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13 Jun, 2016

Increase in Terrorist Activities to Propel Defense Technology Market – Technavio Report

LONDON–June 08, 2016  – As asserted repeatedly by Travel Impact Newswire over the years, terrorist attacks are manna from heaven for the military-industrial complex and the security industry. Both are set to make windfall profits, drive economic growth and create jobs which, of course, will be good for alleviating poverty and meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This view has been further buttressed by the latest media release from Technavio whose research analysts are forecasting positive revenue growth for many segments of the defense technology market over the next four years as several markets including multirotor UAV, maritime security, and military communication.

According to the release, the global market for Multirotor UAVs is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 21% over the period 2014-2019. Multirotor UAV has become an essential part of military, commercial, and law enforcement market. It consists of a remotely controlled device for aerial support application and designed for vertical take-off and landing (VTOL). It supports industries such as mining, agriculture, aerial shooting, traffic monitoring, surveillance, and intelligence gathering. It gained popularity due to its long endurance capabilities in the air, cost-effectiveness, and ease of operation.

Aside from the multirotor UAV market, the second most sought after market for defense technology is the maritime security market which is expected to grow at a CAGR of almost 8% between the period of 2015 to 2019, the release says.

Maritime security agencies protect countries from illegal activities and threats, such as smuggling, drug trafficking, piracy at sea, human trafficking, and maritime terrorism. These agencies provide security to ports and marine traffic. Increase in maritime terrorist activities, such as the Mumbai attack in 2008 and rise in piracy in the Gulf of Aden, has raised concerns about the need to secure ports, and modernize weaponry and equipment utilized by maritime security agencies. The market has been segmented into three categories which are intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) systems, communication systems, and biometrics.

Technavio market research analysts predict the global military communication market to reach a little over USD 30 billion in revenues by 2019, with increasing investments in ISR. For instance, in a bid to strengthen the country’s ISR capabilities, Japan purchased an E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, which is an electronic warfare (EW) system, along with an unmanned aerial system in a deal that is estimated to be around USD 488 million.

According to Arushi Thakur, an expert in aerospace and defense research at Technavio, “Other countries will make similar purchases over the next four years. Advanced defense systems integrated with multi-sensors, tactical glass cockpit, and radars are some key features in EW aircrafts that go a long way in enhancing missile defense capabilities. Vendors will look to leverage the demand for advanced systems by introducing many types of long-endurance UAVs into the market. These UAVs will be designed to capture high-resolution images of the geographical regions for military, humanitarian and environmental missions, even in harsh environments.”

Some of the key vendors for the defense technology market include 3D Robotics, Aeryon Labs, and Aibotix, for the global multirotor UAV market; BAE Systems, General Dynamics, and Skybox Imaging for the maritime security market; and Airbus group, Raytheon, and Rockwell Collins for the global military communication market.