The global digital radio frequency memory (DRFM) market is expected to grow significantly with CAGR of 13.4% during the forecast period. The factors driving the DRFM market are increasing use of airborne electronic warfare systems in military, rising cellular communication, and increasing use of radar environment simulation (RES) testing. However, cost reduction in defense expenditure in developed nations and ban on the usage of jammers for civilian application are the factors that may hinder the growth of the market.
DRFM is an electronic method of digitally recording and retransmitting radio frequency (RF) signal. DRFMs find applications in radar jamming and cellular communications. DRFM-based electronic warfare systems are installed in various defense sectors, including ground-based military units, unmanned aerial systems (UAS), and navy ships. These systems are increasingly deployed in jammers in navy ships in order to deceive the transmitting radar by creating false targets in front and behind the jammer. Thus, DRFM replays captured radar pulses in order to moron the radar by making it perceive many targets.
The market for DFRM based jammers is significantly driven by airborne electronic warfare systems and the development of older air platforms. RES testing is the major application of DRFM technology, bolstering the market growth. RES testing procedure involves evaluation of radar systems in an anechoic environment during their designing phase. In an event of shortcomings of radar systems, radar undergoes significant design changes. In addition, the need for modern warfare techniques across the world is also expected to augment the market growth. Moreover, the need for advancements in military technology has led to the development of superior air defense systems. However, these systems have posed a serious challenge for airborne units operating in enemy airspace leading to severe damage, attrition of units, and loss of personnel. However, electronic warfare technologies are focused on reducing the instances of detection by enemy radars and providing the necessary time to evade them, yet restrictions on the use of jammers among civil application may hamper the global DRFM market.
The global DRFM market can be divided based on platform, application, architecture, and region. Based on the platform, the global DRFM market can be divided into defense, commercial and civil. On the basis of application, the market is segmented into electronic warfare, radar test & evaluation, and electronic warfare training. The electronic warfare segment is expected to lead the DRFM market during the forecast period. Based on architecture, the market is segmented into processor, modulator, converter, memory.
Geographically, the global DRFM market can be divided into North America, Latin America, Europe, Middle East & Africa, and Asia-Pacific regions. The increased demand, especially in the North America region, is anticipated to be one of the key driving factors for the overall growth of the global DRFM market. Moreover, the U.S. is further projected to account for the largest share in the global market and is anticipated to grow throughout the forecasted period. This can be attributed to rapid investments and presence of developed military sector.
Some of the major players in the global digital radio frequency market include Raytheon Company, Rohde & Schwarz, Airbus Group, Israel Aerospace Industries, BAE systems, Elbit Systems Ltd., Northrop Grumman Corporation, Thales Group, Leonardo S.P.A, and Curtiss-Wright Corporation among others.
Global Digital Radio Frequency Memory (DRFM) Market Outlook, Trend and Opportunity Analysis, Competitive Insights, Actionable Segmentation Forecast 2024