BAE Systems’ Semi-Autonomous Software Speeds Combat Decisions in Contested Environments

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

Distributed Battle Management System. Photo: DARPA

BAE Systems recently announced the development of semi-autonomous software under the Distributed Battle Management program.  The DBM program of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency provides timely and relevant information to operators and pilots when communication is not assured so they can better manage and control air-to-air and air-to-ground combat in contested environments.  DBM technology enables pilots to continue operations when satellite communications and tactical datalinks are shut down – a likely scenario in the modern battlefield, and one that militaries are preparing for. Continue reading

BAE Systems Adapting to the Times

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

As political change sweeps across the U.S. and the U.K, defense – following several years of  governmental austerity – appears set for a rebound. As do opportunities for BAE Systems. Continue reading

Shifts and Changes in Line-Up of T-X Contenders

by Ray Jaworowski, Senior Aerospace Analyst, Forecast International.

US Air Force T-38 Talon Trainer

The U.S. Air Force’s T-X advanced trainer program is one of the biggest prizes in the military aircraft market in the near future.  This is due to the scale of the program itself:  under the program, the Air Force intends to buy 350 advanced jet trainers to replace its fleet of Northrop T-38Cs.  In addition, the winning T-X aircraft will be in a position to become perhaps the leading competitor in the future global market for advanced jet trainers. 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

USAF Postpones T-X RFP

by Ray Jaworowski, Senior Aerospace Analyst, Forecast International.

Lockheed Martin/Korea Aerospace Industries T-50A. Source: Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin/Korea Aerospace Industries T-50A is being offered for the T-X competition.  Source: Lockheed Martin

The U.S. Air Force Program Executive Officer for Mobility has delayed issuance of the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the T-X advanced pilot training program by three months.  The program office now expects the RFP to be released in late December 2016.   The postponement follows completion of an internal review regarding the program’s remaining tasks, and is intended to ensure the release of a well-defined RFP. Continue reading

A Proposed Super Tucano Sale to Lebanon Exposes Wider ALE-47 ECM Sales Opportunities

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

Embraer A-29 Super Tucano

Embraer A-29 Super Tucano

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency recently announced the State Department’s approval to sell six Embraer A-29 Super Tucano aircraft to Lebanon. Aiding the plane’s close air support role would be the ALE-47 countermeasures dispensing system, which would protect the aircraft from enemy fire.  BAE Systems (the ALE-47 manufacturer most likely to be involved in this contract), under the terms of the potential contract, would supply eight of the ECM units, with six installed in the Super Tucanos and the other two serving as spares.  The contract, however, has not yet been signed. Continue reading

Unmanned Sea Systems Market Entering Turbulent Waters

by Larry Dickerson, Unmanned Vehicles Analyst, Forecast International.

Atlas Elektronik offers the Seafox MDV for clearing naval mines.

Atlas Elektronik offers the Seafox UUV for clearing naval mines.

Unmanned naval surface and underwater system production is slated to be mixed during the next 10 years. Companies will produce some 29,569 units through 2024. The value of this market over the next decade will reach $15.4 billion.

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