The global military and government is projected to grow to USD 13.9 billion by 2020, at a CAGR of 8,4% from 2016 to 2020, where medium-lift type helicopters are dominant in terms of systems delivered and in terms of value. After 2020, the value of helicopters in these sectors should fall to USD 9.4 billion by 2022, or a CAGR of – 6,5%, as a number of major procurement programs come to an end.
The helicopter’s prominence has been steady since the aircraft first entered mass production in the 1940s. The Vietnam War was the starting point where the helicopter in military use came into its own with the iconic Bell UH-1 Iroquois – better known as the Huey – becoming the main workhorse of the US Army and an integral part of the US’s operations in the conflict. More recently, the helicopter has played a prominent military role in conflicts like Afghanistan and Iraq.
The helicopter continues to be popular in the military being used in a wide range of roles, including transport, reconnaissance, attack, anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare, as well as search and rescue (SAR). Government roles include law enforcement, VIP, utility, SAR, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and firefighting.
Market Forecast’s new report, the Global Military and Government Helicopter Market Forecast to 2022, provides a detailed analysis of the military and government helicopter market from 2016-2022, focusing on major rotary-wing programs, requirements and orders in more than 50 countries, with particular focus on 23 countries, worth in excess of US$82.1 billion over the entire period.