Boeing’s Christopher Chadwick: UAV Sales to Go Down 20% in 2014

Boeing analysts expect a 20 percent decrease in the unmanned aerial vehicle market after U.S. troops withdraw from Afghanistan in 2014, the company’s top military aircraft executive told DodBuzz.

Christopher Chadwick, president of the military aircraft segment, spoke with reporter Michael Hoffman about how Afghanistan and Iraq gave the U.S. military a UAV testing environment.

Chadwick still expects continuous demand for drones to carry out intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions, Hoffman reports.

The Marine Corps has invested largely in cargo drones including Lockheed Martin’s K-MAX drone, which has received positive reviews and is being watched by Army leaders, Hoffman reports.

Chadwick told Hoffman it took 10 years to first convince the U.S. Navy to transition from the four-crew EA-6B Prowler to the two-crew EA-18 Growler, then move to unmanned platforms.

Navy leaders still believe an electronic warfare officer should be stationed onboard an electronic warfare plane, Chadwick told Hoffman.

According to a recent industry survey, the global UAV market is worth $11 billion with $4.5 billion spent on drones in the U.S.

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