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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58 unmanned systems inside   October/November 2016 AIR MARKETS Shaheed 129 and exports it to Sudan, Iraq, Lebanon, Venezuela and Syria. "In 2008, Turkey wanted to purchase an armed military drone produced by the U.S.," she wrote, "however, the U.S. Senate did not approve the purchase. Despite efforts from both Necdet Özel, the commander of the TAF (Turkish Armed Forces), and then-prime min- ister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey failed to secure the UAV." The development of its own military drone frees Turkey from relying on foreign countries for its defense technologies. Significantly, the drone is being tested with the UMTAS missile with the 'fire-and-forget' system, developed by Roketsan for Turkey's T-129 attack helicopter. Countries like Azerbaijan and Pakistan have shown an interest in the UMTAS missile and will no doubt be looking very closely at Tur- key's new drone as a potential delivery system. The non-military drone industry has f lour- ished in Europe, with drones projected to reach 10 percent of the European aviation market ($19.3 billion) by 2025. However, in the transatlantic defense market, Europe is substantially behind the U.S. European com- panies that make military-type drones in- clude British-based BAE Systems, Germany- Photos courtesy of AeroVironment, General Atomics, Insitu, Lockheed Martin and Textron. MARKET SHARE 2015 Military drone systems $4.4 Billion 2015 3.4 % 2 % 1 % 1 % China Aerospace AeroVironment BAE Israel Aerospace Raytheon Dragonflyer Honeywell Predator General Atomics Integrator Insitu Raven AeroVironment Shadow Textron Stalker Lockheed Martin 19.9 % 17.7 % General Atomics Systems Other 15.4 % Lockheed Martin 11.5 % Northrop Grumman 10.1 % Boeing 7.6 % 5.6 % 4.8 % Source: Wintergreen Research "MILITARY DRONES represent the future of the national security presence for every nation." Susan Eustis, Wintergreen Research

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