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Unmanned Vehicles Forecast
 Airborne Systems

15-year global unit production (2017-2031) is estimated at 105.5 million, valued at $93 billion.

Major Systems Covered: Global Hawk, Predator, MQ-9 Reaper, RQ-180 and others.

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Military Aircraft

Military Aircraft Forecast

15-year global unit production (2017-2031) is estimated at 7,827, valued at $483.9 billion.

Major Programs Covered:
F-35, KC-46A, A400M, Dassault Rafale, Embraer Super Tucano, Saab Gripen, T-X and others

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Civil Aircraft

Civil Aircraft Forecast

15-year global unit production (2017-2021)
is estimated at 71,355 aircraft, valued
at $4.89 trillion.

Features coverage of A320neo, A350, 737 MAX, 777X, 787, CSeries and others.

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Rotorcraft Forecast Commercial and Military

Rotorcraft Forecast
Commercial & Military

15-year global unit production (2017-2031) is estimated at 27,310 aircraft, valued at $278.8 billion.

Military platforms include: Boeing CH-47F Chinook, NH Industries NH90, Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk and others.

Civil platforms include: Airbus Helicopters H160, Bell 525, Leonardo AW169 and others.

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Aviation Gas Turbines

Aviation Gas Turbine Forecast

Major Programs Covered: F-135, LEAP, Trent, PW1000, GEnx, CFM56 and others.

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Companies, Contractors,
Force Structures & Budgets

Provides coverage on every major defense & aerospace company worldwide, detailed contact information for international contractors, and 10-year forecasts for every line item in the U.S. Defense Budget.

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International Military Markets

Military Markets

Coverage of 140 countries in six regions, examining their military capabilities, equipment requirements, and force structure inventories. Corresponding coverage of the political and economic trends shaping the defense market outlook.

Asia, Australia, Pacific Rim
Latin America & Caribbean
Middle East & Africa
North America

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Expansive Acquisition Spending

Procurement & RDT&E Budget

Complete Authorization and
Appropriations Coverage

Budget Document Curation

Analysis of Requests and
Congressional Actions

Market Segment Filters

Custom Excel Downloads

U.S. Defense Budget Forecast



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China’s Long March toward Global Naval Presence Symbolized in New Carrier

Thursday, April 27, 2017

With the April 26 launch of its first indigenous aircraft carrier, China has signaled its resolve to build a first-rate navy with a global reach.  China’s long-term goal of building a blue-water navy capable of extending its maritime presence beyond … Continue reading

The Future of the EJ200 Rests on One Platform: The Eurofighter Typhoon

Monday, April 24, 2017

by Carter Palmer, Power Systems Specialist, Forecast International. While the June 2016 Brexit vote may have been a setback for the ultimate European experiment, the results seemingly run counter to past European collaboration. Nowhere is this better illustrated  than in … Continue reading

With Rockwell Collins in the Mix, Can Brazilian Firms Penetrate the International Airborne Defense Electronics Market?

Friday, April 21, 2017

by C. Zachary Hofer, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International. Brazilian companies Savis and Bradar announced the signing of a cooperation agreement to evaluate joint business development for defense applications at the LAAD Defense & Security 2017 conference.  Both companies are … Continue reading

BAE Systems Adapting to the Times

Thursday, April 20, 2017

by Richard Pettibone, Aerospace & Defense Companies Analyst, Forecast International. As political change sweeps across the U.S. and the U.K, defense – following several years of  governmental austerity – appears set for a rebound. As do opportunities for BAE Systems. To … Continue reading

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Lockheed Martin Continues Successful Flight Demonstrations of Fury Expeditionary UAS

Date: April 26, 2017

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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Lockheed Martin's advanced tactical Group 3 unmanned aerial system (UAS), Fury, is regularly flying long-range endurance test missions as the company prepares it for low-rate production. In flight tests since May 2016, ... Read more

Iraq Using Commercial UAVs to Attack ISIS

Date: April 25, 2017

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WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces are using small commercial drones to drop grenades and other small munitions on Islamic State militants in Mosul. The Islamic State's inventory of unmanned air vehicles has been largely neutralized by countermeasur ... Read more

Boeing Reports First-Quarter Results

Date: April 26, 2017

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CHICAGO - For the first quarter of 2017, Boeing reported sales of $21.0 billion, down 7 percent from sales of $22.6 billion. Net income for the first quarter was $1.45 billion, compared to $1.22 billion in the first quarter of 2016. "With a sharp ... Read more

DigitalGlobe Responds to Market Changes

Date: April 25, 2017

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NEWTOWN, Conn. - Changing market dynamics in the remote sensing satellite industry continue to affect DigitalGlobe. However, the company continues to respond to these challenges, and will continue to be a major force within the commercial remote sens ... Read more

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Reopened Iranian market has potential for Pratt, analyst says

By: Howard French | Journal Inquirer
Date: 04/17/2017

Pratt & Whitney engines will power passenger airplanes sold by European airplane manufacturer ATR to Iran Air, the latest deal following Iran's nuclear accord with world powers that ended sanctions barring such sales. .... Read more

Marine One Replacement Flying Under Trump's Radar

By: Vivienne Machi
Date: 03/01/2017

After two major military aviation programs recently took heat from President Donald Trump on Twitter, defense contractors might be more cautious about cost overruns and schedule delays to avoid a public lashing, analysts said. But so far, one crucial program — the Marine One presidential helicopter replacement — seems safe from facing the same critiques as the F-35 joint strike fighter and the Air Force One presidential aircraft replacement. .... Read more

2016 Launches: The Good, the Bad and a Look Ahead

By: Kendall Russell
Date: 02/16/2017

Each year, Forecast International takes a look back at how the launch industry fared over the last 12 months and also glances forward to predict what’s to come in the year ahead. Via Satellite took a moment to speak with Bill Ostrove, space systems analyst for Forecast International, to discuss the continued decline in launches we saw in 2016 as well as his relatively brighter expectations for 2017. .... Read more

Supersonic passenger jets might make a comeback, more than a decade after the last Concorde flight

By: Samantha Masunaga
Date: 02/02/2017

The beak-nosed, supersonic Concorde was once described by a British ambassador as the "flower of the aerospace industry." But while the sleek plane could cut travel times in half, it was ultimately doomed by a combination of high maintenance expenses, a slower market for air travel after the Sept. 11 attacks and high ticket prices. A round-trip flight from London to New York could cost as much as $18,260 in today's dollars. .... Read more


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