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Unmanned Ground Vehicles, an Exciting Breakthrough in Military Efficiency


September 24th, 2010

Global Information Inc. would like to present a new market research report, "Large and Mid Size Unmanned Ground Vehicles Market Shares Strategies, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2010 to 2016" by WinterGreen Research, Inc..

A new report from WinterGreen Research projects that the markets for large and mid-sized Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV) will reach $2.9 billion by 2016.

Operational success of military robots is paving the way for wider adoption of unmanned ground vehicles (UGV). Unmanned Ground vehicles (UGV) are assuming logistical support and reconnaissance roles. In other words, they have become mobile recharging stations.

Large unmanned vehicles represent an exciting breakthrough in military efficiency. Vehicles are positioned to support logistics missions, recharge batteries, carry soldier backpacks, and defuse bombs. They can provide a platform for launching laser defensive weapons. Vehicles are positioned to patrol and secure positions. They are very useful for border patrols. The shutdown of the U.S. future combat systems (FCS) program has hampered development of the large vehicles.

Companies with existing large and mid size unmanned ground vehicles have already developed and achieved an enormous strategic advantage because those existing product vehicles are the only ones that will be considered for installation going forward. As all development dollars have been eliminated in the short term, existing products will be funded as the military receives renewed interest in them. Both military and commercial opportunities are expected to evolve from the automated process.

The shutdown of the UGV programs is in no way an indicator of any lack of value of the large unmanned vehicles. It merely represents a transition to different funding scenarios and different product iterations. What is most likely is that the unmanned ground vehicles (UGV) will be funded in the near term as a way to automate the army and reduce the number of people needed to create a credible ground force in any warlike encounter.

To position the UGVs as an effective extension of US presence in terrorist situations is realistic and appropriate. This will result in investment in automated process for vehicles that is appropriate and efficient. The future for Unmanned Ground vehicles looks optimistic after all.


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