Military avionics are expensive and critical electronic systems fitted on military aircrafts, helicopters, spacecraft & military satellites, manned and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV's) to navigate, communicate and support diverse flight-critical applications. Military avionics systems play a vital role in enhancing performance and efficiency of combat aircrafts which are used for missions ranging from intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) to search & rescue operations and precision weapons targeting.
Modern day military aircrafts and unmanned aerial vehicles are equipped with advanced avionics systems such as synthetic vision system (SVS), a computer-mediated reality system which uses 3D imagery to provide clear vision and helps to understand the flying environment better. SVS is also used in UAVs to handle operational challenges such as aircraft situational awareness, flight safety and strategic decision making. The other emerging trend in the military avionics is usage of open architecture and standardized commercial of-the-shelf (COTS) components which are enhancing flexibility of the avionics designing process. An additional trend emerging in military avionics market is reduction of SWaP (Size, Weight and Power) as to make the platforms lightweight and portable.
Consolidation in the military avionics market has led to decline in number of suppliers and also increased competition among top military avionics suppliers and manufacturers. Leading companies operating in military avionics are Avidyne, GE, Honeywell, Rockwell Collins, Thales Group, among others.
Defense budget cuts across US and European countries is a major challenge faced by the military avionics market, and because of decrease in military expenditure demand for low maintenance avionics systems has surged.
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