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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 8,100, valued at $548.2 billion.

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


Airbus and Boeing September 2018
Commercial Aircraft Orders and Deliveries
Both Manufacturers Report Strong Deliveries; Boeing Still Well Ahead in Orders Race

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USAF Awards $2.3 Billion to Develop New Launch Vehicles

Thursday, October 18, 2018

by Bill Ostrove, Space Systems Analyst, Forecast International. The U.S. Air Force has awarded three companies a combined $2.3 billion in contracts to help fund the development of new launch vehicles under the Air Force’s Launch Service Agreement (LSA) program. … Continue reading

AUSA 2018 Wrap-Up

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

by Thomas Dolzall, Defense Analyst, Forecast International. The Association of the United States Army (AUSA) opened its annual meeting in Washington, DC, on October 8. The three-day exposition brings together a host of U.S. and international military personnel, defense industry … Continue reading

It’s a Mess Up There!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

By Richard Sterk, Defense Electronics Analyst, Forecast International. Until somewhat recently, space was a peaceful domain where orbital and flying craft were unprotected, but adversaries are now developing systems to counter advantages.  Traffic is building in space, as many new … Continue reading

Airbus and Boeing Report September 2018 Commercial Aircraft Orders and Deliveries

Monday, October 15, 2018

Both Manufacturers Report Strong Deliveries; Boeing Still Well Ahead in Orders Race by J. Kasper Oestergaard, European Correspondent. Boeing and Airbus delivered 87 and 69 commercial jets in September 2018, respectively, compared to 78 and 55 deliveries during the same … Continue reading

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Aerojet Rocketdyne Soldiers On Despite AR1 Loss

Date: October 23, 2018

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NEWTOWN, Conn. -- After a difficult few years, Aerojet Rocketdyne is getting back on track. Backlog and sales have been steadily improving, and past difficulties have been addressed. For 2017, Aerojet Holdings' sales rose 6.6 percent to $1.88 bil ... Read more

Textron Reports Third Quarter 2018 Results

Date: October 18, 2018

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NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Textron reported third quarter 2018 revenues of $3.19 billion, down 8 percent from $3.47 billion in the third quarter of 2017. Net income for the quarter was $563 million compared to $159 million a year ago. "Revenues were low ... Read more

Honeywell Posts Third Quarter 2018 Results

Date: October 19, 2018

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NEWTOWN, Conn. -- For the third quarter of 2018, Honeywell reported that sales rose 6 percent to $10.8 billion from $10.1 billion in the third quarter of 2017. Net income for the period was $2.4 billion compared to $1.4 billion in the prior year qua ... Read more

Avitas Systems First FAA-Approved Civil Use of BVLOS

Date: October 16, 2018

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BOSTON -- Avitas Systems, a GE venture, has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval to fly an unmanned aerial system (UAS) beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) in Loving County, Texas. The permission authorizes Avitas Systems to fly a ... Read more

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Light military helicopter production faces decade of decline

By: Garrett Reim
Date: 10/02/2018

The number of light military helicopters produced worldwide is projected to decline more than 56% to just 92 units a year in 2026 from a decade prior. The near-term decline in production is due to current re-equipment cycles coming to an end in the USA and in many European countries, according to the projection’s publisher Forecast International. In the USA, Bell Helicopter is set to finish deliveries of the UH-1Y Venom utility helicopter to the US Marine Corps by the end of 2018. The USMC will take deliveries of the Venom’s sister aircraft, the Bell AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter, until 2022. .... Read more

Leonardo Teams Up to Pitch Helicopter to Polish Army

By: Vivienne Machi
Date: 09/25/2018

Two international companies have partnered to offer a new combat helicopter to the Polish army. Italy-based Leonardo and Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa, or PGZ, recently signed a letter of intent to collaborate on Leonardo’s AW249 rotorcraft, the companies announced in a press release. The partnership will extend to a number of areas including design, manufacturing, final assembly, marketing and aftersales support for the helicopter. The AW249 was originally planned for the Italian military, according to a Leonardo spokesperson. The company signed a multiyear contract with the Italian Ministry of Defence in January 2017 to replace the army’s aging fleet of AW129s, which are expected to be retired from service by 2026. The Polish variant will be considered under Poland’s “Kruk” procurement program to buy 16 new attack helicopters by 2022 to replace its Soviet-era Mi-24 aircraft. Another 16 helicopters could be procured after 2022, the Polish government said in a 2016 news release. .... Read more

Evolving Helicopter EMS

By: Robert Moorman
Date: 09/25/2018

Consolidation, timely compensation, tepid growth, enhancing safety and finding enough pilots and aircraft maintenance technicians (AMTs) are the main challenges facing the helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) sector. But before one tosses in the towel on air medical providers, consider the following statistic: EMS account for more than half of the helicopter market, which has a total value of $26.2 billion in 2016 dollars, according to the U.K.-based IBA Group, Ltd. Despite flat sales of new EMS-configured helicopters, the sector might be the one bright spot in a rotorcraft industry that remains reliant on the still moribund offshore oil and gas industry. “Solid demand for new rotorcraft from EMS operators helped soften somewhat the steep decline in the civil helicopter market experienced in the past few years and is now helping to kickstart the nascent recovery in the market,” said Ray Jaworowski, senior aerospace analyst at Forecast International. .... Read more

To get supersonic business jets off the ground, Aerion Corp. is building planes that don't go 'boom'

By: Samantha Masunaga
Date: 09/11/2018

Plans to launch supersonic commercial jet travel have long been hampered by a U.S. ban on such flight over land. But rather than limit routes to transoceanic travel, Aerion Corp. of Reno plans to push its AS2 supersonic business jet right to the limit — flying just a hair below supersonic when above ground, then speeding up to Mach 1.4 over water. Maneuvering around that rule will be crucial for the handful of companies including Aerion that want to establish a market for supersonic business jets. Spike Aerospace Inc. of Boston is developing a needle-nose plane that would travel at Mach 1.6 and ferry 12 to 18 private passengers. Boom Technology Inc. of Englewood, Colo., plans to build a 55-seat supersonic airliner that would have a per-seat ticket cost on par with business-class travel. Today’s supersonic jet manufacturers hope to avoid the problems that plagued the Concorde airliner, which flew for the last time in 2003. The Concorde was ultimately doomed by high maintenance costs, a soft market for air travel after the Sept. 11 attacks, and its high ticket price — as much as $18,260 for a London-to-New York round-trip flight, in 2017 dollars — which left many seats empty. Sonic-boom restrictions kept the Concorde on mostly transatlantic routes. .... Read more


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