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

Turkey’s Aselsan to Develop National Long-Range Defense System

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

Aselsan’s short- to medium-range KALKAN air defense radar. Source – Aselsan

Aselsan, one of Turkey’s largest defense electronics companies, has formed a business partnership with Rocketsan and defense industry research development institute TUBITAK SAGE to develop a national long-range defense system for Turkey. The news was delivered on Tuesday, January 16 to Turkey’s Borsa Istanbul (BIST) stock exchange.  Aselsan said that under the agreement, its share of the contracts would be TRY869 million ($227 million) and EUR279.3 million ($342 million), and that deliveries would be completed in 2021. Continue reading

Strong Demand Expected for Critical U.S. Navy Test Equipment

by Andrew Dardine, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

Reconfigurable Transportable Consolidated Automated Support System (RTCASS). Source: Naval Air Systems Command.

Reconfigurable Transportable Consolidated Automated Support System (RTCASS). Source: Naval Air Systems Command.

Variants of the U.S. Navy’s Consolidated Automated Support System, in particular the Reconfigurable Transportable CASS (RTCASS) and electronic CASS (eCASS), are expected to be produced in steady numbers over the next several years, driven by the need to maintain military electronics at their highest level of effectiveness. Continue reading

$390 Million C3 Technology Program Transforming How Info Is Sent to the Battlefield

by Greg Giaquinto, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

The U.S. Army is planning to spend more than $390 million over the next decade on its C3 Technology program.  This focus of this program is on improving the Army’s ability to transport information to the battlefield.  Specifically, this R&D program explores communications technologies, command and control technologies, electronics components and sub-components, and software that can provide the Army with enhanced capabilities for secure, mobile, networked communications, and assured information delivery.  Continue reading

ESA Awards Contractors $3.8 Billion for Launch Vehicle Development Work

By Bill Ostrove, Space Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

The European Space Agency on August 12 signed contracts for the development of a new launch vehicle designated Ariane 6, its launch base, and an upgraded version of the Vega called the Vega C.

The contracts, signed at ESA’s Paris head office with Airbus Safran Launchers (ASL), France’s CNES space agency, and ELV, respectively, cover all development work on Ariane 6 and its launch base for a maiden flight in 2020, and on Vega C for its 2018 debut.[i]

Ariane 6

Ariane 6

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U.S. Navy to Spend over $2 Billion on Naval Electronic Warfare Program

By Andrew Dardine, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

on board a US DDG-70 vessel

SLQ-32 EW system on board a US DDG-70 vessel

Based on a projection in the FY16 defense budget, the U.S. Navy will spend more than $2.3 billion over the next several years developing and purchasing upgrades for the SLQ-32 EW system. Through the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP), the U.S. Navy is enhancing the capability of its SLQ-32 to counter evolving threats. All U.S. aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers, and other warships use the SLQ-32 EW system. In addition, the Navy intends to equip future warships, including the DDG-1000, with the SLQ-32.

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