Airbus, Boeing January Commercial Aircraft Orders and Deliveries & 2018 Forecast
Posted on Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:00:30 +0000 EST

Both Companies Report Weak Numbers As Expected Following Wild December Surge by J. Kasper Oestergaard, European Correspondent. Boeing and Airbus delivered 44 and 27 commercial jets in January 2018, respectively, compared to 44 and 25 deliveries during the same month … Continue reading

BAE Systems’ Semi-Autonomous Software Speeds Combat Decisions in Contested Environments
Posted on Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:00:09 +0000 EST

by Matthew Beres, Airborne Retrofit & Modernization Analyst, Forecast International. BAE Systems recently announced the development of semi-autonomous software under the Distributed Battle Management program.  The DBM program of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency provides timely and relevant … Continue reading

NASA Finally Sets a Direction Under President Trump, But Will Its Plans Make It Through Congress?
Posted on Thu, 15 Feb 2018 08:00:41 +0000 EST

by Bill Ostrove, Space Systems Analyst, Forecast International. America’s preeminent space agency is proposing a major change in focus for FY19. Along with the rest of the federal government, NASA released its fiscal year 2019 budget request on February 13. While … Continue reading

JSTARS Replacement Program Canceled Yet Again
Posted on Wed, 14 Feb 2018 08:00:43 +0000 EST

by C. Zachary Hofer, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International. It’s official.  The U.S. Air Force has taken formal steps to implement its stated intention to abandon the JSTARS Recap program. In the Department of Defense’s recently released forecast year 2019 budget documents, … Continue reading

Pratt & Whitney’s GTF Woes Continue as Regulator Warns of Potential In-Flight Dual-Engine Shutdown
Posted on Tue, 13 Feb 2018 07:00:45 +0000 EST

by J. Kasper Oestergaard, European Correspondent. On Friday, February 9, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued an Emergency Airworthiness Directive warning operators of a potential dual-engine in-flight shutdown on A320neo family jets powered by Pratt & Whitney’s PW1100G geared … Continue reading

General Dynamics Expands IT Offerings with $9.6 billion CSRA Buy
Posted on Mon, 12 Feb 2018 16:26:34 +0000 EST

by Richard Pettibone, Aerospace & Defense Companies Analyst, Forecast International. In a move aimed at gaining even more critical mass in its information technology services, General Dynamics has agreed to acquire CSRA in a deal valued at $9.6 billion, including … Continue reading

Falcon Heavy Launches Successfully, but What Does the Future Hold for SpaceX’s Giant Rocket?
Posted on Thu, 08 Feb 2018 08:00:49 +0000 EST

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by Bill Ostrove, Space Systems Analyst, Forecast International. With much fanfare, SpaceX successfully conducted a test launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket. The rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral at 3:45 p.m. EST (8:45 p.m. UTC) on February 6. Following launch, … Continue reading

India’s Illusory Defense Budget Hike
Posted on Wed, 07 Feb 2018 08:00:36 +0000 EST

by Dan Darling, International Military Markets Analyst, Forecast International. India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley unveiled the government’s fiscal year 2018 Union Budget on February 1. Included within the budget is a year-on-year nominal increase of 5.91 percent for defense. The … Continue reading

Electronic Warfare Simulation: Making Today’s Fighter Jets Ready for Real World Engagement
Posted on Tue, 06 Feb 2018 08:00:19 +0000 EST

by Andrew Dardine, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International. Like a prizefighter needing a sparring partner between bouts, next-generation fighter aircraft and their operators require constant testing and training.  They simply cannot wait until they face a real air-to-air engagement to … Continue reading

2017 Was a Banner Year for the Launch Industry
Posted on Wed, 31 Jan 2018 08:00:24 +0000 EST

by Bill Ostrove, Space Systems Analyst, Forecast International. Forecast International has just released its 2017 launch vehicle year in review. The 12-page document provides a broad overview of the 90 launches conducted in 2017. In 2017, 27 different launch vehicles lifted … Continue reading