Hanwha Focuses on Aerospace and Defense Operations

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

K21 Infantry Fighting Vehicle. Source: Hanwha

Over the past few years, Hanwha of South Korea has transformed itself into a major defense firm.  Founded during the Korean War as a gunpowder producer, the company has returned to its defense-related roots with a series of acquisitions. Continue reading

Switzerland Begins Plotting Future Air Defense Solutions

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

Swiss F/A-18 Hornet. Source: Defense Industry Daily

Switzerland’s long-term air-defense plans are beginning to come into view following the unveiling by the Swiss Department of Defense, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS) of recommendations by an expert group charged with examining the country’s combat aircraft and air defense requirements. Continue reading

Denel Taps New Markets, Seeks New Partners at Home and Abroad

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

Denel’s Rooivalk Attack Helicopter. Source: Denel

Despite some recent management troubles, Denel remains stable.  The company plays a key role in the self-sufficiency of South Africa’s defense industry, and the government will continue to support the firm with work. That said, government work has been declining of late due to tight budgets, forcing Denel to adapt. Continue reading

Homeland Missile Defenses Remain Too Limited ~ Report

Pamela Hurt, Forecast International.

GMD FTG-05 takes off in 2008 prior to a successful intercept test. Source: Missile Defense Agency

At an April 7th launch of a new report entitled, “Missile Defense 2020: Next Steps for Defending the Homeland,”[i] lead author Thomas Karako, of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, offered four types of development likely to protect the U.S. homeland most effectively in the near term. Continue reading

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