Strategic Assessment of Global Airborne ISRaaS and SURVaaS Market, 2017
The need for sophisticated ISR solutions is on the rise due to growing geopolitical instability, humanitarian crises, and global terrorism. Although the market situation has improved since the economic crisis of 2007–2008, nations are still cautious about the defense procurement spending. Most nations are still wary about aftershocks and have refrained from large defense spending increases. The major challenge faced by defense forces is two-fold. Firstly, the time taken to deliver ISR assets to address capability gaps is too long, particularly if deployments are in response to a rapidly developing crisis. Secondly, the cost of developing and operating airborne ISR system is high in an environment where defense forces are resourced constrained. These are driving the emergence of alternate business models such as ISRaaS to address capability gaps.
Businesses sometimes do not have the financial resources, manpower, and capability skill sets to own and operate sophisticated ISR assets, thus seeking alternative ownership models to delivering the capability. There is a growing need for airborne surveillance service-based solutions within industrial sectors such as oil & gas, energy & power, and rail transport, which will provide future opportunities for UAS service providers. Civil sectors have understood the benefits of airborne surveillance in realizing cost and time savings through UAS-based inspection of pipelines, powerlines, telecom towers, and the likes. Many inspections require personnel to conduct dangerous activities such as climbing hundreds of feet into the air and monitoring miles of pipelines or railway tracks. International organizations such as the United Nations that do not own ISR assets require operational support to monitor peacekeeping operations and deliver humanitarian aid to war affected regions. Often it is cost effective for supranational organizations to task third-party service providers to address ISR requirements at global locations.
This study discusses the market for airborne ISRaaS and SURVaaS business models for defense and commercial applications by evaluating drivers, restraints, trends, and key companies to develop strategic conclusions beneficial to industry stakeholders. The segments covered are defense, para public service, supranational organizations, oil and gas, energy and power, telecommunication, and rail transport. This study will benefit those who are interested in learning about evolution of business models from procurement and operation of airborne platforms for ISR and inspection activities to a contracted service model. This study discusses the key aspects of ISR and surveillance services and identifies areas of opportunities in the defense and commercial segments and also the various business models suitable for each segment. All aerospace industry participants and the rest of the industry verticals will benefit from this study as this is a growth insight investigating the big picture perspectives of ISR and Surveillance as a service and how it is looking to revolutionize the rest of the industries across the globe. Technology companies that are looking to offer airborne services for ISR and commercial surveillance operations across the industries will also benefit from this study as they will get to understand their potential role in the future. This research is aimed at identifying business model transformation in the industry ecosystem and emerging growth opportunities available to market participants to convert the transformation to opportunities for revenue/market share growth.
Key Issues Addressed
What is driving and restraining the global defense and commercial airborne ISR and Surveillance market?
What business models are currently being used in each sector?
How is the global ISRaaS market segmented and how will the market evolve?
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