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20 Feb 12. Research and Markets announced the addition of Frost & Sullivan’s new report “2011 Defense Outlook” to their offering. This research service outlines global defense spending and summarizes research, operations, procurement, and services spending. The base year for this study is 2010 with a 2008 to 2016 global defense spending forecast. This study’s intent is to indicate which segments of products and services spending the leading defense markets are emphasizing globally, so firms can invest in these areas of growth. The research segments procurement spending is divided into twelve technology areas and seven geographical regions. Information regarding the leading country in each region is also included in each regional segment. Market drivers and restraints, global regions, country profiles, and technology segments are included. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)

22 Feb 12. Electro-Magnetic Pulses: Defence Committee Report. The Defence Committee published (22 Feb 12) a Report on Developing Threats: Electro-Magnetic Pulses (EMP). The Report reminds its readers that for 50 years EMP were regarded as a problem to be addressed by the military. It was only in 2008 that space weather was accepted as a threat which civil authorities should also take into account. Space weather is considered to be a “national hazard which requires a national response”.
Comment: The Report builds on earlier work from the Science and Technology Committee: ‘Scientific Advice and Evidence in Emergencies’ (HC 498) and is published together with a record of evidence taken on 9 Nov 11. Written evidence submitted by HM Government provides particularly interesting reading. The Report is published as HC 1552, for £14:50.
(Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 12/09, 25 Feb 12)

22 Feb 12. The Military Helicopter Market 2012-2022. Military helicopters play a vital role for armed forces throughout the world, aiding ground and naval troops within varying combat and humanitarian scenarios. The extensive range of helicopters produced worldwide reflects their diverse use within military operations, and as such, the military helicopter market is one characterised by dynamism and response to emerging operational challenges. Visiongain has determined that that value of the military helicopter market will reach $19.4bn in 2012. Given the importance of helicopters to militaries, a robust market for military helicopters is expected over the next decade, as multiple nations seek to upgrade their air capabilities. TheUS predictably spends the most on military helicopters as these aircraft are in great demand in its military operations. However, the end of combat operations in Iraq in 2011 and the planned withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014 could signal a dampening in demand. In addition, there is currently strong pressure on the defence budgets of many countries, particularly those in Europe and North America. In these countries, helicopters are still expected to receive priority funding, yet long term military spending can often be delayed or amended in order to suit short term financial requirements. Away from Western military helicopter markets, several countries in Asia and the Middle East are embarking on significant military helicopter acquisition and upgrade programmes that will boost overall global demand for rotorcraft. Nations such as South Korea, India, China, Turkeyand Saudi Arabia have major plans to develop their helicopter fleets, and spending within these national helicopter markets is expected to reflect the emerging growth and military power of the Asian continent. (Source: Yahoo!/PRNewswire)

24 Feb 12. Research and Markets announced the addition of iCD Research’s new report “The Norwegian Defense Industry – Market Opportunities and Entry Strategies, Analyses and Forecasts to 2016” to their offering. The defense

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