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London, United Kingdom, March 15th 2010 - ASDWire - C2/C4ISR systems have become vital to military operations. The lesson of history is that without effective C2/C4ISR, military units will be forced to withdraw. Military operations therefore require comprehensive C2/C4ISR in order to succeed. Furthermore, the need for interoperability not only between the different arms of military forces but between coalition allies in Iraq and Afghanistan has been a significant driver for C2/C4ISR systems.
The modern digital battlespace and requirement for situational awareness is increasing the demand for C2/C4ISR technologies. A modern military sees a battlefield not as three separate entities - land, sea and air - but instead as one network centric warfare environment, with elements united by digital communications technology.
The global C2/C4ISR market is a major part of the global defence market. In most cases, spending on C2/C4ISR systems constitutes around 5% of national defence budgets. Visiongain therefore values the global C2/C4ISR market at $63.6bn in 2010.
Good intelligence gathering and analysis, coupled with efficient command and control structures, are at the heart of all successful military operations. Without the ability to quickly gather and analyse information about the enemy's movements, composition, intentions and capabilities, any operation becomes incredibly risky
In order to ensure the success of military operations, Command and Control (C2) systems, together with the more advanced Command, Control, Communications, Computing, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems, are vital. They provide militaries around the world with the ability to gather intelligence on enemy forces, analyse it, disseminate it throughout their units, and act upon it in a concerted and organised manner.
C2/C4ISR systems include:
- Personal Role Radios (PRR)
- Ultra High Frequency (UHF) radio systems
- Wide Band Network Radios (WBNR)
- Satellite Communications (SATCOM)
- Electronic Warfare (EW)
- Electro-Optical /Infra Red (EO/IR) systems
- Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)
- Airborne Warning And Control System (AWACS)
- Battle Management Systems (BMS)
The considerable growth in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) applications is driving the development of powerful communications systems, high resolution electro-optic sensor subsystems, signal processing and intelligence analytics software.
In the digital battlespace, militaries have come to rely more and more upon digital information gathering and sharing. The use of computers, which have doubled in processing power every 18 months, has enabled a revolutionary change in the way militaries fight.
Steady advances in communications bandwidth have also enabled more detailed information to be accessed by all tactical units, especially whilst on the move. Over the next ten years, digitalisation will increase to the point where the majority of combat aircraft will be unmanned, soldiers will carry personal computers, and naval vessels will have access to an increasingly large suite of electronics aiding their crews. Over the next ten years, today's bulky and power-hungry C2/C4ISR systems will be streamlined, more efficient, more reliable, and more integrated into the digital battlespace.
Military officers over the next ten years will have access to the most powerful C2/C4ISR tools ever produced. As a result, the demand for access to these systems will create a market that will remain strong and stable throughout the decade.
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