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Report Available On COTS Electronics Sourcing For Defence Industry

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Strategy Analytics
: 18 March, 2010  (New Product)
Factors such as reduced cost and tighter environmental legislation are driving sourcing decisions for defence suppliers requiring electronics components during the next 5 years
As environmental legislation drives future electronic component design and manufacturing trends, it will become increasingly important for the Defence industry to assess the total cost benefits of COTS (commercial-off-the-shelf)-sourced components. The Strategy Analytics Advanced Defence Systems (ADS) service report, “Environmental Directives Underline Need for Long Term Acquisition Strategies in COTS Electronics Sourcing,” predicts that COTS electronics penetration will increase through 2015.

Sourcing COTS electronics instead of developing defence-industry specific solutions, offers:

* Lower costs;
* Faster development cycles; and
* Access to improved semiconductor processes and technologies.

However, defence programs and associated systems endure for decades, which keeps them from the rapid development cycles seen in the commercial sector. This time frame has necessitated the development of “Long Term Strategies” (LTS) to countermand associated technology concerns with availability and obsolescence.

“As the mainstream industry races to greener practices as mandated by governmental regulations, the Defence industry will need to factor environmental regulations into their long-term sourcing strategies,” observed Asif Anwar, Director of the ADS service at Strategy Analytics. “In some cases, this will require a reassessment of the “total cost benefits” of a COTS component.”

The challenge of integrating COTS into defence systems will be a key theme of the “Avionics Europe Incorporating Defence Electronics” event, March 24-25, 2010, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Strategy Analytics is a sponsor of Avionics Europe and will be making a copy of the ADS report “Environmental Directives Underline Need for Long Term Acquisition Strategies in COTS Electronics Sourcing” available to all participants at Avionics Europe.
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