F&S on Europe’s Military Helicopter Market: 2006-2015Oct 26, 2006 10:22 UTC by Defense Industry Daily staff
Frost & Sullivan’s study “European Military Helicopter Markets 2006 – 2015” (code: B858-16) Notes that the European military helicopter is valued at nearly $26 billion between 2006-2015, but will shrink in size over that time. A number of programs (NH90, Eurocopter Tiger, EH101) are in the delivery stage right now, and the firm sees continued shrinkage in European defense budgets.
Their most interesting points had to do with the demands of that particular market in the coming years. Beyond budgetary assessments, the overarching point was that “The European military helicopter market will be determined by the demands of operations other than war (OOTW) for the next ten years…,” a situation characterized by small numbers of troops being moved rapidly and safely around large areas. This in turn will place a premium on:
- Rapid reconfiguarability for roles like aid and reconstruction
- Carrying capacity beyond a squad of troops
- Higher levels of maintainability & repair/ low operating costs
- Ease of upgrade via Commercial Off the Shelf components