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Communications-related Activity Down but Still Dominates Defense System Contracts in 2012

by Asif Anwar | 3月 21, 2013

The Advanced Defense Technology (ADT) database records defense contracts related to communications, radar, electronic warfare, smart munitions and sensors across platforms in the land, air, naval and space domains.

The value of defense contracts issued in the areas of communications, radar, electronic warfare, smart munitions and sensors has steadily grown since 2008. 2012 saw the value of contracts issued increase by over 6% year-on-year to over $83 billion. However, this is reflective of slowing growth as budgets are tightened on a global basis and theatres such as Iraq and Afghanistan see troop drawdowns.

Communications related contracts accounted for 52% of the total contracts. This compared to 59% in 2011 and is consistent with previous years that show communications contracts driving the bulk of contract activity. Platforms and systems in the air domain account for the majority of contracts in 2012 with 46%, followed by space-related contracts, which represented 28% of the $83 billion contracts related to communications, radar, electronic warfare, smart munitions and sensors.

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Asif

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