Man-portable communication systems are an advanced type of communication systems used in critical situations, such as in combat zones. Man-portable communication systems feature sophisticated equipment that protects against jamming or other mischief, so as to ensure the relaying of crucial messages is carried out without a hitch. Another distinguishing feature of man-portable communication systems is that they have advanced noise-cancelling features, allowing the communication to proceed without interference from surrounding white noise.
The global man-portable communication systems market
is growing primarily due to modernization efforts being undertaken by several armed forces around the world. The sophistication offered by man-portable communication systems has several benefits for militaries, which is the reason for their growing demand. The market is expected to grow at a steady CAGR from 2014 to 2022.
Application of Man-Portable Communication Systems in Software-defined Radios Driving Market
The major applications of man-portable communication systems include smartphones, commercial, homeland security, telephonic encryption, SATCOM, military walkie-talkies, two-way radios, and software-defined radios. Of these, the application sector of software-defined radios (SDR) is expected to be growing at the fastest pace of all.
SDR applications have great demand from major armed forces around the world, such as the U.S., China, India, etc. This is due to the added convenience SDR systems offer to soldiers and the sophistication they bring about in military communication.
Application of man-portable communication systems in smartphones and other commercial applications is also growing, though demand from the military remains the market’s major growth driver. Some premium smartphones these days offer noise-cancelling technologies, and some audio equipment giants also offer the same in their premium-priced headsets. Growing prevalence of this phenomenon is expected to help the global man-portable communication systems market in the coming years.
Lightweight Man-Portable Communication Systems in Great Demand
The primary advantage of man-portable communication systems to the armed forces is that they offer sophisticated communication services at a low cost and in equipment that is much lighter than conventional communication equipment. This reduction in the load soldiers have to carry, which makes them combat-ready and less likely to tire out in long operations, is driving demand for man-portable communication systems from the army.
Unsurprisingly, then, land-based man-portable communication systems enjoy the greatest demand of the three types of man-portable communication platforms: land, airborne, and naval. Since soldier load is relatively not as relevant in naval and air combat, demand for man-portable communication systems is the highest from infantry divisions.
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The global market for man-portable communication systems does, however, face a significant challenge it needs to overcome in order to establish a strong foothold. Major militaries in the world, such as the U.S. and several in the EU, have recently announced budget cuts for their armed forces. Since man-portable communication systems are a relatively recent innovation, they are still expensive, and prohibitively so for countries where reducing the defense budget is a unanimous concern. However, the greater efficiency offered by man-portable communication systems, which aids the global efforts to make armies smaller and more effective rather than larger but cumbersome, can help the market overcome this challenge in the coming years.