Demand for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is steadily decreasing as the planned production of several procurement programs draw to a close. Future spending will favor upgrades and logistical support for existing UAS platforms. Upgrades will particularly focus on optimizing the size, weight, power and cooling requirements of sensors and subsystems while reducing cost.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, US DoD Unmanned Aerial Systems Market, finds the DoD funding for UAS stood at $3.53 billion in 2014 and estimates this to reach $6.64 billion in 2019, a compound annual growth rate of 6.8 percent.
“In the face of budget reductions, the processing, exploitation and dissemination (PED) of UAS data has been overlooked in favor of advancements in sensors,” said Frost & Sullivan Aerospace and Defense Senior Industry Analyst Michael Blades. “PED must be developed to respond to the unprecedented growth in data collection caused by the rapid proliferation of platforms and payload capabilities.”
UAS technology will further evolve rapidly in line with dynamic market needs:
Future UAS platforms, tactical and substantial, will require defensive capabilities or will be teamed with manned systems for protection
• Military operations will trend toward small, swiftly deployable mission packages for short duration counter-terrorist and counter-insurgency operations;
• Ground-based counter UAS is being built to defeat UAS threats;
• Personal miniature UAS (MUAS) for reconnaissance and surveillance will become standard issue in troop deployment, especially for special operations forces;
• Lethal miniature aerial munition systems (LMAMS) will become the tactical attack weapon of choice over less accurate options, such as mortars.
“With competition intensifying as more foreign companies develop these highly capable systems, domestic UAS platform manufacturers must exploit opportunities in overseas military and commercial markets,” advised Blades. “Large, diversified UAS manufacturers can also aggressively evaluate and target smaller UAS firms, foreign and domestic, for acquisition and strategic partnerships in order to widen their consumer base.”
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