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Global Helicopters Market Assessment

  • November 2013
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  • Frost & Sullivan
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  • 188 pages

Helicopters Flying Towards New Promising Skies

This global study on the helicopters market covers two main segments: platforms and support in service. Throughout, these segments have been examined across three different end users, including military, parapublic, and commercial end users. Each of these end-user segments exhibit specific trends and challenges, based on budget capacities, regulations, mission requirements, and local infrastructure. Helicopters’ market evolution is also studied at the global and regional levels for Africa, Asia-Pacific, Central Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and North America. Overall, this report covers 136 countries. From a competitive perspective, leading and emerging helicopter OEMs' market shares are analysed in-depth.

Executive Summary

• The global helicopters market, which is analysed across military, parapublic, and commercial end users, will be driven between 2012 and 2022 by two main factors:
oEmerging countries are renewing and significantly increasing their helicopter fleet capabilities; hence new platform procurements will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of X% and will present a cumulative market size of $X billion.
oWestern regions will rather opt for renewed capabilities through platforms upgrades and maintenance outsourcing due to diminishing budgets. As a result, the support-in-service (SIS) segment will grow at a CAGR of X% and the total addressable opportunities will reach $X billion.
• Consequently, the global helicopters market will witness growth at a CAGR of X% and will represent a total market size for both platforms and services of $Xbillion.
• Military helicopters will be the most dynamic segment at the global level for both platforms and SIS, rising at a CAGR of X%. It is estimated that more than X military platforms will enter into service during the period, peaking in 2018 as global renewal cycles will be achieved across most regions.
• Asia-Pacific and Central Asia are the exception and will continue to place significant new orders. The total market size for military helicopters is $X billion, with platform new procurements accounting for X% of this.
• Traditionally comprising a much smaller fleet size, parapublic helicopters will be particularly in demand across emerging markets as Ministry of Interiors’ budgets are less impacted by the global financial downturn than in Western regions. This segment is expected to rise at a CAGR ofX%.
• With a total market size of $X billion for parapublic platforms and services, Asia-Pacific, Central Asia, and Latin America are expected to concentrate at leastX% of total new platform procurements, which is estimated at $X billion. Regarding the global parapublic SIS segment, the total available revenues will account for $X billion.
• The commercial helicopter segment will be also stimulated by the global fleet renewal trend, hence increasing at a CAGR of X% and will offer a total market size of $X billion.
• Due to continued and global demand for oil and gas platforms, and also the growing interest for business aviation and air taxi missions in emerging markets, it is forecast that Xnew platforms will be procured between 2012 and 2022.
• On the SIS side, addressable revenue opportunities for commercial end users will grow at a CAGR of X% and will offer a cumulative market size of $X billion. Overall, commercial SIS will account for X% of the total commercial helicopter segment.

CEO’s Perspective

1. Increasing territorial conflicts and asymmetric warfare will drive military new procurements despite budget constraints.
2. The main restraints to slow commercial helicopter market penetration in transitioning regions are the lack of infrastructure, skilled personnel shortages, and outdated civilian airspace regulations.
3. While military end users from emerging markets remain reluctant to outsource platform maintenance, Western regions will increasingly do so with the aim to decrease both platform acquisition prices and total cost of ownership.
4. Commercial SIS will grow in emerging regions to bridge the gap between nascent domestic infrastructure and gaining market knowledge to further enhance local helicopter industries.
5. UAVs do not directly threaten manned helicopters; on the contrary they will critically enhance military and parapublic helicopter tactical capabilities in the long term.

Market Overview—Market Scope

Helicopters Market: Platforms and Support

End Users:
• Military: Air, Land, and Naval Forces
Platform Roles: Attack - Utility - Special Missions
Maintenance Activities Support in Service (SIS): Field Line - Depot-Heavy - Engine - Spares and Repairs - Upgrades - Training
• Parapublic: Government, Law Enforcement Forces, and First Responders
Platform Roles: Police and Law Enforcement - EMS - All-Weather SAR - Fire Fighting - Government Utility and Support
Maintenance Activities Support in Service (SIS): Field Line - Depot-Heavy - Engine - Spares and Repairs - Upgrades - Training
• Commercial: Industry Resources, Corporate and Commercial Operators
Platform Roles: Air Taxi and VIP Transport - Business Aviation - Oil & Gas - EMS and Air Ambulance Commercial Utility - Private Ownership
Maintenance Activities Support in Service (SIS): Field Line - Depot-Heavy - Engine - Spares and Repairs - Upgrades - Training

Market Overview—Definitions

End Users:
Air, land, and naval armed forces.
Government, law enforcement forces, and first responders.
Commercial, financial, charity-run operators, and private owners of platforms, which include industry corporate and resources, and commercial operators.

Military Helicopter Roles for Air, Land, and Naval End Users:
Transport, support and training, medical evacuation (MEDEVAC), vertical replenishment (VERTREP).
Combat standard and advanced complex defensive and offensive platforms, close combat air support, armed reconnaissance.
Special Missions
All-weather and combat search and rescue (C-SAR), electronic warfare, intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance, emergency services, special operations, anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare (ASUW).

Parapublic Helicopter Roles for Governmental End Users:
Government utility and support: parapublic duties focused on utility roles such as transport, support and training, VIP and official services.
First Responders
Police and law enforcement (police, customs, borders control and coast guards, and special homeland security units); emergency services missions such as fire fighting, all-weather search and rescue (SAR); and government emergency and medical services (EMS).

Commercial Helicopter Roles and Operators:
Industry Resources
Helicopters used for oil and gas (O&G) missions, wind farming, and mining.
Industry Corporate
Business aviation (regular and charter airline companies), air taxi, and VIP transport.
Commercial Operators
Commercial utility (aerial services, such as construction, cargo utility, communication relay provision, news gathering, tourism, sports, and leisure); commercial and charity-run EMS and air ambulance services. Private ownership by individuals of first-hand helicopter acquisitions represents a minor market share and, hence, has been included in the commercial operators segment.

Helicopter Support-in-Service (SIS) Activities:
Field-Line Maintenance
Aftermarket support services aimed at delivering line or routine maintenance.
Depot Maintenance
Aftermarket support services aimed at delivering heavy or depot maintenance, such as airframe, dynamic components, and systems.
Engine Maintenance
Aftermarket support services aimed at delivering engine maintenance and overhaul.
Spares and Repairs
Aftermarket support services aimed at delivering maintenance at components, parts, sub-parts, systems, and sub-systems levels (basic). Please note this includes repair costs but not components replacement.
Aftermarket support services aimed at delivering complete overhaul and mid-life updates and modernisation.
Aftermarket support services aimed at delivering training, including engine, (sub) system, information management systems, operations, and maintenance, including simulated environments. Please note this does not include training infrastructure acquisition (such as full-flight simulators) nor the maintenance of these training devices.

Market Overview—Covered Regions

North America
Latin America
The Middle East
Central Asia

Market Overview—Market Size

Research Service Market Size:
Please note that the market size is a representation of the revenue opportunities available to the industry across new platform procurements and SIS activities. The market size for platforms and SIS will be provided for each of the following segments at the global and segment levels:
• By Platforms and SIS
• By End Users
• By Platforms Roles
• By SIS Activities

Please note this research service will not include in its market size:
• Single-piston helicopters
• Second-hand platforms sales opportunities
• Private defence companies and private armies helicopter fleets
• Helicopters used for agriculture and pesticide purposes

Key Questions This Study Will Answer

Is the military helicopter market growing and at what rate?
What are the best the market opportunities for commercial helicopters?
What are the main helicopter programs across the various regions?
Is platform modernisation the way forward?
What are the end users’ insights on platform enhancement regarding versatility, fleet rationalisation/optimisations, and through lifecycle cost management?
What are the major trends that will shape next-generation platforms and what does the 20-year horizon look like?

Table Of Contents

Global Helicopters Market Assessment
Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary
2. Market Overview
3. Total Military, Parapublic, and Commercial Helicopters Market
4. External Challenges: Drivers and Restraints
• Forecast and Trends
• Platforms OEMs Competitive Analysis
5. Macro Trend Analysis
6. Military Helicopters Segment Breakdown
7. Parapublic Helicopters Segment Breakdown
8. Commercial Helicopters Segment Breakdown
9. North America Breakdown
10. Latin America Breakdown
11. Europe Breakdown
12. Africa Breakdown
13. Middle East Breakdown
14. Central Asia Breakdown
15. Asia-Pacific Breakdown
16. Conclusion
17. The Last Word
18. Appendix

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