martin, Red 6, Taqtile, Thales, and XMReality.

Market Report Scope

Market size (2020) Nearly $7 billion
CAGR 36%
Forecast period 2020-2030
Value chains Semiconductors, Components, Devices, Platforms, and Apps and Content
Key defense organizations Royal Australian Air Force, Royal Australian Navy, Brazilian Navy, Royal Canadian Navy, French Special Forces, Indian Army, Israeli Defense Forces, New Zealand Defense, Norwegian Army, British Royal Navy, British Army US Army, and US Navy
Specialist AR vendors Augmenti, BAE Systems, Elbit Systems, Leonardo, Lockheed Martin, Red 6, Taqtile, Thales, and XMReality

This report provides:

  • Overview of AR in defense.
  • Explanations for why AR will continue to grow in importance for the defense industry.
  • Outlines for the variety of uses AR has in the defense sector.
  • Examples of what companies and militaries are reacting to developments made in AR.
  • Defense companies and militaries that are leading in this theme, such as Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Elbit Systems and the US Army.

Reasons to Buy

  • To understand AR and its current and future impact on the industry.
  • To understand how AR is addressing key challenges that the defense sector is facing.
  • To identify the leading AR adopters and specialist vendors.

Key Players

Lockheed Martin
Design Interactive Inc
Magic Leap
Red 6
Taqtile
Augmenti
Raytheon
Microsoft
Saab
Airbus
ArchieMD
Leonardo
Thales
Elbit Systems
BAE Systems
Northrop Grumman
Instro Precision
XMReality

Table of Contents

Executive Summary

Augmented Reality in Value Chain

Defense Challenges

The impact of Augmented Reality on Defense

Industry Analysis

Companies and Militaries

Sector Scorecard

Glossary

Further Reading

Our Thematic Research Methodology

About GlobalData

Contact Us

List of Tables

The key challenges facing the defense sector

Mergers and Acquisitions

Mergers and acquisitions in ADS

Partnerships

Augmented reality timeline

Leading militaries adopting augmented reality

Leading augmented reality vendors

Specialist augmented reality vendors in defense

Glossary

Further reading

List of Figures

Key players in the augmented reality value chain

The augmented reality value chain

AR value chain – Semiconductors

AR value chain – Components

AR value chain – Devices

Leading militaries adopting augmented reality

AR value chain – Platforms

AR value chain – Platforms – The AI technology stack

AR value chain – Apps and content

Technologies mentioned in ADS-related social media posts are cutting edge

AR focus will remain on platforms and apps and content

Global AR revenue by end-user will reach $152 billion by 2030

Global AR revenue shares will shift over the next decade from consumer to enterprise majority share

AR hardware will account for a greater share of global AR revenue by 2030

AR-related patents in ADS have grown since 2017

AR patent publications segmented by sector and authority

AR-related company filing mentions count

Mentions of AR in company filings

AR-related active jobs from March 2020 to December 2021 in ADS

Number of AR-related jobs posted by top 10 companies

Frequently Asked Questions

The global AR market was worth nearly $7 billion in 2020.

 

 

 

 

The AR market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 36% during the forecast period.

The value chains of AR in the defense industry are semiconductors, components, devices, platforms, and apps and content.

The key defense organizations associated with the AR theme are Royal Australian Air Force, Royal Australian Navy, Brazilian Navy, Royal Canadian Navy, French Special Forces, Indian Army, Israeli Defense Forces, New Zealand Defense, Norwegian Army, British Royal Navy, British Army US Army, and US Navy.

The specialist AR vendors in the defense market are Augmenti, BAE Systems, Elbit Systems, Leonardo, Lockheed Martin, Red 6, Taqtile, Thales, and XMReality.

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