Global Military Satellite Market 2020-2025

June 22, 2020
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Military Satellites are an important tool for gathering important tactical information. Out of more than 4,000 artificial satellites orbiting the earth, more than 40% of them are used for Military applications.

Military satellites are used for various purposes like surveillance, remote sensing, Reconnaissance, weather conditions. They are also used to track weapons development, military deployments,missile launches, and asses damage done by weapons


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In recent years, development in camera technology and processor miniaturization have allowed companies to do radar observations using comparatively smaller satellites.

Many nations have been in space for many decades now but no one came close in challenging the dominance of US. But now China and Russia have opened new frontiers in Military space technology to the extent that the US had setup a new division called Space force in 2019



Post-Gulf War in 1990s, military personnel have grown accustomed to satellite communications (SATCOM) applications, from fixed to new mobility applications. As network-centric warfare have gone up bandwidth consumed per 5,000 military members now exceeds more than 350 Mbits/sec in 2020.

War fighters are more than ever reliant on higher data rates for communications on the move where they can stay connected with Audio and video information while navigating the battlefield.

Unmanned Aerial vehicles are also another important application segment where SATCOM usage has been growing. The SATCOM terminal modem and antenna must work together to transmit geographic location, beam quality, satellite handoff, and other important data-sets 

US Military is assessing using constellations of LEO satellites for communications, advanced missile defense or an alternative navigation system to GPS. But Military Low Earth Orbit satellite fleets might not be created right away, as one of the military’s future constellation plans still calls for a fleet of geosynchronous-based satellites

Also, the US Defense Department’s Missile Defense Agency are looking at creating hypersonic and ballistic tracking space sensor that could include a constellation of small LEO satellites probably by 2025.



By Geography

  • US
  • China
  • Russia
  • India
  • Saudi Arabia
  • France
  • Germany
  • UK
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Rest of the world


By Application

  • Missile warning
  • Tactical communication
  • Surveilance



By Location

  • Geosynchronous Earth orbit (GEO)
  • Highly elliptical orbit (HEO
  • Medium Earth orbit (MEO)
  • Low Earth orbit (LEO)




June 2020- GomSpace, manufacturer of nanosatellites signed a $2.06 Million contract to develop and deliver a nanosatellite to the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI). The launch is planned for Q3-2021

June 2020– U.S. Space Force Commercial Satellite Communications Office (CSCO) awarded Peraton, a $56 Million contract to provide commercial satellite communications services for the U.S. Central Command

June 2020–  Northrop Grumman Corporation won a ~$2.3 Billion contract for Phase 1 of the Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared (Next-Gen OPIR) Polar program from the USSF

May 2020– Kratos Defense & Security Solutions won a $4.9 Million contract to modernize the infrastructure and systems that interconnect the Air Force Satellite Control Network (AFSCN) sites. The contactor will provide the WANIF units to interconnect AFSCN sites

April 2020– L3Harris Technologies won a five-year, $500 Million ceiling ID/IQ contract with the U.S. Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) to supply the Air Force and Army Anti-jam Modem (A3M)

April 2020– Honeywell signed a Multi-year, $99 Million contract with U.S. Air Force (USAF) to update the Embedded Global Positioning System/Inertial Navigation System (EGI-M).

April 2020– Lockheed Martin won a $5.8 Million contract to integrate satellites for the Défense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The contract includes Phase-1 of integration of Project Blackjack, which will deploy 20 small satellites to demonstrate that a low Earth orbit system can provide global high-speed communications.

March 2020- Hughes Network Systems was awarded $3.5 million follow-on contract by The U.S. Naval Air Systems to provide satellite communications systems integration for the U.S. Coast Guard on its HC-27J aircraft




US remains world`s biggest and leading market in Military Satellite market.US created a new Space force in Dec 2019 by Trump administration to focus on national security and preserving the satellites and vehicles dedicated to international communications and observation.

The AEHF constellation has been built by Lockheed Martin consisting of six secure military communications satellites is aimed at replacing the aging Milstar constellation. On 26th March 2020, AEHF-6(weighing 13,600 pounds) the final satellite in the AEHF constellation was launched to provide jam-proof communication (also including real-time video) between U.S. top level leadership and deployed military forces.

Among other countries, Iran launched its first ever military satellite (April 2020) in the orbit after multiple failed attempts. Nour, the satellite is currently circling Earth at an altitude of 264 miles (425 kms).




The global Military Satellite market size is estimated at $XX Billion in 2020, growing at –% CAGR till 2025. In the next 6 years the market for Military satellites could be as big as $27 Billion worldwide with US having more than 45% market share.





There are more than 15 players in the Global Military Satellite market. US based Lockheed Martin and Airbus cumulatively had ~46% market share in 2019 and the remaining 54% was held by numerous other companies.

There are multiple regional leaders in this market owing to secrecy and growing proectionism. For example, France based Airbus is the market leader in Europe whereas Boeing and Lockheed Martin are the leaders in the US market.



  1. Gomspace
  2. Northrop Grumman Corporation
  3. Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc.
  4. Hughes Defense
  5. L3Harris Technologies
  6. Airbus Defense
  7. Boeing Defense Space and Security
  8. Orbital ATK
  9. Thales Alenia Space
  10. ISRO
  11. Ball Aerospace
  12. SSL Defense and Aerospace
  13. Peraton Corporation
  14. Mitsubishi Electric
  15. ISS Reshetnev




  1. Market Size and Forecast (Units and $Million), 2020-2025
  2. Details on new contracts awarded in past 12 months
  3. Opportunity for new entrants and Semi-conductor companies in Military Satellite Market
  4. New Product development trends
  5. Market share of leading Vendors, 2020


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