Inside Unmanned Systems

APR-MAY 2018

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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www.navtechgps.com 800-628-0885 +1-703-256-8900 Woman-Owned Small Business 51 April/May 2018 unmanned systems inside ENGINEERING. PRACTICE. POLICY. vehicles produced and by the value of those air vehicles, according to Teal, followed by Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas (see Table 1 for the numbers). The study estimated that UAV production would increase from current worldwide UAV production of $4.2 billion annually in 2017 to $10.3 billion in 2026—that is $80.5 billion in total spending on just the unmanned aircraft over the next 10 years (Note: this is slightly different from the FY18 to FY27 time frame mentioned earlier. The value of each unit is standardized using cost ranges to enable practical forecasts. Those ranges ref lect a por- tion of system costs. See Table 2). Though micro UAVs didn't make the cut, there is real activity in the next lev- el up—the mini UAVs, which Teal cat- egorizes as costing $50,000-$65,000. There were some 2,530 of these pro- duced in the U.S. in 2017 with a value of about $189 million. That is expected to rise to 4,439 units with a value of $363 million by 2026. Teal forecast that the biggest slice of the UAV market, at $27.2 billion, would be centered on the development of new Uninhabited Combat Air Vehicles or UCAVs—unmanned aircraft that could perform at least some of the roles of combat aircraft. Zaloga believes the Air Force already has a classified ver- sion of such a program in the works as a replacement for the now-retired F-117 Nighthawk stealth attack plane—a UAV that could slip past sensors to take out air defenses without risking a pilot. "My belief is that the Air Force is either f lying that right now or on the verge of f lying it—or certainly has a requirement," Zaloga said. Those working on UCAVs as true combat aircraft, however, have some real challenges ahead, he said. "I think that one is a lot further down the road because it's much more difficult to re- "I WAS SHOCKED AT THE RAPID DEVELOPMENT OF UAS IN CHINA. THE NUMBER OF SYSTEMS OUT THERE IS ASTONISHING—AND THE GROWING SOPHISTICATION OF THE SYSTEMS." Steven Zaloga, study co-author, Teal Group VISIT US AT BOOTH 2605 AT XPONENTIAL 2018! Precise positioning & navigation for unmanned systems Hemisphere GNSS Eclipse ™ 300 Series with ATLAS ™ Correction VectorNav VN-300 MEMS Inertial Navigation OxTS xNAV550 and xOEM INS NovAtel 700 Series OEM Receivers Tactical grade IMU – 0.05° roll/pitch Dual GNSS receivers, dual antennas 2 cm real-time position accuracy No magnetometers Post-processing software included No ITAR restrictions Advanced interference detection and mitigation L-band functionality SPAN® GNSS+INS functionality Multi-constellation, multi-frequency TerraStar™ ready No ITAR restrictions Low power, high precision Multi-frequency, multi-GNSS Small form factor L-band (and QZSS ready) Scalable Eclipse ™ RTK DGPS and SBAS with COAST™ No ITAR restrictions Coupled position, velocity & attitude estimates 2 GPS receivers, 2 antennas Miniature, lightweight Output rates up to 400 Hz Dynamic accuracy: 0.3° heading, 0.1° pitch & roll No ITAR restrictions WE CARRY THEM ALL ! Delivering unmanned and autonomous solutions for over a decade WE CARRY THEM ALL ! Delivering unmanned and autonomous solutions for over a decade www.navtechgps.com 800-628-0885 +1-703-256-8900 Woman-Owned Small Business

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