Investment and development opportunities for quantum systems in the aerospace defense sector

Investment and development opportunities for quantum systems in the aerospace defense sector

About the Client:

The Client is an aerospace defense company.

The Challenge:

The Client came to PreScouter seeking to better understand the investment and development opportunities available globally for quantum systems and quantum sensor development. The goal of the Client was to determine which technical area was most relevant to develop, given:

  • The current state of the technology
  • The available funding sources from governments and military units around the world
  • The outlook on the effectiveness of products developed from these technologies in about 5-10 years’ time


From its network of 4000+ Advanced Degree Researchers (ADRs), PreScouter put together a team of experts and scholars that conducted research on the development of quantum systems and ascertained the state of the art in each of the following quantum technical areas as applied to military use:

  • Frequency standards/clocks
  • Navigation
  • Electromagnetic field measurement
  • Gravity/gradient
  • Radar
  • Earth observation/infrared communication
  • Key distribution

The PreScouter team then identified and brought on Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to create a report that they presented to the Client to help them make decisions about which technologies held the most promise for investment and development.


From PreScouter’s report, the Client obtained vital background information and learned about  the current state of quantum systems and quantum sensors for military use. PreScouter’s work helped the Client gain valuable insights into specific technological areas that they were interested in exploring.

Impact of PreScouter work:

The Client now has a more clear understanding of which sensor areas will make for a better investment opportunity, given the likely products that can be derived from these technologies and the available sources of funding.

In addition to this, Precouter’s results were used to produce a quantum technology development roadmap for the US military.

A downloadable version of this case study is available here.

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