Rolls-Royce, the world-leading provider of power systems and services, today released its annual ten-year forecast of worldwide turbine helicopter deliveries. The Rolls-Royce forecast projects a total of 15,038 turbine helicopters, valued at $144 billion for the airframe, and $15.0 billion for the engines, will be delivered during the 2007-2016 period.
Scott Crislip, President - Helicopter and Small Gas Turbine Engines for Rolls-Royce, said the figures have increased over last year's forecast, due to a significant number of new military requirements that have surfaced over the past year, along with increased opportunities in emerging markets such as India, Russia and China.
A total of 8,943 military helicopter deliveries and major engine-related upgrades are expected during the 10-year period, with an airframe value of $120.0 billion and installed engine value of $11.4 billion. Approximately 45 percent of all units delivered will be multi-engine medium rotorcraft, primarily troop transport and maritime patrol, with 18 percent being intermediate twins, such as light attack and tactical utility helicopters, and 18 percent being single-engine aircraft such as armed reconnaissance helicopters.
The civil forecast remains stable when compared to the previous projection. A total of 6,095 civil helicopters is expected to be delivered during the period, with an overall airframe value of $24 billion and engine value of $3.6 billion. Scott Crislip said that this stability reflects the long-term health of the civil helicopter market, with anticipated new product introduction towards the end of the decade bolstered by strong near-term paramilitary demand from law enforcement agencies.
The civil market will be dominated by single-engine helicopters, accounting for 41 percent of deliveries, and light twins with 40 percent. Growth is expected to be stable, from a low of 555 units this year to a peak of 689 in 2016. Scott Crislip said: “The market is recognizing the increasing value and utility of the helicopter in a variety of different roles. Rolls-Royce is well-positioned in these high value areas with engines in service with most of the leading airframers and is the leading provider of propulsion systems and services for these high-value light, medium and heavy-lift helicopters.”