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Elon Musk Lays Out Ambitious, Challenging Plan to Colonize Mars

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

by Bill Ostrove, Space Systems Analyst, Forecast International. Elon Musk has proposed an ambitious plan to make humans a multiplanet species. The announcement of the initiative was made at the International Astronautical Congress on September 27 in Guadalajara, Mexico, to … Continue reading

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

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India Re-launching Global Tender for New-Generation Assault Rifle

Date: September 28, 2016

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NEW DELHI - The Indian government is re-launching a global tender for a new-generation standard issue assault rifle to replace the Indian Army's glitch-prone, the domestically-made INSAS (Indian Small Arms System) 5.56mm assault rifle. This promises ... Read more

QF-16 Reaches Operational Capability Milestone

Date: September 27, 2016

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EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Air Combat Command declared initial operational capability for the QF-16 full-scale aerial target (FSAT) Sept. 23. The decision was approved by Gen. Hawk Carlisle, the ACC commander, for the total of 15 QF-16s currentl ... Read more

Lithuania Plans to Add NASAMS Capability

Date: September 27, 2016

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WARSAW - The Lithuanian Ministry of Defense is set to order the medium-range Network Centric Air Defense System, or NASAMS, to equip two military units. The estimated €100 million ($112 million) acquisition will see Lithuania become the fifth operato ... Read more

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

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Elon Musk Says SpaceX Is Already Spending 'Tens Of Millions' On Spacecraft To Colonize Mars

By: Alex Knapp
Date: 09/27/2016

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Long-Term, Regional Aircraft Market To Grow

By: Molly McMillin
Date: 09/26/2016

WICHITA—The regional aircraft market is stabilizing, following seven years of erratic swings in production, with long-term growth projected, according to a new study by Forecast International. .... Read more

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


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