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Maritime Surveillance Expanding Electronic Systems Opportunity from UAVs
UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) came of age during the current Afghanistan war. In both ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance) and attack roles, they have proven their tactical and strategic value in multiple theatres of operation. Continuously improving capabilities in persistence (loitering), sensors, data processing, and communications have broadened ISR UAV use over land in both defense/intelligence and civil roles. As maritime surveillance becomes increasingly pervasive in military/defense and civil roles, aerospace and defense companies seeking new markets will find opportunities with nations that have vulnerable coastlines and/or strategic maritime responsibilities. The continued development of systems specifically for coastal (littoral) and open ocean maritime surveillance roles will also translate to an emphasis on advanced electronic systems and drive the move towards net-centric platforms.