Inside Unmanned Systems

OCT-NOV 2016

Inside Unmanned Systems provides actionable business intelligence to decision-makers and influencers operating within the global UAS community. Features include analysis of key technologies, policy/regulatory developments and new product design.

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57 unmanned systems inside October/November 2016 ENGINEERING. PRACTICE. POLICY. Looking forward, the U.S. still accounts for 73 percent of worldwide spending on research, development, testing and evaluation of drone technologies though China is investing heavily, wrote Eustis. The U.S. is expected to maintain its advantage for the next decade. Drones are a key part of the United States' military strategy and the U.S. accounts for 84 percent of the world's procurement of very large drones. The military has allocated $4.457 billion for drone-related spending in the FY17 budget proposal. However, with the Air Force's General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper and the Navy's MQ-4C Triton now firmly in place and most of the current major acquisition programs hav- ing met aircraft totals or gone over budget, the U.S. military plans to spend significantly less to purchase new unmanned aircraft in FY17. "Thirty-one unmanned aerial systems will be purchased in FY17, a marked drop from previous years," reported Eustis. "The total amount allocated towards drones is $1.16 bil- lion lower under the FY17 proposal than in FY16, with medium and large unmanned air systems continuing to take the majority of drone spending." Eustis said a grow ing emphasis is be- ing placed on other types of unmanned ve- hicles. The Navy, for example, is procuring unmanned undersea vehicles for detecting mines and will add tens of millions of dollars for research and development of new, larger UUVs. The Army will also boost funding for unmanned ground vehicles and initiate new projects to research swarming weapons and increased autonomy. Military Drone Production Going Global "The market for military drones is further evolving worldwide as every country seeks to equip its military with drones and drone- borne weapons," Eustis said. "The U.S. has been able to control many arms markets over the years, but the ability to control the drones market is quickly slipping away. The U.S. had the best drones, but other countries are begin- ning to build military drones with capabilities sufficient to be considered viable." Turkey has become the fifth country to pro- duce its own military UAS, following the U.S., China, Israel and Iran. Iran produces the PNT ResilieNce GPS Vulnerability Testing The threats are real. And increasing every day. if you are responsible for mission-critical PNT applications, let us help you evaluate your risk to jamming, spoofing, or any other threat. Our GPs/GNss simulation platform is the best way to harden GPs-based systems. Put us to the test. + 1 585.321.5800

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