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New generations of sensors, high-capacity data networks, and integrated digital technologies emerging in military & aerospace markets have assured strong, continued investment for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technologies – even in the face of current budget cuts for the US Department of Defense. Ranging from the sizeable, high-altitude Global Hawk and Predator Class UAVs to man-portable systems capable of launch by hand or bungee slingshot, this disruptive technology has reshaped military strategy around intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) applications.
Viewed as the “social networks” of the defense supplier world, VDC expects coming years will see strong growth in UAV-enabling technologies, as new and existing players expand their portfolio of solutions targeted at the domain. Much as early social media sites (e.g. Facebook, Myspace) attracted an influx of companies into social networking, VDC believes that increasingly sophisticated, real-time ISR applications – combined with the seemingly ubiquitous media attention given to UAV solutions – will drive even more players in the military & aerospace markets to invest in advancing UAV technologies.
VDC will soon be publishing a study analyzing the commercial market for embedded integrated computer systems (EICS) market within the military & aerospace industry (“Military/Aerospace: Volume 4, Track 3: Embedded Integrated Systems Supplier Analysis”). In this report, our analysts more thoroughly outline current macro, technological, and industry-wide trends impacting the military & aerospace vertical, and how VDC sees the market evolving.