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Annual AEW&C Electronics Markets Growing by Over 50 Percent through 2020

by Asif Anwar | 2月 25, 2010

The combination of radar, sensor, onboard processing and communications electronics provide critical “see all”, “know all” capabilities in Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) platforms that provide a fundamental building block of a national defense or combat strategy.  The Boeing E-3D Sentry AWACS and Northrop Grumman E-2C Hawkeye represent the operational state of the art, while new platforms include the Boeing Wedgetail and Saab Erieye.  These new platforms are looking to make extensive use of AESA- (active electronically scanned arrays) based technology and coupled with increasing demand from sensor, onboard processing and communications electronics, Strategy Analytics projects that the annual market for electronics will grow by over 50% through 2020.  The other interesting dynamic with this market segment is the development time, longevity and expense of the airframe platform. This makes the AEW&C market uniquely suited to the upgrade market and while the number of new platforms is relatively small, we believe the potential market for upgrades to electronics in existing platforms, such as the E-3 and E-2 has the potential to reach $22 billion through 2020.  See “Future Trends in Airborne Early Warning & Control Systems.”
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