PSLV Launch with 104 Payloads Opens New Opportunities for Small Satellites
Posted on Thu, 16 Feb 2017 18:15:00 +0000 EST

by Bill Ostrove, Space Systems Analyst, Forecast International. On the morning of February 15, 2017, ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (designated PSLV-C37) launched the 714-kilogram Cartosat-2 Series Satellite and 103 co-passenger satellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota. The … Continue reading

In a Sensible Move, Argentina’s Defense Minister Decides Not to Purchase Supersonic Jets
Posted on Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:13:10 +0000 EST

by Bill Ostrove, International Military Markets Analyst, Forecast International. Argentine Minister of Defense Julio Martinez has ruled out the purchase of supersonic fighter jets for the Argentine Air Force. The defense minister made his announcement on February 1 during an … Continue reading

Indian Navy on the Hunt for Multirole Carrier-Borne Fighters
Posted on Wed, 15 Feb 2017 08:00:31 +0000 EST

by Dan Darling, International Military Markets Analyst, Forecast International. The Indian Ministry of Defense – acting upon the Navy’s formal requirement for 57 multirole carrier-based fighters (MRCBFs) – has issued  a Request for Information (RFI). The RFI comes with multiple … Continue reading

2017 Off to a Very Slow Start – Boeing Leads January Deliveries and Orders
Posted on Tue, 14 Feb 2017 08:21:53 +0000 EST

by J. Kasper Oestergaard, European Correspondent. Boeing and Airbus delivered 44 and 25 commercial jets in January 2017, respectively, compared to 49 and 22 during the same month last year. January is traditionally a very slow month for both shipments … Continue reading

Greece Aims for F-16 Upgrade, but F-35 Plans Remain a Pipe Dream
Posted on Mon, 13 Feb 2017 08:17:59 +0000 EST

by Dan Darling, International Military Markets Analyst, Forecast International. The Hellenic Defense Ministry announced on February 7 that Greece intends to move forward on an upgrade to its large inventory of F-16C/D combat aircraft and begin exploring a future purchase … Continue reading

Enhanced Polar System Should Avoid Ice Station Zebra Scenario
Posted on Fri, 10 Feb 2017 08:06:20 +0000 EST

By Richard Sterk, C4I Analyst, Forecast International. In an attempt to prevent a real life Ice Station Zebra incident, the U.S. DoD has pumped money and technology into the Enhanced Polar System (EPS). The system’s mission – to provide around-the-clock … Continue reading

The Ongoing A-10 Replacement Saga
Posted on Thu, 09 Feb 2017 08:09:10 +0000 EST

by Ray Jaworowski, Senior Aerospace Analyst, Forecast International. In early 2014, then-Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced plans to retire the U.S. Air Force A-10 fleet over a period of five years.  However, the proposal sparked considerable congressional opposition and, in … Continue reading

Sale of PTDS Aerostat to Saudi Arabia Could Lead to Sales of ZPY-1 STARLite Radar
Posted on Wed, 08 Feb 2017 07:58:45 +0000 EST

by C. Zachary Hofer, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International. The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced on January 23 that the State Department had approved a possible sale to Saudi Arabia of model 74K Persistent Threat Detection System (PTDS) aerostats … Continue reading

Mattis Budget Guidance Spans Multiple Budget Cycles, Calls for FY17 Growth
Posted on Tue, 07 Feb 2017 08:00:13 +0000 EST

 by Shaun McDougall, Military Markets Analyst, Forecast International. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis released a memo on January 31 providing initial guidance for strengthening the armed forces through an FY17 budget amendment, the FY18 budget request, and the FY19-FY23 Future Years Defense … Continue reading

RUAG Expands into Cybersecurity
Posted on Mon, 06 Feb 2017 08:17:37 +0000 EST

by Richard Pettibone, Aerospace & Defense Companies Analyst, Forecast International. Not content to remain idle, RUAG has expanded the scope of its defense operations with a new focus on cybersecurity. Over the past year, the company has initiated a strategy … Continue reading