Global military radar market: Northrop Grumman's AESA radar system gaining popularity
The Global Military Radar Market 2013-2023 - a new market research report on companiesandmarkets.com
PR-Inside.com: 2014-04-17 16:09:02
The global defense industry is investing significantly in research and development (RandD) to increase the capabilities of modern military aircraft, naval vessels and missile defense systems which has led to the development of new and ground-breaking radar system technologies, which can enhance the detection capabilities, surveillance duration and resolution, incoming projectile defense capabilities, base and area protection capabilities and early warning system capabilities of the various types of military aircraft, naval vessels and ground-based forward forces.
Current innovations are oriented towards integrating various band capabilities of different radars into a single module and developing multi-platform radars, based on modularity, without compromising on advanced technological features. The US is developing dual band radar that merges the X band SPY-3 radar with the S band volume search radar (VSR) system, and has also completed work on the new LONGBOW Block III Fire Control Radar incorporating improvements such as reduced size, weight, and maintenance and power requirements.
A significant number of countries are investing in the development of their domestic military radar producing capabilities by establishing strategic alliances and technology transfer agreements with established global manufacturers. In addition to improving the indigenous capabilities of a domestic firm, this provides the foreign company with an opportunity to cater to a new market. Partnerships between countries that possess an advance defense industrial base, such as Canada and India, aid the mutual sharing of advanced technology. The military electronics sector is currently witnessing a phase of consolidation.
This is reminiscent of the post-cold war era when companies such as BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon rose to dominance through mergers and acquisitions. As defense spending has leveled off in recent years, companies operating in all areas of defense are looking to diversify their offerings in order to compete for the various contracts on offer and add more revenue streams to their existing lines of business. Also, heads of the major companies also feel that the military radars sector currently has too many companies operating during a period of declining demand, and consolidation may be the only way to preserve their skills and facilities.
The AESA radar system, developed by Northrop Grumman, is quickly gaining popularity for the next generation defense platforms. Continued evolution of this technology on next generation fast jet platforms, retrofitting of these capabilities on existing fast jet platforms and the extension of AESA capabilities on to land, naval and other airborne platforms is a recent market trend in the military radar market and offers significant gains in reliability.
By focusing power in specific directions, the pilot can gain a better detection range, enabling first shoot/first kill by missiles fired in Beyond Visual Range (BVR) mode. The longer standoff range also allows more time for persistent target observation, information sharing, tactical analysis and commander assessment before making critical decisions. Therefore, AESA radars can sustain certain degree of failure without grounding the aircraft or disabling the entire radar system.
The development of anti-stealth technology and weapons systems has become an important and urgent task. To counter aerial stealth proliferation, countries are expected to concentrate on development of passive radars, which can detect, track, and target piloted and unpiloted stealth systems and provide cuing for anti-air weapons by integrating a system of netted receivers. Additionally, a passive radar system detects targets continuously, often multiple times per second and emits no radio energy so can be well disguised in both urban and rural landscapes.
It cannot be detected when in operation, since it has no active transmitter as an element of the system. Passive radar can detect targets over a wide area, whose radius is often measured in hundreds, or thousands, of kilometers and is relatively inexpensive as it requires only a receiver, an accurate time source and adequate signal processing capability. The only set back in the development of sophisticated passive radar systems is having enough computational power to be able to process very large volumes of data.
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