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Apr 17, 2014
FORECAST INTERNATIONAL EXPECTS UAV MARKET TO RISE STRONGLY THROUGH THE NEXT DECADE; UNMANNED LAND- & SEA-BASED SYSTEMS' VALUES ALSO GROWING
Apr 15, 2014
FORECAST INTERNATIONAL SEES A SLOWING, BUT STILL LUCRATIVE MEDIUM/HEAVY MILITARY ROTORCRAFT MARKET
Feb 26, 2014
BOLDNESS AND INNOVATION NOT IN THE BUDGET, SAYS FORECAST INTERNATIONAL
Feb 25, 2014
FORECAST INTERNATIONAL VIEWS EMERGING AFRICAN ARMS MARKET FAVORABLE FOR BOTH INTERNATIONAL AND AFRICAN DEFENSE COMPANIES
Feb 15, 2014
FORECAST INTERNATIONAL SEES PENTAGON BRACING FOR MAJOR ACQUISITION DECISIONS
Dec 09, 2013
FORECAST INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS $9.7 BILLION ANTI-ARMOR MISSILE MARKET OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS
Dec 02, 2013
FORECAST INTERNATIONAL PREDICTS KEY LAND & SEA-BASED ELECTRO-OPTICAL SYSTEMS VALUED AT $13.5 BILLION OVER THE COMING 10 YEARS
Nov 20, 2013
FORECAST INTERNATIONAL EXPECTS POWER GENERATION TO FUEL INCREASING DEMAND FOR INDUSTRIAL GAS TURBINES
Nov 12, 2013
FORECAST INTERNATIONAL SAYS BUSINESS JET MARKET GAINING TRACTION
Oct 22, 2013
FORECAST INTERNATIONAL PREDICTS DECLINING LIGHT MILITARY ROTORCRAFT MARKET
Oct 07, 2013
FORECAST INTERNATIONAL PREDICTS RESTRAINED GROWTH IN REGIONAL AIRCRAFT MARKET
Oct 03, 2013
FORECAST INTERNATIONAL SAYS FLEXJET SALE THE CULMINATION OF A RADICAL RESTRUCTURING OF FRACTIONAL INDUSTRY
Sep 23, 2013
FORECAST INTERNATIONAL REPORTS THAT IN EUROPE'S ERA OF AUSTERITY, DEFENSE CONTINUES TO FADE INTO THE BACKGROUND
Sep 06, 2013
FORECAST INTERNATIONAL EXPECTS MILITARY AIRCRAFT OUTPUT TO DROP OVERALL, BUT BRIGHT SPOTS REMAIN WITHIN SOME SEGMENTS
Aug 27, 2013
FORECAST INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS $58 BILLION COMMERCIAL COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE MARKET OVER NEXT 10 YEARS
Jul 15, 2013
FORECAST INTERNATIONAL PREDICTS CONSISTENT GROWTH AND FIERCE COMPETITION IN LARGE AIRLINER MARKET
Jun 17, 2013
FORECAST INTERNATIONAL EXPECTS C4I MARKET WILL FACE BUDGET LIMITATIONS IN TIGHT ECONOMY
May 10, 2013

Press Release

Contact: Stuart Slade, Defense Analyst
Phone: (203) 426-0800
Fax: (203) 426-0223
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E-mail: stu.slade@forecast1.com
Forecast International, Inc. Headquarters
22 Commerce Rd. Newtown, CT 06470 USA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New Submarine Technologies Spur Growth in Airborne ASW Market


NEWTOWN, Conn. [October 2, 2009] — According to Forecast International's annual review of the market for airborne anti-submarine warfare (ASW) sensors, the next 10 years will see production of more than 199,000 systems valued at $6.1 billion. This growth in the airborne ASW sensor market reflects the fact that aircraft remain the most mobile, flexible, and cost-effective ASW systems available to the world's navies. Despite economic doubts and uncertainties sur rounding the defense industry in the first decade of the 21st century, aircraft continue to be the most dangerous adversary faced by a submarine fleet.

"Airborne ASW systems are likely to be the first line of defense against any major submarine threat over the next decade," said Stuart Slade, senior naval editor at Forecast International. For that reason, the research and development funding that accounts for nearly half of this sector’s fiscal value is of critical importance for the future of the market as a whole.

In the analysis, Slade notes the dynamic nature of this market sector's technology, which is revolutionizing submarines: the introduction of air-independent propulsion for diesel-electric submarines; new weapons and sensor technologies; new silencing techniques; and, perhaps most significantly, the widespread introduction of unmanned underwater vehicles for more hazardous duties. Silencing techniques, originally designed for nuclear boats, have made the latest diesel-electric designs remarkably quiet.

At the same time, ASW detection technology has also advanced. Computers continue to increase their processing speed, allowing data to be handled more quickly and accurately. The advanced technology allows more accurate detection of the source of a sound, providing the ability to disentangle the slight and transient sounds made by a submarine from the sea’s background noises. Improving datalinks and information dissemination means that target data can get from the spotter to the shooter with minimum delay.

Sonobuoys still represent 99.4 percent of the airborne ASW market, with the sale of 198,046 units projected over the next 10 years. Yet, in terms of value of production, these units represent only $212.35 million, or 3.50 percent of the market. The average cost of the units in this category is about $1,000, stressing the very low-cost/high-volume aspect of this segment. Sales of radar sets optimized for periscope and snort detection, and electronic support measures (ESM) equipment designed to localize radar and communications transmissions from subma rines and dipping sonars, are expected to total 1,119 units over the next 10 years, valued at $5.84 billion, for a unit cost of $5.226 million.

The airborne ASW sector has only eight major corporate participants. Leading the segment is Raytheon, which is expected to achieve sales of $1.9 billion (31.51 percent market share) over the next 10 years. The Telephonics Division of Griffon Corp follows, with a projected 10-year sales value of $559 million (9.22 percent market share). L3 Communications holds third place, with projected sales of $300 million (4.95 percent).

These companies have maintained their position by exploiting new technologies and materials to increase equipment reliability and performance while lowering life-cycle costs, crucial qualities among the military services.

Forecast International, Inc. (www.forecastinternational.com) is a leading provider of Market Intelligence and Analysis in the areas of aerospace, defense, power systems and military electronics. Based in Newtown, Conn., USA, Forecast International specializes in long-range industry forecasts and market assessments used by strategic planners, marketing professionals, military organizations, and governments worldwide. To arrange an interview with Forecast International’s editors, please contact Ray Peterson, Vice President, Research & Editorial Services (203)-426-0800, ray.peterson@forecast1.com. Proprietary Special Research is also available. Contact Jonathan Watson, Managing Director, The Forecast Consulting Group (j.watson@forecast1.com).



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