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  1. Wrong again: UAV market heading nowhere but up over the next decade

    THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 25 Aug. 2015. I have to admit I was wrong about unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) , specifically about the UAV market . I was under the impression that UAVs -- popularly called drones -- were starting to represent a market that was leveling off after years of steep growth. Gazing out over the military UAV landscape, it seemed to me that about everyone in the U.S military who wanted a UAV already had one. Instead, it was starting to look like the military UAV market was showing signs of switching from new systems to maintenance and upgrades of existing platforms, as well as to continued growth in UAV payloads for sensors, signals intelligence (SIGINT), electronic warfare (EW), and many other applications. Boy was I wrong ... at least according to analysts at the Teal Group, a market research firm in Fairfax, Va., who making as living closely following the UAV market. Related: Worldwide UAV and drone spending to more than triple over next decade, say Teal analysts Teal's World Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems, Market Profile and Forecast 2015, released earlier this month, says worldwide spending on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will more than triple over the next decade, growing from $4 billion this year to $14 billion by 2024. So much for a flattening market. Military UAV spending will make up 72 percent of the UAV market over the next decade, followed by 23 percent consumer, and 5 percent civil, analysts say. Military UAV research alone is expected to be a $30 billion market over the next year, Teal analysts say. In my defense, I never thought the UAV payload market was cooling off, and Teal analysts confirm this in their annual UAV market forecast. Spending for UAV payloads for surveillance and reconnaissance should double over the next decade, increasing from $3.1 billion this year to $6.4 billion in 2024, analysts say. Demand for UAV payloads should remain in growth mode for electro-optic/infrared sensors (EO/IR), synthetic aperture radars (SAR), SIGINT, EW, and command, control, communications, and intelligence (C4I) systems, while new-technology UAV payloads with RF sensors also should see healthy growth over the next decade, analysts say. Related: Electro-optical sensor payloads for small UAVs I'm trying to figure out what misled me so. I think it had a lot to do with what I saw at recent annual trade shows of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). The last show or two seemed to be very light on military UAVs, with growing emphasis on commercial, civil, and even hobby unmanned aircraft, as well as on UAV payloads. Previous years saw a lot of Global Hawk- and Predator-type of heavy-iron UAVs on the AUVSI show floor, while the most recent show in Atlanta was heavy on quad-copters and other small systems that have been giving airports and security personnel such fits lately. The AUVSI show, by the way, is changing it name to XPONENTIAL, an AUVSI Experience, for the 2016 show next May in New Orleans. When I first heard of it, I thought changing the well-known name AUVSI to XPONENTIAL was kind of a dumb idea. Why throw away such well-known branding? Well, as wrong as I was about the UAV market, I may well be wrong about the AUVSI name change to XPONENTIAL. I think there are people in this market who know a lot more about these things than I do.

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    Tue, 25 Aug 2015

  2. Navy spending $1.5 billion to buy another 13 P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft

    PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 28 Aug. 2015. The U.S. Navy is ordering 13 P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol jets from the Boeing Co., as well as long-lead items for another 20 Poseidon aircraft -- under terms of a $1.5 billion contract modification announced late Thursday. Of these new aircraft, 25 will be ...

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    Fri, 28 Aug 2015

  3. Worldwide UAV and drone spending to more than triple over next decade, say Teal analysts

    FAIRFAX, Va., 17 Aug. 2015. Worldwide spending on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will more than triple over the next decade, growing from $4 billion this year to $14 billion by 2024, predict analysts at market researcher Teal Group in Fairfax, Va. This forecast is up from Teal's predictions last ...

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    Mon, 17 Aug 2015

  4. Navy asks Raytheon to upgrade UAV control system with open-systems standards and Linux software

    PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 7 Feb. 2014. U.S. Navy aviation experts will continue working with the Raytheon Technical Services Co. in Dulles, Va., to switch a major unmanned aerial vehicle ( UAV ) control system from Solaris to Linux software, and upgrade the system with universal UAV control qualities.

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    Fri, 7 Feb 2014

  1. NAVIGATION AND GUIDANCE: Navy chooses laser navigation for unmanned aircraft from ADSYS

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    Wed, 19 Aug 2015

  2. Army asks Norwegian company to design Black Hornet pocket UAV helicopter for foot soldiers

    NATICK, Mass., 28 Oct. 2013. U.S. Army researchers are asking a Norwegian company to develop a pocket-sized helicopter drone to provide a personal reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle ( UAV ) for infantrymen and Special Forces warfighters.

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    Mon, 28 Oct 2013

  3. Army orders attack drones

    U.S. Army aviation experts are ordering 19 MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and satellite UAV control stations.

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    Wed, 19 Aug 2015

  4. Navy chooses three companies in potential $874 million contract for UAV surveillance work

    PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 1 March 2012. U.S. Navy aviation experts are asking three unmanned aerial vehicle ( UAV ) companies to provide off-the-shelf unmanned aircraft, operations, and support for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions worldwide using UAVs over the next five ...

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    Thu, 1 Mar 2012

  5. Navy orders night-vision helmet-mounted displays to help combat pilots fly at night

    PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 25 Aug. 2015. Combat avionics experts at Rockwell Collins-ESA Vision Systems in Fort Worth, Texas, will provide the U.S. military with 120 head-up helmet-mounted displays for high-performance fighter-bomber aircraft under terms of a $20.9 million order.

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    Tue, 25 Aug 2015

  6. Navy asks Raytheon to upgrade infrared targeting systems aboard carrier-based F/A-18 jets

    PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 15 July 2015. U.S. Navy combat aircraft experts are upgrading the forward-looking infrared targeting systems in carrier-based F/A-18 jet fighter-bombers.

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    Wed, 15 Jul 2015

  7. Northrop Grumman moves forward on developing long-endurance maritime UAV for small ships

    ARLINGTON, Va., 29 Sept. 2014. Unmanned aircraft designers at Northrop Grumman Corp. are moving forward on a program to develop a medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle ( UAV ) that can launch and recover from relatively small ships for long-term maritime surveillance.

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    Mon, 29 Sep 2014

  8. Air Force to buy Raytheon multispectral UAV sensor payloads for Reaper hunter-killer drone

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 9 Feb. 2015. U.S. Air Force airborne sensors experts announced their intention last week to buy as many as 49 MST-B multispectral targeting systems from the Raytheon Co. for the MQ-9 Reaper hunter-killer unmanned aerial vehicle ( UAV ).

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    Mon, 9 Feb 2015

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