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20 Jun 12. Research and Markets announced the addition of Frost & Sullivan’s new report “Global Soldier Modernisation Market Assessment” to their offering. This Frost & Sullivan research service titled Global soldier modernisation market assessment provides a detailed strategic forecast of key markets in addition to analysis of current and future trends. In addition to analysing soldier modernisation programmes globally, the research also covers market value and volume of these initiatives, market leaders, as well as includes an overall roadmap showing the direction soldier modernisation is heading over the next ten years. The research further investigates trends within segments under the following categories: C4ISTAR, clothing, survivability, and lethality; and it includes three different approaches: whole system, incremental, and hybrid. (Source: Yahoo!/BUSINESS WIRE)

26 Jun 12. Forecast International projects that the commercial communications satellite market will be worth $52.7bn from 2012-2021. According to its “The Market for Commercial Communications Satellites” study, which tracks some 49 satellite production programs, 419 individual communications satellites will be produced during that timeframe. According to the study, high-speed broadband Internet, digital television and video broadcasting, and government services are currently major areas of growth for the commercial communications satellite industry. The analysis notes that demand will be especially strong in developing markets such as Eastern Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Asia. William Ostrove, Forecast International space systems analyst and author of the study, said that a lack of terrestrial networks and the rapid growth in demand for communications services in these areas of the world is driving this demand. Demand for Broadband Internet by satellite operators is particularly acute in rural areas, where high-speed Internet demand isn’t high enough to justify the cost of laying miles of cable. Satellites are also useful for increasing connectivity for mobile applications. Digital television is another market that is driving satellite service growth. This is especially true in areas of the world where cable and fiber-optic line penetration is low, such as Eastern Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. And even where cable providers do exist, such as in Europe, satellite operators have been successful, providing television to 84 million homes on the continent. Governments are increasingly employing the services of commercial satellite operators as well. Rather than purchasing new satellites, governments are turning to commercial operators, often deploying their communication packages aboard commercial satellites under a scheme known as hosted payloads. The top manufacturers in the commercial communications satellite industry during the next 10 years will be Space Systems/Loral, Thales Alenia Space, EADS Astrium, Boeing and Lockheed Martin.
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25 Jun 12. The Strategy Analytics Advanced Defense Systems (ADS) service report, “Defense Electronics Industry Review: May 2012,” provides a
review of significant defense industry news, including product announcements, milestones, contract activity and defense industry financial performance. The move towards next generation systems will be underpinned by new (semiconductor) technologies while the US Navy is already looking ahead to the 2030s for a new fighter. Even though the JSF has yet to make its operational debut, the US Navy is already putting forth a Request for Information (RfI) for a new fighter, which would be available in the 2030s as a replacement for the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler, and could be either manned or unmanned. In the short term, unmanned platforms remain in focus, centered o

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