Forecast International is projecting that defence departments worldwide will spend approximately $11.05 billion (about R 85 billion) on 25 different multimission communications development, acquisition, and maintenance programs over the next decade.
Specifically, this amount will be allocated for the development, procurement, or maintenance of multimission communications systems or technology, the research house adds in a statement to promote the analysis.
In its annual market analysis entitled “The Market for Multimission Communications Systems,” FI further projects that defence departments throughout the world will purchase 634n690 individual units from among 18 different multimission communications products over the next 10 years.
“Replenishing communications equipment used in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the excessive costs of and setbacks in the development of the US DoD`s Joint Tactical Radio System are the principal factors driving current expenditures for multimission communications,” says Greg Giaquinto, Forecast International senior analyst.
According to the analysis, the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) program, the Bowman Tactical Radio program, and the Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS) will significantly impact the market for multimission communications in the coming decade.
The JTRS is a US Department of Defence program to develop and produce a single standard, software-operated radio system for the US armed services; the program is currently in research and development. Forecast International projects that the Defence Department will invest some $2.89 billion from FY09 to FY13 on JTRS research and development.
The UK`s Bowman Tactical Radio program is seeking to develop and procure a family of multimission communications combat radios for the British armed services.
General Dynamics United Kingdom Ltd is the prime contractor for this program, and has chosen ITT and Harris to supply most of the multimission communications systems to be purchased under the programme.
Forecast International estimates that the British armed services will buy approximately 44 000 tactical radios under the Bowman program from 2009 to 2018.
The Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System is a family of manpack, vehicular, and airborne radios manufactured by ITT Corporation`s Communications Systems Division.
The most popular member of the SINCGARS family of military radios, which are software operated, is the PRC-119, which is forecast to be bought in significant numbers by the US DoD over the next several years.
According to the statement Forecast International is projecting that, over the next 10 years, five companies will receive 51.52 % of the total dollar amount that defence departments worldwide will spend on the 25 products and programs covered in this analysis.
These companies are General Dynamics, Harris, Northrop Grumman, ITT, and Rockwell Collins. General Dynamics will lead with $1.68 billion in revenue. Harris, Northrop Grumman, ITT, and Rockwell will follow with $1.37 billion, $1.07 billion, $910.93 million, and $659.44 million in revenue, respectively.
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