F-15 Modernization is Hot Again, but EO and Radar Upgrades Have Been Underway for Years

by C. Zachary Hofer, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle

U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle

The conversation has heated up again: the U.S. Air Force will be modernizing its aging fleet of Boeing F-15s.  Although CNN and Fox have both recently reopened discussion of the topic, this upgrade has been a long time coming and was confirmed to news sources even in advance of one of the aerospace and defense industry’s most prominent coming out parties, July’s Farnborough Air Show.  However, one of the humorous aspects behind the latest wave of news reports (including those this past July) is that information on the F-15 upgrade had been available for a significant amount of time through regular government reporting. Continue reading

The European Defense Environment: Part 2

By Matthew Beres, Forecast International.

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Welcome to the Forecast Roundtable Podcast. Forecast Roundtable brings together expert analysts, industry professionals, and government officials to discuss the latest issues in the aerospace and defense markets. Produced at the Forecast International headquarters, Forecast Roundtable offers unique and in depth insight and discussion on any range of topics from geopolitics to aerospace and defense markets. Topic suggestions are welcome.

This episode features Dan Darling, European Military Markets analyst, and Matthew Beres, Airborne Retrofit and Modernization analyst, as they continue to discuss the European Defense Environment, with an emphasis on an EU army.

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Small Platforms Key to Turbojet Engine’s Future

by Carter Palmer, Power Systems Specialist, Forecast International.

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Schematic diagram showing the operation of an axial flow turbojet engine. Source: wikipedia

The end of the Second World War marked the beginning of a new era in aviation. Turbine-powered aircraft were a vast improvement over previous piston-engine designs in a great many respects and could fly higher and faster. The Jet Age was marked by record-breaking aircraft doing the seemingly impossible. The jet engine had arrived, and its basic form, the turbojet, would power some of the most iconic aircraft of the time. Continue reading

The European Defense Environment: Part 1

By Matthew Beres, Forecast International.

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Welcome to the Forecast Roundtable Podcast. Forecast Roundtable brings together expert analysts, industry professionals, and government officials to discuss the latest issues in the aerospace and defense markets. Produced at the Forecast International headquarters, Forecast Roundtable offers unique and in depth insight and discussion on any range of topics from geopolitics to aerospace and defense markets. Topic suggestions are welcome. Continue reading

India Creeps Closer to FGFA Final Work-Share Agreement with Russia

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

Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA)

Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA). Source: aerofatos.com

Reports in the Indian media indicate that following months of intense negotiating over technical details, a work-share agreement for joint production of a fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) between India and Russia is now close at hand. Continue reading

Airbus Takes Lead in Orders Race | A321neo Outselling 737 MAX 9 ‘Five to One’

On August 30, 2016, Airbus booked an order for 100 A321neo jets for Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia (order was announced at Farnborough International Air Show in July). Photo Courtesy: Airbus SAS

On August 30, 2016, Airbus booked an order for 100 A321neo jets for Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia (order was announced at Farnborough International Air Show in July).
Photo Courtesy: Airbus SAS

Boeing and Airbus delivered 59 and 61 commercial jets in August 2016, compared to 64 and 44 in the same month last year, respectively. In 2016, as of August 31, Boeing is trailing last year’s delivery figures with 491 (503 in 2015) commercial jets delivered, which is in line with company expectations. Airbus, on the other hand, has delivered 400 jets to date and is three deliveries ahead of last year. Continue reading

Massive Sale to Egypt Establishes the SGT-8000H as a Major Market Competitor

by Carter Palmer, Power Systems Specialist, Forecast International

Siemens SGT5-8000H

Siemens SGT5-8000H

Natural gas has long been used for energy production, and its popularity is on the rise. Not necessarily a cheap option, it is the cleanest fossil fuel and its combustion generally results in less pollution. More efficient gas-fired power plants help lower emissions while increasing output, a proverbial win-win. This year has seen combined-cycle efficiency records broken not once but twice, a telling sign of future trends. General Electric is currently the record holder with an impressive efficiency rating of over 62 percent; however, it was Siemens who previously led the pack.[i] Continue reading

Philippines Eyes 14 Percent Defense Budget Increase for 2017

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

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The government of the Philippines aims to bolster the country’s defense budget by 14 percent under its fiscal year 2017 proposal. The latest assumptions put forth by the government cover a PHP3.35 trillion ($71.9 billion) national budget for FY17 that includes a PHP130.6 billion ($2.8 billion) earmark for the Department of National Defense (DND).  If approved by the country’s bicameral Congress, the nominal top-up to the current 2016 defense allocation of PHP111.5 billion ($2.52 billion) would amount to 14 percent year-on-year. Continue reading

U.S. Army PROPHET: A $269 Million Signals Intelligence System for Brigade Commanders

by Andrew Dardine, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

PROPHET Enhanced tactical signals intelligence system

PROPHET Enhanced tactical signals intelligence system

The U.S. Army’s signals intelligence system equips HMMWVs, MRAPs and other vehicles, providing force protection and situational awareness support to U.S. Army Brigade Combat Team (BCT) and Expeditionary – Military Intelligence Brigade (E-MIB) commanders while enabling effective engagement of enemy forces. The Army will spend $269 million on program procurement and enhancements through 2021. Continue reading

HondaJet’s Unique Engine Layout Sets It Apart from the Competition

by Carter Palmer, Power Systems Specialist, Forecast International

HondaJet in flight

HondaJet in flight

Automotive manufacturers have a long history of dabbling in aviation, and vice versa. The Ford Trimotor quickly jumps to mind; however, it is a new business jet entry to the market that is making headlines. The HondaJet, a unique design in the aviation world, has recently entered production. The aircraft and the engines that power it are forecast to do well in the light business jet market.

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