Search & Rescue (SAR) helicopters market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 3.70% from 2016 to 2021
The world economic crisis had caused a sharp order decline in the civil market for light helicopters. However, the rise in military demand had compensated for this loss. Major players in the aerospace and defense market anticipate helicopters to be the fastest growing sector for the global military aerospace market. Also, the importance of search and rescue operations along with medical evacuation practices has seen a rise in recent years leading to further increase the procurement of helicopters. Greater need to protect men and material, changing nature of warfare, technological evolution are among the major factors driving the growth for SAR helicopters market.
Next-generation helicopter avionics control display unit, Integration of self-protection systems, Self-sealing fuel tanks, Installation of a new terminal information systems in search & rescue helicopters, are among the leading technologies which have evolved over the years.
The non-military end-user sub-segmented is projected to grow at a CAGR of 4.28% between 2016 and 2021.
The non-military end-user sub-segment is projected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. On the other hand, the military sub-segment is estimated to be valued at USD 3.66 billion in 2016, and is projected to grow at a significant CAGR by 2021.
The twin engine type search & rescue helicopters is projected to dominate the market by 2021
The global search and rescue helicopters market has been segmented based on its engine type into single engine and twin engine. The twin engine type search and rescue helicopters are expected to account for the largest share of the global search and rescue helicopters market in 2016. The twin and single-engine helicopters offer practically the same degree of safety. Evidence shows that 95% of the causes of helicopter accidents (ground impacts, power line collisions, etc.) have nothing to do with whether the aircraft was a twin or single-engine model. It is only amongst the remaining 5%, which includes accidents caused by equipment failure not due to maintenance faults that the single-engine helicopter proves to be more accident-prone. Statistics show that overall, a difference of only 2% exists between single and twin-engine flight safety. A striking contrast to this figure is the 30 to 50% increase in the acquisition and operating costs of a twin-engine helicopter. Having said that; operating in hostile environments such as rough-ocean or mountainous terrain may push the decision towards a twin engine helicopter. A twin engine helicopter generally has more sophisticated avionics such as an auto-pilot, terrain awareness, and weather radar, which can add significantly to safety.
The global search and rescue helicopters market has been segmented based on its area of application into military sea and military land. The military land sub-segment comprises both, air force & army and is expected to account for the largest share of the global search and rescue helicopters market in 2016. On the other hand, the military sea search and rescue helicopters perform various activities simultaneously like performing medical evacuation, transporting relief supplies into disaster areas, moving supplies ship-to-ship, ground support, search and rescue, clearing mines, combat operations among others. These search and rescue helicopters are airborne platforms based thereby extending the range of ship’s radar capabilities.
The Asia-Pacific search & rescue helicopters market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 5.60% during the forecast period
Military budgets continue to squeeze in the traditional big markets. Emerging nations seek to protect their growing economies and themselves. Thus the defense contractors; most of which have roots in the Western Europe and the United States are looking in new places for customers. Instead of, for example, familiar territory like the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies, the growth arena for weapons manufacturers is mostly in places such as India, China, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and Japan. This shift, in turn, requires landmark changes in the way defense companies approach new business and manage their customer relationships.
Also, the continuing dynamic growth of economies especially in South East Asia presents defense companies with noteworthy opportunities. Following a sustained period of positive growth, many South East Asian countries are building up military capabilities, with an eye towards better protection of their assets. They also seek to defend their territorial integrity in the context of a fast changing security landscape. While defense spending for the region is growing, the scale and pace varies significantly from country to country. Indonesia, for instance, has more than doubled its spending in the past 5 years, whereas Cambodia and Laos are expanding their budgets more slowly. Modernization and replacement of aging fleets is also driving much of this spending growth.
The demand for defense material and the gap in capabilities present many opportunities for companies, especially those willing to partner and enable local manufacturing and research and development. This overall scenario of the defense budgets is driving the search and rescue helicopters market as well.
The key players profiled in the SAR helicopters market research report include Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, Airbus Helicopters, Leonardo, Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd., Bell Helicopter Textron Inc, Boeing Rotorcraft Systems, Russian Helicopters, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, MD Helicopters Inc., and Kaman Corporation.
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