We at Avascent Analytics pride ourselves on the work we produce for our clients. After years of rigorous data collection and analysis, 050 has grown into a mature budget database which serves to inform both our own work and that of our subscribers. We make every effort to capture new opportunities and be on top of the latest market trends as soon as they arise, and that’s why we’re announcing that 050 will soon see some significant changes and improvements.
We will be rolling out a new dataset and accompanying segmentation in response to a growing set of market opportunities which we are calling “New Technologies.” The New Technologies dataset will cover emerging markets that we believe will be pivotal in the next decade and beyond. As the advancement of technology only continues to accelerate, so too will the size of the available new markets, and with sequestration threatening to cut profits in more traditional sectors we are confident that New Technologies offer a very exciting expansion path for concerned businesses looking to stay competitive. We’d like to give the public a sneak peak of what will be available in the updated 050 data set, so we’re previewing a few select market trends and opportunities.We have revised and amended our segmentation to accommodate the new markets as best as possible. Instead of trying to add new segments to existing categories, we have added an entirely new sector appropriately called “New Tech.” While future platforms will of course include new technology, the idea behind keeping “New Tech” separated is that tagged systems will be truly revolutionary and so vastly different from other systems that they deserve their own segmentation altogether. For example, advanced computer R&D which we would have previously lumped into C4I S&T might now be correctly tagged as “Advanced Supercomputing,” “Quantum Computing,” or “Biological Computing.” We are providing a slide of our new segmentation to show the extent of the new additions. Proper categorization of these markets couldn’t have come at a better time, as we are already seeing some very interesting developments across the field. Advanced robotics has long been the territory of DARPA and a very few select contractors, but we are beginning to see an expansion of interest and offerings from a number of small and ambitious firms which are really driving market growth. Both Weyland Industries and Cyberdyne Systems have already shown promise with heavy investment in advanced processing, cybernetics, and artificial intelligence. Though they are small, they are served by some very impressive individuals – Peter Weyland (taking over after the death of company founder Charles Bishop Weyland) and scientists continuing the work of deceased lead researcher Miles Dyson, respectively – who are revolutionizing the field as we speak with radical ideas and unchecked ambition. Other new players to watch include the Tyrell Corporation, Yutani Industries, and OmniCorp, which looks to be entering the unmanned platforms market with its XT-908 and ED-209 models. Weyland Industries and Cyberdyne Systems are not staying exclusively within the realm of robotics, however – they are clearly positioning themselves as players in a number of markets that Avascent predicts will be critical in the near future. Both have started some very interesting research projects in transportation, biological computing, medicine, resource management, and materials science. Rumor has it that Weyland Industries, along with a host of other firms, is researching advanced materials to simultaneously access the markets for both plastic and steel (the project is being unimaginatively referred to as “plasteel”). Not to be outdone, Cyberdyne Systems has undertaken its own research into the viability of decidedly more scientific-sounding “mimetic polyalloys.” Where exactly these will fit into the future of defense procurement has yet to be seen, but the possibilities are intriguing to say the least.
With the commercial space race heating back up and companies like Scaled Composites and SpaceX garnering a lot of attention, tracking the space market seemed like a natural next step for 050. As the field of space exploration and travel grows, our data will be updated with all of the new contractors and opportunities as well as existing contracts and funding. In addition to existing platforms like the Dragon Capsule, we are also keeping a close eye on the out-years and long-term awarded contracts like the recent “CM-88 Bison” project (which is not yet being elaborated on publicly). Obviously both near- and deep-space travel are hot topics of discussion, and there have already been marketing pitches for initial exploration and settlement of sites from the shoulder of Orion all the way out to the Tannhauser Gate.
In small arms news, the army has put out yet another special purpose rifle competition, asking for qualified bidders to produce an intermediate-caliber combat rifle. At first glance, this hardly seems much different from recent SCAR bids. All of the traditional manufacturers are expected to enter the competition, as well as a few new faces like Armat Battlefield Systems, which is apparently going to test its luck with a radically redesigned 10mm x 24 caseless round. This is not the first time caseless ammunition has been tried, but it would be quite interesting if Armat were able to pull off a contract with such a revolutionary concept. There has also been some hushed talk of Weyland Industries’ investment in so-called smart weaponry and combined IR/motion sensors, though that has yet to manifest itself in anything other than rumor.
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