JSTARS Replacement Program Canceled Yet Again

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

Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System Recapitalization (JSTARS Recap) program funding dropped in FY19.

It’s official.  The U.S. Air Force has taken formal steps to implement its stated intention to abandon the JSTARS Recap program. In the Department of Defense’s recently released forecast year 2019 budget documents, all requests for funding related to JSTARS Recap research, development, testing, and evaluation were dropped, with FY18’s budget of $417.2 million reduced to nothing. Continue reading

General Dynamics Expands IT Offerings with $9.6 billion CSRA Buy

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

In a move aimed at gaining even more critical mass in its information technology services, General Dynamics has agreed to acquire CSRA in a deal valued at $9.6 billion, including the assumption of $2.8 billion in CSRA debt.  Continue reading

India’s Illusory Defense Budget Hike

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

India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley unveiled the government’s fiscal year 2018 Union Budget on February 1. Included within the budget is a year-on-year nominal increase of 5.91 percent for defense. The latest outlay marks the fourth consecutive increase by the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and pushes India’s topline defense budget from its 2017 revised estimate of INR2.79 trillion ($43.6 billion) up to INR2.96 trillion ($46 billion) for 2018. Continue reading

Electronic Warfare Simulation: Making Today’s Fighter Jets Ready for Real World Engagement

by Andrew Dardine, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

EA-18G Growler

Like a prizefighter needing a sparring partner between bouts, next-generation fighter aircraft and their operators require constant testing and training.  They simply cannot wait until they face a real air-to-air engagement to find out if critical self-defense systems actually work.  This is especially true for the many advanced electronic warfare systems being installed on the latest aircraft.  Accurate simulation is the only way to provide that much-needed sparring partner.    Continue reading

Airbus, Boeing Report December and Full-Year 2017 Aircraft Orders and Deliveries

Boeing Wins by Deliveries as Airbus Takes Orders Crown in Wild Year-End Finish

by J. Kasper Oestergaard, European Correspondent.

A record order for 430 A320neo family jets announced at the Dubai Air Show in November 2017 – and firmed up after Christmas – helped Airbus win the orders race in 2017. Photo: Airbus SAS

Boeing and Airbus delivered a record 83 and 127 commercial jets in December 2017, respectively, compared to 67 and 111 during the same month last year. In all of 2017, Boeing delivered 763 jets (748 in 2016) in line with company expectations, while Airbus surpassed its delivery target of 700 jets by handing over 718 aircraft during 2017 (688 in 2016). 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

MTU Aero Engines Capitalizes on Production Boom, Looks to MRO Expansion

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

Work on the Engine Alliance (EA) GP7000. Source: MTU Aero Engines

Like a finely tuned machine, MTU Aero Engines continues to steadily motor on.  While the order boom in civil aviation has subsided from its record run, MTU Aero Engines has increased production not only to meet current demand, but also to provide for future maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) opportunities. Continue reading

Another Tender, Another Failure as India Seeks to Reboot Its Minesweeper Project

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

Kangnam Minesweeper.  Source – Kangnam Corporation.

The Indian Navy’s pressing requirement for modern mine countermeasures vessels (MCMVs) continues to take a back seat to bureaucratic bungling, “Make in India” industrial offset requirements, and pushback from South Korean shipbuilder Kangnam. Continue reading

Triumph Group’s Restructuring Produces Early Results, and Cause for Optimism

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

Fuselage under construction at Triumph Aerospace Structures

Having expanded too fast in the recent past, Triumph Group is in the midst of rationalizing its operations in order to get back on track. Under CEO Dan Crowley, Triumph is following its “One Triumph” initiative that aims to transform the company into a more nimble and responsive supplier.

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Uzbekistan Aims to Boost Its Military Capabilities

by Derek Bisaccio, International Military Markets Analyst, Forecast International.

Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev. Photo by Yolkin Shamsiddinov/uza.uz

Since the death last year of Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov, Uzbekistan has made headlines as its new president, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, seeks to reform much of the country by liberalizing the economy, improving the country’s human rights image, and smoothing relations with neighbors in Central Asia. While many observers of the country have been cautious about raising expectations of real reform, given structural constraints, Uzbekistan has released numerous prisoners, removed individuals from a “black list,” and signaled a willingness to end the practice of using forced labor in cotton production. President Mirziyoyev has made a point of engaging with neighboring countries, especially Kyrgyzstan, over disputed topics, such as border delineation and water usage. Continue reading