Defense Industry Top 10 Themes Prediction for 2021 – Thematic Research

Pages: 18 Published: December 31, 2020 Report Code: GDDEF-TR-S032

This report provides an overview of our top 10 themes for 2021, identifying leading companies for each theme. Key themes include China Impact, India Impact, High-Intensity Warfare, Sustainability, and M & A well as focusing on key technologies, including hypersonics, directed energy, AI, big data, and unmanned vehicles. This report examines the impact of these trends over the next 12 months.
The report also focuses on non-defense specific trends, including the impact of COVID-19 on the market as well as how companies are managing sustainability goals.


Key defense themes in 2021 are identified, establishing how these themes are growing and what will happen within them in 2021.

The report included an in-depth industry analysis of various themes and identifies leading companies in each theme, establishing companies which stand to gain from their involvement in each theme as well as companies which are gaining in the theme.

This report is part of our ecosystem of thematic investment research reports, supported by our “thematic engine”.

Key Highlights

China and India impact pages identify key players in both these markets and key technology themes identify drivers of growth as well as major companies.

Technology companies which have major millitary contracts in relevant themes are identified, as well as defense companies with technical expertise.

Reasons to Buy

Determine potential investment companies based on trend analysis and market projections.

Gaining an understanding of the market surrounding various themes and technologies.

Increase your understanding of how different themes are impacting the overall market and how they will make an impact in 2021.

Key Players

Modus Operandi
Lockheed Martin
General Dynamics
Aerojet Rocketdyne
Spirit Aerospace
Northrop Grumman

Table of Contents

| Contents

Executive summary

2021 Theme map

1. Hypersonics and Directed Energy weapons

2. China Impact

3. India Impact

4. Drones

5. Unmanned Vehicles

6. COVID-19

7. AI and Big Data

8. High-Intensity Warfare

9. Sustainability

10. M & A

| Our thematic research methodology

| About GlobalData

| Contact Us


Can be used by individual purchaser only


Can be shared globally by unlimited users within the purchasing corporation e.g. all employees of a single company

Get in touch to find out about our multi-purchase discounts
Tel +44 (0) 20 7947 2960

Every customer’s requirement is unique. We understand that and can customize the report basis your exact research requirements pertaining to market insights, innovation insights, strategy and planning, and competitive intelligence. You can also avail the option of purchasing stand-alone sections of the report or request for a country specific report.

Still undecided about purchasing this report?

Enquire Before Buying

Request a Free Sample


“The GlobalData platform is our go-to tool for intelligence services. GlobalData provides an easy way to access comprehensive intelligence data around multiple sectors, which essentially makes it a one-for-all intelligence platform, for tendering and approaching customers.

GlobalData is very customer orientated, with a high degree of personalised services, which benefits everyday use. The highly detailed project intelligence and forecast reports can be utilised across multiple departments and workflow scopes, from operational to strategic level, and often support strategic decisions. GlobalData Analytics and visualisation solutions has contributed positively when preparing management presentations and strategic papers.”

Business Intelligence & Marketing Manager, SAL Heavy Lift

“COVID-19 has caused significant interference to our business and the COVID-19 intelligence from GlobalData has helped us reach better decisions around strategy. These two highlights have helped enormously to understand the projections into the future concerning our business units, we also utilise the project database to source new projects for Liebherr-Werk to use as an additional source to pitch for new business.”

Market Analyst & Management, Liebherr-Werk

Your daily news has saved me a lot of time and keeps me up-to-date with what is happening in the market, I like that you almost always have a link to the source origin. We also use your market data in our Strategic Business Process to support our business decisions. By having everything in one place on the Intelligence Center it has saved me a lot of time versus looking on different sources, the alert function also helps with this.

Head of Key Accounts, Saab AB

Having used several other market research companies, I find that GlobalData manages to provide that ‘difficult-to-get’ market data that others can’t, as well as very diverse and complete consumer surveys.

Marketing Intelligence Manager, Portugal Foods