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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 8,100, valued at $548.2 billion.

Major Programs Covered:
F-35, KC-46A, A400M, Dassault Rafale, Embraer
Super Tucano, Saab Gripen, T-X 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
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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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Airborne Unmanned Vehicles

Major Programs Covered:
MQ-9 Reaper - General Atomics
RQ-4 Global Hawk - Northrop Grumman
MQ-8 Fire Scout - Northrop Grumman
Heron - IAI
Hermes - Elbit Systems

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International Military Markets Asia Australia and Pacific Rim

International Military Markets - Asia, Australia &
Pacific Rim explores the series of factors
that combine to make the Asian continent
and greater Indo-Pacific oceanic areas today's greatest drivers of global defense growth. The conflicting ambitions, the internal security pressures, the potential flashpoints - all and more are covered to present a broad market perspective. Learn More

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Global Defense Spending Snapshot

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Airbus and Boeing Report December and Full-Year 2018 Commercial Aircraft Orders and Deliveries
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Gas Turbines For Electrical Generation
Global Defense Spending Snapshot

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Hubble Space Telescope in Orbit in Space with Stars
On January 8, 2019, software on the Hubble Space Telescope detected a voltage level abnormality within the Wide Field Camera 3. The instrument, in turn, shut down automatically for safety …

China and the Indo-Pacific

Friday, January 18, 2019

Little Surprise as Singapore Identifies F-35 as Long-Term Fighter Solution

Friday, January 18, 2019

Singapore’s Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen has announced on social media that upon completion of a technical evaluation by the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) and Defense Science and …

U.S. Navy to Invest Over $400 Million on Electronic Warfare Simulation Program

Friday, January 18, 2019

by Andrew Dardine, Military Electronics Analyst, Forecast International. The U.S. Navy’s EW Simulator Development RDT&E program develops technology and testing to ensure that jamming and self-protection systems provide advanced protection …

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Airbus Begins Construction of U.S. A220 Manufacturing Facility

Date: January 16, 2019

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TOULOUSE, France -- Airbus has launched construction of its A220 Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama. The assembly line is to be used to meet U.S. demand for Airbus' A220 aircraft, formerly known as the CSeries. The A220 assembly line will ... Read more

GE Aviation's Passport Engine Enters Service on the Bombardier Global 7500

Date: January 17, 2019

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EVENDALE, Ohio -- GE Aviation’s Passport, the first ultra-long-range business jet engine, officially entered service on Dec. 20 during a ceremony by Bombardier Business Aircraft celebrating the delivery of its first Global 7500 luxury aircraft. Bomba ... Read more

Lower House of Mexican Congress Approves Establishment of National Guard

Date: January 17, 2019

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MEXICO CITY -- The lower house of Mexico's Congress voted to approve the proposal put forward by the administration of the newly inaugurated President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador for the establishment of a new National Guard service aimed at combatti ... Read more

Businessman Adar Poonawalla takes delivery of India’s first Airbus Corporate Helicopters ACH145

Date: January 16, 2019

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NEW DELHI -- Airbus has delivered India’s first fully customized, ACH145 helicopter to Adar Poonawalla, CEO and Executive Director of Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer by doses. This marks the entry of the highly succ ... Read more

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THE YEAR AHEAD: 2019 aerospace outlook

By: Dan Thisdell
Date: 12/27/2018

All we ever know for sure about the future is that it will look a lot like the past, only different – or maybe very different, depending on the timescale and interim events. That makes forecasting a black art best left to fortune tellers, charlatans and consultants. But in the same way that weather forecasts often have value in the short term, recent events and past experience can guide reasonable expectations. No warranty express or implied, but herewith the FlightGlobal team’s take on the year to come… BIG TWINS SQUARE OFF With Boeing getting its 777X ready for a maiden flight, probably in the first quarter, the twin-aisle market looks set to have an interesting year. Flight testing and certification is expected in time to deliver the first -9 example – 7,600nm (14,075km) range for 400 to 425 passengers – to launch operator Emirates in 2020. The 777X series – a 350- to 375-seat -8 version will follow – promises to breathe new life into the most successful widebody family ever; all-time 777 orders stand at greater than 1,600 units and the new X variants have already chalked up some 320. .... Read more

2019: The Year of Optimism, Growth for Helicopters

By: Frank Wolfe
Date: 12/01/2018

Next year looks to be one of resurgence of sorts for the global helicopter industry. Increasing oil prices are usually good news for helicopter companies serving oil and gas rigs, as those firms had felt a stagnation in the business since the drop in oil prices in 2014. But helicopter overcapacity in the oil and gas business may dampen company production of such rotorcraft in the near term, as oil and gas operators look to capitalize on their underutilized fleets, said Ray Jaworowski, a senior aerospace analyst at Forecast International. Oil and gas has been a key market segment for civil helicopters. However, helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) — designated as helicopter air ambulance by the FAA — search and rescue, law enforcement, firefighting, corporate transport and offshore wind look to be growing business segments, he said. Aerial firefighting may rise in importance because of the longer, harsher fire seasons the U.S. has seen over the last few years. .... Read more

Is SpaceX’s Satellite Internet Project In Trouble?

By: Alex Knapp
Date: 10/31/2018

Reuters reported Wednesday that SpaceX CEO Elon Musk in June fired seven managers of the SpaceX team in its Redmond, Washington, office, which is focused on building out the company’s satellite internet project, dubbed Starlink. Those managers have since been replaced by other SpaceX employees, reportedly with an aim to stay on track to launch its first set of satellites by the middle of 2019 and begin operations in 2020. A SpaceX spokesperson told Forbes that over the past summer, there was a reorganization over the course of two weeks, and that two employees left on their own accord. SpaceX spokesperson Eva Behrend further told Forbes in an email, “Given the success of our recent Starlink demonstration satellites, we have incorporated lessons learned and re-organized to allow for the next design iteration to be flown in short order,” she said. “This is a very similar approach of rapid iteration in design and testing which led to the success of Falcon 1, Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy and Dragon.” SpaceX first announced its intent to go into the satellite internet business in 2016, shortly before it announced a funding round led by Google and Fidelity that raised $1 billion at a valuation of about $10 billion dollars. Pitchbook estimates that the company is currently valued at $25 billion. In February of this year, the company launched two Starlink demonstration satellites, which it says were successfully delivered to orbit, have communicated with ground stations, and remain operational. .... Read more


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