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Feb 11. C2/C4ISR Systems market 2011-2021 defence report. Published: January 2011, Total Pages: 417. In order to ensure the success of military operations, command and control (C2) systems, together with the more advanced command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems, are vital. They provide militaries around the world with the ability to gather intelligence on enemy forces, analyse it, disseminate it throughout their units, and act upon it in a concerted and organised manner. Without the use of C2/C4ISR equipment, even the most powerful military force will be fighting blind and in disarray. As a result, the market for C2/C4ISR systems is guaranteed to be strong, almost regardless of the prevailing economic conditions. However, it must be noted that many countries retain C2/C4ISR systems for some time, until replacing them becomes a necessity. Good intelligence gathering and analysis, coupled with efficient command and control (C2) structures, are at the heart of all successful military operations. Without the ability to quickly gather and analyse information about the enemy’s movements, composition, intentions and capabilities, any operation becomes incredibly risky. Furthermore, without officers and non-commissioned officers (NCOs) being able to exert command and control through secure and often computerised communications links, any operation will face considerable difficulties. At first glance, there is a considerable overlap between C2 systems and C4ISR systems. However, there are also significant differences between the two groups. C4ISR encompasses a huge range of systems from binoculars through land-based radar to observation and communications satellites. However, C2 concentrates almost exclusively on radio systems and equipment to facilitate communication between units in order to effectively and efficiently receive and respond to orders. C2 systems range from Personal Role Radios (PRR), tactical communications sets and luminescent glow-sticks to Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft, to communications satellites and Ultra High Frequency (UHF) radio systems on board submarines and other naval vessels. In contrast, C4ISR covers digitalised, computerised C2 equipment and technology used to locate and watch the enemy. From binoculars to infrared (IR) sights, from radar and sonar to optical satellites, these systems create and shape the digital battlespace that has altered the shape of warfare forever. Indeed, over the next ten years and beyond, there will be a

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