The Doklam Plateau and Indian Air Superiority
Posted on Thu, 21 Sep 2017 07:00:29 +0000 EST

by Matthew Beres, Airborne Retrofit & Modernization Analyst, Forecast International. The standoff between China and India on the Doklam plateau hasn’t quite exploded onto the international headlines, but the situation nevertheless has great implications.  These are the largest nations in … Continue reading

ILS Proton Getting Back on Track
Posted on Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:32:24 +0000 EST

by Bill Ostrove, Space Systems Analyst, Forecast International. International Launch Services (ILS) has successfully delivered the Amazonas 5 satellite into orbit on an ILS Proton for HISPASAT.  The ILS Proton launched from Pad 39 at 1:23 a.m. local time on September … Continue reading

When Market Segments Collide
Posted on Fri, 15 Sep 2017 07:06:22 +0000 EST

by Larry Dickerson, Missile Systems Analyst, Forecast International. The anti-ship missile market is growing.  Despite this, the segment might not be around in the future. The value of the anti-ship missile market will climb over the next 15 years.  This … Continue reading

Major Expansion of U.S. Navy Amphibious Warfare Fleet?
Posted on Thu, 14 Sep 2017 07:00:16 +0000 EST

by Stuart Slade, Senior Naval Systems Analyst, Forecast International. The decision to use the LPD-17 design as the baseline for the LX(R) has opened up a major discussion on the future size and composition of the U.S. Navy amphibious warfare … Continue reading

S-Cube the Sonar of Choice for New Submarines
Posted on Thu, 07 Sep 2017 07:12:38 +0000 EST

By Richard Sterk, Defense Electronics Analyst, Forecast International. The older generation Eledone (technology- based) sonars such as the TSM-2233 are being phased out by newer sonars like the S-Cube and the UMS-3000.  (The UMS-3000 appears to be the designation for … Continue reading

Alta Devices Enters Growing Smallsat Market With Unique Solar Panel Technology
Posted on Wed, 06 Sep 2017 07:00:38 +0000 EST

by Bill Ostrove, Space Systems Analyst, Forecast International. Alta Devices, founded in 2007 in Sunnyvale, California, manufactures single-junction solar cell technology. The company’s largest market is the UAV market, and it also has a presence in the automotive, Internet of Things … Continue reading

It’s Official, UTC Buying Rockwell Collins in $30 Billion Deal
Posted on Tue, 05 Sep 2017 13:48:49 +0000 EST

by Richard Pettibone, Aerospace & Defense Companies Analyst, Forecast International.   After a summer of speculation, United Technologies Corp (UTC) and Rockwell Collins announced that they have reached a definitive agreement under which UTC will acquire Rockwell Collins in a … Continue reading

UTC Aerospace Systems Even More Formidable With Rockwell Collins
Posted on Thu, 31 Aug 2017 12:42:42 +0000 EST

by Richard Pettibone, Aerospace & Defense Companies Analyst, Forecast International. While new aircraft orders have slowed lately, the production of commercial aircraft is exceptionally vibrant.  Airbus and Boeing are maintaining tremendous backlogs, and both manufacturers are ramping up production of … Continue reading

F135 Builds On P&W Legacy to Power the F-35
Posted on Wed, 30 Aug 2017 07:00:00 +0000 EST

by Carter Palmer, Power Systems Specialist, Forecast International. Despite drawing equal amounts of praise and ire, the F-35 program is in a continual process of progressing as the airframe surpasses 100,000 hours of flight time.[1] An expensive piece of kit, … Continue reading

Military Satellite Average Launch Mass Continues to Decline
Posted on Mon, 28 Aug 2017 07:00:12 +0000 EST

by Bill Ostrove, Space Systems Analyst, Forecast International. Between 2012 and 2016, global militaries took delivery of 203 satellites. Deliveries reached a peak in 2013 with the launch of 55 satellites. Launches declined to a low point in 2016, when only … Continue reading