New Power for Cellular Towers

by Carter Palmer, Power Systems SpecialistForecast International.

MTG12 (12kW) Bladon Jets Microturbine

Can cellular towers be cheaper and greener? At Bladon Jets, the answer is a resounding yes. The microturbine, fast becoming a favorite among distributed power proponents, might just be the future. Continue reading

Another Tender, Another Failure as India Seeks to Reboot Its Minesweeper Project

by Dan Darling, International Military Markets Analyst, Forecast International.

Kangnam Minesweeper.  Source – Kangnam Corporation.

The Indian Navy’s pressing requirement for modern mine countermeasures vessels (MCMVs) continues to take a back seat to bureaucratic bungling, “Make in India” industrial offset requirements, and pushback from South Korean shipbuilder Kangnam. Continue reading

Triumph Group’s Restructuring Produces Early Results, and Cause for Optimism

by Richard Pettibone, Aerospace & Defense Companies Analyst, Forecast International.

Fuselage under construction at Triumph Aerospace Structures

Having expanded too fast in the recent past, Triumph Group is in the midst of rationalizing its operations in order to get back on track. Under CEO Dan Crowley, Triumph is following its “One Triumph” initiative that aims to transform the company into a more nimble and responsive supplier.

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In Controversial Move, Mexican Senate Approves Military Operations Against Criminals

by Bill Ostrove, International Military Markets Analyst, Forecast International.

Mexico Army paratroopers

In a 71 to 34 vote, the Mexican Senate approved the Internal Security Law, which gives the Mexican armed forces a legal framework to conduct internal security operations. Proponents of the law say it will give the military the ability to support police in combating criminal networks that have hurt Mexico, while opponents believe it will lead to increased human rights abuses. Continue reading

Embraer and Boeing Merger Would Round Out Aircraft Offerings

By Richard Pettibone and Ray Jaworowski, Analysts, Forecast International.

Embraer E190-E2

Boeing and Embraer have confirmed that the two companies are engaged in discussions regarding a potential combination, the basis of which remains under discussion.  While an outright acquisition is unlikely due to Brazilian government fears of outright foreign ownership, some form of joint venture is likely. Continue reading

Uzbekistan Aims to Boost Its Military Capabilities

by Derek Bisaccio, International Military Markets Analyst, Forecast International.

Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev. Photo by Yolkin Shamsiddinov/uza.uz

Since the death last year of Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov, Uzbekistan has made headlines as its new president, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, seeks to reform much of the country by liberalizing the economy, improving the country’s human rights image, and smoothing relations with neighbors in Central Asia. While many observers of the country have been cautious about raising expectations of real reform, given structural constraints, Uzbekistan has released numerous prisoners, removed individuals from a “black list,” and signaled a willingness to end the practice of using forced labor in cotton production. President Mirziyoyev has made a point of engaging with neighboring countries, especially Kyrgyzstan, over disputed topics, such as border delineation and water usage. Continue reading

A Wide-Angle View of the Airline MRO Market

by Matthew Beres, Airborne Retrofit & Modernization Analyst, Forecast International.

AAR Corp’s Airframe MRO facility in Indianapolis, IN.

It’s well known that the international MRO market is going to grow. The important question is, how is the market going to grow? Certainly whether you are an OEM or a traditional vendor – if you aren’t up to date with the latest technological momentum and industry trends, the ocean is going to look very red. Continue reading

Airbus, Boeing Report November 2017 Orders and Deliveries

Boeing Adds to Orders Lead as Airbus Gears Up for December Shipments Surge

by J. Kasper Oestergaard, European Correspondent.

On November 19, 2017, Boeing and Ireland-based leasing firm Avolon finalized a deal for 75 737 MAX jets. The deal was originally announced as an MoU at Paris Air Show 2017 and includes firm orders for 55 737 MAX 8s and 20 737 MAX 10s, and options for another 20 737 MAX 8s. Photo Courtesy The Boeing Co.

Boeing and Airbus delivered 70 and 74 commercial jets in November 2017, respectively, compared to 64 and 61 during the same month last year. This year to date, Boeing has delivered 680 jets (681 at same time last year), while Airbus has delivered 591 jets (577). In 2016, Boeing delivered 748 jets (762 in 2015), in line with company expectations, while Airbus surpassed its delivery target of 650 jets by handing over 688 jets during 2016 (635 in 2015). Continue reading

COMAC Leading the Way for China’s Aerospace Ambitions

by Richard Pettibone, Aerospace & Defense Companies Analyst, Forecast International.

CR929 model. Source: COMACCOMAC, and its former parent, AVIC, have worked hand in glove on two of China’s premier aircraft programs, the C919 narrowbody airliner and the ARJ21 regional jet. More recently, COMAC partnered with Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) on a new airliner, the CR929. Continue reading

Recent Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Retrofits

by Matthew Beres, Airborne Retrofit & Modernization Analyst, Forecast International.

Special Mission King Air 350ER. Source: Textron Aviation

GDC Middle East was recently awarded a contract by Sierra Nevada Corporation to upgrade two King Air 350 aircraft to Special Mission (ISR) aircraft. The two King Air 350s will receive radar, secure communications, datalinks, and optical sensors as part of the upgrade. Further modifications will be made to the aircrafts’ cabins, wiring harnesses, and cockpits.

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