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14 Mar 12. In 2010 the United States Government department, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency awarded contracts worth $7.3bn over ten years to DigitalGlobe and GeoEye under the EnhancedView program. Both companies continue to command leading shares within the satellite imagery market. In 2011, GeoEye posted a 7.3 per cent increase in year on year revenues, from $330.3m in 2010 to $356.4m in 2011. In the same year DigitalGlobe posted revenue growth of 5 per cent to $339.5m from $322.5m. A recent Frost & Sullivan research indicates DigitalGlobe and GeoEye account for almost 50 per cent of the global commercial satellite imaging market in 2010, about $126.6m of the total $274.6m (Ref.: Global Commercial Satellite Imaging Market The Global Market for the View From Way Above, NA13-66, December 2011). EADS Astrium with its stakes in the Surrey Satellite Technology (99 per cent) and SpotImage (81 per cent), and the Astrium Geo-Information Services business accounts for nearly a fifth of the total satellite imaging market revenues. This positions it as a strong third within this market. An acquisition of either DigitalGlobe or GeoEye will be an attractive proposition for Astrium. Firstly, this will increase its current market share within the very lucrative US market, positioning itself as the market leader. Secondly, the potential acquisition will create a sustainable (and increasing) market share for Astrium within the Government segment, creating a balanced portfolio across commercial and civil clients. Thirdly, the acquisition potentially gives access to other growing markets including China and Russia. Vertical consolidation within the satellite Industry has been an ongoing trend since the economic crisis. Satellite manufacturers are exploring opportunities to establish themselves within the Services segment, which by large accounts for a larger chunk of the satellite industry revenues. Any potential move in this direction would further reinforce Astrium’s leading position as a global satellite prime across the satellite industry value chain. This is seen as a vital step in countering the impact of any potential budget cuts and / or decision delays by key clients.

13 Mar 12. Research and Markets announced the addition of iCD Research’s new company profile “Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems: Defense Company profile & SWOT Report” to their offering. Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems: Defense Company profile & SWOT Report” contains in depth information and data about the company and its operations. The profile contains a company overview, key competitors, business description, SWOT analysis, key facts, information on products and services. “Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems: Defense Company profile & SWOT Report” is a crucial resource for industry executives and anyone looking to access key information about Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems “Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems: Defense Company profile & SWOT Report” report utilizes a wide range of primary and secondary sources, which are analyzed and presented in a consistent and easily accessible format. ICD Research strictly follows a standardized research methodology to ensure high levels of data quality and these characteristics guarantee a unique report. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)

14 Mar 12. Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Analysis of the U.S. DoD Soldier and Crew Served Weapons Market. This research service focuses on categories of spending, including: research, development, testing, and evaluation (RDT&E), procurement, operations and maintenance (O&M), and services. Contract activity for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Soldier and Crew Served Weapons market is also included. The U.S. DoD Soldier and Crew Served Weapons market is comprised of handguns, shotguns

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