In this June 20, 2014 interview, Teal Group Corporation VP of Analysis Richard Aboulafia compares European and American rotorcraft producers and their market prospects. He says that European rotorcraft manufacturers are showing evidence of very different perspectives on the market. For US companies, Aboulafia sees excess capacity that may call for restructuring. He also thinks that European manufacturers are more cost-sensitive in their export offerings, which is better aligned with many nations’ needs, though US manufacturers have made some adjustments.
In this June 20, 2014 interview, Teal Group Corporation VP of Analysis Richard Aboulafia argues that FVL is unlikely to produce any substantial breakthroughs, and that companies ought to view it as an opportunity to conduct interesting research that could help to inform future evolutionary upgrades. He discusses the unlikely prospect that the Joint Multi-Role effort will result in an actual program, and suggests that the Scout mission could migrate to remotely-manned platforms. Aboulafia speculates that the JMR Technology Demonstration effort could potentially scale up, if it succeeds.
In this June 20, 2014 interview, Teal Group Corporation VP of Analysis Richard Aboulafia discusses the Army’s aviation restructure initiative. Mr. Aboulafia expresses support for the Army’s plan, and notes that it is likely that the National Guard will experience a significant scale-down of its rotorcraft capabilities given the associated costs.
In this June 20, 2014 interview, Teal Group Corporation VP of Analysis Richard Aboulafia says he sees little promise in a very large rotorcraft for use in civil aviation. He cites the cost-sensitivity of the markets, and argues that the economics just don’t add up. There may be some opportunity for offshore support, he argues, but that this market is small.
"Although U.S. military exports remain high, propelled by a few big-ticket sales, the trends across defense, except (so far) in fighter aircraft, are similar. Israel leads the unmanned air vehicle business, despite billions in Pentagon funding for U.S. industry. Europe’s ramjet-powered Meteor air-to-air missile, claimed to be uniquely lethal at long range, has no U.S. equivalent (unless something exists in the classified world) and already provides Sweden with a contingency operational capability; the AIM-120D version of the Advanced Medium-Range AAM, evolutionary rather than revolutionary, is not operational yet. The only all-new U.S.-led surface-to-air missile, the Medium Extended Air Defense System, was just rejected by Poland, leaving the updated-veteran Patriot versus MBDA’s SAMP/T, a land-based version of the system operational on British and French warships. Non-U.S. contenders such as Rafael and Diehl increasingly own the shorter-range segment."
Sub-Saharan Africa faces complex challenges in agriculture, making it the only region where per capita food production continues to decline year by year. The causes are diverse: poor soil fertility, inadequate farming methods, small-holder farms with small or no economic returns, and dependence on rain-fed agriculture.
"It’s all because the Army is looking to revamp its helicopter fleet over the coming decades, replacing thousands of its trusted UH-60 Black Hawk and AH-64 Apache choppers with something that can fly heavier, faster and further: the trifecta of flight. The industry heavyweights—Bell Helicopter and a Boeing-Sikorsky team—are in the running.
But so are two pipsqueaks: AVX Aircraft and Karem Aircraft.
While Karem is offering a tilt-rotor design like the Bell-Boeing V-22 now being flown by the Marines, AVX’s entry is what’s called a compound coaxial helicopter. It has a pair of rotors spinning in opposite directions atop its carbon-fiber fuselage to lift it, and two ducted-fans at its rear end to push it.
The Army wants its next-gen chopper to be able to fly 265 mph (426 kph), 50% faster than a Black Hawk, and to travel 2,100 miles (3,400 km) from California to Hawaii on its own. And to be able to make that flight autonomously—with no pilot at the controls."