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Geopolitical factors drive maritime surveillance aircraft market

Posted 17 July 2017 · Add Comment

According to new research by industry analysts Frost & Sullivan, the global airborne maritime surveillance market is growing, with geopolitical uncertainties and obsolete aircraft fleets driving requirements - for advanced maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) and maritime surveillance aircraft (MSA).



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P-8I is a long-range, multimission maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) manufactured by Boeing for the Indian Navy, as a variant of the P-8A Poseidon the US Navy uses and is intended to replace the Indian Navy's fleet of Tupolev Tu-142s.
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It notes that P-3C replacement programmes and new high-value MPA and MSA modernisation programmes in Asia and Europe in particular, are fueling growth.

"Advanced operators are moving toward a data fusion concept that integrates intelligence in raw or processed form from myriad sources to generate a recognised maritime picture that supports optimal actionable outcomes. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and contractors that offer solutions with a high degree of integration and open architecture-based customisability will be best placed to address future market opportunities," said Frost & Sullivan Aerospace & Defense Industry Analyst Arjun Sreekumar.

Recent research from Frost & Sullivan's Defense Growth Partnership Subscription, Global Airborne Maritime Surveillance Aircraft Market, Forecast to 2026, finds that the market will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.4% between 2016 and 2026. The research assesses airborne maritime surveillance programmes, opportunities, forecasts, and technology trends. A country assessment of capabilities, opportunities, and future maritime surveillance aircraft acquisition plans are also provided, with market share and competitive analysis of major players such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Saab, Airbus DS and Tecnam evaluated.

Strategic imperatives for success and growth in the global airborne maritime surveillance aircraft market include:

  • Ensuring that MPA/MSA offerings are interoperable with a nation's unmanned aerial systems (UAS) inventory to enhance effectiveness in deployment;
  • Designing solutions to address the requirements of all stakeholders in an Integrated Exclusive Economic Zone (I-EEZ) model;
  • Providing roll-on, roll-off capabilities and plug-and-play solutions offering mission flexibility and options to upgrade and add more intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities as time progresses; and
  • Providing solutions that have open architectures to integrate a wide array of sensor, communication and mission application types.

"Many nations have requirements for advance MPA/MSA but the lack of finances defers the ability to procure en masse. Alternative business models such as leasing and staggered interest-based payment mechanisms could be offered to such markets," noted Sreekumar. "OEMs that adopt a tailored approach for each target nation will gain a competitive advantage in a highly fragmented market."
 

For complimentary access to more information on this analysis and to register for a Growth Strategy Dialogue, a free interactive briefing with Frost & Sullivan's thought leaders, click here .

 

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