Airborne Weapon Systems for Rotorcraft Market, by Class (Helicopters, Cyclocopter, Autogyro, Gyrodyne, and Rotor kite), by Application (Military Rotorcraft and Civil Rotorcraft), and Geography - Global Forecast to 2025

A rotorcraft is a heavy airborne machine that works by generating lift caused by its wings, which are called rotary wings or rotor blades. Several rotor blades are fixed and rotate around the pole to generate the lifting force to overcome the gravity pull and the weight by generating the required uplift pressure and providing direction through forcing down the oncoming air.

The major concern is that lots of air have to race across its wings to generate enough lift, which needs bulky wings to overcome the air force and fly fast. Also, it requires a long runway for takeoff and landing. The rotors are thin wings that spin around a shaft on the same spot and by that rotating force, it generates a huge downdraft of air lifting the helicopter upward. It helps to take off or land vertically and drift smoothly in any direction that is not available in a conventional plane.

Global Airborne Weapon Systems for Rotorcraft Market Taxonomy

On the basis of class, the global airborne weapon systems for rotorcraft market is segmented into:

  • Helicopter
  • Cyclocopter
  • Autogyro
  • Gyrodyne
  • Rotor kite

On the basis of application, the global airborne weapon systems for rotorcraft market is segmented into:

  • Military Rotorcraft
    • Attack helicopters
    • Maritime helicopters
    • Survey helicopters
    • Training helicopters
    • Transport helicopters
    • Multi-mission helicopters
  • Civil Rotorcraft
    • Light helicopter
    • Intermediate helicopter
    • Medium helicopter
    • Large & heavy helicopter

Military Rotorcraft:

The global military rotorcraft market is expected to grow at significant CAGR over the forecast period (2017 – 2025), due to the requirement of replacement the old fleets and to enhance the operations.

Governments across the world are more likely to get multi-functional helicopters, which includes ground attack, air assault, cargo, surveillance, rescue operations, humanitarian aid, and troop transport due to the cut in defense budget. The Ministry of Defense, Government of India, intends to procure approximately 123 Naval Multi-Role Helicopters along-with spare engines. Hence, the multi-mission and maritime helicopters segment is expected to account for major market share of the global rotorcraft market over the forecast period, followed by attack, transport, training, and survey helicopters.

Civil Rotorcraft:

Civil rotorcraft market was valued at US$7.8 Billion in 2016. Civil rotorcrafts offer vertical take-off and landing capabilities, which helps the helicopters to function in remote areas.

Civil rotorcrafts market is anticipated to observe high growth rate during the forecast period (2017 -- 2025), due to increasing demand for travel, medical services, general service, and firefighting. Among the civil rotorcraft, light helicopter are expected to account major market share due to the continuing crisis in the oil and gas industry that may slower the use of large and heavy helicopters.

Global Airborne Weapon Systems for Rotorcraft Market Outlook - Asia Pacific Holds Significant Market Share

Asia Pacific region is expected to account for the largest market share of global rotorcraft market by 2025, due to new trends and technologies in the rotorcraft industry, cutting-edge solutions, and increase in Chinese defense expenditure, followed by North America and Europe.

According to Coherent Market Insights analysis, North America and Europe are expected to account around 39% and 27% share of global market by 2025. New helicopter deliveries in Asia Pacific region is also expected to rise during the same time to over 34%.

Increasing aggressiveness of China regarding territorial clashes with its neighbor countries and strong economic growth are the primary factors driving the growth of the rotorcraft market. Beijing has revealed a homegrown battle chopper that is said to be the most powerful and able to destroy the most powerful tank in the world.

'Black Hurricane' is single door, narrow body aircraft, and multiple rocket launcher, which could fire more than a dozen rockets at the same time. This aircraft is the most advanced helicopter and expected to perform air-to-ground strikes, air-to-ground fire, and air-to-air combat in any weather condition.

The military helicopter has many rocket launcher and can carry four missiles at the same time. Additionally, pilot seat is protected with bullet-proof shield, which could block bullets from a 12.7mm machine gun. 

China's well-documented anti-satellite weapons tests have gained traction globally. It has forced the U.S Air Force to accelerate strategies for satellite protection, which includes improving sensor and cyber reinforcing command for the advancement in predictions for functionality in the event of an attack.

Key Players in the Global Airborne Weapon Systems for Rotorcraft Market

The Boeing Company, Bell Helicopters, Sikorsky, Leonardo-Finmeccanica, Changhe Aircraft Industries, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Airbus Defense and Space, Embraer, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Korean Aerospace Industries, Russian Helicopters, MD Helicopters, Turkish Aerospace Industries, Enstrom Helicopters, Rolls-Royce, and Helibras are some of the major players operating in the global airborne weapon systems for rotorcraft market.

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