The global defence industry is experiencing a period of significant transformation. Driven by rising global tensions, a focus on national security, and growing investor confidence, the sector is expecting significant growth in the next few years.

A Surge in Spending

Global defense spend have seen a significant rise, global spending increasing to a record $2.2 trillion last year. This growth is concentrated amongst a number of nations, with the US, China, Russia, India, and Saudi Arabia accounting for 63% of global military spending.

In response to the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia, Germany has also committed to a substantial defense budget increase, signaling significant growth prospects for the defense industry in Europe.

Emerging Technologies on the Horizon

Innovation is at the forefront of modern defense strategies. Here are some of the developments poised to impact the defense sector in 2024:

  • Counter-Drone Systems: With the growing abundance of aerial drones, there is a definite need for robust counter-drone solutions. Autonomous counter-drone systems are expected to see operational deployment in 2024, with the market for these systems reaching a projected value of $5.2 billion by 2028.
  • Electrification of Military Vehicles: Concerns about environmental impact and fuel security are driving the development of electric and hybrid military vehicles. This shift means advancements in battery technology are also needed, power management systems, and robust electronic components that can withstand harsh operating environments.
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI): Investment in AI for defense applications is on the rise. AI is being explored for a range of applications, including image recognition for target identification, threat analysis, and autonomous weapon systems.
  • Soldier-Assisting Quadruped Robots: These agile robots offer logistical and combat support to soldiers. Advancements in motor control systems, sensors, and AI are crucial for the successful deployment of these technologies.
  • The Rise of Military IoT: The Internet of Things (IoT) is making its way into the defense sector. From interconnected sensors on the battlefield to networked logistics systems, the use of military IoT devices is on the rise. This necessitates reliable and secure communication protocols, along with miniaturized and low-power electronic components.

Partnering with Excellence in Defense Innovation

For purchasing professionals, partnering with Lantek Corporation means having a reliable ally in your supply chain. As the defence industry continues to grow, rely on us to provide the components that power your innovations, keeping your projects on schedule and to specification.

Disclaimer: This blog post is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as political commentary.