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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

UAV Remote Sensors Market Charts Out a Successful Flight Path

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Superior remote sensor technology paralleled by the emergence of UAVs with more payload weight capabilities will further drive market expansion. By 2014, the total European, Asia Pacific and Middle Eastern UAV remote sensors market is forecast to be $1.8 billion with China , India , Japan , Germany , France , the United Kingdom , Australia and South Korea accounting for over 70 per cent of revenues. Of the three remote sensor types, SAR/MTI sensors are projected to reach the highest aggregated revenues between 2005 and 2014.

Cost advantages, in terms of maintenance, training and inventory management costs, are set to promote the acquisition of UAVs over manned aircraft. However, in countries where the perceived costs of switching have been regarded as being unacceptably high, development programmes for manned aircraft have been initiated even in areas where UAVs with remote sensors would seem to offer more benefit.

"Despite the capability advantages that UAVs have over manned assets, there remains certain segments of military capability that are well served by current manned assets, which can remain in service for a considerable period," notes Frost & Sullivan (http://aerospace.frost.com) Systems Analyst Daniel Cohen . "The maritime patrol segment, for example, is typically served at the moment by manned aircraft based on large and functional airframes designed, not for performance, but for lift capability and long service, utilising the same remote sensors for many years."

Nevertheless, maritime operations present key growth opportunities for UAVs with dedicated remote sensors, particularly in Asia Pacific. Continualtensions and surveillance requirements will result in the Asia Pacific region experiencing higher revenue growth than Europe and also offset the sluggish Middle Eastern market (excluding Israel , Iran and Syria ).

Europe is projected to account for a 25 per cent share of the three-region UAV remote sensing market from 2005 to 2014 with revenue growth credited to new UAV programmes and replacements of existing UAVs as well as manned-aircraft reaching their out-of-service dates (OSDs).


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