Production of ALQ-99 Jammer Wrapping Up, but Sizable O&M Support Expected

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

E/A-18G Growler with ALQ-99 on outboard stations.

Production of Harris Corp’s ALQ-99 airborne tactical jammer is expected to end in 2018, following the production of 34 units from 2017 through 2018.  The ALQ-99 will be superseded by the Next Generation Jammer (NGJ), which will enter U.S. service in 2020.  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

Australia’s G550 AISREW Program Will Require a World’s Worth of Electronics, But So Far, None from Australia

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

Australia’s new AISREW platform based on the Gulfstream G550, will likely resemble this artist impression. (Image: Gulfstream)

The U.S. State Department recently approved a Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Australia of five Gulfstream G550 Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Electronic Warfare (AISREW) aircraft, worth an estimated $1.3 billion. Continue reading

Airbus, Boeing Report June 2017 Commercial Aircraft Orders and Deliveries

Boeing Launches 737 MAX 10 – Wins Orders Race at Paris Air Show

by J. Kasper Oestergaard, European Correspondent.

On May 16, 2017, Boeing delivered its newest narrowbody jet, the 737 MAX 8, to Malaysia-based Malindo Air (Batik Air Malaysia), which will be the first customer to put the MAX into commercial service. Photo Courtesy The Boeing Co

Boeing and Airbus delivered 75 and 64 commercial jets in June 2017, respectively, compared to 74 and 64 during the same month last year. This year to date, Boeing has delivered 352 jets (375 by this time last year), while Airbus has delivered 306 (298 in 2016). 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

Raytheon’s Multispectral Targeting System in High Demand

by Andrew Dardine, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

The Multi-Spectral Targeting System is a turreted electro-optical and infrared sensor used in maritime and overland intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. (Raytheon photo illustration created by Grant Parsley)

Variants of Raytheon’s Multispectral Targeting System are expected to be produced in steady numbers over the next several years for the U.S. and its trusted allies. The MTS is a key component of unmanned air vehicles such as the MQ-9 Predator and the Reaper.  The system is also in use aboard U.S. military MH-60 Sierra multimission combat helicopters and AC-130U Spectre gunships. Continue reading

LEAP Ready to Jump Ahead of CFM56

by Carter Palmer, Power Systems Specialist, Forecast International.

LEAP-1B Engine. Source: CFM International

The completion of the biennial Paris Air Show marks a time when orders are tallied and success is measured. The battle for orders between Airbus and Boeing is not new; however, with each airframe sold, suppliers also reap the rewards, particularly engine manufacturers. Continue reading

Airborne Retrofit & Modernization Highlights – 7/3/17 Edition

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

This blog post briefly highlights recent Airborne Retrofit & Modernization news. More in-depth news can be found in Forecast’s E-Market Alerts. Sign up here to receive our World Aerospace and Defense Intelligence Newsletter. To the minute R&M news can also be found via the Forecast R&M twitter account, @MBeresFI. Continue reading