Avionics fiber optics market to double by 2013

BOSTON, 7 Aug. 2010. Analysts at IGI Consulting say in a new study that the military and aerospace avionics market for fiber optics components, subsystems, and systems will more than double by 2013. IGI’s new report -- "Military and Aerospace Fiber Optics in Avionic Systems" -- includes military and commercial aircraft including fighter aircraft, transport aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and commercial aircraft.

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BOSTON, 7 Aug. 2010. Analysts at IGI Consulting say in a new study that the military and aerospace avionics market for fiber optics components, subsystems, and systems will more than double by 2013. IGI’s new report -- "Military and Aerospace Fiber Optics in Avionic Systems" -- includes military and commercial aircraft including fighter aircraft, transport aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and commercial aircraft.

IGIC analysts say they estimate the total fiber optic market for these two markets at $306 million in 2009, growing to $703 million in 2013. The increase is due to factors such as greater acceptance of this new technology driven by the rapid acceptance and developments in the telecommunications field, the need to reduce size, weight and power, the need for higher bandwidth, and the opening of the UAV market.

Despite the desire to use more fiber in aircraft, specific military and aerospace requirements present major barriers such as the unavailability of commercial off-the shelf technology, lack of hardened components for the military and aerospace environment, available test and maintenance procedures, and the availability of low cost, easy to use test and measurement equipment, IGI analysts say.

IGI analysts also say that more flexibility needs to be built into smart wiring systems to reduce cost of retrofits and upgrades and maintenance by using built in test equipment and continued research is needed in standards, test equipment, integrated optical components, manufacturing technology, and testing and hardening of fiber optic systems.

For more information visit on the report visit www.igigroup.com.

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