Poland Leaning Towards Patriot Buy But Hurdles Remain

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

Patriot launch. Source: Raytheon

On March 31, Polish Minister of Defense Antoni Macierewicz announced the submission of a revised request for information (RFI) to the U.S. government concerning the potential buy of eight Raytheon-produced Patriot air-and-missile defense batteries to fulfill the Wisla program requirement. Continue reading

Popularity of PGMs Continues to Rise

by Larry Dickerson, Missile Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

Storm Shadow cruise missile. Source: MBDA

Storm Shadow cruise missile. Source: MBDA

In its recently updated “The Market for Strike Missiles” analysis, Forecast International notes the steadily increasing use of precision-guided munitions in military operations. During Operation Desert Storm, PGMs made up only 10 percent of the total air-launched weapons used. The figure increased to 31 percent after the United States launched Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003). The use of PGMs reached a pinnacle during NATO’s air campaign over Libya in 2011: 100 percent of the munitions expended were precision guided. Continue reading

Will Submarine-Hunting Sonobuoys Be Next to Leach onto the Drone Frenzy?

by Richard Sterk, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems MQ-9 Guardian maritime with sonobuoy capability.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems MQ-9 Guardian maritime with sonobuoy capability.

The SSQ-955 HIDAR, produced by Ultra Electronics, first made inroads into the sonobuoy market through its ability to combat the ambient noise levels of coastal waters. This feature made it an attractive item for littoral conflicts.  Also, the SSQ-955’s several adaptable variants and low to average cost are features that could motivate budget-conscious defense departments to procure the system and award replenishment contracts.  Continue reading

Non-European Mortar Market: Taking European Designs In A Different Direction

by Dean Lockwood, Military Vehicles & Ordnance Analyst, Forecast International.

U.S. Army 120mm M121 (Soltam K-6) Mortar in Action Source: DoD

U.S. Army 120mm M121 (Soltam K-6) Mortar in Action
Source: DoD

Like its European counterpart, the international market for mortars remains generally static. As the large number of World War II-era weapons still in active service clearly demonstrates, the simple, robust mortar often outlasts several generations of owners and users. The wide availability of serviceable old mortars continues to hinder significant investment in new production. Continue reading

U.S. Army Makes Significant Investment in HEMTT/PLS Recapitalization

by Dean Lockwood, Military Vehicles Analyst, Forecast International.

HEMTT-A3. Source: Oshkosh Defense

HEMTT-A3. Source: Oshkosh Defense

The U.S. Army continues to bolster its logistic support capability with a series of recent contracts let to truck manufacturer Oshkosh Defense. In late March 2016, the U.S. Army awarded Oshkosh Defense three contracts, with a combined value in excess of $433.3 million, for the recapitalization of at least 991 Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks and Palletized Load System vehicles and 345 PLS trailers. Continue reading

GAO Denies Amphibious Combat Vehicle Protest

by Shaun McDougall, Military Markets AnalystForecast International.

BAE Systems ACV 1.1 - Source: BAE Systems

BAE Systems ACV 1.1 – Source: BAE Systems

The U.S. Government Accountability Office has denied General Dynamics Land Systems’ protest of contract awards to BAE Systems and SAIC for the Marine Corps’ Amphibious Combat Vehicle program.  The companies were awarded contracts in November 2015, and General Dynamics filed a protest in December.  Advanced Defense Vehicle Systems (ADVS) and Lockheed Martin were also in the running for the program.    Continue reading

Despite Tank Glut, Market Remains Lucrative for Players with Successful Programs

By Dean Lockwood, Military Vehicles Analyst, Forecast International.

 M1A1 Abrams battle tank. Photographer: Cpl Tyler L. Main/MCT via Getty Images

M1A1 Abrams.  Photographer: Cpl Tyler L. Main/MCT via Getty Images

Second only to the infantryman in terms of combat effectiveness, the “mailed fist” of heavy armor remains a highly adaptable force multiplier on the modern battlefield. Forecast International Weapons Group’s “The Market for Tanks” report projects that more than 3,800 main battle tanks, worth over $17.2 billion, will be produced through 2025. According to the report, high-end tanks will account for 24.1 percent of all new production, worth 43 percent of the market, during the next 10 years.

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Iran Considering Domestic Manufacture of T-90S Tank

By Derek Bisaccio, Military Markets Analyst, Forecast International.

T-90S main battle tank, the export version of the Russian T-90. Source: Rosoboronexport

With sanctions on Iran coming to a close thanks to the agreement between Tehran and the “P5+1” countries, international businesses are lining up to enter the Iranian market. President Hassan Rouhani’s recent visit to Europe – where he reached a number of high-profile agreements, including an order for 118 Airbus jetliners[i] – has been the subject of much fanfare, but Tehran is also seeking to build up its military capabilities. Continue reading

Germany’s UAV Selection Is Likely Boon for Israeli Sensor Manufacturers

by C. Zachary Hofer, Electronics Analyst, Forecast International.

RAAF Heron UAV

Heron UAV

The announcement that Germany would pursue the lease of Heron TP (Eitan) unmanned air vehicles for an interim medium-altitude, long-endurance requirement could mean good things for Israeli sensor manufacturers. On January 12, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen announced that the country would pursue Israel Aerospace Industries’ UAV over the rival MQ-9 Reaper offered by General Atomics. So, Germany not only selected an Israeli aircraft over an American one; it is also likely to go with an Israeli electro-optical/infrared system and radar. Continue reading

KANT Can. KMW/Nexter Merger Complete

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

Leopard 2A6. Source - KMW

Leopard 2A6. Source – KMW

Finally, after years of discussion, Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Nexter have merged.  The newly merged firm is now based in Amsterdam, with each partner holding a 50 percent stake in the umbrella company, KANT (KMW And Nexter Together). KANT is co-owned by the French government through Giat Industries and Germany’s Wegmann Group, which is controlled by the Bode family. Continue reading