The findings of the Global Military Support in Service (SIS) Platforms Market Assessment research service indicate that despite the financial crisis, the military SIS market is relatively immune to austerity measures, which were implemented in many countries across the globe. However, due to economic constraints, Western countries prefer to finance military platform life extension/modernisation programs, which do not only provide more financial flexibility than new platform procurements, but also bridge a technological gap between current and future platform enhanced capabilities. From military end users' point of view, the defence platform modernisation seems to be the way forward at lesser costs than new platforms acquisition for the next decade.

Key Questions/Hypotheses This Study Will Answer
  • In most cases, armed forces are not prepared to partner with industry to outsource their maintenance requirements. However, recent austerity measures may drive military end users to change their approach to the industry.
  • Due to budget pressure and the high cost of new platforms, there is a trend to military platforms lifecycles extension, from an original average of 30 years to an additional 50 or more years, as in the US B-52 bomber case. But extension requires heavier, more intensive, and expensive maintenance, which can only be provided in an efficient way by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).
  • Passing the SIS activity to the local industry is often an element of military offsets packages; however, this limits OEMs’ future revenue from the SIS platforms’ stream.
  • How will the structure of the SIS market change with time?