|Frost & Sullivan Research Service||Published: 26 Jun 2012|
This Frost & Sullivan research service titled Analysis of the DoD Helicopter Market provides end-user overviews, industry challenges, drivers, and restraints, as well as a competitive overview of major market participants. In this research, Frost & Sullivan's expert analysts thoroughly examine the following markets: assault/transport, attack/reconnaissance (recon), executive transport, heavy lift, maritime, search and rescue, special operations, and miscellaneous parts/services.
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Irregular Warfare Sustains Demand for Rotary Winged Helicopters
DoD Budget Cuts to Lower Spending on Helicopters
Continuing wars and nation building activities in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Yemen have generated significant demand for rotary-winged assets for their diverse mission capabilities. The 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) lists success in counterinsurgency (COIN), stability, and counterterrorism operations as some of the United States’ defense objectives. This can only be achieved by increasing the availability of military helicopters. Testing unmanned rotary-winged platforms for resupply in Afghanistan, as well as well as for other dull, dangerous, and dirty missions, will offer an estimate of the number of manned platforms that will be needed for similar missions in the future. The U.S. Armed Forces’ greater focus on the Asia Pacific will also enhance the need for maritime helicopters. Traditional combat operations will give way to more irregular warfare that involves no state enemy. “DoD forces will become more involved with COIN and counterterrorism operations in tactical environments because well-funded, non-state actors will gain access to advanced technologies and capabilities,” says the analyst of this research. “In such a scenario, there will be a steady demand for rotary-winged aviation for the next several decades.”
The constant use of helicopters for combat and humanitarian operations is compelling the DoD to upgrade its existing fleet. There will be fewer ‘new start’ military helicopter projects due to an estimated $1 trillion spending cut over the next 10 years, as proposed by the Budget Control Act (BCA) of 2011. If the Congress does not decide on the programs that will be shrunk or cut by early 2013, the funding for every DoD program will be reduced by the same percentage through sequestration. “If sequestration is avoided, only $487 billion in program cuts will be required during the next decade,” notes the analyst. “These budget reductions will necessitate continuous remanufacturing and upgrading of current rotary-winged aircraft rather than purchasing new, technologically advanced platforms.” The DoD must make a decision on platform replacement by the end of this decade to prevent a severe loss of U.S. combat mission capabilities. In these difficult market conditions, helicopter manufacturers will do well to focus on affordable, miniaturized automatic flight-control systems, sense-and-avoid technologies, redundant sensor/control systems, total systems integration, communications solutions, and data-exploitation efficiencies.
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|Table Of Contents|
1. Executive Summary
2. Market Overview
3. Total DoD Helicopter Market
3.1 External Challenges: Drivers and Restraints
3.2 Forecasts and Trends
3.3 Market Share and Competitive Analysis
4. CEO’s 360 Degree Perspective
5. Assault/Transport Segment Breakdown
6. Attack/Reconnaissance Segment Breakdown
7. Executive Transport Segment Breakdown
8. Heavy Lift Segment Breakdown
9. Maritime Segment Breakdown
10. Search and Rescue Segment Breakdown
11. Special Operations Segment Breakdown
12. Miscellaneous Parts and Services Segment Breakdown
13. The Last Word (Conclusions and Implications)
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