By Matt Vallone, Senior Analysis Manager
Update on Global Platforms and Systems (GPS) Tool
Avascent Analytics has updated our GPS tool with new information based on recent defense activity. As always, this data is best accessed through our web interface at avascentanalytics.com.
First and foremost, we have revised how we view communications markets. Based on feedback from our customers, we have made significant improvements to our communications segmentation. Briefly, we have transitioned from simply identifying communications equipment as being ‘Line of Sight (LOS)’ or ‘Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS)’ to a much more detailed breakout of options. Analysts reviewing our data will now be able to choose from the following markets for communications:
• Acoustic Communications • IFF Systems • Intercoms • Optical Communications • RF – Commercial SATCOM Devices • RF – Data Links • RF – Land-mobile Radios (LMR) • RF – Military SATCOM • RF – Other Tactical Radios • Security/Encryption • Tactical Networks
Beyond transitioning to a better view of the communications market, our analysts have made a number of important updates to countries in our data. A brief sampling of some of the high-profile defense activity now reflected in our data:
- Australia took delivery of its 24th and final MH-60R Seahawk
- The US approved a $1.22 Billion AMRAAM sale to Australia to support the Air Force’s F/A-18, E/A-18G and F-35 aircraft
- The UK’s Brexit vote combined with announcements at the Farnborough Airshow to generate numerous programmatic developments. Our UK data has been updated to reflect all of this and feature the two marquee announcements from FAS:
- P-8 deal officially signed (nine aircraft) for $3.88 billion—awarded to Boeing
- Apache deal officially signed (50 aircraft) for $2.33 billion—awarded to Boeing
- Indonesia took delivery of the first of three Type 209 submarines from Daewoo Shipbuilding
- To great fanfare, Thailand announced a $1 billion contract for three Type 41 Yuan-class diesel-electric attack submarines
- However, while the Thai government has nearly $1 billion flowing into this project, there are questions about the viability of this project. Geographical information indicates that the gulf of Thailand is far too shallow for these submarines to operate. The average depth is around ~120 ft and the maximum depth is ~320 ft. This depth is not only shallow for submarines but also incredibly dangerous. Additionally, the Thai gulf is notorious for its rugged coral reef beds, making submarine operations very difficult.
- Germany has reduced its expected deliveries of A400M in 2016
- The Netherlands has announced the purchase of Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods for their F-16s
- On July 27th, the Indian Air Force purchased four P-8I maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) to supplement its existing fleet of eight for USD 1 billion. The 12 P-8I MPA could be further supplemented by a third batch of eight more aircraft
- On 19 July the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ordered an additional four MV-22 (Block C) Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft from Bell-Boeing. The JMSDF previously ordered five and will likely request up to 12 additional aircraft by 2022
- On 15 July the Government of Japan requested an additional 246 SM-2 (Block IIIB) Standard missiles from the United States for a total estimated value of USD 821 million. These missiles will likely be deployed on two future Aegis-equipped destroyers currently under construction for the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force
As always, if you have any questions about our data, our projections or our updates, we encourage you to contact us. Feel free to email Matt Vallone at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information or with questions.