A satellite navigation system provides GPS positioning from a global perspective, and is therefore of utmost importance for modern day military operations which rely on accurate real time data on hostile forces in order to carry out precision attacks.
It is here that GPS/GNSS devices assume an important role, as they are imperative to transfer signals from these satellites back to earth. Several major defence spenders across the world have now launched, or initiated the development of indigenous satellite navigation systems.
The US is the highest spender on military GPS navigation, and is responsible for 42.9% of the global military GNSS devices market. Others major spenders in this sector include Russia, the UK, China and India.
The increasing demand for satellite navigation and communications is driven primarily by the desire of militaries to monitor more areas and derive accurate information by a range of GNSS receivers/sensors in the shortest time possible.
The defence ministries of major countries in the satellite navigation market, such as the US, China, Russia, and some countries in Europe, are increasingly allocating resources to develop GNSS infrastructure that is compatible and interoperable.
With the number of satellites launched into orbit expected to reach 90 platforms in the next five years, and manufacturers are expected to face a challenge to design interoperable GNSS hardware and software.
This opportunity is expected to prompt manufacturers to form joint ventures and partnerships, which will not only reduce development costs, but also leverage each other's strengths.
Major military aircraft and helicopters are dependent on GPS embedded INS systems for effective navigation. Similarly, naval vessels and guided munitions are increasingly relying on the collaboration of Laser, Gyro, INS and satellite navigation technologies to derive accurate real time data.
Furthermore, it has been observed that the usage of Standard Positioning Services/Open Service receivers which use unencrypted signal for non-combat purposes has increased, and is expected to drive demand and encourage expenditure.
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