Japan Opts for More Small Ships – and a Faster Build Rate
Posted on Wed, 22 Feb 2017 20:29:32 +0000 EST

by Dan Darling, International Military Markets Analyst, Forecast International. Faced with a growing People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) naval capacity and maritime presence in waters of the East China Sea, Japan’s government plans to accelerate, alter and expand a warship … Continue reading

Poland’s Wisla Air Defense Competition Could Prove Lucrative for Embattled MEADS
Posted on Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:47:14 +0000 EST

by C. Zachary Hofer, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International. Until recently, Poland’s Wisla medium-range air defense contest appeared to be locked up, with the Raytheon Patriot and its re-engineered 360° AESA radar looking poised to win. Now, the competing MEADS … Continue reading

Boeing Confronts Challenges of a New Administration and Cooling Commercial Sales
Posted on Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:15:40 +0000 EST

by Richard Pettibone, Aerospace & Defense Companies Analyst, Forecast International. With the glory days of the recent record-setting boom a memory, both Boeing and Airbus are adapting their operations as they prepare for flatter growth while ramping up production of … Continue reading

PSLV Launch with 104 Payloads Opens New Opportunities for Small Satellites
Posted on Thu, 16 Feb 2017 18:15:00 +0000 EST

by Bill Ostrove, Space Systems Analyst, Forecast International. On the morning of February 15, 2017, ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (designated PSLV-C37) launched the 714-kilogram Cartosat-2 Series Satellite and 103 co-passenger satellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota. The … Continue reading

In a Sensible Move, Argentina’s Defense Minister Decides Not to Purchase Supersonic Jets
Posted on Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:13:10 +0000 EST

by Bill Ostrove, International Military Markets Analyst, Forecast International. Argentine Minister of Defense Julio Martinez has ruled out the purchase of supersonic fighter jets for the Argentine Air Force. The defense minister made his announcement on February 1 during an … Continue reading

Indian Navy on the Hunt for Multirole Carrier-Borne Fighters
Posted on Wed, 15 Feb 2017 08:00:31 +0000 EST

by Dan Darling, International Military Markets Analyst, Forecast International. The Indian Ministry of Defense – acting upon the Navy’s formal requirement for 57 multirole carrier-based fighters (MRCBFs) – has issued  a Request for Information (RFI). The RFI comes with multiple … Continue reading

2017 Off to a Very Slow Start – Boeing Leads January Deliveries and Orders
Posted on Tue, 14 Feb 2017 08:21:53 +0000 EST

by J. Kasper Oestergaard, European Correspondent. Boeing and Airbus delivered 44 and 25 commercial jets in January 2017, respectively, compared to 49 and 22 during the same month last year. January is traditionally a very slow month for both shipments … Continue reading

Greece Aims for F-16 Upgrade, but F-35 Plans Remain a Pipe Dream
Posted on Mon, 13 Feb 2017 08:17:59 +0000 EST

by Dan Darling, International Military Markets Analyst, Forecast International. The Hellenic Defense Ministry announced on February 7 that Greece intends to move forward on an upgrade to its large inventory of F-16C/D combat aircraft and begin exploring a future purchase … Continue reading

Enhanced Polar System Should Avoid Ice Station Zebra Scenario
Posted on Fri, 10 Feb 2017 08:06:20 +0000 EST

By Richard Sterk, C4I Analyst, Forecast International. In an attempt to prevent a real life Ice Station Zebra incident, the U.S. DoD has pumped money and technology into the Enhanced Polar System (EPS). The system’s mission – to provide around-the-clock … Continue reading

The Ongoing A-10 Replacement Saga
Posted on Thu, 09 Feb 2017 08:09:10 +0000 EST

by Ray Jaworowski, Senior Aerospace Analyst, Forecast International. In early 2014, then-Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced plans to retire the U.S. Air Force A-10 fleet over a period of five years.  However, the proposal sparked considerable congressional opposition and, in … Continue reading