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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

Airborne Electronics Forecast

Airborne Electronics Forecast

15-year global production (2018-2032) is
estimated at 127,346, valued at $1.45 billion.

Covers the communications, radar, targeting,
jamming, and self-protection suites that equip
various airborne platforms ranging from the
AAQ-40 EOTS to the ZPY-2 MP-RTIP.
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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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Gas Turbines For Electrical Generation
Global Defense Spending Snapshot
Space Launch Vehicle Year End Report
Platinum Demo
The Platinum Forecast System is the premier aerospace, defense, power systems and electronics 15-year market forecasting tool.

German MoD Provides Updates on the Eurofighter Typhoon’s Captor-E AESA Radar

Friday, April 20, 2018

by C. Zachary Hofer, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International. In its recent report dated March 19, the German Ministry of Defense, as part of its assessment of the Eurofighter Typhoon program, provided some updates on the status of the fighter jet’s Captor-E … Continue reading

International Apache Contracts Abound

Thursday, April 19, 2018

by Matthew Beres, Airborne Retrofit & Modernization Analyst, Forecast International. Multiple companies have recently been awarded contracts for international AH-64 retrofit programs. As one of the world’s premier attack helicopters, the Apache is well funded, and is upgraded regularly with … Continue reading

Leonardo Launches New Growth Plan

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

by Richard Pettibone, Aerospace & Defense Companies Analyst, Forecast International. Following a difficult year into the company’s rebranding, Leonardo’s management has launched another industrial plan, dubbed Leonardo 2.0, that aims to achieve double-digit profitability over the next five years, tighten … Continue reading

Update: Conformal Fuel Tank Retrofits

Monday, April 16, 2018

by Matthew Beres, Airborne Retrofit & Modernization Analyst, Forecast International. Boeing has recently been awarded a $219.6 million delivery order for the design, development, test and integration of the conformal fuel tank in support of the F/A-18.  Work will be … Continue reading

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Jim Bridenstine Confirmed as NASA Administrator

Date: April 20, 2018

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WASHINGTON -- On April 19, 2018, the Senate confirmed Jim Bridenstine as the next NASA administrator. Bridenstine, a Republican Representative from Oklahoma's first congressional district since 2013, was nominated by President Donald Trump to take ov ... Read more

Statement by the Press Secretary on Arms Transfer and Unmanned Aerial Systems Export Reforms

Date: April 19, 2018

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WASHINGTON -- America is safer when our partners have access to the American-built systems they need to defend themselves and our shared interests, and when American industry competes on a level playing field. Today, President Donald J. Trump signed ... Read more

JASSM Takes Part in Syria Strikes, Not JASSM-ER

Date: April 20, 2018

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WASHINGTON -- The recent U.S. air strikes on Syria saw the combat debut of the Joint Air-to-Syrfafe Stamd-off Missile (JASSM), not its extended range variant. Original reports said U.S. Air Force B-1B bombers fired JASSM-ERs during the April 13 oper ... Read more

More Range for Bombardier Global 7000

Date: April 15, 2018

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MONTREAL -- Bombardier has revealed that its new Global 7000 business jet, having completed multiple long-range flights around the world, now features a range of 7,700 nautical miles. The new range figure is 300 nautical miles greater than the compa ... Read more

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How a U.S.-China trade war could hit airplane makers where it hurts

By: Samantha Masunaga
Date: 04/04/2018

China’s newly proposed tariffs on certain small airplanes, in addition to a wide variety of other American goods, suggest China could later slam tariffs on a scarier target: the jetliners it has increasingly imported from the United States, analysts said. China announced Wednesday that it plans to levy a 25 percent tariff on more than 100 U.S. products — including airplanes that weigh between about 33,000 and 99,000 pounds. That wouldn’t touch the biggest jetliners, but the idea sent a shudder through the industry. China’s retaliatory move came the day after the Trump administration announced its own proposed 25 percent tariffs on more than 1,300 Chinese goods, including aircraft, propellers, turbojet engines and other aerospace parts. That U.S. tariff proposal could increase planes’ prices: U.S. aircraft builders have increasingly routed supply chains globally, including through China. .... Read more

Air Force test of Wichita plane could lead to hundreds of orders

By: Jerry Siebenmark
Date: 04/04/2018

The Wichita-built AT-6 Wolverine is one of two planes the Air Force will evaluate in an experiment that could lead to a big order. Textron Aviation Defense will field its Beechcraft AT-6 for a second Air Force test of light-attack aircraft beginning in May. Such an order, which a Textron Aviation official and defense analysts said could mean between 100 and 300 Beechcraft airplanes, would give a much-needed boost to the T-6 production line at Textron Aviation East Campus that rolled out only 13 airplanes in 2017, a little more than one a month. The AT-6 is an attack version of the T-6 military trainer. .... Read more

Don't launch these tiny satellites, the FCC said. They're apparently in space anyway

By: Samantha Masunaga
Date: 03/12/2018

In December, small-satellite company Swarm Technologies Inc. received word from the Federal Communications Commission that its request to launch and operate four tiny satellites was denied. The agency said in a letter that it denied the application because the satellites — which measured less than 4 inches on one side — were too small to be tracked by the U.S. Space Surveillance Network, which is supposed to catalog all man-made objects that orbit the Earth. That would make it hard to ensure the satellites weren't going to hit other spacecraft in orbit, the FCC said. .... Read more

Pratt’s Engine Alliance bids to make A380 engines

By: Howard French
Date: 03/09/2018

EAST HARTFORD — Pratt & Whitney’s joint venture with General Electric, Engine Alliance, is “aggressively competing” to supply the engines for a new Emirates Airlines order for as many as 20 Airbus A380 super jumbo jets, a company official said. .... Read more


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