Rolls-Royce predicts resilient rotorcraft market

Sunday, 22 February 2009

Rolls-Royce, which offers one of the broadest power ranges for helicopter turboshaft engines in the world, today forecast a market characterized by near-term softness followed by a resumption of growth. Over the ten year period total helicopter deliveries are predicted to be more than 15,000 units, a slight increase on the company's market forecast in February 2008.

Ken Roberts, President of the Rolls-Royce Helicopter Engine business, said: “The projection of deliveries in the short-term shows that the industry will not escape the economic downturn, but will remain quite resilient overall. The market will exhibit strong demand by 2013, indicative of its underlying strength.”

The Rolls-Royce market forecast projects deliveries of more than 15,000 turbine helicopters, valued at around $130 billion for the airframes and around $12 billion for engines, during the ten year period ranging 2009-2018.

The civil unit market forecast has increased by five per cent compared to the previous year’s projection, primarily due to new entry-level turbine helicopters. The market units now stand at around 9,000 civil helicopters to be delivered during the ten year period, with an overall airframe value estimated to be about $26 billion and engine value around $4 billion.

“With the oil and gas industry, police, air ambulance and defense ministries all looking for new, purpose-built aircraft, the demand for and benefits of helicopter usage are clear,” said Roberts.

The Rolls-Royce market forecast also projects approximately 6,000 new military helicopter deliveries during the ten year period, with an airframe value of around $104 billion and installed engine value of around $8 billion.

  1. Providing power from 300 shp to 7300 shp, Rolls-Royce helicopter engines are on over 150 applications in more than 120 nations in a variety of military and civil roles that include the U.S. Army OH-58 Kiowa Warrior; AgustaWestland Super Lynx and T129 ATAK helicopter; Bell 206 and 407; Schweizer 333 and MQ-8B Fire Scout, and the Robinson R66.
  2. Rolls-Royce, a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, has established strong positions in its four global markets - civil aerospace, defense aerospace, marine and energy.
  3. The company has a broad customer base including more than 600 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 2,000 marine customers, including 70 navies, and energy customers in nearly 120 countries. With facilities in 50 countries, Rolls-Royce employs 39,000 people worldwide and has businesses headquartered in the UK, US, Canada, Germany, Scandinavia and China. This global presence allows the Group to access long-term international growth opportunities with its technology, presence, partnerships and people.
  4. Rolls-Royce continues to invest in core technologies, products, people and capabilities with the objective of broadening and strengthening the product portfolio, improving efficiency and enhancing the environmental performance of its products.
  5. In 2008, Rolls-Royce invested over £800 million on research and development, two thirds of which had the objective of further improving the environmental aspects of its products. The primary technology investment area is aimed at reducing noise and emissions.

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