Manned-Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T) – Thematic Intelligence

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Manned-Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T) Thematic Intelligence Report Overview

Manned-Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T) denotes the homogenous employment of heterogenous aerial assets, namely traditional manned platforms, and unmanned platforms, within individual combat units. The MUM-T concept seeks to enable human operators leverage the inherent benefits of both manned and unmanned platforms simultaneously, thus creating a multi-role and adaptive airborne force. The US and various other militaries have already begun testing the pairing of various unmanned assets with different types of fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft. The emergence of MUM-T capabilities has been enabled by various technological advances such as advanced data link solutions which allow for data to be exchanged between different types of airborne assets without a traditional Ground Control Station (GCS).

The MUM-T thematic intelligence report provides an understanding of the market challenges and opportunities surrounding the MUM-T theme. The report will also help to comprehend how spending on MUM-T technology will fit into the overall market and which spending areas are being prioritized.

Report Pages 35
Regions Covered Global
Key Trends Technology Trends, Macroeconomic Trends, and Regulatory Trends
Leading Public Companies Airbus, BAE Systems, Boeing, and Dassault
Leading Private Companies AeroVironment, Autonodyne, Avio Aero, and Blue Force Technologies

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MUM-T – Trends

The main trends shaping the MUM-T theme over the next 12 to 24 months are categorized into technology trends, macroeconomic trends, and regulatory trends.

Technology trends: The key technology trends impacting the MUM-T theme are innovation in technologies such as Transnational interoperability, ABMS, and Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2).

Macroeconomic trends: The key macroeconomic trends impacting the MUM-T theme are focus on geopolitical drivers, rising procurement and defense sector R&D costs, and nascent MUM-T doctrine.

Regulatory trends: The key regulatory trend impacting the MUM-T theme are ‘killer’ robots. A key issue in the development of MUM-T aircraft is the potential for AI-driven platforms to be empowered to make decisions and act upon them in a way that may result in the loss of life.

MUM-T – Industry Analysis

One of the earliest iterations of MUM-T techniques was deployed by the US Army aboard the AH-64D Longbow Apache helicopter gunship. The Apache Block II demonstrated video transmission to the One System Remote Video Terminal (OSRVT) via the Efficient Tactical Common Data Link (TCDL). The TCDL enables the Apache to send and receive video and metadata.

The Apache is currently using the Visual User Interface Tool-2 (VUIT-2) system in theatre with outstanding results. The VUIT-2 system can transmit both Apache and UAS video to the infantry units equipped with OSRVTs. VUIT-2 facilitates positive target identification for soldiers on the ground with reduced situational awareness, and once the target is confirmed the Apache aircrew can engage it with the appropriate weapon systems.

Manned-Unmanned Teaming – US Army Apache

Manned-Unmanned Teaming – US Army Apache

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Leading Public Companies in the MUM-T Theme

Some of the leading listed players associated with MUM-T theme are Airbus, BAE Systems, Boeing, and Dassault among others.

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Leading Private Companies in the MUM-T Theme

Some of the leading private players associated with MUM-T theme are AeroVironment, Autonodyne, Avio Aero, and Blue Force Technologies among others.

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Defense Sector Scorecard

At GlobalData, we use a scorecard approach to predict tomorrow’s leading companies within each sector. Our sector scorecards have three screens: a thematic screen, a valuation screen, and a risk screen. The aerospace, defense, and security sector scorecard has three screens:

  • The thematic screen tells us who are the overall leaders in the 10 themes that matter most, based on our thematic engine.
  • The valuation screen ranks our universe of companies within a sector based on selected valuation metrics.
  • Our risk screen ranks companies within a sector based on overall investment risk.

MUM-T Sector Scorecard – Thematic Screen

MUM-T Sector Scorecard – Thematic Screen

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  • The key defense challenges that forces and defense sector suppliers face are covered.
  • The investment opportunities for armed forces, suppliers, and institutional investors, across the whole MUM-T value chain are covered.
  • Highlights from the range different MUM-T research and development programs currently being undertaken by various military organizations and defense companies.

Key Highlights

  • Studies of emerging technological trends and their broader impact on the defense market.
  • Analysis of the various defense and security related MUM-T projects currently under development, as well cross-industry research initiatives which could impact the future applications of these technologies.

Reasons to Buy

  • Determine potential investment companies based on trend analysis and market projections.
  • Gaining an understanding of the market challenges and opportunities surrounding the MUM-T theme.
  • Understanding how spending on MUM-T technology will fit into the overall market and which spending areas are being prioritized.

Lockheed Martin
BAE Systems
Northrop Grumman
General Atomics
Avio Aero
Mitsubishi Electric
Kratos Defense
Blue Force Technologies
Fregata System
NextGen Aeronautics

Table of Contents

  • 1. Executive Summary
  • 2. Players
  • 3. Technology Briefing
  • 4. Trends

    • 4.1. Technology trends
    • 4.2. Macroeconomic trends
    • 4.3. Regulatory trends

  • 5. Industry Analysis

    • 5.1. Use cases

  • 6. Companies

    • 6.1. Public companies
    • 6.2. Private companies

  • 7. Sector Scorecards

    • 7.1. Aerospace, defense, and security sector scorecard

  • 8. Glossary
  • 9. Further Reading
  • 10. Our Thematic Research Methodology
  • 11. About GlobalData
  • 12. Contact Us

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