The Return of the SSB
Posted on Mon, 22 Apr 2019 12:54:26 +0000 EST

by Stuart Slade, Senior Naval & Marine Power Systems Analyst, Forecast International. The first ballistic missiles to be deployed on board warships were installed on diesel-electric submarines of the Soviet …

Thales Benefits from Increased Defense Spending as it Wraps Gemalto Deal
Posted on Fri, 19 Apr 2019 07:00:15 +0000 EST

The anger of the Trump administration over European allies NATO expenditures appears to have had an effect, helping to push Thales results higher.  After years of reduced defense spending in …

Russian Ka-52 Doing Well Domestically, More Export Sales Likely
Posted on Wed, 17 Apr 2019 12:41:28 +0000 EST

By Ray Jaworowski, Senior Aerospace Analyst, Forecast International. The Egyptian Air Force is the first non-Russian operator of the Kamov Ka-52 combat helicopter.  By the end of 2018, the service had …

Greece Contemplates F-35 Acquisition to Replace Oldest F-16s
Posted on Wed, 17 Apr 2019 12:29:48 +0000 EST

by J. Kasper Oestergaard, European Correspondent, Forecast International. Greece might find itself joining the field of F-35 operators in the not-so-distant future as part of a larger effort to improve …

Bahrain Operating M-ATVs
Posted on Tue, 16 Apr 2019 13:41:30 +0000 EST

The Bahrain Defence Force appears to have acquired M-ATV light armored vehicles, produced by U.S.-based Oshkosh Defense.  A number of vehicles could be seen in a convoy in a recent …

Airbus and Boeing Report March 2019 Commercial Aircraft Orders and Deliveries
Posted on Tue, 16 Apr 2019 13:35:48 +0000 EST

Boeing Deliveries Hit Hard in the Wake of Second 737 MAX Crash by J. Kasper Oestergaard, European Correspondent, Forecast International. Boeing and Airbus delivered 54 and 74 commercial jets in …

Indonesia Adding Two More Amphibious Landing Ships
Posted on Mon, 15 Apr 2019 14:29:41 +0000 EST

Indonesia continues to expand its amphibious capability with the awarding of an IDR360 billion ($25.5 million) contract to local shipbuilder PT Bandar Abadi for production of two additional landing ship …

Switzerland Begins Evaluation Phase of Combat Aircraft Competition
Posted on Fri, 12 Apr 2019 14:48:41 +0000 EST

The evaluation phase of Switzerland’s ongoing fighter assessment for a new-generation combat aircraft is underway. The current flight trials follow an earlier exercise whereby Swiss officials tested the aircraft models …

Indonesia Getting Three More Nagapasa-Class Diesel-Electric Submarines
Posted on Fri, 12 Apr 2019 13:33:34 +0000 EST

Indonesia’s Ministry of Defense inked a $1.02 billion agreement with South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) on April 12 for three follow-on Type 209/1400 diesel-electric submarines (SSKs). …

President Omar al-Bashir Overthrown in Coup
Posted on Thu, 11 Apr 2019 15:01:08 +0000 EST

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who took power in 1989, has been ousted after months of protests against his rule. On April 11, the Sudanese Minister of Defense, Awad Ibn Auf, …