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Rotorcraft Forecast Commercial & Military

15-year global unit production (2018-2032) is
estimated at 23,215 aircraft, valued at $279.7 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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Military Aircraft Forecast

Military Aircraft Forecast

15-year global unit production (2018-2032) is
estimated at 8,212, valued at $522.7 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 Forecast

Civil Aircraft Forecast

Features coverage of the A320neo, A350, A380, 737 MAX, 777X and G650 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 global defense spending forecasts. Learn More


International Military Markets

International Military Markets

Coverage of 120 countries in six geopolitical 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
North America

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Space Systems Forecast

Space Systems Forecast

Satellite Programs
•   OneWeb
•   SSL 1300
•   Spire

Launch Vehicle Programs
•   Falcon 9
•   Rocket Lab Electron
•   Ariane 6

Human Spaceflight Programs
•   Dragon
•   CST-100 Starliner
•   New Shepard

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Airborne Unmanned Vehicles

Major Programs Covered:
MQ-9 Reaper - General Atomics
RQ-4 Global Hawk - Northrop Grumman
MQ-8 Fire Scout - Northrop Grumman
Heron - IAI
Hermes - Elbit Systems

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International Military Markets Asia Australia and Pacific Rim

International Military Markets - Asia, Australia &
Pacific Rim explores the series of factors
that combine to make the Asian continent
and greater Indo-Pacific oceanic areas today's greatest drivers of global defense growth. The conflicting ambitions, the internal security pressures, the potential flashpoints - all and more are covered to present a broad market perspective. Learn More

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Global Defense Spending Snapshot

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The Platinum Forecast System is the premier aerospace, defense, power systems and electronics 15-year market forecasting tool.

Historic Summit Has Major Implications for U.S. Military

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

by Shaun McDougall, Military Markets Analyst, Forecast International. The historic meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore resulted in the signing of a joint statement that carries significant implications for relations between the two countries, … Continue reading

U.S. House Passes FY19 Defense Authorization Bill

Friday, June 8, 2018

E-8C JSTARS Radar aircraft
by Shaun McDougall, Military Markets Analyst, Forecast International. The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed its version of the FY19 defense authorization bill by a vote of 351-66.  The bill supports a Pentagon base budget of $639.1 billion, which complies with the … Continue reading

Thales: Africa’s Leading Air Traffic Management Provider

Thursday, June 7, 2018

by Greg Giaquinto, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International. Thales remains the undisputed leader in air traffic management in Africa.  African countries are being managed by Thales’ TopSky-ATC system, which handles at least 70 percent of the region’s air traffic.  In … Continue reading

Hanwha Restructures Aerospace and Defense Ops to Improve Its Prospects

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

by Richard Pettibone, Aerospace & Defense Companies Analyst, Forecast International.  With a number of aerospace- and defense-related acquisitions now in its portfolio, Hanwha has begun restructuring itself to better serve these markets.  This latest effort marks the company’s return to … Continue reading

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U.S. Army's robotics alliance rallies researchers to develop robots for future combat

Date: June 15, 2018

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ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- As part of a strategy to develop and deliver new robotics capabilities to future Soldiers, Army researchers have partnered with world-renowned experts in industry and academia. The University of Pennsylvania hosted ... Read more

Global 7500 Jets Begin Arriving in Montreal as On-Schedule Ramp-Up Continues

Date: June 14, 2018

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MONTREAL -- Bombardier announced that Global 7500 aircraft started arriving at the company’s Montreal facilities last month, where high-precision completion work is being carried out on the jet. Workers at Bombardier’s Center of Excellence in Dorval, ... Read more

India Slowly Builds Success with GSLV

Date: June 14, 2018

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NEWTOWN, Conn. -- For years, India struggled with its GSLV. Unlike the PSLV, the GSLV has not been established as a major player in the international launch market. The GSLV was plagued by a lack of a viable domestically built cryogenic upper stage ( ... Read more

Germany inks Contract for Heron TP Lease

Date: June 13, 2018

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BERLIN -- Germany signed a leasing contract with Israel on June 14 for the use of five Heron TP unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) plus associated services. The contract had been delayed since 2015, when the Bundeswehr down-selected the platform to meet ... Read more

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Despite Slumping Defense Sales, Opportunities Abound in Africa

By: Yasmin Tadjdeh
Date: 06/05/2018

Facing threats from civil conflicts and terrorist organizations such as al-Shabab and Boko Haram, some African nations are investing in equipment even as defense spending continues to be low across the continent. “If we look at military spending, then Africa has seen a decline over the last three years,” said Nan Tian, a researcher at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s arms and military expenditure program. “Its levels are still higher than they were 10 years ago, but we are definitely seeing a decline within African military spending, both in terms of Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as North Africa.” SIPRI analyzes defense sales in five-year periods. Military arms imports on the continent decreased by 22 percent between 2008-2012 and 2013-2017, according to a report titled, “Trends in International Arms Transfers, 2017.” .... Read more

Crime Threat Driving Latin American Defense Spending

By: Yasmin Tadjdeh
Date: 06/04/2018

This is part 1 of a 5-part series covering the current global weapons market by region: Europe, Middle East, Asia-Pacific, Africa and Latin America leading up to National Defense Magazine's coverage of the Eurosatory defense and security exhibition in Paris, June 11-15, 2018. Today: Latin America Latin American defense spending has been rocked by declining budgets due to economic turmoil, but efforts to counter threats from transnational criminal organizations are helping to buoy sales. “In Latin America the main threat is coming from these international criminal organizations — drug traffickers, gangs and … insurgents in some countries,” said Bill Ostrove, an analyst at Forecast International, a Newtown, Connecticut-based market consulting firm. “Their defense picture is a little bit different than some areas of the world that are more concerned about power projection.” .... Read more

ANALYSIS: A look back at Comac's first 10 years

By: Mavis Toh
Date: 05/14/2018

When China declared its ambitions to develop a large passenger aircraft and become a world-class player in aircraft manufacturing, it established the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac) to spearhead this dream. .... Read more

ANALYSIS: Sikorsky pressing on with S-97 in pursuit of Army scout replacement

By: Garrett Reim
Date: 04/17/2018

According to test pilot lore, when Sikorsky tried flying its first advancing blade concept on the experimental S-69 rotorcraft – a system with two stacked blades rotating in opposite directions– the machine jackhammered so roughly that it rattled loose a gold crown in the pilot’s mouth. Sikorsky cannot confirm that legend, but acknowledges that its 1970s-era co-axial compound helicopter, which was powered by four jet engines and required two pilots to maintain control, was not a smooth ride. .... Read more


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