Articles tagged with: UAVs

16
January
2015

Marine Corps Set to Deploy Next-Generation Unmanned Aircraft

Featuring: Philip Finnegan

Marine Corps Set to Deploy Next-Generation Unmanned Aircraft

As far as nano-UAVs, there are a growing number of products in the marketplace for the Marine Corps to choose from, said Phil Finnegan, an analyst with the Teal Group.

A Norwegian company, ProxDynamics, is offering a palm-sized miniature helicopter, the PD-100 T Black Hornet, which can fly with an electro-optical camera and thermal sensor provided by FLIR Systems Inc. for night operations. U.K. forces, and possibly U.S. Special Operations Command, have purchased some of the mini-copters, Finnegan said.

Nano-UAVs "definitely [are] a rapidly growing market. That being said, the [contract] value is nowhere near those of the larger systems," he added.

Media Outlet: National Defense Tags Drones | Marine Corps | UAVs

06
January
2015

FAA’s Failure to Regulate U.S. Drone Boom Creates Climate of Confusion

Featuring: Philip Finnegan

FAA’s Failure to Regulate U.S. Drone Boom Creates Climate of Confusion

"It tests the waters and provides some understanding of these systems. Also, from a political standpoint, it helps address some of the concerns in Congress about the ability of U.S. companies to really address this market," said Philip Finnegan, director of corporate analysis at the Teal Group, a leading aerospace and defense market analysis company. "It's a way of providing an interim step before you go out and do the final rule. And the final rule is going to take a long time."

One of the most troublesome issues the FAA must address in its final rule is to outline the differences between using a drone for commercial purposes versus solely for recreation, and then to police drone operators accordingly.

Under current law, for instance, it is technically legal to equip a drone with a camera and snap pictures of a scenic countryside. Selling those pictures, however, is not allowed.

Ironically, that system may have created a situation in which the most responsible operators can't use drones legally while the most irresponsible can.

"It's going to be very difficult for the FAA to control this. Part of the problem is there are severe restrictions on the commercial operation of these, and a lot of those people would be the most responsible," Mr. Finnegan said. "When it comes to hobbyists — no training, dim awareness of the risks — there is very little in terms of limitations. It's a serious, serious problem."

Media Outlet: The Washington Times Tags Drones | FAA | Regulation | UAVs

16
December
2014

Inside the New Stealth Arsenal

Featuring: Philip Finnegan

Inside the New Stealth Arsenal

As military strategists look ahead, the days of asymmetric warfare and the uncontested airspace that comes with it seem to be drawing to a close. "There are no active area defenses run by insurgents in Afghanistan and Iraq or, for that matter, Syria," says defense analyst Phil Finnegan, of the Fairfax, Virginia–based Teal Group. "But the next generation of UAVs will have to confront potential threats like China. They'll need to be much more capable—faster, with greater autonomy in case communication links are disrupted, and stealthier so they are more difficult for an adversary to detect."

Media Outlet: Popular Science Tags Drones | UAVs

02
December
2014

GoPro Inc's Consumer Drones Could Help Its Stock Take Off

Featuring: Philip Finnegan

GoPro Inc's Consumer Drones Could Help Its Stock Take Off

Research firm Teal Group estimates that global annual spending on drones will nearly double from $6.4 billion to $11.5 billion over the next 10 years. Teal's study shows that military drones currently account for 89% of the market, while civil drones account for the remaining 11%. Yet that split is expected to be 86% military versus 14% civil over the next decade.

Media Outlet: Nasdaq Tags Drones | UAVs

25
October
2014

Sinclair Sees UAS Payoff in Future Jobs

Featuring: Philip Finnegan

Sinclair Sees UAS Payoff in Future Jobs

Phil Finnegan, a drone expert at the Virginia-based Teal Group, also predicted new jobs on the horizon. "There definitely will be growth of new jobs in the UAS industry as commercial operations begin," he said. "At this point, what everyone is waiting for is the FAA to take steps to begin to open air space and that's going to take time."

Media Outlet: Dayton Daily News Tags Drones | UAVs

22
October
2014

Socom Seeks Drone Services to Collect Intel

Featuring: Philip Finnegan

Socom Seeks Drone Services to Collect Intel

The Socom notification is a big deal for the drone industry, said Phil Finnegan, director of corporate analysis for the Teal Group, an aerospace defense consulting firm. "From the industry perspective this is important, because there are very few programs out there," said Finnegan. "Companies are eager not just to get the business, but to get a blue chip customer like Socom."

Media Outlet: The Tampa Tribune Tags Drones | Socom | UAVs

25
September
2014

FAA Approves Drones in Hollywood

Featuring: Philip Finnegan

FAA Approves Drones in Hollywood

Phil Finnegan, an aviation analyst with the Teal Group, said while the U.S. has led the world in developing the technology behind drones, it's fallen far behind when it comes to letting them fly legally.

"Countries like Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom — a lot of European countries — are going after this market," he says.

It'll take the FAA several years to finalize regulations for all drones, Finnegan says, but he believes this initial move will make the American motion picture industry more competitive on the world stage.

Media Outlet: Bloomberg Tags Drones | FAA | UAVs

13
May
2014

Ready for Retirement, Can Predator Find New Home?

Featuring: Philip Finnegan

Ready for Retirement, Can Predator Find New Home?

“The problem both CBP and the Coast Guard have is that they both have very tight budgets,” said Phil Finnegan, director of corporate analysis for the Teal Group. He notes that CBP already flies MQ-9s along the border and may not want to “downgrade” its small fleet of unmanned systems. As is, CBP has come under fire from watchdog groups for the cost of its MQ-9 program. The Coast Guard might be a better bet, Finnegan said. The service has sought unmanned capability for years, including a failed attempt at developing its own specialized platform known as the Eagle Eye, and has a standing interest in land-based UAVs. Taking the older Predators from the Air Force may be a cheap option.

Media Outlet: National Defense Tags Drones | Predator | UAVs

18
April
2014

Export Controls Threaten U.S. Edge in Foreign UAV Markets

Featuring: Philip Finnegan

Export Controls Threaten U.S. Edge in Foreign UAV Markets

Phil Finnegan, director of corporate analysis at the Teal Group, agreed that the control regime could prevent U.S. drone manufacturers from accessing emerging markets.  “There’s definitely a risk of losing market share because of MTCR,” he said. “As this technology spreads worldwide, the U.S. and Israel are not going to be the only exporters. New potential exporters include Turkey and India. China is developing a wide range of UAVs and is beginning to get into the export market.”

Turkey is one of 34 MTCR members. Israel, China and India do not have to abide by the regime’s export rules.  Some change has occurred in the interpretation of the MTCR, allowing U.S. allies to purchase certain systems, Finnegan said. The Australian Navy has purchased the Triton, the U.S. Navy’s maritime version of the Global Hawk for surveillance missions at sea. South Korea is also interested in the Triton, while Japan has indicated a desire to own the U.S. Air Force’s version of the UAV, he said.

“You are also seeing a trend where U.S. companies are being proactive and trying to develop export versions of UAVs that are saleable,” Finnegan said. General Atomics did just that with its Predator XP, an unarmed version of the medium-altitude, long-endurance UAV flown by the U.S. military. The United Arab Emirates was able to procure an XP because it is specifically designed to not carry weapons and its maximum payload is below the 500-kilogram threshold.  General Atomics officials declined to comment for this story.  

“Allies will buy these versions that may not have the capabilities that U.S. forces use but suit their purposes fine,” Finnegan said. “That opens the way for a country like Saudi Arabia to purchase these kinds of high-end UAVs.”

Media Outlet: National Defense Tags China | Foreign Military Sales | Global Hawk | India | South Korea | Triton | Turkey | UAVs

15
April
2014

Ah, sunny Spain. Perfect weather for drones

Ah, sunny Spain. Perfect weather for drones

Although figures for Spain are unclear, a study by defense consultancy The Teal Group last year estimated current global sales are around $5.2 billion a year, and expected to almost double to $11.6 billion over the next decade. Armed with built-in cameras and sensors, custom-built unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, produced by Mas and other small Spanish companies can map the topography of mines and mountains, monitor crops and help fight fires in remote areas.

Media Outlet: Global Post Tags Spain | UAVs

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