World General Aviation Aircraft Shipments Up 5% in 2017 – Revenues Slip

U.S. Manufacturers Deliver 529 Aircraft in Fourth Quarter – Up 20 Units from Q4 2016

by J. Kasper Oestergaard, European Correspondent.

In 2017, for the fifth consecutive year, Gulfstream was the largest general aviation aircraft manufacturer in the world by revenues. The company delivered 120 business jets worth a total of $6.6 billion. Photo: Gulfstream Aerospace Corp

According to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), in the fourth quarter of 2017, manufacturers worldwide reported higher deliveries than in 4Q 2016, but on lower revenue. Fixed-wing general aviation aircraft manufacturers delivered 792 aircraft worldwide in Q4 2017, up 4.6 percent from 757 in Q4 2016. Revenues declined 3.0 percent to $7.3 billion, mainly due to lower revenues reported by Bombardier and Embraer. Continue reading

Airbus and Boeing Report February 2018 Commercial Aircraft Orders and Deliveries

Rare Orders for 747-8s and A380s the Highlights of the Month

by J. Kasper Oestergaard, European Correspondent.

On February 1, 2018, UPS ordered 14 747-8 Freighters and four 767-300Fs. The company currently has a fleet of 16 747s and 61 767s and operated a total of 241 jets at the end of 2017. Photo: The Boeing Co


Boeing and Airbus delivered 49 and 38 commercial jets in February 2018, respectively, compared to 51 and 49 deliveries during the same month last year. Given that Airbus and Boeing expect major delivery hikes this year, it is surprising that both companies are trailing last year’s figures. In 2017, Boeing delivered 763 jets (748 in 2016), in line with company expectations, while Airbus surpassed its delivery target of 700 jets by handing over 718 aircraft during 2017 (688 in 2016). Continue reading

Unmanned Teaming in the Airborne Retrofit and Modernization Market

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

General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper. Image: USAF Photographic Archives

George Mason University was recently awarded a $25.5 million contract for the Mobile Unmanned/Manned Distributed Lethality Airborne Network (MUDLAN). Under the contract, airborne high-bandwidth, multibeam common datalink, autonomous connectivity will be demonstrated between tactical datalinks and swarming unmanned aircraft systems and small unmanned aircraft systems. Continue reading

Japan’s Pursuit of New-Generation Stealth Fighter Confronts Hurdles

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

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries F-2 Fighter

Japan’s Ministry of Defense is facing a dilemma in its quest to develop an indigenous stealth combat aircraft that would replace the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) fleet of F-2 fighters starting around 2030. Continue reading

Major Electronics Upgrades a Key Part of the Netherlands’ AH-64D to AH-64E Remanufacture

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

APG-78 Longbow Radar Sits Atop AH-64 Apache. Photo: Northrop Grumman

The Netherlands has received approval from the U.S. State Department for the upgrade and remanufacture of its AH-64D Block II Apache attack helicopters to the AH-64E configuration. While the contract would largely entail work on the helicopter itself, it would also include the replacement of many of the helicopters’ primary electronics systems. The overall deal carries an estimated value of $1.191 billion. Continue reading

U.S. Cyber Command Broadens Its Missions

By Richard Sterk, Defense Electronics Analyst, Forecast International.

The U.S. Cyber Command’s (USCYBERCOM) mission is to deter or defeat strategic threats to U.S. interests and infrastructure, provide mission assurance for the operations and defense of the Department of Defense information environment, and support the achievement of Joint Force Commander objectives.

USCYBERCOM, in conjunction with the Services and Defense Agencies, is working to develop and expand infrastructure architectures and capabilities/tools to support Cyber Mission Forces (CMF). Continue reading

Forecast Roundtable – The Global Defense Spending Environment: A Look Back, a Look Forward, Part 2

By Matthew Beres and Dan Darling, Forecast International.

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.

This episode features Dan Darling, International Military Markets analyst, and Matthew Beres, Airborne Retrofit and Modernization analyst, as they discuss the global defense spending environment. Continue reading

Honeywell Aerospace May Be On an Acquisition Hunt

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

Thanks to nimble management, Honeywell has maintained a well-diversified portfolio that enables it to mitigate risks, and it has not shied away from refining its operations, acquiring some businesses and divesting others. Continue reading

Military Increases ADS-B Out Upgrades

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

Boeing C-17 heavy lift transport aircraft (Source: Boeing)

Raytheon was recently awarded a $30 million ceiling increase modification to a previously awarded contract for T-38A/B, C-17, C-5, and A-10 Automatic Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B Out) upgrades. Continue reading

Deliveries of Cirrus SF Family Aircraft Jump in 2017

by Douglas Royce, Senior Aerospace Analyst, Forecast International.

The Cirrus SR22T (piston).  Photo Courtesy of Cirrus Aircraft

Cirrus Aircraft, a subsidiary of China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co since 2011, announced that new customer aircraft deliveries for the company’s SR family of piston singles jumped to over 350 aircraft in 2017, up from 317 aircraft in 2016. Continue reading