Today’s sparse spectrum environment, dealing with a data tsunami across military and commercial applications, necessitates tighter requirements for improved spectrum management.
The UK was host to air shows recently with the annual Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) and the biennial Farnborough International AirShow (FIA) 2014. I had the opportunity to attend a Lockheed Martin F-35/F-16 preview day held at RAF Fairford, the venue for RIAT, as well as taking a few days to attend FIA 2014.
The U.K. was host to air shows recently with the annual Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) and the biennial Farnborough International AirShow (FIA) 2014. In this article, Asif Anwar from Strategy Analytics describes his experience at the Lockheed Martin F-35/F-16 preview day held at RAF Fairford, the venue for RIAT, and provides an overview of the new capabilities of each aircraft.
Strategy Analytics ADS service’s series of military radar forecasts outline global defense expenditure trends segmented on a regional basis before breaking out the expected spending on military radar incorporating systems, hardware, support, and related services across the land, air, and naval domains.
There are some common themes that span across electronic warfare (EW), radar, and communications that are going to underpin future system design. These include the ability to operate across wider bandwidths and at higher frequencies while generating suitable output power in the transmit chain or offering sufficient low noise capabilities in the receiver. Practical requirements related to portability, flexibility, and modularity also dictate design, and other considerations include cost and reliability.
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Military satellite technical advances include a move to smaller platforms. Small satellites provide a range of benefits in terms of smaller mass, rapid deployment time, lower cost, and utility. These advantages are being used by emerging nations as they enable faster penetration into space at lower cost. It is estimated that up to 62 nations have now launched satellites with an emphasis on smaller platforms. At the same time, traditional players are also starting to look at small satellites to leverage the flexibility and value-for-money offered to augment existing satellite systems.
Laser-based weapons are demonstrating their viability in counter-RAM and counter-UAV applications; high-power RF systems are finding a niche in non-lethal uses.
The use of space is increasing and becoming an essential component for infrastructure in communications, navigation and timing, agriculture and weather monitoring, and disaster relief efforts. From a military perspective, space assets provide necessary resources to support troops, including the provision of imagery, supporting communications, improving targeting, and conversely reducing collateral damage. As a force multiplier, space assets can provide advanced capabilities and compensate for reductions in other conventional assets. By Asif Anwar, Director, Advanced Defense Systems (ADS) Service, Strategy Analytics