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06 June 2016

Falcon Launch Vehicle Outlook

Author: Marco A. Cáceres, Drawn From: World Space Systems Briefing

Falcon Launch Vehicle Outlook

The first launch of a Falcon Heavy should take place this year. That’s a delay of about three years, as the test flight from Vandenberg AFB had originally been scheduled for 2013. A negligible delay, though, particularly for a vehicle of this size, power, and complexity—not to mention revolutionary low-cost structure. If it succeeds, Falcon Heavy will become the most powerful rocket in the world, with more than twice the payload lift capacity of an Ariane 5ES, a Delta IV-Heavy, a Proton M, or even the now-retired Space Shuttle. Ac-cording to SpaceX marketing literature, only the Apollo Saturn V rocket of the late-1960s and early-1970s has had a greater ability to deliver space payloads.

28 August 2015

US Navy’s Next Generation Jammer (NGJ)

Author: Dr. David L. Rockwell, Drawn From: Military Electronics Briefing

US Navy’s Next Generation Jammer (NGJ)

Funding began in FY09 for development of the US Navy's Next Generation Jammer (NGJ), intended to replace (or possibly upgrade) the Growler's AN/ALQ-99 pods near the end of the decade, and also provide the Marine Corps with a JSF-mounted EA system to replace its Prowlers. Unlike the short shrift given to the almost-new EA-18G ICAP-III systems, NGJ has been something of a holy grail for the EW industry, with four teams (BAE Systems, ITT/Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon) funded for early development.

14 May 2015

Lockheed Martin – Teal Group Analysis (Copy)

Author: Philip Finnegan, Drawn From: Defense & Aerospace Companies Briefing

Strategy: Lockheed Martin is working to defend large fighter and transport aircraft programs such as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the C-130 transport by performing well on its contracts while winning major new programs such as the next generation bomber (teamed with Boeing) and the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle.

Acquisitions will be small, niche acquisitions, particularly in information technology and systems integration while the company seeks to increase cash returned to shareholders through higher dividends and stock repurchases.

06 May 2015

AN APG-63(V) & APG-82(V)

Author: Dr. David L. Rockwell, Drawn From: Military Electronics Briefing

AN APG-63(V) & APG-82(V)

The AN/APG-63(V) is the fire control radar for the F-15A/B/C/D Eagle fighter. A modified version, the AN/APG-70, superseded the APG-63 on the F-15E Strike Eagle, but was then itself to be replaced with the APG-63(V)1, as part of a comprehensive APG-63 upgrade. The APG-63(V)1 LRIP contract was awarded in August 1997, with full rate production beginning in 2002. Japan and South Korea also chose the APG-63(V)1 (Japanese license production by MELCO was just beginning in2006).

02 September 2015

Boeing 747: Eighth Time's the Charm?

Author: Richard L. Aboulafia, Drawn From: World Military & Civil Aircraft Briefing

Boeing 747: Eighth Time's the Charm?

More a legend than a plane. King of the skies, tyrant of the air, occasional destroyer of airline balance sheets. This magnificent beast continues its long reign, knowing that the world's attention has shifted towards Toulouse, and Airbus's misguided effort to wrest control of the shrinking jumbo market away from Boeing. Through the '90s and early 2000s, new variant proposals were mooted and fell by the wayside, forgotten like a growing child's abandoned toys.

14 May 2015

Lockheed Martin – Teal Group Analysis

Author: Philip Finnegan, Drawn From: Defense & Aerospace Companies Briefing

Strategy: Lockheed Martin is working to defend large fighter and transport aircraft programs such as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the C-130 transport by performing well on its contracts while winning major new programs such as the next generation bomber (teamed with Boeing) and the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle.

Acquisitions will be small, niche acquisitions, particularly in information technology and systems integration while the company seeks to increase cash returned to shareholders through higher dividends and stock repurchases.

14 May 2015

Lockheed Martin – Teal Group Analysis (Copy)

Author: Philip Finnegan, Drawn From: Defense & Aerospace Companies Briefing

Strategy: Lockheed Martin is working to defend large fighter and transport aircraft programs such as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the C-130 transport by performing well on its contracts while winning major new programs such as the next generation bomber (teamed with Boeing) and the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle.

Acquisitions will be small, niche acquisitions, particularly in information technology and systems integration while the company seeks to increase cash returned to shareholders through higher dividends and stock repurchases.

24 April 2015

Airbus A380

Author: Richard L. Aboulafia, Drawn From: World Military & Civil Aircraft Briefing

Airbus A380

Airbus wanted to beat Boeing. To get beyond 50% of the market, it needed some serious product line investment. The A380 offered the biggest investment they could make before their ownership went fully public. It also offered the biggest psychological statement about beating Boeing in its (former) core jetliner market.

Unfortunately, Airbus chose to attack what is also the least important segment (5% of the total market, at best). Aside from a limited pool of up-front customers, the A380 is al- most irrelevant in today’s market environment. This is a two-per-month segment.

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