Military Demand Boosts Commercial Satcom Market

By Graham Warwick, William N. Ostrove
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
December 31, 2012

Graham Warwick Washington and William N. Ostrove Forecast International

Add bandwidth to those perennial consumables of war, bullets and beans, and it becomes clear why the government and commercial satellite-communications markets are drawing closer.

While the military continues to have unique requirements for satellite surveillance and protected communications, the need for bandwidth to connect unmanned aircraft and network ground forces has driven increasing demand for, and reliance on, leased commercial satellite capacity.

Although troops are pulling out of Afghanistan, U.S. and NATO military planners expect demand for bandwidth to remain high as operations continue, primarily to support unmanned aircraft. As ground forces are withdrawn, reliance on UAVs to protect those that remain is increasing, and they are large consumers of bandwidth. Demand for capacity is also shifting to other areas of operations, such as North Africa.

Read more: Military Demand Boosts Commercial Satcom Market — Aviation Week & Space Technology.

Home           Top of page