Heads or Tails – or Wedgetail? Britain Weighing E-7 AEW Purchase

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

Australian Wedgetail AEW&C Aircraft

The British Ministry of Defence has launched exclusive negotiations with Boeing regarding a potential buy of Wedgetail E-7 airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson confirmed on October 2 that discussions with the U.S. manufacturer are underway, though exactly how many aircraft and at what cost are still yet to be outlined. Continue reading

North Sea S-92 Accident Report Released by AAIB

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

Elgin Field located in U.K. sector of North Sea
Source: Total Energy

The United Kingdom’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has released a Special Bulletin regarding an S-92 accident on December 28, 2016, at the North Sea’s West Franklin wellhead platform. Continue reading

Forecast Roundtable – Brexit Impact on Aerospace and Defense Markets Part 2

Brexit podcast

Welcome to the Forecast Roundtable Podcast. Forecast Roundtable brings together expert analysts, industry professionals, and government officials to discuss the latest issues in the aerospace and defense markets. Produced at the Forecast International headquarters, Forecast Roundtable offers unique and in depth insight and discussion on any range of topics from geopolitics to aerospace and defense markets. Topic suggestions are welcome.

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This episode features Dan Darling, Europe Military Markets analyst; Doug Royce, Aerospace Analyst; and Ray Jaworowski, Senior Aerospace Analyst as we  finish our discussion on Brexit and its affect on the aerospace and defense market. Continue reading

Forecast Roundtable – Brexit Impact on Aerospace and Defense Markets Part 1

Brexit podcast

Welcome to the Forecast Roundtable Podcast. Forecast Roundtable brings together expert analysts, industry professionals, and government officials to discuss the latest issues in the aerospace and defense markets. Produced at the Forecast International headquarters, Forecast Roundtable offers unique and in depth insight and discussion on any range of topics from geopolitics to aerospace and defense markets. Topic suggestions are welcome.

The Forecast Roundtable is now available on iTunes! Users can find it by searching for “Forecast International Roundtable.” We invite you to subscribe to receive updates delivered straight to your listening device.

This episode features Dan Darling, Europe Military Markets analyst; Doug Royce, Aerospace Analyst; and Ray Jaworowski, Senior Aerospace Analyst discussing the fallout of the Brexit on the aerospace and defense market Continue reading

Forecast Roundtable – Brexit Part 2

Brexit podcast

Welcome to the Forecast Roundtable Podcast. Forecast Roundtable brings together expert analysts, industry professionals, and government officials to discuss the latest issues in the aerospace and defense markets. Produced at the Forecast International headquarters, Forecast Roundtable offers unique and in depth insight and discussion on any range of topics from geopolitics to aerospace and defense markets. Topic suggestions are welcome.

This episode continues the discussion from Brexit Part 1 between Matthew W. Beres and Dan Darling Europe/Asia Military Markets Analyst for Forecast International regarding the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the EU. Continue reading

Forecast Roundtable – Brexit Part 1

Brexit podcastWelcome to the Forecast Roundtable podcast. Each podcast features several analysts discussing various aerospace and defense-related issues.

The Brexit Part 1 episode features Matthew W. Beres and Dan Darling Europe/Asia Military Markets Analyst for Forecast International discussing the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the EU. Continue reading

New Rolls-Royce CEO Deftly Steers Company through Troubled Waters

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

Trent-XWB-2

It has been a rough couple of years for Rolls-Royce.  Sales are declining, and a new management team has been put in place as the company rides out the current storm. Continue reading

Deficit-Conscious Government to Trim Britain’s Defense Budget by 1.5 Percent

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

British-Flag-Retro-WallpapersThe surprising triumph of the Conservative Party in the British elections last May certainly did not herald a new dawn for defense in any definitive sense. Instead, heading down the stretch of the election season it was becoming ever more apparent that regardless of which party emerged triumphant, a reckoning over defense spending loomed.
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Sonar 2076 Poised Only to Equip Royal Navy’s Astute-Class Submarines

By Richard Sterk, Forecast International.

The flank array of the Thales S2076 system on the HMS Astute

The flank array of the Thales S2076 system on the HMS Astute

The immediate future of Thales Underwater Systems’ Sonar 2076 appears solely linked the U.K. Royal Navy’s Astute-class submarine. The Sonar 2076, or Type 2076, is a fully integrated passive/active search-and-attack sonar suite installed on the Astute class and as part of the midlife update of Trafalgar class submarines. A total of four Sonar 2076 systems have reportedly been produced for Trafalgar class submarines, and seven have been ordered for the first batch of Astute class submarines.

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Britain’s Trident Nuclear Deterrent Replacement Program is a Political, Financial Headache

by Dan Darling, Forecast International.

HMS Vengeance SSBN

HMS Vengeance SSBN

With an election just two months away and funding pressures bearing down on its budget, Britain’s Ministry of Defence has topped up spending on the assessment phase for a new class of nuclear-powered ballistic missile (SSBN) submarines for the Royal Navy. The funding allocation comes amidst the backdrop of campaign politics and mounting concerns over the long-term trajectory of Britain’s defense spending.

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