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Army Tactical UAS Requirement Report Available


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G2 Solutions
: 03 March, 2010  (New Product)
G2 Solutions has produced a 47-page research report on unmanned aerial vehicle requirements from the US Army through until 2025
A new research note from G2 Solutions “RQ-7 and Army Tactical UAS: Requirements, Scenarios and Outlook,” is available.


The 47-page research note provides three US Army acquisition scenarios: two for the RQ-7 UAS and another for an evolving rotary-wing unmanned system. “We initiated research based upon multiple, independent inquiries, with knowledge that RQ-7 remains in a delivery phase,” said G2 Solutions Research Director Ron Stearns. “During our research Army announced the cancellation of the Future Combat Systems Class IV UAS, with many in industry wondering how funds would be reallocated, which missions would be prioritized and how these systems would work together.” G2 Solutions believes that within this forecast Army will require a tactical UAV with payload, range and endurance greater than what RQ-7 or system enhancements will be able to provide.

The RQ-7 scenarios depict a partial recapitalisation and a full-system re-compete, although both assume a level of standardisation and retrofit/reuse. The rotary-wing UAS assumes a larger platform optimised for missions such as re-supply, communications, ISR and others. Each forecast includes revenues flowing to: UAVs, ground control, sensors and components/support. “Depending upon the forecast emphasis, these program elements will vary greatly,” Stearns said. “Look for a high Technical Readiness Level (TRL) platform to be fielded quickly, in an effort to manage risk perceptions and move capability quickly to theatre.”

The forecast provides visibility from 2013 to 2025, with nearly half of acquisition revenues in the 2018-2021 timeframe. The report also draws upon US Department of Defence (DoD) publications, ranging from Unmanned System Roadmaps to the Quadrennial Defence Review (QDR) to plot organizational shifts over time. AAI Corporation, The Boeing Company, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, L-3 Communications, BAE Systems and a host of other companies are expected to compete.
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