Analysts at Forecast International have released their latest analysis of the naval radar market.

‘The Market for Naval Radar Systems’ is a detailed study of 37 unique radar programmes that as a group indicate the industry trends that will dictate growth and shrinkage in the larger naval radar market over the forecast period of 2019 through 2028, say the firm.

In the analysis, Forecast International say it breaks the market down into seven segments: Air Defense, Electronic Countermeasures, Fire Control, Navigation, Search & Track, Surveillance, and Other. The programs comprising the Air Defense segment will be worth $7.902 billion alone, making it the most valuable market segment.

“Over the next 10 years, Forecast International estimates that the programs covered in the study will have a total value of at least $15.814 billion. From 2019 through 2028, the Production phase will be the most valuable: 1,278 radars are forecast to be produced, accounting for $10.073 billion of the overall market, or 63.7 percent. The remaining value is accounted for by the Pre-Production (RDT&E) and Post-Production (O&M) phases.

Some of the naval radar industry’s most exciting next-generation systems, such as the SPY-6 Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR), are explored, as are older but still valuable systems such as the SPY 1. Over the coming 10 years, next-gen systems will garner sizable amounts of pre-production (RDT&E) funding, while older systems, which require regular maintenance and upgrades to maintain their efficacy, will draw large amounts of post-production (O&M) funding.”

The analysis also takes a look at the top companies operating in the naval radar sector. The 15 prime contractors identified in the analysis, all of which are associated with the featured programs, are representative of the global naval radar market’s most significant players. The leading contractors in the market will be Raytheon and Thales, which will achieve the first and second highest earnings, respectively. For added perspective, the analysis includes a Manufacturer Varies category that is useful for identifying programs that will offer subcontracting opportunities say the firm in a release about the report.

“Forecast International provides our customers with what we believe to be the most extensive program-focused market analysis available,” said Senior Radar Analyst C. Zachary Hofer.

“As much as is possible, Forecast International includes coverage of every major naval radar program in the world. Due to their foundational nature, these diverse programs, when analyzed as a sample group, provide a highly accurate barometer of the market environment.”

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Would be nice if there was more details on what country or company makes what systems.


Raytheon is USA, Thales seems to be a combined Franco Dutch effort. Saab are Sweden. BAE is UK, Seafar is Australia, they are the main systems I am aware of.
I dont see BAE winning many exports relative to the first 3.
Saab seems to be the main competition with Artisan but I have not been able to see any articles giving an accurate comparison between them.
Some people on this forum have suggest Artisan is outdated as its not AESA which is a bit worrying considering its only new to the RN and will equip the T26.

Matthew East

The company is CEA not seafar 😛 the radar (One of them) is CEAFAR.

James Fennell

Thales Group (formerly Thompson-CSF) is French, but bought radar specialists Racal (which also owned the Thorn EMI radar business), MEL Equipment and Aveillant in the UK and Signaal in the Netherlands. The combined French, British and Dutch radar manufacturers explain Thales strong position in the market. BAe acquired the GEC-Marconi radar business, which had acquired Plessey and Ferranti’s defence electronics businesses (Ferranti collapsed in 1993 after buying ISC in the USA – which turned out to be a fraudulent illegal arm business – Ferranti’s core radar business was always profitable). SELEX ES, another major UK radar producer, is now Italian… Read more »


The Artisan radar is very good. However, I believe it has reached the end of its usefulness against the next generation of anti-ship missiles for two reasons. 1. A single antenna face that rotates once every 3 seconds. 2. It’s a PESA radar so isn’t as adaptable or future proof as an AESA radar. Unlike Sampson which uses a back to back antenna array. The Artisan only has the one. This means that the dead zone that follows the antenna as it rotates last longer. So the system must use predictive tracking to monitor where the threat is going. As… Read more »


Thanks for the detailed response Davey. Hopefully we will see the next generation of Sampson as an upgrade on T26 or this T4x that is being proposed.

Paul T

It will be interesting to see what follows Artisan and Sampson in RN service seeing how fast Technology is moving.