- Upgrades and re-manufactured platforms favored over completely new systems
MOUNTAIN VIEW, California, Oct. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Budget Control Act (BCA) of 2011 could force the Department of Defense (DoD) to cut approximately $1 trillion in spending over the next 10 years, as well as significantly reduce military expenditures for new weapons systems. This is expected to drive the development of cost-effective, modern, multi-purpose ground combat vehicles (GCV) that can be deployed in urban, rural and coastal terrain.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (http://www.defense.frost.com), Analysis of the DoD Ground Combat Vehicle Market, finds that the GCV market generated revenues of over $3.67 billion in 2011 and estimates that revenues will decrease to $3.19 billion by 2017. The DoD has earmarked a budget of $2.61 billion for GCVs, with the Army accounting for $2.18 billion of the total purse.
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The February 2011 report on defense intelligence from the Defense Science Board Task Force identified 24 countries that could pose counterinsurgency (COIN) challenges to the United States, revealing that traditional combat is giving way to irregular warfare (IW). COIN operations usually involve long, sustained ground engagements and current COIN as well as nation-building activities in countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Yemen drive the continued need for GCVs.
"Mandated budget cuts, reductions in ground troops and the shift in military strategy to the Asia Pacific will force armed services to make tough decisions on the type of programs they need to cut, reduce, maintain or increase," said Frost & Sullivan Senior Industry Analyst Michael Blades. "If sequestration occurs, all GCV modernization programs are likely to be terminated."
To maintain a balanced force, services need networked vehicles for full-spectrum operations. Future combat vehicles must give soldiers the option of off-road maneuvering, greater protection against improvised explosive devices (IEDs) on established roads, better mobility in urban areas and enhanced on-the-move communication and networking capabilities.
"Next-generation platforms are also likely to be based on existing commercial or government off-the-shelf vehicles," said Blades. "Upgrades will be preferred over building vehicles from-the-ground-up."
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