Hywind: Scotland’s Revolutionary Power

by Carter Palmer, Power Systems SpecialistForecast International.

Hywind Scotland. Source: Masdar

Is there a way, especially in the United States, to harness wind power without encountering the many downsides associated with doing so? To answer that question, one must look elsewhere in the world. Continue reading

Venezuela’s Maduro Wins Second Term in Disputed Election

by Bill Ostrove, International Military Markets Analyst, Forecast International.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro . Source: Wikipedia/Valter Campanato/ABr.

Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro will serve a second term in office after winning the presidential election on May 20.  With 92 percent of voting centers reporting, Maduro has won 68 percent of the vote. His closest competitor, Henri Falcón, won only 21 percent. Continue reading

World General Aviation Aircraft Shipments Up 3% in First Quarter 2018

U.S. Manufacturers Deliver 315 Aircraft in First Quarter – Up Four Units from Q1 2017

by J. Kasper Oestergaard, European Correspondent.

Minnesota-based Cirrus Aircraft had a strong first quarter and delivered 74 of its smaller but very popular piston-engine aircraft, up 29 percent from 57 in Q1 2017. Shipments of the SR20 boasted the largest increase and more than doubled in Q1 2018. Photo Courtesy of Cirrus Design Corporation

According to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), in the first quarter of 2018, manufacturers reported both higher deliveries and higher revenues than in the same quarter in 2017. Fixed-wing general aviation aircraft manufacturers delivered 447 aircraft worldwide in Q1 2018, up 2.8 percent from 435 in Q1 2017. Revenues increased 3.3 percent to $3.8 billion, mainly due to higher revenues reported by Bombardier, Textron, and several smaller manufacturers. Continue reading

Merkel’s Comments Bring Germany’s Defense Budget Clash Under the Microscope

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

Following the move by U.S. President Donald Trump on May 8 to declare that the United States would withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) Iran nuclear deal, German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated – for the second time in a year – that Europe can no longer count on the United States for its protection.  Continue reading

Airbus and Boeing Report April 2018 Commercial Aircraft Orders and Deliveries

Deliveries slow as Boeing secures major American Airlines Dreamliner order

by J. Kasper Oestergaard, European Correspondent.

On April 10, 2018, American Airlines placed an order for 47 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, including options for 28 additional aircraft. At the same time, American Airlines canceled an old US Airways order for 22 Airbus A350-900s. (Boeing illustration) (PRNewsfoto/Boeing)

Boeing and Airbus delivered 44 and 51 commercial jets in April 2018, respectively, compared to 52 and 46 deliveries during the same month last year. April is traditionally a slow month for deliveries. 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

Funding Stream Doubles for U.S. Navy Tactical Data Links Program

by Greg Giaquinto, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

BAE Systems will provide new technology called the Network Tactical Common Data Link System, which will allow the U.S. Navy to share large quantities of critical ISR data across platforms and networks. (Photo: BAE Systems)

The U.S. Navy’s need to exchange information rapidly is fueling an $800 million funding stream for tactical datalinks over the next 10 years (2018-2027).  This projection from Forecast International is nearly double the amount it forecast for the decade 2017-2026, in part the result of the Tactical Data Link program’s new Network Tactical Common Data Link project. Continue reading

Yahsat to Acquire Thuraya, Making Satellite Investment More Likely

by Bill Ostrove, Space Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

Yahsat Ground Station or Teleport. Source – Yahsat

 

Yahsat has entered into an agreement to acquire a majority stake in Thuraya. Both companies are based in the United Arab Emirates. Yahsat primarily provides fixed satellite services (FSS), while Thuraya chiefly provides mobile satellite services (MSS). Continue reading

Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee Cranks Up Pressure on USAF over JSTARS Recap

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

Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System Recapitalization (JSTARS Recap) program underway.

Can the U.S. Congress force the Air Force into reinstating the JSTARS Recapitalization program? According to the HASC’s Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee’s markup of the FY19 National Defense Authorization Bill, there is a good possibility that it can. Continue reading

Latest Report Reaffirms Germany’s Lack of Military Readiness

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

Eurofighter Typhoon

Typhoon Fitted with Brimstone
Source: Eurofighter GmbH

For a country seeking to address its operational readiness issues and enhance the service availability of existing hardware, Germany faces a high hurdle in the airpower domain. Continue reading

President Trump Nears Decision on Iran Nuclear Deal

by Derek Bisaccio, International Military Markets Analyst, Forecast International.

White House briefing on situation in Syria in April 2018, ahead of President Trump’s decision to conduct missile strikes on Syrian government positions. Official White House photo by Shealah Craighead.

Toward the end of April, French President Emmanuel Macron made a three-day state visit to the United States to meet with his American counterpart, President Donald Trump, to discuss in particular the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly referred to as the Iran nuclear deal. The French president, who enjoys a productive relationship with President Trump, sought to urge his American counterpart to remain in the deal. Continue reading