Saudi Arabia C4ISR Market : Segmented by Type and Platform - Analysis of Growth, Trends, Analysis, Forecast (2018 2023)
The market for C4ISR systems in Saudi Arabia is expected to exceed USD 5 billion by 2023. Middle East region is in turmoil, and has been since the start of the Arab Spring. States round Saudi Arabia like Iraq, Syria, Egypt, and Yemen are facing security issues, and Saudi Arabia faces a real threat from all sides of its boundary. The threat from the Islamic state of the Levant is very real and is one of the reasons for the massive rise in the Saudi Arabia spending on defence in recent years. Saudi Arabia is constructing a state of the art boundary over the mountainous Yemen border and is adapting the best surveillance techniques available.
Command & Control Systems, air borne and space based surveillance will see very high growth in Saudi Arabia. The UAV’S, on which the country is spending huge sums now, will enhance the country’s Airborne ISR Capabilities. Due to the refusal by American authorities to supply Saudi Arabia with armed drones, Saudi Arabia is in talks with Denel to develop their arsenal of UAVS. Also the countries, which are a part of the GCC, may form a unified military command centre, which will boost the C4ISR market in the country.
Technological Advancements in Space-based C4ISR
Rapid technological developments are breeding disruptive technologies in the defence industry. The impact of defence majors’ portfolio capabilities creates an unexpected competition, particularly in the case of space-based C4ISR. It is difficult for organizations to keep up with breakthrough technologies at each level due to the significant investment involved. As per a recent survey, end-user organizations are interested in live streaming of video for situational awareness to explore and analyze the process.
Cubic Solutions is one such company that offers real-time full motion video-based on cloud computing software. The company has acquired DTECH, GATR Technologies, and TeraLogic to ramp up business in the market. DTECH brings its modular and miniaturized Internet-on- the-move capability, while the GATR is the only provider of inflatable satellite communication (SATCOM) antenna solutions whose unique inflatable antenna technology enables portability, low cost of ownership, reliability in extreme environments, and ease of setup.
Key Developments in the Market:
February 2018: Cubic strengthens C4ISR business with acquisition of MotionDSP.
November 2017: BAE has been awarded a USD 12.8 million DARPA contract to design a testbed for development of space warfare command and control systems.
Key Players: Harris Corporation, General Dynamics, Thalesraytheon Systems, The Boeing Company, and CACI International Inc. among others.
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