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Three Pillars for Future Airborne ISR / AEW-C2BM

by Asif Anwar | 3月 14, 2014

Strategy Analytics attended the inaugural IQPC Airborne ISR and C2 Battle Management event which took place in February (25 - 27 February) to explore the increasing convergence in recent years between ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) and AEW (Airborne Early Warning)/Command and Control Battle Management (C2BM) mission sets.

Budgets, the changing operational picture and training will be the three pillars for future airborne ISR as it increasingly converges with AEW/C2BM operations. The Strategy Analytics Advanced Defense Systems (ADS) service report, “Three Pillars for Future Airborne ISR / AEW-C2BM” examines the factors that will influence future airborne ISR/AEW-C2BM operations and the associated market opportunity for platform manufacturers and the supporting supply chain.

The ultimate goal for airborne ISR and AEW/C2BM is to enable decision superiority and this will continue to be enabled by the confluence of hardware assets and the operators and analysts.

Budgets will underpin the makeup of future capabilities and dictate the economics of introducing new platforms versus upgrading capabilities as existing platforms approach critical junctures in their operational lifecycle. In the case of radar systems, demand will come from existing platforms being retrofitted and upgraded, as well as opportunities from new manned and unmanned platforms, driving shipments a CAGR of 5 percent through 2022.

The changing face of warfare (conventional versus asymmetric) moving towards hybrid scenarios will be underpinned by joint operations and will require interoperability to allow effective operation in congested and contested environments. Ultimately, the emphasis needs to be on information sharing, not collection of data for collections sake.

Despite the move towards advanced sensors, automated software capabilities and unmanned platforms, the "human-in-the-loop" remains the most important asset. The importance of continued and effective training will be essential to ensure that platforms and assets achieve the desired effects.

Clients of the Strategy Analytics Advanced Defense Systems (ADS) service can access the full report, “Three Pillars for Future Airborne ISR / AEW-C2BM

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