From the Security Experts

April 23, 2009

Military Defense Communications and Applications Growing, Says Frost and Sullivan

By SIP Trunking Report Contributing Editor

According to a recent report by Frost and Sullivan, a provider of growth partnership services, after an assessment of communication technologies for military defense, has found that weapon data links along with advanced networking techniques have a strong influence in strategic battle management.

The report also states that communication technologies for military platforms will now enable defense personnel to immediately share important intelligence data, transfer command and manage instructions.
"Recent advances in weapon data communications have enabled in-flight tracking and retargeting of the launched missile. Another major development is the notion of data-linking munitions, which will enable the missiles to 'talk to one another' and permit them to coordinate 'swarming' attacks," said Anirudh S. Srinivasan, technical insights research analyst, Frost and Sullivan.
It was also found that software-defined communication architecture have assisted in the incorporation of advanced and improved communication capabilities with ballistic missiles and weapon data connections.
Network-centric concepts were found to have helped in the growth of military communications, while the weapon launch system should improve war fighter capabilities. However, interoperability will remain a challenge in military communications, in particular between coalition forces for the sharing of intelligence data.
As there are still insufficient standards, it is possible to have interoperability in the future. This makes it important for industry leaders and market leaders to encourage technology developers, researchers, and other enterprises to build up a mutually advantageous, and an established set of standards.
"The standardized architecture enables a common and interoperable interface between weapons and remote deployment systems. Systems integrators are able to exploit reusable artifacts in achieving cost and schedule economies when developing new weapon deployment and fire control systems," said Gaurav Sundararaman, technical insights research analyst, Frost and Sullivan.
The report also revealed that a growing share of the defense Research and Development expenditures are focused on the development of such integrative technologies like Command and Control Systems. This has proved to be very beneficial in the US military.

Shireen Dee is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Shireen's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jessica Kostek