Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, today forecast long-term growth in demand for new turbine helicopters. Over the ten-year period beginning 2011, total helicopter deliveries are predicted to be more than 16,900 units as the market responds to improving economic fundamentals and the world’s military operators continue to require increased vertical lift capability. In both segments, demand for replacement of retired and aging helicopters will combine with new technology offerings to enhance civil and military market demand.
Patricia O’Connell, Rolls-Royce, President – Customer Business Defense, North America, said: “While the market has not returned as quickly as the industry desired, basic indicators, such as emerging market demand and access to favorable financing terms, are beginning to support a positive environment for civil rotorcraft. Likewise, defense rotorcraft requirements, particularly for humanitarian and theater transport, continue with increased importance on hot and high operations.”
Rolls-Royce projects deliveries of more than 16,900 new turbine helicopters valued at $140 billion during the 2011 – 2020 period. These helicopters will require approximately 27,000 new turbine engines valued at more than $12 billion.
The civil market will experience modest unit growth, especially in new entry-level turbine helicopters. Rolls-Royce forecasts around 10,900 civil helicopters to be delivered during the ten year period, with an overall airframe value estimated at $34 billion and associated engine value of $4.6 billion.
Military original equipment manufacturer (OEM) deliveries are predicted to total approximately 6,070 new military helicopters during the ten-year period, with an airframe value of approximately $106 billion and an associated installed engine value of around $7.8 billion.