Increasing focus on military modernisation and digitalisation programmes, as well as military intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) activities in modern-day warfare calls for the integration of state-of-the-art electronics and subcomponents into existing and future ISR systems. 

Land, naval and air forces around the world continue to acquire highly sophisticated missile defence systems, electronic warfare systems, autonomous platforms, portable electronic devices, sighting systems, night vision devices and thermal imaging systems to gain a competitive advantage. 

Top military electronics, subsystems and components manufacturers

Army Technology has listed leading manufacturers and suppliers of electronics, subsystems and components, based on its intel, insights and decade-long experience in the sector. The list includes leading providers of army and air force electronics and solutions, suppliers of electronic circuits for military vehicles, wearable sensors, and wireless communication devices, and manufacturers of unmanned aerial drone subsystems. 

The information available in the document is useful for individuals such as engineers, strategists, procurement heads, technicians and electronics maintenance supervisors involved in the acquisition, operation and maintenance of electronics or subcomponents for military vehicles, radars, command and control platforms, navigation and communication systems, and electronic warfare, and weapons systems. 

This download contains detailed information on the suppliers and their product offerings, as well as contact details to help with your purchasing decisions.

Related Buyer’s Guides which cover an extensive range of military equipment manufacturers, solutions providers and technology, can also be found here.

Electronics, subsystems and components for defence applications

Defence forces rely on military-grade electronics to form the backbone of their equipment and systems. These include inertial measurement units (IMUs), tactical data links, signature detection and countermeasures systems, as well as on-board flight computers and avionics for military aircraft. 

Electronics and components designed for use by military forces include: 

  • Printed circuit boards (PCBs) 
  • Rugged commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) embedded video boards and systems 
  • Microwave components and subsystems 
  • Avionics subsystems
  • Connectors and radio frequency (RF) components 
  • High-performance capacitors and electronic assemblies 
  • Infrared imaging and thermal camera cores 
  • Electrical and fluid interconnects
  • RF cable assemblies, harnesses and looms 

Choosing the right electronics, subsystems and components

Expertise in delivering products that meet the compatibility, reliability and physical requirements of defence customers is one of the key factors that influences the selection of electronics, subsystems and components manufacturers. 

Military standard (MIL-STD) documents also outline the requirements for users to select subsystems and components for a platform, as well as offering guidelines to choose between one-off or COTS components and subsystems.