Aerojet Rocketdyne Gets Back on Track

by Richard Pettibone, Aerospace & Defense Companies and Bill Ostrove, Space Systems

AR1 Booster Engine. Source: Aerojet Rocketdyne

After a difficult few years, Aerojet Rocketdyne is getting back on track.  With its backlog steadily improving, the company has addressed its sales and past difficulties. Continue reading

It’s Official, UTC Buying Rockwell Collins in $30 Billion Deal

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 cash and stock transaction valued at $30 billion. Continue reading

UTC Aerospace Systems Even More Formidable With Rockwell Collins

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

Rockwell Collins MFD-268C4 Displays in a UH-60M helicopter

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 their new fuel-efficient aircraft designs.  This robust market is one that UTC Aerospace Systems is especially well positioned to capture.  The combined entity offers a vast amount of product content – one-stop shopping – for commercial aircraft primes.  The combination should also offer economies of scale, making product costs lower and even more attractive. Continue reading

Top Contractors Hold Their Positions as Defense Spending Begins to Rise

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

F-35A Weapons Carriage (Lockheed Martin Photo by Matt Short)

As defense markets continue to adapt to dynamic economic and political forces, the major players continue to hold their entrenched positions.

Regional turmoil in parts of the Middle East, Europe and Asia continue to drive the need for more spending. Further, international sales for many firms are set to expand, driven by fear over the Islamic State (also known as ISIS), a more bellicose Russia, and regional pressures from China and North Korea. Continue reading

Sukhoi Builds on Initial Success

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

Sukhoi Superjet 100

As the primary foundation upon which Russia’s United Aircraft Corp has been built, Sukhoi remains the strongest of the Russian manufacturers.  The company’s success is due to two programs: one civil aircraft, the Sukhoi Superjet 100; and one military, the Su-35 fighter. Continue reading

The Effect of 2016’s Presidential Election on Worldwide Aerospace and Defense Markets Part 1/2

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. Continue reading

Kaman Seeks Balance as K-MAX Begins Production Anew

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

Kaman Unmanned K-Max helicopter

Kaman Unmanned K-Max helicopter

In spite of a market slowdown, Kaman expects aerospace and defense to be its key revenue drivers going forward.  Aerospace revenues will be steady as airframers deal with massive order backlogs. The ongoing conflicts in the Middle East will continue to drive sales for fuzing products in defense.

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Russia’s UAC Dreams of Civil, Banks on Military

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

Sukhoi Superjet 100

Sukhoi Superjet 100.  Source: Superjet International

United Aircraft Corporation is ever so slowly coming into its own.  Following its formation, the firm struggled to combine the disparate entities and Russia’s aerospace industry into a cohesive whole.  While the firm still has a way to go, it has made substantial progress.

With the conflict in Ukraine, UAC has pulled back on its international defense marketing to a degree – at least to new customers.  Instead, the company is focusing on its nascent commercial programs, the Sukhoi Superjet 100 and the under-development Irkut MC-21.

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China’s AVIC Moves Closer to World Stage with Rollout of C919

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

C919 Rollout Cermony. (COMAC)

C919 Rollout Cermony. (COMAC)

China’s dream of becoming a major aerospace power took a step closer to becoming reality with the long-awaited rollout of the C919.  This all-new narrowbody airliner is designed to compete directly against Airbus’ A320 family and Boeing’s 737.

Led by AVIC’s COMAC subsidiary, the program is now entering the difficult phase of testing, certification and delivery. It’s true that AVIC may have gained experience through the long-delayed ARJ21 regional jet program, but even Airbus, Boeing, and Bombardier have trouble keeping to aggressive schedules with all-new aircraft.  Testing and certificating the C919 is going to be a long, drawn-out process, and service entry in the Chinese market is unlikely to occur until 2018 or later. Continue reading

Bombardier Looks to Put Its Troubles Behind

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

Bombardier CSeries CS100

Bombardier CSeries CS100

The turmoil that has roiled Bombardier over the past few years came to a head in 2015 when top management was dramatically reshuffled.

In February, Alain Bellemare was named to replace CEO Pierre Beaudoin. In April, Fred Cromer was selected to lead Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. In June, David M. Coleal was named president of Bombardier Business Aircraft. Finally, in August, a new chief financial officer, John Di Bert, was named to replace the retiring Pierre Alary.

The new management team has its work cut out for it as it seeks to deal with a litany of woes in the CSeries, Global 7000/8000, and Learjet 85 programs.

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