Focus on UAV-ISR: Data Demand Drives UAV Production and Training & Simulation Market
Rapid growth in demand for the critical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance
(ISR) data provided by UAVs has been driving procurement of new platforms
and in turn fuelling rising demand for trained operators.
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Rapid growth in demand for the critical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) data provided by UAVs has been driving procurement of new platforms and in turn fuelling rising demand for trained operators. Governments around the world have been investing in an effort to meet this demand.
According to a ASDReports.com / ASDMedia BV the international military and civilian UAV market is forecast to be worth $80 billion by 2020 with over 610 different UAVs operated or developed in 57 countries.
The need to cope with multiple internal and external insurgencies – from Afghanistan to Nigeria, from China to Columbia, from India to the Philippines – creates a need for practical, if unconventional approaches. Growth is driven by the fast pace of development in the platform, payload and training sectors as the UAV market adapts to provide operational solutions for super-complex problems such as Counter IED threat mitigation.
Operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and the global war on terrorism have particularly demonstrated the usefulness of UAVs for military uses like intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and communications relay, while their relatively low-cost make them ideal for civilian applications like law enforcement, environmental monitoring and aerial survey.
There is additionally a look at the some of the problems for UAV usage and attempts in the US and Europe to integrate them into non-segregated civilian airspace.
More than 250 companies propose UAVs. This includes all the major players, including the AAI Corporation, AeroVironment, Aurora Flight Sciences, BAE Systems, Boeing, Cassidian Air Systems, Elbit Systems, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc, Israel Aerospace Industries, Northrop Grumman, Rotax, Sagem, Selex Galileo and many others.
As the leading operator of UAVs, the US dominates the global UAV flight training and simulation market. But there are also contracting opportunities in Europe and elsewhere in the world, with armed forces struggling to expand their training capabilities as unmanned systems technology continues to advance very rapidly.
The latest study on the UAV Flight Training & Simulation Market indicates that sales in the global UAV flight training and simulation market will be worth $375m in 2011.
The global UAV flight training and simulation market is a growing marketplace offering government contract opportunities that are likely to see a range of companies realising commercial success, from the major global defence and security systems integrators to smaller UAV simulation software developers.