The Brazilian C4ISR market is anticipated to register a CAGR of over 3% during the forecast period.
- The growth of the Brazilian control, command, communications, computer, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) market can be majorly attributed to factors, such as the increasing security and cyberattacks and growth in terrorism and hostile activities inside and in the adjacent countries of the Brazilian territory.
- The demand for the modernization of threat perception capabilities of the defense forces in Brazil is anticipated to drive the demand for C4ISR systems.
Key Market Trends
Military Spending of Brazil Bolstering the Market Prospects for C4ISR Systems
Brazil is the second-largest military spending region in both the Americas. According to SIPRI, Brazil was the 11th largest military spending nation in 2019. The country's defense expenditure grew by 6.1 during 2010-2019. However, in 2019, Brazilian military expenditure fell slightly by 0.5%, after two consecutive years of growth, to reach USD 26.9 billion. Thus, the overall level of military expenditure remained relatively unaltered in 2019. Nevertheless, the country remained the largest contributor to Latin American military spending, with 51% of the region's share in 2019. The market is expected to be benefitted by such a high level of military spending by Brazil. As a result of higher military budgets over the years, the country has witnessed several military fleet and equipment modernization activities in the last five years. However, Brazil's economy was experiencing a slowdown even before the arrival of the COVID-19 crisis, and the advent of the pandemic and the subsequent shutdowns have further affected the country's economy. This may lead the government to reduce defense budgets in the coming years.
Air Segment is Projected to Dominate the Market During the Forecast Period
Presently, by platform, the air segment is generating the highest revenue in the market. The market in this region is mainly driven by the growing procurement of aerial vehicles and related C4ISR systems. Also, the country’s modernization plans for UAVs, combat aircraft, and helicopters are expected to propel the market demand. Also, technological advancements in C4ISR systems and the demand for multi-functional systems are propelling the investments made by manufacturers in the research and development of cost-effective solutions. With the integration of advanced technologies into airborne platforms, the mission-readiness of armed forces on the battlefield will be enhanced greatly. In April 2020, Elbit Systems Ltd announced that it was awarded a contract worth USD 20 million to upgrade the Hermes 900 Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs) of multiple Latin American customers. In the Latin American region, Brazil was an avid user of these UAVs. Under this contract, the company will integrate satellite communication systems and automatic takeoff and landing systems into the Hermes 900 UASs. Such contracts are expected to propel the market prospects of the segment during the forecast period.
Some of the prominent players in the market are Lockheed Martin Corporation, Embraer SA, Elbit Systems Ltd, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Saab AB. Embraer SA, the local aerospace company, along with its affiliates, provides several space-, land-, and air-based C4ISR technologies to the Brazilian military. The company limited such offerings mainly to the Brazilian armed forces, and it has a strong foothold in the country. However, there are many other manufacturers that provide C4ISR solutions for various platforms to Brazil, in addition to Embraer. These players are gradually growing their presence in the market by offering the latest technologies, thereby, increasing their revenues in the market.
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