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India Finally – Finally – Inks Rafale Deal

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

by Dan Darling, International Military Markets Analyst, Forecast International. More than nine years after India initially sought out a Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) under its $11 billion “Deal of the Century” competition, over four years since the Rafale was downselected as … Continue reading

Brazilian Economic Crisis Limits Defense Spending

Monday, September 26, 2016

by Bill Ostrove, International Military Markets Analyst, Forecast International. While Brazil is a country largely at peace, it also maintains the largest defense budget in Latin America. Externally, Brazil’s military is responsible for defending the country’s territory. This became more … Continue reading

F-15 Modernization is Hot Again, but EO and Radar Upgrades Have Been Underway for Years

Friday, September 23, 2016

by C. Zachary Hofer, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International. 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, … Continue reading

The European Defense Environment: Part 2

Thursday, September 22, 2016

By Matthew Beres, Forecast International. 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 … Continue reading

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Final Assembly Begins of First A330neo

Date: September 27, 2016

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TOULOUSE, France - Airbus commenced the final assembly of the first A330neo, an A330-900 model, at the company's Final Assembly Line in Toulouse, France, with the joining of the wings to the center fuselage at station 40. The A330neo family includ ... Read more

Rocket Lab Completes Launch Complex

Date: September 27, 2016

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MAHAI, New Zealand - Rocket Lab has completed its orbital launch complex, Launch Complex 1. Located on New Zealand's Mahia Peninsula, the facility will be the primary site for launches of Rocket Lab’s Electron vehicle, designed to lift a 150 kg paylo ... Read more

Lockheed Martin and Japan Celebrate Roll Out of Japan Air Self Defense Force’s First F-35A

Date: September 23, 2016

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FORT WORTH, Texas - Senior Japanese and U.S. government officials joined Lockheed Martin to celebrate the roll out of the first Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) F-35A Lightning II, marking a major milestone in Japan’s enhanced national defense an ... Read more

ExoMars Continues to Make Progress in Tough Economic Environment

Date: September 27, 2016

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NEWTOWN, Conn. - In a tough economic environment, funding has been one of the biggest difficulties for the ExoMars program. European nations have been slow to commit to spending a large amount of money for space exploration missions. In fact, the Ex ... Read more

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Honeywell Aerospace is expanding its offerings for civil rotorcraft

Date: 08/22/2016

Despite the softening of civil helicopter sales, Honeywell Aerospace continues its longterm strategy to penetrate this sector with numerous products ranging from sophisticated avionics and sensors to engines, safety and satellite-based connectivity technology. .... Read more

Garbage orbiting Earth can pulverize satellites. How to clean up? Here are some ideas

By: Samantha Masunaga
Date: 08/19/2016

Space junk is getting worse. Could the answer be smart plastic wrap? That concept, being investigated by Aerospace Corp. of El Segundo, involves blasting thousands of tiny, flat spacecraft into orbit. There they would find and hug the bits and pieces of failed satellites and rockets, dragging them into the atmosphere to burn up. .... Read more

Japan's Search for New Fighter Draws Attention From Industry

Date: 08/19/2016

Japan’s plan to acquire a next-generation fighter jet to replace the aging F-2 could offer a major business opportunity for aerospace firms, and U.S. defense primes would have the edge in any international competition, according to analysts. .... Read more

Now is a really good time to buy a helicopter

By: Leslie Josephs
Date: 08/11/2016

It’s a buyer’s market. A slump in oil, gas and other commodity prices over the past two years has left lower helicopter prices in its wake. In economies like Brazil’s, which are heavily reliant on volatile commodities prices, demand for corporate use copters has grown soft. And while companies that extract natural resources often rely on choppers to survey prospective mines and oilfields, they’ve recently been warming to drones, which can be less expensive. .... Read more


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