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The rise in research, procurement, and use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) over the past decade has seen significant advances made in the range of UAV payloads and subsystems available. UAV payloads are identified as the main focus for overall UAV development, as nations look to expand the mission capabilities of their UAVs and undertake operations which were not previously considered safe, effective, or economical for manned aircraft. This has led to new and innovative payloads being developed which are constantly being reduced in size and weight, but which offer greater capability, flexibility, and maximum mission value. As a consequence, Visiongain has determined that the value of the global UAV payload and subsystems market in 2012 will reach $2.96bn.
UAVs are now an integral component of a modern military force, with spending on payloads for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions, continuing to be sizeable. In addition, the effective use of imaging and sensor payload technology has seen a greater focus on video and data link payloads capable of relaying real-time and important 'pattern of life' information to other armed forces units on land, air and sea. The strong military market has in turn led to a greater emphasis on the civilian use of UAVs, with payloads conducting operations in the fields of surveillance, imaging, detection and mapping. Visiongain expects that an easing of civilian UAV regulations in the US will result in a high level of sales potential, with the distinct possibility of less European restrictions following suit.
Visiongain also projects an increase in focus on UAV weaponry payloads for both lethal and non-lethal attack. This will include both air-to-ground and air-to-air missiles, alongside electronic warfare (EW) capabilities such as 'jamming' devices. As the UAV airspace becomes more contested, demand will increase for payloads which allow a UAV to defend itself from attack, undertake its ISR or combat mission, and return safely. Although many UAVs will not be developed for combat specific roles, there is an increasing move towards arming UAVs to be prepared for a variety of combat situations.
National UAV payload and subsystem markets for the US and major European countries will remain central to the UAV payload market over the forecast period to 2022. Increasing spending will also be driven by South American and Asia-Pacific nations, as they begin to build up their own unmanned capabilities and require increasingly advanced payloads in an effort to keep up with the already significant development undertaken by the United States and other Western nations.
The report contains 162 tables, charts and graphs that add visual analysis in order to explain developing trends within the UAV payload and subsystems market. Visiongain provides forecasts for the period 2012-2022 in terms of value (US$) for the global UAV payload & subsystems market, as well as for 7 separate submarkets (weaponry, electro optical/infrared (EO/IR), radar and lasers, intelligence, communication, navigation, detection) of the UAV payload market. In addition, 20 national UAV payload markets are forecast and analysed by Visiongain over the period 2012-2022. The report provides profiles of 30 leading companies operating within the market, and includes 3 interviews with principal UAV payload companies, providing expert insight alongside Visiongain analysis.Unique Selling Points
• Comprehensive analysis of the UAV Payload and Subsystems market, including forecasts over the period 2012-2022
• Analysis and forecasts of 7 separate submarkets within the UAV Payloads & Subsystems market from 2012-2022:
- Electro Optical/Infrared (EO/IR)
- Radar and Lasers
• Analysis and forecasts of 20 leading national markets within the UAV Payloads & Subsyste
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