DoD Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)
- ID: 2099650
- February 2012
- 111 Pages
- Frost & Sullivan
UAS Procurement Tops the Air Force’s Spending List due to Continuing Combat Operations and Irregular Warfare
Companies that Offer SWaP-efficient and UASs and Affordable Systems to Fly High
The UAS market accounted for $5.25 billion of the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) budget in 2010, with the Air Force emerging the highest spender among all military services. Most of the $2.42 billion the Air Force has earmarked for UAS spending in 2012 is for the procurement of the MQ-9 Predator. According to the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), U.S. forces will need to continue improving intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities and defenses to counter non-state actors that have access to advanced technologies and sophisticated information operations. UASs will be central to this effort.
“Current ground wars and nation-building activities in countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Yemen, drive the need for UAS resources and their diverse mission capabilities,” says the analyst of this research. “Even the current Iraq troop withdrawal may not significantly reduce the UAS requirement as military and political leaders recognize the deterrent effect of unmanned platforms.” Further, a Defense Science Board Task Force report titled, ‘Counterinsurgency (COIN) ISR Operations’, has red flagged 24 countries that could pose COIN challenges to the United States. Any involvement in COIN operations will inevitably require UAS assets.
Despite its utility, UASs have unresolved technical issues relating to data transfer such as communications security, spectrum management, and bandwidth usage. DoD UAS platforms have to encrypt and transmit or receive data across dedicated frequency spectrums to minimize cross-channel interference. Technical challenges arise when marrying size, weight, and power (SWaP) requirements to frequency bands as both affect the range and bandwidth capabilities of communications between ISR platforms and their end users.
“Companies that can create and manufacture modular, multi-mission, SWaP-efficient UAS sensors and subsystems will remain competitive,” notes the analyst. “Small UAS companies will need partnerships with larger companies, exposure to DoD contracts, or unique technologies to survive until the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) irons out rules and regulations for UAS operation in the National Airspace System (NAS).” Some specific areas for growth for UAS manufacturers will be affordable, miniaturized automatic flight-control systems, sense-and-avoid technologies, redundant sensor/control systems, total systems integration, communications solutions, and data-exploitation efficiencies.
Expert Frost & Sullivan analysts thoroughly examine the following market sectors in this research:
- Mini/Micro UAS (MUAS)
- Small UAS (SUAS)
- Tactical UAS (TUAS)
- Medium altitude, long endurance (MALE)
- High altitude, long endurance (HALE)
This research forecasts the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) market, including general trends and program analysis. This market includes five classifications of UAS platforms as well as UAS sensors/subsystems services. UASs provide military services with near real-time threat identification data. UAS missions and capabilities are expanding as sensors become smaller and more efficient and as platforms’ reliability and ability to provide persistent loiter time increases. SHOW LESS READ MORE >
1. Executive Summary
2. Market Overview
3. External Challenges: Drivers and Restraints—Total DoD UAS Market
4. Forecasts and Trends—Total DoD UAS Market
5. Market Share and Competitive Analysis—Total DoD UAS Market
6. CEO’s 360 Degree Perspective
7. Group 5/HALE Segment Breakdown
8. Group 4/MALE Segment Breakdown
9. Group 3/Tactical Segment Breakdown
10. Group 2/SUAS Segment Breakdown
11. Group 1/MUAS Segment Breakdown
12. UAS Sensors and Subsystems Segment Breakdown
13. UAS Services Segment Breakdown
14. The Last Word
16. Supporting Information