Aerospace and Defense

Format: 2016-09-25
Format: 2016-09-25
September 23, 2016 | 64 Pages | SKU: IRTNTR9733

Overview of the global unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) battery market

Technavio’s market research analyst predicts that the global unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) battery market will grow at a CAGR of more than 10% by 2020.  At present, most UAVs rely on lithium polymer (Li-Po) or lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries because of their high energy density and high charge and discharge rate capacity. However, the growing need for improved endurance in UAVs with enhanced flight range has propelled several UAV manufacturers to opt for solar technology as the primary source of power in UAVs.  The UAV manufacturers are increasingly shifting towards the development of solar-powered UAV drone, which will positively aid in this market’s growth during the forecast period. Such drones offer a sustainable way to provide goods and services to remote areas quickly and effectively, which is similar to satellites. Also, these solar-powered UAVs are being increasingly used in the agricultural sector for monitoring climate change and environmental effects and in delivery services.

As per this industry research report, there is an increased spending on battery and power systems in the R&D sector. This recent increase in the R&D spending led to the emergence of fuel cells in the market.  One of the major advantages of fuel cells over conventional battery technology is that they have a much higher energy density and provide ten times more power to small electric UAVs than the conventional batteries. This is expected to extend the flight endurance of a UAV, making it capable of long-distance and extended missions. Recently, Horizon Energy Systems (HES) launched HYCOPTER, the world's first hydrogen fuel cell-powered multi-rotor UAV, which is capable of providing a


September 22, 2016 | 69 Pages | SKU: IRTNTR9728

Overview of the global amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) market

Technavio’s market research analyst predicts that the global amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) market will grow at a CAGR of more than 9% by 2020. There is an increase in the demand for large amphibious vehicles because of their wide applications in civil and military forces. These ships provide several benefits in military operations, such as in the transportation of armored vehicles and armed troops, as well as in carrying out humanitarian missions and relief work. AAVs are the oldest military vehicle platform, specifically in the areas of land mobility, lethality, reliability, and command, control, communications, computer, intelligence. The numerous capabilities of these naval vessels have propelled massive investments, which will, in turn, boost the growth prospects of this market during the forecast period.

3D printing is an evolving technology that helps users to create innovate designs and gives better results during mold manufacturing, computerized numerical control (CNC) cutting, or canvas printing. This technology can print electronics directly onto 3D surfaces; for instance, on naval vehicles, aircraft airframes, rocket engines, missile fins, and their guidance systems. The use of 3D printing would also improve the safety of the amphibious vehicles. Several attributes of 3D-printed AAVs are cost efficiency, improved competency, just-in-time (JIT) manufacturing, optimized performance, and weight


September 22, 2016 | 63 Pages | SKU: IRTNTR10066

Global outlook of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) landing gear market

Technavio’s market research analyst predicts the global unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) landing gear market to grow at a CAGR of around 13% during the forecast period.  The growing focus on research activities and reduced operating expenses have elevated the uses of UAVs in numerous commercial and civil applications. Commercial UAV suppliers are offering small-UAVs that are used in agricultural, aerial photography, and data collection applications. The manufacturers are also developing UAVs to initiate aerial transport services for healthcare supplies.  Also, UAVs are gaining usage in the film industry as the aerial and crane shots are becoming more viable and easier through their applications. Such innovative approaches for deploying UAVs in commercial and civil applications have encouraged several landing gear suppliers to develop and offer subsystems that can support multi-terrain operations. Some of the major technological advancements in the UAV landing gear technology include dynamic changes in steering, actuation, and braking systems and the use of corrosion-protective materials and coating.

Owing to the increased performance capability, the commercial UAV drone manufacturers have opted for alternative energy sources to power the UAVs. These technologies are anticipated to eliminate the endurance and flight-range-related difficulties that the existing UAVs are currently facing. Solar-powered UAVs are popular vehicles that


September 22, 2016 | 69 Pages | SKU: IRTNTR9817

Overview of the global military mobile computing systems market

Technavio’s market research analyst predicts the global military mobile computing systems market to grow at a CAGR of more than 7% by 2020. One of the primary drivers for this market’s growth is the growing requirement of software-defined radios (SDR) technology. It is upgradeable, flexible, offers cheap multistandard terminals, and has a long lifetime for military wireless communications infrastructure. Also, it meets the demand for secure and reliable communications in defense applications. Some of the major factors driving the demand for SDR technology are the surging need for tactical communications, interoperability, real-time data communications, modernization programs, and size, weight, power (SWAP) benefits. Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) is one of the most successful military ventures that uses the SDR technology. It is a universal full duplex radio module that can be used across all the platforms and can be configured in the real-time field to provide flexibility, versatility, efficiency, and longer operating life from a single set battery. It provides a single platform for communication by lowering the number of radios to carry around. 

One of the latest trends gaining momentum in the market is the increasing use of network-centric warfare. It provides machine-to-machine, sensor, radar, and other computing system communications allowing data exchange to scrutinize, plan, and make intelligent decisions. It offers several benefits such as secure communications, improved safety of combatants, productive campaigns, intelligence decisions, and significant results. The mobile computing systems help the military forces to achieve real-time and untethered


September 08, 2016 | 54 Pages | SKU: IRTNTR10422

Overview of the global small arms market

Technavio’s market research analyst predicts the global small arms market to reach almost USD 6 billion by 2020. Small arms and light weapons constitute those armaments that are intended for individual use and can also be operated as portable weapons by a group of persons serving as a crew. Small arms can be categorized into revolvers, pistols, submachine guns, rifles, light machine guns, portable anti-aircraft guns, grenade launchers, portable anti-tank guns, and mortars. As per Technavio's market study, around 60% of the global small arms are possessed by civilians including private citizen, gangs, private security personnel, and non-state armed forces owing to the growing need for self-defense. Several countries across the globe are providing small arms for civilian defense purposes on legal grounds, which is one of the primary driving forces for the overall market’s growth. One of the latest developments in this market is the emergence of smart guns, which comprise of several technologies, including proximity sensors, biometrics, radio frequency identification (RFID), and microchips to improve gun safety. Owing to the technological benefits of these guns, several defense organizations are planning modernization strategies across the globe, which, in turn, will boost the growth prospects of this market during the predicted period.

Owing to the changing requirements from end-user segments, several vendors are coming up with new technologies for the manufacture of small arms and light weapons. For instance, there are programs like the lightweight small arms


September 06, 2016 | 64 Pages | SKU: IRTNTR10339

Overview of the global C4ISR market

The market research analysts at Technavio predict that the global C4ISR market will grow progressively and post a CAGR of 4% by 2020. The growing acceptance of CREW (counter radio electronic warfare systems) systems for EW (electronic warfare) will help spur the growth of the market. These systems are extensively used for detonating RCIEDs (remote-controlled improvised explosive device) and significantly decrease casualties during attacks. Furthermore, CREW systems are vehicle-mounted and man-portable, capable of neutralizing RCIEDs, and are also used to interrupt the communications links of an IED, thereby, providing the military with a tactical advantage. It has also been observed that the vendors are investing in the development of CREW systems with features like superior protection performance, user-friendly operation, low power consumption, and functionality in extreme temperatures.

Recently, one of the trends in the market is the increasing use of Android and iOS-based devices for military purposes. Such devices are predominantly employed in military mobilization network integration evaluation (NIE) activities and software engineering directorate (SED) mobile applications. These devices have special features that increase the troop’s situational awareness in battlefields, feeds real-time information on combat zones, and share the same information with troops based at a distance. Additionally, Android or iOS-based devices ensure effective use of video, text messaging, and mapping technology to help squadrons determine the location of its own troops and opponent.

Competitive landscape and key vendors

The market appears to be highly fragmented due the


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