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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59 unmanned systems inside October/November 2016 ENGINEERING. PRACTICE. POLICY. The 941-page report Military Drones: Market Shares, Strategy and Forecasts Worldwide, 2016 to 2022 by lead author Susan Eustis was updated in October 2016. It has 379 tables and fi gures and lists hundreds of drone market participants worldwide. For more information go to: military-drones The 941-page report Military "BECAUSE THE U.S. has chosen not to sell its high-end drones abroad, other countries, such as Turkey, are now highly motivated to build their own." Susan Eustis, Wintergreen Research based EMT Penzberg and France's Dassault Aviation and the Thales Group. Italy's SELEX Galileo is also targeting a measurable share in this market. Cassidian, the German-based defense arm of the European consortium EADS, is devel- oping the Talarion drone that can be used for both military and civilian purposes. There is a strong interest in Europe in de- signing a longer-range UAS for air-to-air com- bat, which could replace fighter jets. French, German, British and Italian firms are moving toward developing these plans, but they are still in the embryonic stage, according to the report. Some see multi-national Airbus as a potential model for a globally competitive Eu- ropean drone manufacturer. Other noteworthy global players include Canadian f irm Aer yon Labs, the publicly traded Swedish firm CybAero, China-based DJI, and Korea-based Gryphon Dynamics. "Military drones represent the future of the national security presence for every na- tion," Eustis said. "Increasing technolog y sophistication and lower costs are achieving dramatic market shifts. With further inno- vation, continued growth of military drone markets is assured." Lockheed Martin's K-Max unmanned cargo drone can deliver a 6,000 lbs. of cargo at sea level and more than 4,000 lbs. at a 15,000 ft. density altitude.

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