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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 October 2018
Commercial Aircraft Orders and Deliveries
Airbus Reports Strong Orders and Deliveries in Difficult Month for Boeing

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Top 100 Federal Contractors FY17
Gas Turbines For Electrical Generation
Global Defense Spending Snapshot

Cayman ARV Procurement Reflects Belarus’s Pursuit of Strategic Autonomy, Part I

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

by Thomas Dolzall, Defense Analyst, Forecast International. The adoption by the Belarusian armed forces in early 2017 of the Cayman armored reconnaissance vehicle, which had recently entered serial production, represents a modest but significant step in the maturation of the … Continue reading

‘One SABCA’ Effort Reaping Rewards for Belgian Manufacturer

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

by Richard Pettibone, Aerospace & Defense Companies Analyst, Forecast International. SABCA’s three-year restructuring plan, begun in early 2017, is already showing signs of success, with the company returning to profitability following a string of annual losses.  While deep backlogs at … Continue reading

General Electric to Continue Powering the Arleigh Burke Class

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

by Carter Palmer, Power Systems Specialist, Forecast International. The Arleigh Burke class destroyer has three “flights” (variants), the latest being the third and most advanced. Advanced is a key word here, because the more advanced a ship is, the more electricity it … Continue reading

A Turbine Close to Home – Part 2

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

by Carter Palmer, Power Systems Specialist, Forecast International. As reported in Part 1 of this blog, Forecast International’s team of industrial and marine turbine specialists was given the opportunity to tour a facility that operates two General Electric 7HA.01 gas turbines and … Continue reading

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U.S. Navy Launches Third and Final Zumwalt Class Destroyer

Date: December 11, 2018

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BATH, Maine -- The U.S. Navy's third and final Zumwalt class destroyer, the future USS Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002), was launched December 9 at General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works shipyard. The ship is scheduled to be christened in spring 2019. The ... Read more

With Additional Launch Slots, NASA CubeSat Launches to Continue

Date: December 11, 2018

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NEWTOWN, Conn. -- The appeal of small satellites continues to increased. Their small size reduces the cost of building and launching satellites, thus increasing the number of institutions that can afford them. In addition, their low cost allows insti ... Read more

Philippines Opts for Black Hawk as Combat-Utility Helicopter Option

Date: December 7, 2018

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MANILA -- The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has selected the S-70 Black Hawk from Lockheed Martin's Sikorsky as its preferred platform to meet its combat-utility helicopter program requirement. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana confirmed the choice on ... Read more

Boeing Launches Longest-Range Business Jet Ever with BBJ 777X

Date: December 10, 2018

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Boeing Business Jets is launching the BBJ 777X, a new Boeing Business Jet model that can fly more than half way around the world without stopping, farther than any business jet ever built. "Our most exclusive custome ... Read more

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2019: The Year of Optimism, Growth for Helicopters

By: Frank Wolfe
Date: 12/01/2018

Next year looks to be one of resurgence of sorts for the global helicopter industry. Increasing oil prices are usually good news for helicopter companies serving oil and gas rigs, as those firms had felt a stagnation in the business since the drop in oil prices in 2014. But helicopter overcapacity in the oil and gas business may dampen company production of such rotorcraft in the near term, as oil and gas operators look to capitalize on their underutilized fleets, said Ray Jaworowski, a senior aerospace analyst at Forecast International. Oil and gas has been a key market segment for civil helicopters. However, helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) — designated as helicopter air ambulance by the FAA — search and rescue, law enforcement, firefighting, corporate transport and offshore wind look to be growing business segments, he said. Aerial firefighting may rise in importance because of the longer, harsher fire seasons the U.S. has seen over the last few years. .... Read more

Is SpaceX’s Satellite Internet Project In Trouble?

By: Alex Knapp
Date: 10/31/2018

Reuters reported Wednesday that SpaceX CEO Elon Musk in June fired seven managers of the SpaceX team in its Redmond, Washington, office, which is focused on building out the company’s satellite internet project, dubbed Starlink. Those managers have since been replaced by other SpaceX employees, reportedly with an aim to stay on track to launch its first set of satellites by the middle of 2019 and begin operations in 2020. A SpaceX spokesperson told Forbes that over the past summer, there was a reorganization over the course of two weeks, and that two employees left on their own accord. SpaceX spokesperson Eva Behrend further told Forbes in an email, “Given the success of our recent Starlink demonstration satellites, we have incorporated lessons learned and re-organized to allow for the next design iteration to be flown in short order,” she said. “This is a very similar approach of rapid iteration in design and testing which led to the success of Falcon 1, Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy and Dragon.” SpaceX first announced its intent to go into the satellite internet business in 2016, shortly before it announced a funding round led by Google and Fidelity that raised $1 billion at a valuation of about $10 billion dollars. Pitchbook estimates that the company is currently valued at $25 billion. In February of this year, the company launched two Starlink demonstration satellites, which it says were successfully delivered to orbit, have communicated with ground stations, and remain operational. .... Read more

Embraer Unveils Two New Business Jets It Says Will Claim Long-Range Crown

By: Jeremy Bogaisky
Date: 10/14/2018

Embraer introduced midsize and super-midsize business jets Sunday that it aims to launch in 2019, filling out what was already one of the broadest lineups in the market with what the company says will be the longest-range planes in their class. The Praetor 500 and Praetor 600 are fully fly-by-wire, a first for jets of their size, with active turbulence reduction, as well as what the company says is a best-in-category 5,800-foot cabin altitude and the highest payload capacity. The Praetor 500 also lays claim to being the fastest midsize jet, with a maximum speed of mach 0.83. The planes are derivatives of Embraer’s Legacy 450 and 500 jets, with new winglets and extra fuel tanks for greater range, as well as a new interior style and advanced technological features in the cabin and cockpit. .... Read more

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


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