From General Dynamics to Thales: Top 5 Vendors in the Global Man-portable Communication Systems Market from 2016-2020, by Technavio

LONDON--()--Technavio has announced the top five leading vendors in their recent global man-portable communication systems market report until 2020. This research report also lists five other prominent vendors that are expected to impact the market during the forecast period.

Competitive vendor landscape

In-house manufacturing capabilities, newer technologies, global footprint network, product offerings, R&D investments, and strong client base have become the key areas to have an edge over the competitors in the market.

According to Moutushi Saha, a lead analyst at Technavio for research on defense sector, “The global man-portable communication systems market is highly competitive, and vendors compete based on cost, product quality, reliability, and aftermarket service. It is crucial for the vendors to provide cost-effective and high-quality man-portable communication systems equipped with latest technologies to survive and succeed in an intensely competitive market environment.”

The growth of the market vendors is dependent on the market conditions, government support, and industry development. Thus, the vendors should focus on expanding geographically and improving their products. General Dynamics, Harris, L-3 Communications, Rockwell Collins, and Thales are the five major vendors in the market, which compete in terms of availability, quality, price, and technology. They primarily focus on the implementation of lightweight materials, electric technologies, and robust systems.

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About the top five man-portable communication systems market vendors

General Dynamics

General Dynamics develops secure man-portable communication and information systems. The company deals with the development of secure radios, satellite technologies, and communications networks for the defense industry. It offers SATCOM solutions, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) systems, radio communications, and networking services for the military operations.

General Dynamics provides the following man-portable communication products:

  • Air traffic control (ATC) radios
  • Combat, search, and rescue (CSAR) radios
  • Fortress secure wireless mesh
  • LOS radios
  • Maritime communication systems
  • Networking radios


Harris, through its tactical communications systems business division, manufactures tactical communication networks, secure radio communications, and embedded high-grade encryption solutions for the US and allied military forces. The company has developed a family of software-defined tactical radio systems, namely Falcon that encompasses manpack, handheld, and soldier-worn vehicular capabilities.

Harris has also introduced a next-generation multiband manpack radio systems, namely Falcon III, which can integrate the wideband networking capabilities in the modern battlefield.

L-3 Communications

L-3 Communications provides secure communications that are equipped with a number of mission-critical aircraft such as the U-2, P-3, Predator, and Global Hawk. The company provides technical expertise in connecting airborne, ground, sea-based, and space platforms with secure and real-time communications.

The following are the key business areas of L-3 Communications:

  • Advanced communications
  • Broadband communications
  • Space and power
  • Tactical SATCOM

Rockwell Collins

Rockwell Collins provides secure, high-frequency radios, SATCOM technologies, and sophisticated SDR technologies. The company also develops mobile electronic systems for aircraft and ground vehicles and provide enhanced situational awareness required for mission success.

Rockwell Collins provides the following communication systems:

  • Broadcast transmitters
  • Shortwave transmitters
  • Receivers
  • Transceivers and systems
  • Computers
  • Network transmission systems


Thales is the leading developer of tactical communications equipment and systems, including the MBITR and JTRS Enhanced MBITR (JEM), which have been fielded by the NATO forces and the US Army, worldwide. Moreover, the company is also involved in the JTRS program. The company also offers ISR and C4ISR systems, radio communications, SATCOM solutions, and unmanned systems for the military operations.

Some of the major man-portable communication systems developed by Thales are:

  • PANTHER digital radio
  • FlexNet wideband vehicular SDR
  • AN/PRC-148 system
  • RFE 4154 line of sight radio
  • Modular universal battery charger
  • AN/PRC-154 rifleman radio

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Technavio has announced the top five leading vendors in their recent global man-portable communication systems market report until 2020.



Technavio Research
Jesse Maida
Media & Marketing Executive
US: +1 630 333 9501
UK: +44 208 123 1770