Airborne ISR is responsible for collecting information which is related to an enemy’s strengths, weaknesses as well as movements. Operators of airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) give command top-secret information. In order to give decision-makers effective “Situational Awareness,” ISR is the activity that coordinates and integrates command direction, sensors, processed information, and intelligence with timely dissemination. Warfighters account for a key segment in the demand associated with Airborne ISR owing to the advancement in technology. ISR systems can gather data from a variety of sources, such as electrical communications, optical, radar, or infrared imagery. Satellites, unmanned aircraft, aviation systems, specialized ground, sea, or space-based equipment, and human intelligence teams are some of the sources used to collect information which is processed for target acquisition. The quality intelligence associated with military operations is predominantly governed using ISR. The continual advancement of technology in recent years has only raised the demand for ISR technology.
Major factors driving the growth of the market
Increasing demand for ISR platforms will drive the airborne ISR market. The proliferation of UAVs is creating considerable demand for airborne ISR components. Miniaturization and evolution of unmanned aerial systems have enabled defense forces has operate UAVs with ISR payloads as a cost effective alternative to manned airborne ISR platforms. This trend is expected to continue and will be a significant driver for the market.
Trends influencing the growth of the market
ISTAR is another variant of the ISR that is extensively used by the military forces. ISTAR as the name suggests stands for Intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance. The “I” aspect of the abbreviation gains much in ISTAR. It provides a commander with adequate situational awareness in addition to providing improved decision making capabilities. STAR (Surveillance Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance), RSTA (Reconnaissance Surveillance and Target Acquisition), and STA ((Surveillance Target Acquisition) are noted to be some of the variants of ISTAR. In the case of STAR, S gains primary importance thus it lays emphasis on the sensing component of ISTAR.
Increased geo-political tensions and brewing border tensions are noted to be one of the key factors that are poised to bolster the investment in ISR. Additionally, the use of this technology increases the agility as well as versatility associated with data gathering. Moreover, the gaps associated with the present military technology and capabilities can also be identified using ISR as the backbone of data transfer, gathering as well as technology building.
Soldier-carried unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) were required for applications involving combat monitoring by U.S. Army unmanned aircraft experts. Simi Valley, California-based AeroVironment Inc. provided the answer for them. Army Contracting Command representatives at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, revealed a $11.2 million order for RQ-20B Puma 3 AE unmanned aircraft systems on Friday.A soldier-carried unmanned aircraft system intended for land and sea operations is the AeroVironment Puma 3 AE. The 9.2 foot-wide, 15-pound, 2.5-hour-operable, hand-launched Puma 3 AE has a range of 12.4 miles and a wingspan of 9.2 feet. With AeroVironment’s Long-Range Tracking Antenna, the Puma 3 AE UAV can increase its operational range to as much as 37.2 miles (LRTA).The all-environment Puma, with its Mantis i45 EO/IR sensor package, allows the operator extended flying time and a high level of imaging capacity. It can land on land or in water.The third-generation all-environment Puma 3 AE has a strengthened airframe and an optional underwing transit compartment for secondary payloads and third-party applications. It performs mission-critical intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR).
For four billion baht ($112.2 million), the Royal Thai Navy has chosen the Israeli aerospace company Elbit Systems to provide seven Hermes 900 Kochav drones. The company’s bid, according to local media, outperformed more than a dozen offers for the country’s new maritime surveillance drones from Turkey, China, Israel, and the US. Vice Adm. Pokkrong Monthatphalin, a spokesperson for the Navy, reported that Thailand approved the winning offer last week. Within 30 days, a formal contract that is apparently still in the draught stage will be inked at Rayong’s Bang Chang Naval Air Base. Along with the four Hermes 450 drones that the Royal Thai Navy presently employs, the new drones will be stationed at coastal naval sites to support marine activities.
Unmanned aerial vehicle (UVA) developer and manufacturer ideaForge, based in Mumbai, has received the largest VTOL Mini UAV Defense Contract in the World for its SWITCH UAV. A fixed wing UAV was traditionally thought to be the best option for last-mile deployments. IdeaForge determined that a Hybrid Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) platform, which can take off without a runway or by hand launching, would be the optimum answer after analyzing the actual operational restrictions that the Indian Army faced, the business stated. 200 systems will be delivered by ideaForge as part of this contract to improve the surveillance capabilities of the Indian Army. Unknown numbers of Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) Mini UAVs make up each system.