Electronic warfare systems spending revealed

China military
Analyst firm Strategy Analytics has revealed the spending on RF-based Electronic Warfare Support (EWS) systems and related components.

The report said RF-based Electronic Warfare Support (EWS) systems such as RWRs (Radar Warning Receivers), DF/COMINT (Direction Finding and Communications Intelligence) and ESM/ELINT (Electronic Support Measures and Electronic Signals Intelligence) will dominate the market for EWS system spending, accounting for 73 percent of the total market in 2024.

The Strategy Analytics Advanced Defense Systems (ADS) service series of Electronic Warfare Support (EWS) forecasts, outline defense expenditure trends breaking out the spend on EWS incorporating systems, hardware, support and related services across the land, air and naval domains.

Spending on EWS systems installed on airborne platforms will account for 36 percent through 2024. Developing and maintaining land-based EWS capabilities will represent the second largest end market.

EWS systems include both RF (radio frequency) -based and EO-IR (electro-optical and infra-red) and laser-based TWRs (Threat Warning Receivers) which will account for the third largest market, followed by DF/COMINT systems with spending on ESM/ELINT systems accounting for the largest market. Collectively, these sectors will account for account for 93 percent of total spending on EWS through 2024.                                                                     .

The total number of EWS system shipments is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 3.6 percent through 2024 to reach 9,319 units.

Asif Anwar, director at Strategy Analytics, said that in the area of RF-based EWS, this will be underpinned by an emphasis on direct digital synthesis of the RF signals across the frequency spectrum driving demand for wideband solid state RF component technologies coupled with wider bandwidth digital receivers. The associated market for semiconductor components will approach $232 million in 2024.