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Airborne ISR Trends Dictated by Defense Budgets, Multiple Platforms and Battlespace Collaboration

by Asif Anwar | 3月 26, 2012

ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) will remain a priority across nations despite budgetary pressures and will be epitomized by both continued use of traditional as well as non-traditional ISR assets with the utilization of common ISR assets across nations to take advantage of future technologies and platforms becoming common practice.
Also, as future conflicts transition towards net-centricity and coalition-based operations, the effective use of ISR capabilities will be increasingly important drivers in achieving battlespace collaboration. Traditional ISR assets include the US JSTARS (Joint Surveillance and Target Attack Radar System) and UK Sentinel. Non-traditional ISR platforms include fast-jets such as the Saab Gripen and Boeing F/A-18.
Pod solutions from companies such as ELTA Systems and Northrop Grumman allow non-traditional platforms such as fast-jets to perform ISR missions. However, offloading and analyzing the data in a timely and actionable fashion will remain a bottleneck and this is where traditional ISR assets will continue to play a key role.
UAV platforms such as the Predator and Global Hawk will continue to increase their penetration of the ISR environment, though extension into civilian law enforcement activities will require careful integration of these platforms into civilian airspace. There will also remain a strong market for manned ISR platforms from companies such as Hawker Beechcraft.
Strategy Analytics attended the IQPC Airborne ISR 2012 conference over February 28th and 29th, 2012. Clients of the ADS service can click on the link to access the full report. Defense Budgets, Multiple Platforms and Battlespace Collaboration to Drive Future Airborne ISR is a brief report that outlines the presentations and discussions at the event with the aim of decanting the salient issues related to future trends in airborne ISR. The report highlights activity from armed forces and companies based in Italy, France, Spain, UK, USA and other countries.
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