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September 14, 2007: Industry forecasts see growing demand for anti-aircraft missiles over the next ten years. The expected demand is for nearly 80,000 missiles, costing over $20 billion. The market is dominated by Raytheon (a U.S. firm) and MBDA (British), who, together, sell some 40 percent of all anti-aircraft missiles. Russia, whose anti-aircraft missiles have a spotty track record, is still expected to grab 5-10 percent of these sales. Russia sells cheaper missiles, and there are still cost conscious buyers out there.


A major factor in sales over the next decade is the demand for anti-missile missiles. There are more expensive, and tend to get upgraded rapidly (and at considerable expense.)


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smitty237    Um.......   9/14/2007 6:56:43 PM
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kirby1       9/15/2007 3:29:07 AM
Well, thats because a lot of countries are upgrading planes. As America snaps up brand new F-22s and F-35s, and France buys new  Rafales, and Britain gets her new EF-2000s, older countries will sit patiently hoping to snatch up the old stuff. F-16s and F/A-18s, French Mirages, British Tornadoes,
During all this upgrading, the Russians are hitting up potential customers by saying "why buy used, when we can sell you new?" Mig-29s, Su-27s, etc and so forth.
All these new purchases in planes are going to be hungry for ordinance, so that right there is a good portion of your market.
While it is doubtful that manpads or anything short of the latest airdefense  will have much luck against the latest generation of fighters (F-22s, F-35s, Rafales, EF-2000s) They may still prove decently effective against the last generation of planes (F-16s, mirages, tornadoes, etc)
Basically, we're in the beginning of another arms race. As the first line militaries upgrade, the secondworlds militaries upgrade to the first worlds previous generation levels (look for lots of retired Mig-21s, F-4s, F-5s, and so forth) The third world then tries to snap up the second worlds handme downs.
The last big arms bananza was due to the fall of the Soviet Union. When the Iron curtain came down, alot of the weapons that went on sale were small arms. AK-47s (The guerrilla fighters best freind) Rockets (Palestinian party favors) mortars  (third world greeting card)  all the little stuff. Now we're in the second phase. Its all heavy weapons now. Tanks (Leapords are in this fall, T-72s are the hottest fashion accessory) ships, ( German U-boats are on special, The russians are building a Stobar carrier for India) missiles ( TOWs,  Anti ship missiles, SAMS, you name it) and planes (Time to retire all those old Mig-21s and upgrade to Mig-29s)
What, did you think the cold war was going to end the madness? Everyone is arming up again.  
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SOP919F3       9/15/2007 2:30:22 PM
Maybe there's a component within the missile design that helps a "friendly" stay that way.  Missiles from Russia, of course would not.
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