The Doklam Plateau and Indian Air Superiority

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

Historical Map of Sikkim. Source: Wikimedia

The standoff between China and India on the Doklam plateau hasn’t quite exploded onto the international headlines, but the situation nevertheless has great implications.  These are the largest nations in Asia, and the two countries have growing – and competing – economies. Aside from Russia, India is the last remaining Asian deterrent against Chinese territorial expansion in Asia. Continue reading

Sukhoi Builds on Initial Success

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

Sukhoi Superjet 100

As the primary foundation upon which Russia’s United Aircraft Corp has been built, Sukhoi remains the strongest of the Russian manufacturers.  The company’s success is due to two programs: one civil aircraft, the Sukhoi Superjet 100; and one military, the Su-35 fighter. Continue reading

India Creeps Closer to FGFA Final Work-Share Agreement with Russia

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

Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA)

Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA). Source:

Reports in the Indian media indicate that following months of intense negotiating over technical details, a work-share agreement for joint production of a fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) between India and Russia is now close at hand. Continue reading

AL-31F Engine Production on the Decline

by Carter Palmer, Power Systems Specialist, Forecast International.

AL-31F Engine. Source: Salut

AL-31F Engine.   Source: Salut

The venerable Sukhoi 27 family has had a long history with Russian forces, along with about a dozen other operators in the world. Its heart, the AL-31F engine, has had a successful career with the type; however, engine production will go into steady decline during the next 10 years due to reduced orders for aircraft and possible future competition from the Chinese market. Continue reading

Russia’s UAC Dreams of Civil, Banks on Military

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

Sukhoi Superjet 100

Sukhoi Superjet 100.  Source: Superjet International

United Aircraft Corporation is ever so slowly coming into its own.  Following its formation, the firm struggled to combine the disparate entities and Russia’s aerospace industry into a cohesive whole.  While the firm still has a way to go, it has made substantial progress.

With the conflict in Ukraine, UAC has pulled back on its international defense marketing to a degree – at least to new customers.  Instead, the company is focusing on its nascent commercial programs, the Sukhoi Superjet 100 and the under-development Irkut MC-21.

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Russia Can Breathe Easier with First Export Order for Irbis Radar and Su-35 Fighter

by C. Zachary Hofer, Electronics Analyst, Forecast International.

Su-35 Fighter

Sukhoi Su-35 Fighter. Source: Sukhoi

With the announcement of the first export order for the Tikhomirov-NIIP Irbis multimission radar, Russian officials can now breathe a little easier. The deal is part of a larger, $2 billion contract with China for 24 Sukhoi Su-35 fighters and mission systems. Through economy of scale, this deal will lower the radar’s lifetime acquisition and fielding costs. Continue reading