Boeing Increases Production and Insourcing Efforts as Backlog Rises

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

Boeing 737 MAX 7 First Flight. Source: Boeing

The market for large commercial transports continues to rise following a brief downtick in 2015-2016.  At the 2018 Farnborough Airshow, both Airbus and Boeing generated an impressive number of orders and commitments. All told, the over 1,400 aircraft orders placed was the biggest total since 2013, with Airbus garnering 431 orders and Boeing “winning” the show with 676. Continue reading

Airbus and Boeing to Tout New Tie-ups as Farnborough Begins

By Ray Jaworowski, Senior Aerospace AnalystForecast International.

As usual, the order contest between Airbus and Boeing will take center stage at this year’s Farnborough International Airshow in the U.K.  Through the end of June 2018, orders for the two giant manufacturers were somewhat ahead of the pace set in the first six months of 2017.  With few or no signs evident of an immediate sales slowdown, the stage is set for another big order haul at the show for Airbus and Boeing.  It should be kept in mind, though, that the Farnborough show tends to generate a lower number of order announcements than does the rival Paris Air Show. Continue reading

Congressional Appropriators Boost F-35 Production

by Shaun McDougall, Military Markets AnalystForecast International.

F-35C Completes Flyover of USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) Source: U.S. Navy

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program is poised for a boost in 2019, as two U.S. congressional defense panels have signed off on additional aircraft for the Department of Defense.  Precisely how many additional aircraft each service will receive must be ironed out in conference committee.  This plus-up contrasts with the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, both of which expressed concern about the F-35 production ramp-up.  Continue reading

F-35s Delivered to Turkey as Congress Considers Its Next Move

By Ray Jaworowski, Senior Aerospace AnalystForecast International.

An F-35 fighter jet on display at a roll-out ceremony for Turkey’s F-35s.  Photo: Beth Steel/Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin formally delivered Turkey’s first two F-35A Joint Strike Fighters on June 21.  However, the milestone occurred amidst various moves within the U.S. Congress aimed at blocking further deliveries of the new fighter to that country.

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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

Broadening the Appeal of a Sophisticated Missile Decoy

by Andrew Dardine, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

BriteCloud decoy system. Image: Leonardo

The still-evolving, Leonardo-produced BriteCloud expendable active decoy (EAD), missile countermeasures system is on the verge of significant fighter jet application in the years ahead.  The system consists of a self-contained digital RF memory (DRFM) jammer designed to disrupt incoming missiles’ RF tracking systems. Continue reading

India Shelves FGFA Project – Where to Now?

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

Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA)

After years of stalled negotiations with Russia, the Indian Air Force (IAF) is pulling the plug on an 11-year collaborative effort to develop and produce a fifth-generation fighter that would be used by both countries. The IAF opted to walk away from the project due to lingering differences over developmental costs, technology capabilities, and other points of contention – particularly what it feels is a lack of sufficient stealth for a fifth-generation aircraft. Continue reading

German MoD Provides Updates on the Eurofighter Typhoon’s Captor-E AESA Radar

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

ECR-90C Captor-E AESA Radar being fitted to a Eurofighter Typhoon.  Source: Eurofighter

In its recent report dated March 19, the German Ministry of Defense, as part of its assessment of the Eurofighter Typhoon program, provided some updates on the status of the fighter jet’s Captor-E AESA radar and the development of the radar’s multichannel receiver. Continue reading

International Apache Contracts Abound

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

AH-64 Apache. Source : US Army

Multiple companies have recently been awarded contracts for international AH-64 retrofit programs. As one of the world’s premier attack helicopters, the Apache is well funded, and is upgraded regularly with new and improved technologies. Continue reading