Global outlook of the solar-powered unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market
Extensive research carried out by the analysts at Technavio has shown that the global solar-powered unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market will grow at a steady CAGR of nearly 13% over the predicted period. The employment of small electric-powered UAVs for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) applications in the defense domain has largely augmented in the last couple of years. However, the limited flight endurance of small UAVs is one of the significant challenges that the defense organizations are facing. A small rotary-wing UAV has a flight time of half an hour, after which the UAV must be retrieved to recharge or be replaced with a charged battery. Consequently, adopting solar energy as the primary source of power is a major driver propelling vendors to develop and offer solar-powered UAVs. A solar-powered UAV delivers almost quadruple units of powers compared to a battery-powered UAV. For example, in 2015, Autonomous Systems Lab announced the successful 81-hours flight of its solar-powered UAV, AtlantikSolar.
An important trend spurring the growth prospects for this market is the increasing use of UAV in emerging nations like Africa, India, and China. The demand for technologically advanced UAVs is anticipated to get a boost during the forecast period due to the persistent regional tensions coupled with the need for enhanced surveillance. In Africa and China, there has been a significant rise in the demand for UAVs, predominantly for defense applications. Furthermore, both government and domestic companies have initiated many campaigns and programs
Overview of the marine electric vehicles market
Technavio’s market research analyst predicts the global marine electric vehicles market to grow stupendously at an impressive CAGR of more than 9% during the forecast period. The growing demand for electric unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) has been a key growth driver for this market. UUVs have extensive applications in maritime operations like off-shore hydrocarbon extraction, detailed mapping of the ocean floor, and scientific research. Moreover, UUVs are fitted with high-definition cameras that efficiently transmit data from the UUV to the operator. With better images and improved control of the vehicle, a better inspection of the underwater environment is possible. The increasing activities related to seabed mapping from oil and gas and defense sectors will propel the market for marine electric vehicles during the forecast period.
In this industry research report, the analysts have estimated factors like the growing adoption of electric vehicles is expected to spur the growth of this market in the coming years. Electric vehicles offer numerous benefits to the operator such as cost saving over product lifecycle, reduced pollution, increased durability, and low maintenance. This recent shift in preference for the hybrid electric boat from diesel-powered boats is expected to bolster this market’s growth until the end of 2020.
Segmentation by vehicle type and analysis of the marine electric vehicles market
- Leisure and tourist surface boats
- Automated utility vehicles (AUVs)
- Personal and tourist submarines
In 2015, the work boats segment dominated the marine electric vehicles market and accounted for around 36% of the market share. The increasing pressure from International Maritime Organization to protect the environment from emissions produced by boats and vessels
Overview of the global aerospace and defense (A&D) telemetry market
Technavio’s market research analyst predicts the global aerospace and defense (A&D) telemetry market to grow at a steady CAGR of more than 2% by 2020. Telemetry allows a seamless network-centric environment in the A&D sector, where the users can access effective real-time data from ground control stations. The telemetry systems provide reliable, long-range wireless communication to and from UAVs for military and defense applications. They also use tactical meteorological systems for UAV applications, which provide information to determine weather conditions before and during the flight operations. With the growing unpredictability of the modern warfare scenario, the need for efficient information transmission has increased, leading to the growth of the telemetry market in the coming years.
Aeronautical telemetry (ATM) spectrum is essential for aeronautical vehicle flight testing for both commercial and military applications, as it transmits real-time data during these flight tests. However, the existing telemetric bands have been reduced internationally, as they are being violated by commercial network providers and unlicensed wireless devices. To counter this challenge, the World Radio-communication Conference (WRC 2007) has secured additional radio spectrum resources for aeronautical telemetry by allocating high-range frequency bands aeronautical mobile telemetry (AMT) and aeronautical mobile service (AMS). The new WRC-bands will allow the inference of full band telemetry links into flight test missions, thereby resulting in the overall growth of the market.
Segmentation by application and analysis of the A&D telemetry market
The aerospace segment dominates the A&D telemetry market and is expected to occupy 71% of the total market share
Overview of the advanced extremely high frequency (AEHF) systems market
Technavio’s market research analyst predicts the global advanced extremely high frequency (AEHF) systems market to grow at a CAGR of more than 6% by 2020. Advanced EHF is a series of communications satellite systems operated by the US Air Force Space Command. They are used to relay secure communications for the US Armed Forces, the British Army, the Canadian Armed Forces, and the Royal Netherlands Forces. AEHF systems provide vastly improved global, survivable, jam-proof, protected communications for strategic and tactical users on ground, sea, and air platforms. With the growing applications of these systems in intelligence gathering, navigation, and military communications, the market is expected to witness tremendous growth in the coming years.
The market is witnessing the adoption of inflatable SATCOM antennas which are designed for ground military use in remote areas and harsh weather conditions. These are deployed in such locations where the movement and installation of standard rigid satellite antennas are tough. These antennas are low weight and portable and have the transmission power advantages of a large antenna. The SAT1741-S is a dual band AEHF transportable antenna satellite system with Ku- and Q-band operation, which supports the AEHF satellite and takes less than 30 minutes for the setup.
Segmentation by type and analysis of the AEHF systems market
During 2015, the intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) segment dominated the AEHF systems market and accounted for around 36% of the overall market share. The ISR activities play a crucial role in
Outlook of the global military airborne collision avoidance system market
Technavio’s market research analyst predicts the global military airborne collision avoidance system market to grow at a CAGR of approximately 5% by 2020. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are used as modern day battlefield weapons as they help in different missions, which range from gathering information to spying and locating enemy bunkers in a war field. Consequently, military forces from across the globe are using these UAVs for long-range missions. Since the implementation of airborne collision avoidance system is mandatory in UAVs, an increase in the adoption of UAVs during the forecast period will necessitate the implementation of such systems as they help to improve the operational safety and efficiency of UAVs.
Since most military aircraft operate in hazardous conditions, the chances of midair collisions and fatal accidents are very high. This has compelled military forces to adopt sophisticated airborne collision avoidance systems as they help to improve the operational safety and efficiency of such aircraft. Additionally, factors such as the implementation of stringent regulatory norms set by the Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation and Standardized European Rules of the Air (SERA) will necessitate the implementation of such systems to ensure basic flight rules.
Geographical segmentation of the military airborne collision avoidance system market
In this market study, analysts have estimated the EMEA region to be the largest market for military airborne collision avoidance systems during the forecast period. The market in EMEA is anticipated to witness steady growth until 2020 owing to the presence of conflicted zones, such as Syria and Ukraine, around this region
Outlook of the global electronic warfare market
Technavio’s market research analyst predicts the global electronic warfare market to grow at a CAGR of approximately 4% by 2020. With the recent rise in disputes among countries like Russia, Ukraine, US, Mexico, China, India, and Pakistan, defense forces across the world are compelled to adopt new and modernized systems and technologies to strengthen their warfare capabilities. The augmented adoption of such upgraded systems will result in the steady growth of this market during the forecast period.
Recent product innovations in this market are expected to boost market growth until 2020. The innovation of new technologies and the invention of new ways to offer better solutions to the defense sector will foster the prospects for growth in this market. For instance, counter radio-controlled improvised explosive device electronic warfare (CREW) systems are widely utilized by military and law enforcement personnel to detonate the remote-controlled improvised explosive device (RCIEDs). These systems are vehicle mounted and man-portable, and are used to counter remote-controlled IEDs.
Platform-based segmentation of the electronic warfare market
In this market study, analysts have estimated the airborne electronic warfare segment to be the largest market segment during the forecast period. This segment currently accounts for approximately 40% of the total market share and is envisaged to further enhance its hold over the market by the end of 2020 owing to factors like the rising instances of aerial threats and budget constraints from the governments. These factors will force the global defense forces to reinforce their aerial defense with the use of
The defense industry is involved in the research and development, design, and production of military materials, equipment, and facilities. The industry can be divided into two major segments: defense contractors and the arms industry.
Defense contractors are the organizations that provide products and services to military departments and governments. The arms industry produces guns, ammunition, military aircraft, and associated products.
Ongoing budget cuts and funding constraints are expected to be a major challenge for the defense industry over the next couple of years. Several major defense programs have been cancelled and new platforms lack funding support from customers.
Global revenues in the defense sector will likely continue to decrease in 2015 at an estimated rate of 1.3%. This will be offset by greater defense spending in the United Arab Emirates, India, Russia, Japan, and South Korea, as these countries work to equip their militaries with modern defense platforms and technologies.
The world’s biggest defense contractors include BAE Systems, Boeing Defense, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon.