Helicopters Market  Size and Growth 2031

Helicopters Market Size and Forecast (2021 - 2031), Global and Regional Share, Trend, and Growth Opportunity Analysis Report Coverage: By Type (Single Rotor, Multi Rotor, and Tilt Rotor), Weight (Light Weight, Medium Weight, and Heavy Weight), Application [Commercial & Civil and Military (Attack & Reconnaissance, Maritime, Transport/Search & Rescue, and Training)], and Geography

  • Report Code : TIPRE00007365
  • Category : Aerospace and Defense
  • No. of Pages : 150
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The helicopters market  size is projected to reach US$ 1.29 billion by 2031 from US$ 0.67 billion in 2023. The market is expected to register a CAGR of 8.5% during 2023–2031. Development of unmanned helicopters is likely to remain a key trend in the market.

Helicopters Market  Analysis

There are two types of component manufacturers operating in the market. The first ones offer highly specialized components that are developed after huge investment in research and development. These components can be engines, camera systems, and software, among others. These component manufacturers have certain level of moderate bargaining power in the market. Such manufacturers are very few in numbers. Since they offer specialized components, it helps the OEMs to develop advance helicopter systems. However, there are component manufacturers that offer standardized components, and these suppliers are comparatively huge in numbers. As there are too many suppliers in the industry, their bargaining power is diluted as they can easily be replaced by other players.

Helicopters Market  Overview

The major stakeholders in the global market ecosystem include component manufacturers, helicopter manufacturers and suppliers and end-users. With the rising need for advanced and efficient helicopter for various application across the globe, the component providers of helicopters are also experiencing a rise in demand. The components of helicopter include airframe, landing gear, tail rotor system, main rotor system, sensors, camera system among others. The component manufacturer work in tandem with the OEMS to offer reliable components that complies with the technical specification. Some of the key component manufacturers of helicopters are LISI AEROSPACE- that works with companies like Airbus S.A.S and Boeing Corporation, Safran- that offered main harnesses for the UH-60M and HH-60M aircraft models, RA Lalli among others

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Helicopters Market: Strategic Insights

Helicopters Market

  • CAGR (2023 - 2031)
  • Market Size 2023
    US$ 0.67 Billion
  • Market Size 2031
    US$ 1.29 Billion

Market Dynamics

  • Rise in military expenditure on advanced & lightweight helicopters
  • 2)Increased demand for search and rescue (SAR) helicopters
  • Aging Helicopter Fleet
  • Development of unmanned helicopters

Key Players

  • Airbus S.A.S.
  • Leonardo S.p.A.
  • Bell Textron Inc.
  • Russian Helicopters
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Boeing
  • Enstrom Helicopter Corp.
  • Kaman Corporation
  • MD Helicopters, Inc.

Regional Overview

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia-Pacific
  • South and Central America
  • Middle East and Africa

Market Segmentation

  • Single Rotor
  • Multi Rotor
  • Tilt Rotor
  • Light Weight
  • Medium Weight
  • Heavy Weight
  • Commercial & Civil and Military
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Helicopters Market  Drivers and Opportunities

Rise in Military Expenditure on Advanced and Lightweight Helicopters

The swift change in modern-day warfare has been urging the governments to allocate higher amounts toward respective military forces. The budget allocated to military helps the military forces to engage themselves in the development of robust indigenous technologies and procurement of advanced weapons, armaments, vehicles, and other equipment from international manufacturers. There is a rise in modernization of soldiers and military vehicles among most of the military forces in order to keep the personnel and vehicles mission ready. With an objective to modernize soldiers and vehicles, the defense ministries across the globe are investing substantial amounts in newer technologies, including advanced helicopters. This factor is boosting the growth of the global helicopter market. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the global military expenditure rose to US$ 2,443 billion in 2023 compared to US$ 2158.12 billions in 2022. The key countries in 2023, which accounted for ~60% of global expenditure, include the US, China, India, Russia, and Saudi Arabia. Such investments have been boosting the procurement and orders for military helicopters from across different countries worldwide which is further driving the market growth.

Aging Helicopter Fleet

Many countries are now witnessing an increase in aging helicopter fleet size, which is creating immense demand for new and advanced helicopters. OEMs can effectively use this opportunity to strengthen their market position. For instance, in 2020, in India, The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited received the initial operational clearance for production of the light utility helicopter, which is set to replace the aging fleet of Cheetah and Chetak helicopters of the Indian armed forces. Further, according to a report published in 2018–2019, approximately 25% of the total helicopter fleet size in India is over 20 years old and falls under “fleet renewal pending “category, which is expected to create opportunity for OEMs in the market. In 2021, the UK ministry announced that the country will retire the Airbus Helicopters Puma HC2 rotorcraft by the middle of this decade, as the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is targeting a range of capability updates. South Korea, yet another prominent country in the market, is also planning to upgrade its helicopter fleet. In April 2021, the country announced (under Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA)) that it is looking for more new attack helicopters for the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) under the second phase of its ongoing helicopter recapitalization programme. All these ongoing upgrade programs taking place in various major countries are expected to create growth opportunity for OEMs.

Helicopters Market  Report Segmentation Analysis

Key segments that contributed to the derivation of the helicopters market  analysis are type, weight, and application.

  • Based on type, the helicopters market  is segmented into single rotor, multi rotor, and tilt rotor. The single rotor segment held a larger market share in 2023.
  • Based on weight, the helicopters market  is segmented into light weight, medium weight, and heavy weight. The medium weight segment held a larger market share in 2023.
  • Based on technology, the helicopters market is segmented into commercial & civil and military. The military segment held a larger market share in 2023. Further, the military segment is sub-segmented into attack & reconnaissance, maritime, transport/search & rescue, and training.

Helicopters Market  Share Analysis by Geography

The geographic scope of the helicopters market  report is mainly divided into five regions: North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and South America.

North America has dominated the market in 2023 followed by Europe and Asia Pacific regions. Further, Asia Pacific is also likely to witness highest CAGR in the coming years. The US dominated the North America helicopters market in 2023. The US is the dominant and a mature market for helicopters. The helicopter market in the US is driven by growing procurement of such helicopter for military and commercial use. For commercial use, the US is in the ongoing process of procuring helicopters of search and rescue operation. The country is upgrading and procuring SAR helicopters. In 2021, the country completed the testing of a next generation combat rescue helicopter- the Sikorsky HH-60 W. Developed by Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, the HH-60W is a highly modified variant of the battle-proven UH-60M Black Hawk. The helicopter is highly capable and reliable over the HH-60G. It better support the full range of combat rescue and other special missions.

Helicopters Market Report Scope

Report Attribute Details
Market size in 2023 US$ 0.67 Billion
Market Size by 2031 US$ 1.29 Billion
Global CAGR (2023 - 2031) 8.5%
Historical Data 2021-2022
Forecast period 2024-2031
Segments Covered By Type
  • Single Rotor
  • Multi Rotor
  • Tilt Rotor
By Weight
  • Light Weight
  • Medium Weight
  • Heavy Weight
By Application
  • Commercial & Civil and Military
Regions and Countries Covered North America
  • US
  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • UK
  • Germany
  • France
  • Russia
  • Italy
  • Rest of Europe
  • China
  • India
  • Japan
  • Australia
  • Rest of Asia-Pacific
South and Central America
  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Rest of South and Central America
Middle East and Africa
  • South Africa
  • Saudi Arabia
  • UAE
  • Rest of Middle East and Africa
Market leaders and key company profiles
  • Airbus S.A.S.
  • Leonardo S.p.A.
  • Bell Textron Inc.
  • Russian Helicopters
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Boeing
  • Enstrom Helicopter Corp.
  • Kaman Corporation
  • MD Helicopters, Inc.
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    Helicopters Market  News and Recent Developments

    The helicopters market  is evaluated by gathering qualitative and quantitative data post primary and secondary research, which includes important corporate publications, association data, and databases. A few of the developments in the helicopters market  are listed below:

    • Bell Textron, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced today during HAI Heli-Expo that it has appointed Chinook Helicopters as an authorized Bell 505 dealership serving western Canada. (Source: Bell Textron, Press Release, Feb 2024)
    • Columbia Helicopters, a leading manufacturer and operator of heavy-lift helicopters, has announced a new partnership with Coulson Aviation, a world leader in aerial firefighting technology, to offer Coulson’s RADS-L Delivery System for operators of Columbia’s Model 234 helicopters. (Source: Columbia Helicopters, Press Release, Mar 2023)

    Helicopters Market  Report Coverage and Deliverables

    The “Helicopters Market  Size and Forecast (2021–2031)” report provides a detailed analysis of the market covering below areas:

    • Helicopters market market size and forecast at global, regional, and country levels for all the key market segments covered under the scope
    • Helicopters market market trends as well as market dynamics such as drivers, restraints, and key opportunities
    • Detailed porter’s five forces analysis
    • Helicopters market market analysis covering key market trends, global and regional framework, major players, regulations, and recent market developments
    • Industry landscape and competition analysis covering market concentration, heat map analysis, prominent players, and recent developments for the helicopters market
    • Detailed company profiles
    Report Coverage
    Report Coverage

    Revenue forecast, Company Analysis, Industry landscape, Growth factors, and Trends

    Segment Covered
    Segment Covered

    Type , Weight , and Application

    Regional Scope
    Regional Scope

    North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, South & Central America

    Country Scope
    Country Scope

    Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the expected CAGR of the helicopters market ?

    The helicopters market is likely to register of 6.7% during 2023-2031.

    What would be the estimated value of the helicopters market by 2031?

    The estimated value of the helicopters market by 2031 would be around US$ 68.87 billion.

    What are the future trends of the helicopters market ?

    Development of unmanned helicopters is one of the major trends of the market.

    Which are the leading players operating in the helicopters market ?

    Airbus SAS, Leonardo SpA, Bell Textron Inc, Russian Helicopters, Lockheed Martin Corporation, The Boeing Co, Enstrom Helicopter Corp, Kaman Corporation, MD Helicopters Inc, and Robinson Helicopter Company are some of the key players profiled under the report.

    What are the driving factors impacting the helicopters market ?

    Rise in military expenditure on advanced & lightweight helicopters and increased demand for search and rescue (SAR) helicopters are some of the factors driving the growth for helicopters market.

    Which region dominated the helicopters market in 2023?

    North America region dominated the helicopters market in 2023.

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