Security Applications Continue to Employ X-Band Radar Systems in Defense


The SBX-1, the US’ sea-based X-band radar, was in the news in 2016. It is an offshore radar, operating super-efficiently at the high seas. This radar is built by Boeing and is placed strategically at the top of a Norwegian semi-submersible. The US Federal government, through the launch of this, ensured the transportability of radar systems across the waters to any regions in order to identify any anticipated security attacks. The government intended to stop international terror attacks through prioritization of national and coastal security.

According to a recent study conducted by Future Market Insights, a premium market research organization, national security applications will continue to boost employment of X-band radar systems. Apart from the US, several nations across the globe have dedicated departments to develop such technologies for the sake of security.

A gamut of applications in military & police

In the radio spectrum, the Doppler radar can be classified as L band, S band, C band, X band, and K band, depending on their respective wavelengths. However, the X-band occupies a strategic position; this band has been reserved exclusively for military and government. The X-band possesses high efficiency in handling data, voice, HD video, and imagery, simultaneously resisting the atmospheric attenuation. Generally, X-band radars are widely used in an array of applications, including air-traffic controlling at airports, alarming systems in defense, and long range surveillance.

Although predominantly used by military forces for communicating in extreme conditions or detecting ballistic missiles or any enemy aircraft coming at supersonic speeds; X-band radar systems are also used by police in order to distinguish over-speeding cars during heavy rains and other similar critical functions. Apparently, X-band systems surround us everywhere even if we never notice or realize their presence. They are especially implemented for performing critical, life-saving applications.

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Sea-based & mobile radar systems

While sea-based X-band radar systems are usually placed in floating towers in seas, mobile X-band radars are mostly deployed in aircrafts and coastal areas. According to Future Market Insights’ research, mobile X-band radar systems will witness faster growth at a CAGR of around 4.1% than sea-based radar systems, by 2026.

Innovations push applications & adoption

Innovations, such as multi-function radar (MFR), mobile radar, polarimetric radar, and lightweight and compact radar will favor the adoption of X-band radar systems in future. MFR serves to detect critical threats imposed by low observable anti-ship cruise missiles. Contrary to conventional radars on ship, mobile X-band radars are transportable, self-propelled systems that are especially designed to detect, avert, and prevent any security threats or potential attacks coming to a certain country.

Among different applications, the applications in defense currently account for the largest share of the total X-band radar market revenues. Defense will reportedly continue to remain the top application of X-band radar systems, compared to government and commercial sectors, Future Market Insights indicates. Rising investments by governments in the defense sector will be primarily responsible for boosting the sales of X-band radars in near future.

To know more about the factors associated with global sales of X-band radar systems and current trends impacting the adoption of X-band radar systems, Future Market Insights’ recently published outlook on the global X-band radar market is available at

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Future Market Insights is the premier provider of market intelligence and consulting services, serving clients in over 150 countries. FMI is headquartered in London, the global financial capital, and has delivery centres in the U.S. and India.