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US Army Tactical UAS Requirements Examined in New Report

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Research And Markets
: 24 March, 2010  (New Product)
Research and Markets releases report describing various requirement scenarios for the US Army for Unmanned Aerial Systems
Research and Markets has announced the addition of the 'RQ-7 and US Army Tactical UAS: Requirements, Scenarios and Outlook' report to their offering.

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 this research based upon multiple, independent inquiries, with the knowledge that RQ-7 is still 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 prioritised 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 re-capitalisation, and a full-system re-compete, although both assume a certain level of standardization and retrofit/reuse. The rotary-wing UAS assumes a much larger platform optimised for missions such as re-supply, communications, ISR and others. Each forecast includes revenues flowing to: the UAV, ground control, sensors as well as 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 acquisition revenues peaking in the 2018-2021 timeframe with close to half of all-scenario revenues accounted for. The report draws upon US Department of Defence (DoD) publications, ranging from Unmanned System Roadmaps to the recently-released Quadrennial Defence Review (QDR) in order to plot organizational shifts over time. Operations tempo and an increasing thirst for tactical persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) will continue to place tactical unmanned systems at the forefront of mission prosecution.
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