Cayman ARV Procurement Reflects Belarus’s Pursuit of Strategic Autonomy, Part I

by Thomas Dolzall, Defense Analyst, Forecast International.

Cayman armored reconnaissance vehicle. Photo: Vitaly V. Kuzmin

The adoption by the Belarusian armed forces in early 2017 of the Cayman armored reconnaissance vehicle, which had recently entered serial production, represents a modest but significant step in the maturation of the Belarusian defense industry, and serves as one of several prominent indicators of an emerging trend in Belarusian military procurement patterns toward the acquisition of indigenously developed hardware in response to the country’s subtly shifting strategic demands. Continue reading

‘One SABCA’ Effort Reaping Rewards for Belgian Manufacturer

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

SABCA’s three-year restructuring plan, begun in early 2017, is already showing signs of success, with the company returning to profitability following a string of annual losses.  Continue reading

General Electric to Continue Powering the Arleigh Burke Class

by Carter Palmer, Power Systems SpecialistForecast International.

USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51). U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 2nd Class Patrick Reilly. (RELEASED)

The Arleigh Burke class destroyer has three “flights” (variants), the latest being the third and most advanced. Advanced is a key word here, because the more advanced a ship is, the more electricity it needs in order to power next-generation sensors and weapons. The question on the minds of those in the know has been, what will power these new ships? Continue reading

A Turbine Close to Home – Part 2

by Carter Palmer, Power Systems SpecialistForecast International.

The CPV Towantic Energy Center is a 805 megawatt natural gas-fueled combined-cycle electric generating facility operating in Oxford, Connecticut.

As reported in Part 1 of this blog, Forecast International’s team of industrial and marine turbine specialists was given the opportunity to tour a facility that operates two General Electric 7HA.01 gas turbines and a General Electric steam turbine.  The Towantic Energy Center, located in Oxford, Connecticut, is a prime example of what is currently state-of-the art for this type of powerplant.  Questions asked by Forecast International’s team were readily answered by the plant manager, and much was learned in the process. Continue reading

A Turbine Close to Home – Part 1

by Carter Palmer, Power Systems SpecialistForecast International.

GE’s 7HA high efficiency, air cooled gas turbine. Source: GE

In the power generation game, gas turbines have long cemented their position.  What is the norm now and what might lie in the future?

Gas turbines can be used in two ways for power generation.  Depending on the requirements of a specific installation, a simple-cycle or combined-cycle design is preferred.  Cogeneration and trigeneration setups are also possible with these machines. Continue reading