This report titled ‘US DoD Training and Simulation Market 2015-2019‘, provides an in-depth analysis of the market in terms of revenue and emerging trends. The report provides a comprehensive overview, market shares, and market segmentation by application
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“Increased demand for training and simulation has resulted in increased adoption of curved cobra display for flight simulators, a system that is already prevalent in the US military for joint terminal attack controllers (JTAC) training, tank simulation, flight simulation, and vehicle training. This highly portable, high-fidelity, and high-quality immersive screen is a major trend in military displays,” said Abhay Singh, one of Technavio’s lead industry analysts for defense and technology research.
“To create these synthetic environments, system designers use technologies from the video and computer-gaming to form high-fidelity systems that provide unmatched realism. Moreover, with simulators and trainers becoming more realistic, there will be a shift from live on-field training to virtual training by simulators and trainers,” added Abhay.
Some of the other driving forces behind the growth of the US DoD training and simulation market are as follows:
- Growing demand for UAV
- Increasing number of military training aircrafts
- Modernization of military equipment
Growing demand for UAV
UAVs are equipped with airframe, engine, autopilot, navigation system, sensor package, and a communication link to provide effective training and simulation services for army personnel. These vehicles are small in size and cost effective compared to manned aircraft for providing modernized, digital communication formats and ISR systems that are more secure and reliable.
For example, during the Afghanistan war, UAVs were equipped with advanced technologies that helped them serve as force multipliers, enabling US troops to deploy fewer army personnel in the combat area, without limiting their capability to detect and counter potential threats posed by terrorist organizations. This is a major reason for the growth in the deployment of unmanned spy aircraft in combat zones.
The US DoD has made extensive investments in the procurement of a wide range of UAVs to replace their aging fleets and obsolete weapons, and it is expected to result in a significant demand for army personnel training. The US DoD invests 60% of its unmanned aerial systems (UASs) budget on training and simulations for military troops, a trend that will continue to boosts market growth during the forecast period.
Increasing number of military training aircrafts
In 2014, the US had 2,809 training aircraft and helicopters (2.26% more than the total number in 2013), whereas Russia, Japan, China, and India, the world's next-largest aerial powers, had a total of 1,393 such planes.
The US DoD is developing its defense units by manufacturing and procuring training planes and helicopters. For example, in 2015, Boeing signed a contract worth USD 1.49 billion with the US Navy to provide nine P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircrafts, increasing the fleet size to 62 P-8As.
During the same period, Boeing signed another contract worth USD 2.4 billion with the US Navy to provide an additional 16 P-8As. The US Navy seeks to acquire 117 P-8A aircraft by the year end and it is subsequently anticipated to drive the training and simulation market for US DoD over the forecast period.
Modernization of military equipment
The US DoD is replacing its existing military equipment over the next decade. It is planning to modernize its aircraft, helicopters, missiles, and navy vessels. In 2013, the US Army embraced modern communications technology to provide communications across a broadband array of equipment, by investing close to USD 1.3 billion in the Warfighter Information Network – Tactical program to enhance training and simulation services. During the same period, the US Army also invested close to USD 402.1 million in the Joint Tactical Radio Systems program that provides multiband data and network communications for dismounted soldiers and aircraft. Similar investments are anticipated to fuel defense R&D and market growth during the forecast period.
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