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The electronic warfare market in 2020 was valued at $12.80 billion. The market is projected to register a CAGR of more than 1% over the 2021-2030 period. Focus on directed energy weapons, rapid change in the technological advancement in the domain, and the growing concern for electronic protection capabilities are expected to drive the global demand in the electronic warfare market.

The EW market is witnessing greater demand from airborne platforms leading to sustained investment in the airborne EW segment. Modern airborne warfare platforms are putting a greater emphasis on information superiority and situational awareness, and this is expected to be a major factor driving spending in this sector. The global electronic warfare market is witnessing a change in perception with different stakeholders who are seeing EW as a core weapon technology rather than supporting technology. Demand for EW systems are anticipated to be driven by rapid technological advancements in the domain, focus on directed energy weapons, and the growing need for electronic protection capabilities in militaries globally.

Overview of electronic warfare market

Overview of electronic warfare market

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What are the market dynamics in the electronic warfare market?

The need to integrate stealth technology and electronic warfare systems into military equipment is anticipated to act as a major demand driver for EW systems, as stealth technology on its own will not be sufficient to combat anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) threats in the future. Communications are under significant attack across two primary areas: electronic warfare and cyberwarfare. In the instance of EW, communications hardening, and increased jamming and intercept capabilities are currently in an ongoing development and fielding race, with techniques also undergoing rapid evolution. Faced with the increasing threat of IEDs, militaries across the globe are armed with dismounted and portable jammers. The increasing focus on portable EW systems will facilitate the development of smaller lightweight personal protection devices to improve warfighting capabilities.

Continuous research and development in the radio frequency, lasers, and other electromagnetic fields is enabling various countries across the globe to develop or procure new devices for systems used in the sophisticated security of the electromagnetic spectrum. The pivot to peer or near-peer conflict is driving advanced technology in EW and will continue to do so for decades to come.

What is the electronic warfare value chain segmentation?

The electronic warfare value chain has been segmented into electronic attack, electronic protection, electronic warfare support, and directed energy weapons.

  • Electronic attack: It is the biggest submarket within EW, in terms of monetary value and extent of proliferation. EA is an offensive instrument seeking to deny the enemy the use of the Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS) EA products fit in both offensive and defensive categories in operational terms. The EA means are constantly evolving, due to the evolving nature of the threats they are to counter.
  • Electronic protection: It involves actions taken to protect personnel, facilities, and equipment from any effects of friendly or enemy use of the electromagnetic spectrum that degrade, neutralize, or destroy friendly combat capability. Key tools in this segment include Towed Decoy Systems, Radar Reflective Decoy Chaff, Infrared Flare Dispensers, Electromagnetic hardening, Emission Control (EMCON), Spectrum Management, and Wartime Reserve Modes (WARM).
  • Electronic warfare support: It is the subdivision of EW involving actions tasked by, or under the direct control of, an operational commander to search for, intercept, identify, and locate or localize sources of intentional and unintentional radiated EM energy for the purpose of immediate threat recognition, targeting, planning, and conduct of future operations.
  • Directed energy weapons: The US Department of Defense (DoD) describes directed energy as an umbrella term covering technologies related to the production of a beam of concentrated electromagnetic energy or atomic or subatomic particles. The leading sectors are lasers and microwave weapons. Particle beam weapons and sonic weapons have also been developed, although there are fewer examples of these.

The electronic warfare support segment is anticipated to account for the largest share of expenditure globally followed by the electronic protection segment. The electronic attack segment is anticipated to account for the third-largest segment of expenditure over the forecast period.

Which are the key companies in the electronic warfare market?

Major public companies in the electronic warfare market include Arralis, Aselsan Elektronik Sanayi ve Ticaret, BAE Systems, Bharat Electronics, Cohort, Elbit Systems, and General Dynamics.

Major private companies in the electronic warfare market include Alaire Technologies, API Technologies, Ball, Cobham, Concern Radioelectronic Technologies (KRET), Elettronica SpA, and Hensoldt.

Electronic warfare market, key companies

Electronic warfare market, key companies

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Market report scope

Market size (Year – 2020) $12.80 billion
Growth rate (CAGR) >1%
Base year for estimation 2020
Forecast period 2021-2030
Key Companies Arralis, Aselsan Elektronik Sanayi ve Ticaret, BAE Systems, Bharat Electronics, Cohort, Elbit Systems, General Dynamics, Alaire Technologies, API Technologies, Ball, Cobham, Concern Radioelectronic Technologies (KRET), Elettronica SpA, and Hensoldt
Key Value Chain Segments Electronic Attack (EA), Electronic Protection (EP), and Electronic Warfare Support (EWS), Directed Energy Weapons
Key Value Chain segments Electronic attack, Electronic protection, Electronic warfare support, and Directed energy weapons


In particular, it provides an in-depth analysis of the following –

  • Market size and drivers: detailed analysis during 2021-2030, including highlights of the demand drivers and growth stimulators. It also provides a snapshot of the spending and modernization patterns of different regions around the world.
  • Recent developments and industry challenges: insights into technological developments and a detailed analysis of the changing preferences of electronic warfare segments around the world. It also provides trends of the changing industry structure and the challenges faced by industry participants.
  • Regional highlights: study of the key markets in each region, providing an analysis of the key segments of the market that are expected to be in demand.
  • Major programs: details of the key programs in each segment, which are expected to be executed during 2021-2030.
  • Competitive landscape and strategic insights: analysis of the competitive landscape of the global market. It provides an overview of key players, together with information regarding key alliances, strategic initiatives, and financial analysis.

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  • Strengthen your understanding of the market in terms of demand drivers, industry trends, and the latest technological developments, among others.
  • Identify the major channels that are driving the global electronic warfare market, providing a clear picture of future opportunities that can be tapped, resulting in revenue expansion.
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  • Make correct business decisions based on thorough analysis of the total competitive landscape of the sector with detailed profiles of the top electronic warfare systems providers around the world which include information about their products, alliances, recent contract wins and financial analysis wherever available.

BAE Systems
Elbit Systems
Israeli Aerospace Industry (IAI)
L3Harris Technologies
Lockheed Martin
Northrop Grumman
Rafael Advanced Defense Systems
Raytheon Technologies, Alibaba
Alphabet (parent company of Google)
Baidu Raytheon Technologies
Advent International
Communications & Power Industries
Micross Components
Huntington Ingalls Industries
General Atomics
Naxicap Partners
Krauss Maffei Wegmann
Bharat Forge
Spectra A&D
Quantic Boeing, BAE, Dynetics, Raytheon, Elbit, Lockheed Martin, Genasys, MBDA Ball Corp., KRET, BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin
Tencent, Adarga
Atlas Elektronik
FLIR Systems
Rebellion Defense
Shield AI

Table of Contents

Executive summay


Technology briefing


Technology trends

Macroeconomic trends

Regulatory trends

Industry analysis

Market size and growth forecasts

Use cases

Mergers and acquisitions


Value chain

Electronic Attack

Electronic Protection

Electronic Warfare Support

Directed Energy


Public companies

Private companies


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