Tidal Power a Subsurface, Green Alternative to Fossil Fuels

by Carter Palmer, Power Systems Specialist, Forecast International.

Turbine Schematic

Turbine Schematic. Source: MeyGen

Greener solutions to energy needs are always in high demand for countries looking to reduce their carbon footprint. Wind and solar power have cemented their place in the renewable energy sphere; however, another option is slowly gaining traction. Although the technology is in its early development, tidal turbines are seen as a possible contender in the race to find greener energy. MeyGen, a Scottish project scheduled to come on line later this year, is one example of this new technology at work. Continue reading

Clyde Space Remains at Forefront of Small Satellite Industry

by Bill Ostrove, Space Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

Outernet 1U CubeSat designed by Clyde Space

Outernet 1U CubeSat designed by Clyde Space

While at the 2016 Farnborough Air Show, I had the opportunity to speak with Robin Sampson, a sales manager at Clyde Space, a Scottish satellite equipment manufacturer. The conversation revealed interesting information about Clyde Space as well as some of the major trends within the growing small satellite market. Continue reading

The World Aviation Gas Turbine Market 2016 – 2030

by Edward Nebinger, Forecast International.

Platinum Forecast System TM logo rgbWe are pleased to present a brief summary of the latest forecast information on the world’s aviation gas turbines.  This information has been derived directly from the Aviation Gas Turbine module of Forecast International’s revolutionary Platinum Forecast System® 2.0, the only one of its type worldwide. Continue reading

The Turkish Military Coup That Wasn’t

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

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On the evening of Friday July 15, an event occurred in Turkey that during the four decades prior to the new millennium would have been considered de rigueur inside the country: a military-led coup d’etat. Only this time the effort failed, unlike previous such efforts (1960, 1971, 1980 and 1997), which proved successful. Continue reading

Will Submarine-Hunting Sonobuoys Be Next to Leach onto the Drone Frenzy?

by Richard Sterk, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems MQ-9 Guardian maritime with sonobuoy capability.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems MQ-9 Guardian maritime with sonobuoy capability.

The SSQ-955 HIDAR, produced by Ultra Electronics, first made inroads into the sonobuoy market through its ability to combat the ambient noise levels of coastal waters. This feature made it an attractive item for littoral conflicts.  Also, the SSQ-955’s several adaptable variants and low to average cost are features that could motivate budget-conscious defense departments to procure the system and award replenishment contracts.  Continue reading

Weather Fails to Dampen Excitement of Farnborough 2016

By Bill Ostrove, Space Systems and Military Markets Analyst, and Raymond Jaworowski, Senior Aerospace Analyst, Forecast International.

F-35 Hovering Demo. Photo: Bill Ostrove

F-35 hovering against cloud skies at Farnborough. Photo: Bill Ostrove

Although weather caused the 2016 Farnborough Air Show to get off to an inauspicious start, the excitement picked up later in the week. Continue reading

United States and Russia Edge Closer to Cooperation in Syria

by Derek Bisaccio, Military Markets Analyst, Forecast International.

U.S. Marine Harrier takes off from USS Kearsarge to carry out operations against the Islamic State.  Photo by Centcom

U.S. Marine Harrier takes off from USS Kearsarge to carry out operations against the Islamic State.  Photo by Centcom

Ahead of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s trip to Moscow, The Washington Post published a leaked copy of an apparent U.S. proposal to deepen cooperation between the U.S. and Russia regarding the conflict in Syria, where both countries’ militaries are carrying out air missions. Continue reading

Stalled India-Russia Fifth-Generation Fighter Project Back on Front Burner as Indian Defense Ministry Seeks to Patch Dwindling IAF Capacity

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

Indian Air Force MiG-29

Indian Air Force MiG-29

A dormant joint project between Russia and India for the development of a fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) once again has a new lease on life as the Indian Defense Ministry seeks to move forward on negotiations with Moscow. The FGFA project – code-named Project 79L inside India’s Defense Ministry – forms one part of India’s multistep strategy to modernize and strengthen its diminishing combat aircraft capability. Continue reading

Despite Currency Volatility, U.K. Forges Ahead with Core Capability Acquisitions

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

The AgustaWestland Apache is a licence-built version of the AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopter for the British Army's Army Air Corps. Photo: Peter Davies/MOD

The AgustaWestland Apache is a licence-built version of the AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopter for the British Army’s Army Air Corps. Photo: Peter Davies/MOD

Despite the turbulence endured by the British currency since the surprise result of last month’s referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership in the European Union, the U.K. Ministry of Defence moved forward on day one of the Farnborough Air Show with announcements of two major purchases. Continue reading

As Boeing Celebrates 100th Anniversary, Aerospace and Defense Community Gathers in Farnborough

By Bill Ostrove, Space Systems and Military Markets Analyst, and Raymond Jaworowski, Senior Aerospace Analyst, Forecast International.

Red Arrows at Farnborough. Source: Pixabay

Red Arrows at Farnborough. Source: Pixabay

As the Farnborough International Air Show 2016 kicks off, an exciting week is expected. Boeing will celebrate its 100th anniversary, even as the aerospace giant battles its rival for dominance in the commercial airline market. As is typical at Farnborough, a number of much anticipated aircraft debuts will occur, including that of the F-35B, KC-390, and Boeing 737 MAX. Hanging over this year’s show will be questions about Brexit, which has left businesses to deal with increased uncertainty. Continue reading