The aerostats, which are substantial cloth bags filled with helium, can soar up to a height of 15,000 feet (4,600 metres) while being attached to a single cable. The largest can hoist a cargo of 1,000 kg to a working altitude that offers radar coverage at ground level and to the downward side. The aerostat is made up of four main components: the hull and fin, windscreen and radar platform, airborne power generator, rigging, and tether. These components are kite balloons that receive buoyancy from being lighter than air as well as aerodynamic lift from relative wind. Two sections of the aerostat’s hull are divided by a gas-tight fabric wall. Helium is used to fill the upper chamber, which also serves as the aerostat’s lifting mechanism. The hull’s lower chamber is a pressurized air space.
Some of the largest tethered aerostats now in use are part of TCOM’s Strategic Class of aerostat systems. The devices’ high payload capacity and wide range of altitude make them perfect for aerial surveillance applications. Aerostats of the TCOM Strategic Class can be deployed sustainably for up to 30 days at a time. Aerostats of the Strategic Class are often designed for surveillance tasks involving the detection of fast-moving, low-flying objects, such as cruise missiles and light aircraft. Long-range radar, active and passive communications gear, as well as COMINT/ELINT technology, may all be carried by strategic class payloads, which frequently soar up to 15,000 feet over ground control stations. Strategic Class aerostats need a fixed mooring station due to their massive size, high altitude, and significant payload.
MAJOR FACTORS DRIVING THE GROWTH OF THE MARKET
Aerostat systems are considered to be cost effective to operate when compare to other aerial platforms. The increasing demand for cost effective ISR systems will drive the aerostat market. Aerostat systems with COMINT and ELINT payloads are also in high demand due to geo political scenario in Europe.
TRENDS INFLUENCING THE GROWTH OF THE MARKET
Miniaturization of sensors and sensor fusion will be one of the trends that will influence the growth of aerostat systems market. Development of advanced lightweight COMINT and ELINT payloads will also influence the growth of aerostat systems market.
Increasing defense spending will drive the market for new procurement activities. Procurement will also be driven by prevailing geo political conditions in Europe and the Asia Pacific. Cross border aggression will give way to increased combat training and war-games in these regions. The increasing demand for COMINT and ELINT systems will also drive the growth of market. All these factors will ensure significant growth of the ATR market.
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