Airbus, Boeing Report December and Full-Year 2016 Aircraft Orders and Deliveries
Posted on Mon, 16 Jan 2017 19:24:04 +0000 EST

by J. Kasper Oestergaard, European Correspondent. Airbus Delivers 111 Jets in Wild Year-End Rally, Logs 321 Net Orders Boeing and Airbus delivered 67 and 111 commercial jets in December 2016, respectively, compared to 53 and 79 during the same month … Continue reading

MTU Aero Engines Ramps Up New Engine Production
Posted on Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:00:35 +0000 EST

by Richard Pettibone, Aerospace & Defense Companies Analyst, Forecast International. MTU Aero Engine is well positioned for years of solid profitability, thanks to the healthy status of its commercial engine production operations and an increasing emphasis on MRO activities.  Business … Continue reading

Indian Navy’s Quest for New Minehunters Mired on Shoals of Indigenization Pressures
Posted on Thu, 12 Jan 2017 18:24:10 +0000 EST

by Dan Darling, International Military Markets Analyst, Forecast International. The Indian Navy’s long-standing quest for a new-build, modern class of mine countermeasures vessels (MCMVs) continues to flounder amid government demands regarding technology transfer and indigenization. A $5 billion project to build 12 … Continue reading

A350-1000’s Maiden Flight Completes Trent’s Trio of XWB-Powered Platforms
Posted on Wed, 11 Jan 2017 08:31:40 +0000 EST

by Carter Palmer, Power Systems Specialist, Forecast International. The new Airbus A350 XWB, with nearly 50 aircraft currently in service, has just received an addition to the family. After its maiden flight in late November, 2016, the A350-1000 is seeking … Continue reading

Launch Vehicles: Year in Review 2016
Posted on Tue, 10 Jan 2017 08:00:58 +0000 EST

Recent Decline Continued, but Stage Set for Renewed Activity in 2017 by Bill Ostrove, Space Systems Analyst, Forecast International. The year 2016 saw 85 launches into Earth orbit  (this count excludes the Falcon 9 that exploded in September, since the … Continue reading

Kazakhstan Plays Mediator for Middle East Conflicts
Posted on Mon, 09 Jan 2017 14:31:11 +0000 EST

 by Derek Bisaccio, Military Markets Analyst, Forecast International. Starting with the decision in the mid-1990s to relinquish its inherited nuclear arsenal, Kazakhstan has maneuvered itself on the international stage as a responsible global player. That decision, which saw Kazakhstan return Soviet nuclear … Continue reading

Sukhoi Builds on Initial Success
Posted on Thu, 05 Jan 2017 13:29:39 +0000 EST

by Richard Pettibone, Aerospace & Defense Companies Analyst, Forecast International. As the primary foundation upon which Russia’s United Aircraft Corp has been built, Sukhoi remains the strongest of the Russian manufacturers.  The company’s success is due to two programs: one … Continue reading

Estonia Earmarks 2.2 Percent of GDP for Defense under 2017 Budget
Posted on Tue, 03 Jan 2017 15:04:45 +0000 EST

by Dan Darling, International Military Markets Analyst, Forecast International. Under the Estonian government’s 2017 budget, recently has passed by the Parliament, topline defense spending will reach a record high. The FY17 state budget will see government expenditures climb by 7.6 … Continue reading

Operation Tomodachi Underscores Need for a New Surface Warship Radiation Detector
Posted on Tue, 27 Dec 2016 10:15:09 +0000 EST

by Richard Sterk, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International. Operation Tomodachi, the U.S. mission that provided disaster relief to Japan following the earthquake and tsunami in 2011, attached newfound significance to the need to update the radiation detection devices that equip … Continue reading

Brazil’s Budget Spending Limit Amendment to Cut into Defense Spending
Posted on Thu, 22 Dec 2016 13:14:49 +0000 EST

by Bill Ostrove, International Military Markets Analyst, Forecast International. On December 13, Brazil’s Senate approved a constitutional amendment, effective December 15, 2016, that will cap growth of government spending. This law will have a direct effect on defense spending, limiting … Continue reading