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11 Oct 11. According to a market research report titled ‘The UAV Payload and Subsystems Market 2011-2021’ available from Visiongain, the worldwide unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) payload market, which includes detection sensors, navigation sensors, communication devices, intelligence sensors, lasers and radars, electro-optical/infrared and weaponry, will attain $2.9bn in fiscal year 2011. The rise in the deployment of UAVs has increased the worldwide spending on subsystems and payloads for security and military applications. Thus, more number of manufacturers expand their presence in the markets for signals intelligence, weaponry, communications, detection, cameras, radars and sensors for UAVs. The demands on producers to make sensors and payloads that have high processing power, stronger electronic warfare potential, higher-capacity storage solutions, sophisticated imagery deliverance functionalities and sharper intelligence increase constantly. State buyers require sensor packages that can offer lightweight weaponry, better on-board autonomy and highly sensitive reconnaissance, surveillance and intelligence but with no steep increase in prices or weight. The direction and development of power, weight and size of UAVs control the unmanned-system payload and subsystems market. However, on a technological basis, the development of payload systems exceeds the development of UAVs according to Visiongain. The development and sales of payload will be driven by the requirement to overcome shortcomings in functionality. Gaps in data and communication systems that restrict the transmission of real time video must be filled, as the requirements for ultra-resolution video or imagery rise. The report offers data to back its country-level and subsector-level outlooks. (Source: Google)

11 Oct 11. Already axed has been the US’s Future Combat Systems (FCS) and more recently the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV), while the US Senate Appropriations Committee just last month attempted to stop the planned Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) programme dead in its tracks, even before a single vehicle is procured. The US still remains, however, the biggest spender investing in the procurement of new vehicles and upgrades. Other countries have not been immune to programme cancellation or delays. The United Kingdom, for example, has constantly postponed and redefined its requirement for new medium armoured vehicles leaving a fleet of 1970s-era tracked vehicles to soldier on. Russia is another country that has stalled on the development or procurement of new armoured vehicles, instead looking to domestic manufacturers to upgrade and modernise existing platforms. The Russian Army has actually begun looking at Western vehicles as alternatives to what it perceives as dated technology produced by its own industry. There still remains a high demand for armoured vehicles with many current platforms reaching the end of their service life. Key programmes and requirements are in place in 20 or more countries, some of which will be manufactured domestically. It can be estimated, according to the new report the International Armoured and Mine-Protected Vehicle Market, that major programmes and requirements currently in place and planned in the next decade or so could be worth in excess of US$150bn. Some US$4.1bn was spent alone in 2010 on the procurement of new vehicles, driven by demand for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. This level of spending has been maintained into 2011. (Source: ASD Network)

13 Oct 11. Brazil: Report Published. The Foreign Affairs Committee is publishing a Report on UK-Brazil Relations on Tue 18 Oct 11. From
18 Oct 11, the Report will be available on the Committee’s website (www.parliament.uk/facom) and copies will be available to buy from The Parliamentary Bookshop. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 11/40, 17 Oct 11)

17 Oct 11. The Airborne ISR Market 2011-2021

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