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Comprehensive Market Research Report on Military Infrared Imaging Detectors and Systems

Maxtech International, Inc. is releasing the 2014 edition of its market research report on military infrared detectors and systems markets (Vol. IRW-M).

Military budgets worldwide continue to be under pressure - especially in the U.S. and Europe where budget deficits are forcing reductions in military expenditures. In addition, in the U.S., the drawdown in forces from Afghanistan and the timing of procurements in certain infrared programs (such as 2nd Gen cooled and some uncooled sights) is resulting in a temporary slowdown.

Nonetheless, infrared imaging/night vision technology provides such a powerful force multiplier that it continues as an essential part of military systems. Several trends are expected to help grow the military infrared imaging market over the next five years:

  • Uncooled detectors on a chip (in which the sensor is wafer-level-packaged and integrated with a single chip ASIC and low-cost optics). These developments will partly be driven by new thermal imaging smartphone attachments.
  • High-end dual-band systems (3rd Gen) – a technology that has been delayed for several years but may now be on the path to procurement
  • Moves to High Operating Temperature (HOT) cooled detectors and systems
  • Growth in SWIR systems

At the same time, military infrared continues to grow rapidly in parts of Asia (India and China) and the Middle East. Uncooled detectors made in China are now starting to be built into Chinese military sights.

What's new in this report?

(1) An update on spending Projections for military infrared systems for the top 25 countries worldwide:

  • NORTH AMERICA: U.S. and Canada
  • EUROPE: UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Poland, Greece, Norway
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  • ASIA: China, Russia, India
  • PACIFIC RIM: Japan, South Korea, Australia, Taiwan, Singapore
  • SOUTH AMERICA: Brazil, Colombia

(2) Market shares for suppliers of gimbaled airborne infrared systems.

  • Maxtech International's up-to-date research on World Military Infrared Imaging Markets separately covers the infrared detectors (FPAs) and the military infrared systems in which they are used. The following military infrared systems are covered in detail:
  • Ground-based Systems, including Night Sights, Fire Control Systems, Driver's Vision Enhancers, Thermal Weapon Sights, Fused IR/I2 Systems, Unattended Ground Sensors, Soldier Systems, Hostile Fire Indicators (HFI);
  • Airborne Systems, including Targeting/Navigation Pods, Targeting/Piloting Systems, Reconnaissance Systems, Infrared Countermeasures, Infrared Search and Track (IRST) Systems and Persistent Surveillance Systems (fixed wing, rotary wing and UAVs);
  • Naval Systems including optronic masts, thermal night sights, and shipboard IRST;
  • Tactical Missile Seekers, including air-to-air, surface-air, air-surface, ground-ground; and smart munitions;
  • Strategic Surveillance and Missile Defense including infrared satellite early warning systems and ballistic missile defense systems.

The World Market for Military Infrared Imaging Detectors and Systems is the only such report on world military infrared markets and follows Maxtech International's highly acclaimed report on world commercial infrared markets. The report contains over 400 pages of up-to-date market information and forecasts and is priced at $4900. It is only available directly from Maxtech (no third parties are authorized for its distribution.)

Maxtech International's analysis of World Military Infrared Imaging Markets provides the following valuable market information:

  • The current size of world military infrared detector and systems markets (base year: 2013).
  • Five-year projections of world military infrared detector and systems markets (2014 - 2018)
  • Geographic segmentation of the overall market into the following regions: North America, Europe, Pacific Rim, Asia, Latin America, Africa and Middle East
  • An analysis of military infrared capabilities for 25 countries
  • Five-year Projections for Military Infrared Spending for the Top 25 Countries Worldwide
  • The expected market growth rate for various types of infrared FPAs
  • Technology trends and the status of next-generation FPAs and systems
  • Competitive analyses and market shares
  • Profiles of 47 suppliers of Military Infrared Imaging Detectors and Systems

New sections include:

  • Growth of HOT (High Operating Temperature) FPAs
  • Growth and market shares for InGaAs FPAs
  • Market shares for suppliers of gimbaled infrared systems

The structure of the report:

Executive Summary
A concise summary of the important results in the report.

A review of definitions, the scope of topics covered, the methodology used and the sources of information.

Types of Infrared Detectors and Systems - An Analysis
Cooled Focal Plane Arrays, Cameras and Systems

  • Mercury Cadmium Telluride (HgCdTe) FPAs and systems
  • Indium Antimonide (InSb) FPAs and systems
  • QWIP (Quantum Well Infrared Photodetectors) FPAs and systems
  • T2SL (Type II Superlattice) FPAs and systems
  • nBn FPAs and systems
  • Lead Sulfide and Lead Selenide (PbS and PbSe) FPAs and systems
  • Extrinsic Silicon (Si:X) FPAs and systems
  • Other cooled FPAs and systems
  • HOT (High Operating Temperature) FPAs

New developments in detector cooling technologies: Thermoelectric, Stirling and Joule-Thomson.
New developments in infrared optics.

Uncooled Focal Plane Arrays (FPAs), Cameras and Systems

  • Vanadium Oxide (VOx) Microbolometers and Systems
  • Amorphous Silicon (a-Si) Microbolometers and Systems
  • SOI FPAs
  • Ferroelectric (Pyroelectric) Arrays and Systems
  • Thermopile Arrays and Systems
  • Vacuum Packaging of Uncooled FPAs
  • Indium Gallium Arsenide (InGaAs) FPAs and Systems
  • Novel Uncooled Technologies

Uncooled FPA development and production plans in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan, and the Rest of the World.

Trends in Military Infrared Imaging Systems:

  • 1st Gen
  • 2nd Gen
  • 3rd Gen
  • HD (High Definition) Infrared Systems
  • HOT ("High" Operating Temperature) FPAs and Systems

Major U.S. infrared programs (funding, program status and infrared components used)

  • 2nd Gen HTI upgrades
  • 3rd Gen FLIR (now I-FLIR)
  • Driver's Vision Enhancer – FOS (Family of Systems)
  • BCTM (Brigade Combat Team Modernization)
  • GCV (Ground Combat Vehicle) IR
  • AAV (Amphibious Assault Vehicle) thermal sights
  • VOSS (Vehicle Optics Sensor System)
  • TWS (Thermal Weapon Sights) and FWS (Family of Weapon Sights)
  • ENVG (Enhanced Night Vision Goggle) and ENVG III
  • XM25 (Individual Semi-Automatic Airburst System)
  • COTI (Clip On Thermal Imager)
  • STS (Squad Thermal Sight)
  • MRTB (Medium Range Thermal Bi-ocular)
  • LLDR (Lightweight Laser Designator Rangefinder)
  • LTLM (Laser Target Locator Module)
  • JETS (Joint Effects Targeting System)
  • F-22 Missile Launch Detector (MLD)
  • F-35 Joint Strike Fighter EO (EOTS and DAS)
  • Sniper ATP (Advanced Targeting Pod) and ATP-SE
  • Litening G5
  • ATFLIR (Advanced Targeting FLIR) and NEXGENFLIR
  • F/A-18E/F IRST
  • MTS (Multispectral Targeting System)
  • CSP (Common Sensor Payload)
  • ACES-HY (Hyperspectral Sensors) and SPIRITT (Spectral Infrared Imaging Transition Testbed)
  • MTADS/PNVS upgrade for Apache
  • GFAS (Ground Fire Acquisition System)
  • DIRCM (Directed Infrared Counter Measures)
  • LAIRCM (Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures) and NexGen MWS (Missile Warning System)
  • CIRCM (Common Infrared Countermeasures)
  • JATAS (Joint and Allied Threat Awareness System)
  • ThNDR (proposed fast-jet missile warning)
  • P-8A Poseidon EO/IR
  • UAV EO/IR systems (Switchblade, Predator, Reaper, Pioneer, Shadow TUAV, Gray Eagle, Global Hawk, BAMS, Raven, Fire Scout VTUAV MQ-8B)
  • Javelin
  • JASSM (Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile)
  • JAGM (Joint Air to Ground Missile)
  • JSOW (Joint Standoff Weapon)
  • SDB II (Small Diameter Bomb II)
  • SFW (Sensor Fuzed Weapon)
  • AIM-9X
  • Shipboard IRST
  • SPS (Shipboard Protection System)
  • Phalanx CIWS
  • RAM (Rolling Airframe Missile)
  • PGSS (Persistent Ground Surveillance System)
  • PTDS (Persistent Threat Detection System)
  • AWAPSS (Airborne Wide Area Persistent Surveillance Sensor)
  • ARGUS-IR (Autonomous Real-time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance - Infrared)
  • WAPS (Wide Area Persistent Surveillance - AngelFire)
  • U-2 SYERS reconnaissance pod
  • SBIRS (Space-based Infrared System)
  • OPIR (Overhead Persistent Infrared)
  • CHIRP (Commercially Hosted Infrared Payload)
  • High Stare
  • STSS (Space Tracking and Surveillance System)
  • PTSS (Precision Tracking Space System)
  • Ballistic Missile Defense (Aegis BMD, Standard Missile SM-3 seeker, Ground-based Midcourse Segment, EKV seeker, THAAD – plus many others).

European infrared programs

  • MIRAS missile warning system for A400M
  • AASM
  • Storm Shadow/Scalp EG
  • FCLV (Panther)
  • Leopard-2 upgrades
  • FIST
  • FRES
  • Eurofighter Typhoon
  • BGTI
  • Damocles
  • DNVS3
  • IRIS-T
  • MMP
  • OSF
  • SMArt 155
  • IdZ/Gladius (WBZG-HuntIR, NYXUS-Bird, IRV, DRAGON-C)
  • NH-90
  • Tiger
  • Taurus
  • VBCI
  • Watchkeeper

Technology Trends
Leading research and technology developments are discussed. High Operating Temperature ("HOT") sensors (including nBn FPAs), new developments in Type II Superlattice (T2SL) FPAs (VISTA), 3-D Imaging Sensors, Ultra-small pixel Uncooled FPAs and Novel Uncooled FPA development.

Military Infrared Programs
More than 200 major military infrared programs worldwide are described including the detector type, prime contractors, status of program and status of funding.

Market Segmentation and Forecasts
World market sizes and forecasts from 2013 to 2018 are provided separately for Infrared Detectors and Systems.

The overall market (consumption) is segmented geographically into the following regions: North America, Europe, Pacific Rim, Asia, Latin America, Africa and Middle East.

The detector market is segmented by cooled FPAs, First Generation, Discrete and Uncooled FPAs.

A five-year forecast (by number of units) is made separately for the following FPAs: mercury cadmium telluride, indium antimonide/nBn, QWIPs, Other Cooled FPAs, Uncooled Microbolometers, Indium Gallium Arsenide and Other Uncooled.

A separate forecast is given for HOT FPAs

A separate, more detailed forecast is given for U.S. military infrared systems in the following segments:

Tactical Missiles, Strategic Missiles and Defense, Airborne, Naval and Ground Based systems.

Five-year Projections for Military Infrared Spending for the Top 25 Countries Worldwide

Suppliers of Military Infrared Detectors and Systems
The structure of the military infrared industry is analyzed. Market shares for suppliers of infrared detectors (overall) and of various types of infrared FPAs are given separately. Market shares for suppliers of infrared systems are given. A total of 47 company profiles are provided.

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