U.S. Army Makes Significant Investment in HEMTT/PLS Recapitalization

by Dean Lockwood, Military Vehicles Analyst, Forecast International.

HEMTT-A3. Source: Oshkosh Defense

HEMTT-A3. Source: Oshkosh Defense

The U.S. Army continues to bolster its logistic support capability with a series of recent contracts let to truck manufacturer Oshkosh Defense. In late March 2016, the U.S. Army awarded Oshkosh Defense three contracts, with a combined value in excess of $433.3 million, for the recapitalization of at least 991 Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks and Palletized Load System vehicles and 345 PLS trailers. Continue reading

Is Europe Reviving Defense as a Policy Priority? It Depends Upon Geography

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

European_flag_in_Karlskrona_2011

European Flag. Photo credit: Wikipedia, MPD01605

As the crisis in Ukraine unfolded in 2014, risk perceptions stirred across the European continent. Defense policy reassessments and heightened security footing skewed depending on geography, but across Europe in general there was a sense of renewed threat emanating from Russia. Continue reading

Harris Lands $47 Million Order from Middle East for RF-7800M Radios

by Greg Giaquinto, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

RF-7800M  Multiband Networking Manpack Radio (MBNR). Source: Harris Corp

RF-7800M Multiband Networking Manpack Radio (MBNR). Source: Harris Corp

Harris Corp recently announced that in 2015, it received a $47 million order for wideband radio systems from an undisclosed nation in the Middle East, reportedly as part of the customer’s tactical communications modernization program.  According to Harris, the systems will be used to support a C4ISR network employed by the nation’s military and security forces. Continue reading

Despite U.S. Export Restrictions, Market for Commercialized Chinese Kuaizhou-11 Rocket Looks Strong

by Bill Ostrove, Space Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

Kuaizhou-11 launch vehicle.

Kuaizhou-11 launch vehicle.

China plans to start launching commercial payloads on its Kuaizhou-11 launch vehicle in 2017. The Kuaizhou-11, which first launched in 2013, is a solid-fuel rocket developed by China Sanjiang Space Group (CSSG). It was originally developed as a quick-reaction launch vehicle that could carry lightweight payloads into low-Earth orbit (LEO) with short notice. Continue reading

GAO Denies Amphibious Combat Vehicle Protest

by Shaun McDougall, Military Markets AnalystForecast International.

BAE Systems ACV 1.1 - Source: BAE Systems

BAE Systems ACV 1.1 – Source: BAE Systems

The U.S. Government Accountability Office has denied General Dynamics Land Systems’ protest of contract awards to BAE Systems and SAIC for the Marine Corps’ Amphibious Combat Vehicle program.  The companies were awarded contracts in November 2015, and General Dynamics filed a protest in December.  Advanced Defense Vehicle Systems (ADVS) and Lockheed Martin were also in the running for the program.    Continue reading

USAF Postpones T-X RFP

by Ray Jaworowski, Senior Aerospace Analyst, Forecast International.

Lockheed Martin/Korea Aerospace Industries T-50A. Source: Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin/Korea Aerospace Industries T-50A is being offered for the T-X competition.  Source: Lockheed Martin

The U.S. Air Force Program Executive Officer for Mobility has delayed issuance of the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the T-X advanced pilot training program by three months.  The program office now expects the RFP to be released in late December 2016.   The postponement follows completion of an internal review regarding the program’s remaining tasks, and is intended to ensure the release of a well-defined RFP. Continue reading

Billions Going to DARPA’s Network-Centric Project

by Greg Giaquinto, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

Network-Centric Warfare Technology

Network-Centric Warfare Technology

Network-centric tactical operations are in full swing at the U.S. Department of Defense.  Forecast International projects that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will spend more than $1.86 billion on its Network-Centric Enabling Technology project over the next 10 years. Continue reading

Will the Largest In-Flight Connectivity Deal in China Keep Gogo Dominant?

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

Gogo 2Ku Antenna Source: Gogo

Gogo 2Ku Antenna.  Source: Gogo

Gogo recently made the largest announced in-flight connectivity deal in China, which also happens to be the first airline deal for Gogo in the country.

The agreement with Beijing-based Shareco Technologies will see Gogo’s 2Ku in-flight connectivity technology installed on 50 commercial aircraft for Shareco’s airline partners, including Hainan Airlines and Beijing Capital Airlines.  Gogo will also provide its wireless in-flight entertainment solution, Gogo Vision, for Shareco to install on the aircraft. Continue reading

Despite Tank Glut, Market Remains Lucrative for Players with Successful Programs

By Dean Lockwood, Military Vehicles Analyst, Forecast International.

 M1A1 Abrams battle tank. Photographer: Cpl Tyler L. Main/MCT via Getty Images

M1A1 Abrams.  Photographer: Cpl Tyler L. Main/MCT via Getty Images

Second only to the infantryman in terms of combat effectiveness, the “mailed fist” of heavy armor remains a highly adaptable force multiplier on the modern battlefield. Forecast International Weapons Group’s “The Market for Tanks” report projects that more than 3,800 main battle tanks, worth over $17.2 billion, will be produced through 2025. According to the report, high-end tanks will account for 24.1 percent of all new production, worth 43 percent of the market, during the next 10 years.

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The Wall Street Journal Interviews Rostec CEO Sergei Chemezov

by Derek Bisaccio, Military Markets Analyst, Forecast International.

Rostec CEO Sergei Chemezov Source: Rostec

Rostec CEO Sergei Chemezov.  Source: Rostec

Recently, the CEO of Russia’s Rostec, Sergei Chemezov, sat down with The Wall Street Journal for an interview on a range of subjects pertaining to the company.[i] The interview covered a number of important ongoing topics, touching on Russia’s domestic defense industry as well as its export market. Rostec is a Russian conglomerate that comprises a number of businesses. It has 14 holding companies, five of which are geared toward the civilian market and nine that specialize in military products. Continue reading