The conversation has heated up again: the U.S. Air Force will be modernizing its aging fleet of Boeing F-15s. Although CNN and Fox have both recently reopened discussion of the topic, this upgrade has been a long time coming and was confirmed to news sources even in advance of one of the aerospace and defense industry’s most prominent coming out parties, July’s Farnborough Air Show. However, one of the humorous aspects behind the latest wave of news reports (including those this past July) is that information on the F-15 upgrade had been available for a significant amount of time through regular government reporting. Continue reading
As fourth-generation fighters are slowly pushed aside by next-generation aircraft, it is easy to forget the importance of these older platforms. Built amid Cold War tensions, these fighters were the pinnacle of technology. The F-14 and fictional MiG-28 in the film Top Gun defined what was cool about flying fighters. The F-14, F-15, and F-16 were indeed the top dogs; however, aside from their era, they shared very little in common. Continue reading
Welcome to the fourth episode of the Forecast Roundtable podcast. Each podcast features several analysts discussing various aerospace and defense-related issues.
This week Doug Royce and Matthew Beres discuss the possible resumption of the F-22 production line. Continue reading
Featuring Forecast International analysts Doug Royce, Derek Bisaccio and Daniel Darling. Edited by Matthew Beres.
Welcome to the third episode of the Forecast Roundtable podcast. Each podcast features several analysts discussing various aerospace and defense-related issues.
This week Doug Royce continues the interviews of Derek Bisaccio and Daniel Darling regarding Middle East defense cooperation and military acquisition. Matthew Beres edited.
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02:25 – How does Israel feel about the defense buildup that’s happening in the GCC?
04:27 – F-35 comments
04:32 – Israel and Turkey’s Relationship
10:22 – Defense trade between the Arab world and China. Will China be a future competitor for the U.S. and European companies?
12:05 – Will the future see greater reliance on China as an arms supplier to GCC countries?
As part of the U.S. Air Force’s ongoing effort to extend the service life of its fighter assets, on October 30, 2015, the Air Force awarded Boeing a major contract. The $281.7 million deal will furnish in-service F-15s with the latest fire-control radars. The procurement includes 17 APG-63(V)3 and 29 APG-82 RMP radars. Continue reading