Shopping Cart  |  Intelligence Center

Press Release

Contact: : Raymond Jaworowski, Senior Aerospace Analyst
Phone: (203) 426-0800
Forecast International, Inc.
22 Commerce Rd. Newtown, CT 06470 USA


Forecast International: Medium/Heavy Military Rotorcraft Market Stabilizing

Newtown, Conn. [February 26, 2018] – Data from Forecast International's unique Platinum Forecast System underscores the importance of the medium/heavy military rotorcraft segment to the world's rotorcraft manufacturers. Over the next 15 years, from 2018 to 2032, the medium/heavy military sector will be the largest segment of the world rotorcraft market in terms of monetary value, and second only to the light civil rotorcraft segment in terms of unit production.

The Forecast International data indicate that 5,714 medium/heavy military rotorcraft will be produced from 2018 through 2032, with the value of this production estimated at $152 billion in constant 2018 U.S. dollars. Forecast International generally defines a medium/heavy military rotorcraft as one having a gross weight of at least 6,804 kilograms (15,000 lb).

The innovative Platinum Forecast System also enables market share projections. Russian Helicopters is projected to lead the segment in unit production during the 2018-2032 timeframe, with a 38.6 share of the market. The Russian consortium is followed by Sikorsky (23.4 percent), Avicopter of China (9.3 percent), and Boeing (8.0 percent). When the market is measured in terms of monetary value, the 15-year projections show Sikorsky in the lead in value of production with a 30.4 percent share, followed by Russian Helicopters (27.2 percent), Boeing (10.3 percent), and NH Industries (7.2 percent).

The market is expected to be relatively stable through much of the forecast period. Production in the segment had totaled 667 rotorcraft in 2013. However, according to Forecast International senior aerospace analyst Raymond Jaworowski, "The production level achieved in 2013 could not be maintained in the face of declining demand, and the medium/heavy military rotorcraft market has since settled back into a more sustainable level of annual output." The forecast calls for annual production to remain within a range of 420-480 units at least through 2026.

The medium/heavy military rotorcraft market could enter a more critical phase in the late 2020s. By then, production will have been completed for nearly all of the U.S. military's current rotorcraft acquisition programs. Production for export customers can be expected to further extend the production life of most of these legacy rotorcraft, but at reduced build rates. Thus, a sharp decline in annual production might be in store from the late 2020s until production ramps up in the 2030s for the U.S. military's Future Vertical Lift (FVL) program and similar requirements in other countries. However, some in the industry are hoping for an acceleration of the FVL program schedule that potentially would narrow or even eliminate this production gap.

The Platinum Forecast System is a breakthrough in forecasting technology that enables the creation of customized market assessments based on proprietary Forecast International production forecasts and data. With the use of the Platinum system, clients can quickly identify both market risk and future opportunities. System types and platforms, national currencies, geographic regions, and more can all be input into the system as criteria in order to create distinct market segments for evaluation. And all data are complemented by full market reports, Forecast Rationales, Excel spreadsheets, and more.

About Forecast International
Forecast International, Inc. is a leading provider of Market Intelligence and Consulting in the areas of aerospace, defense, power systems and military electronics. Based in Newtown, Conn., USA, the company specializes in long-range industry forecasts and market assessments used by strategic planners, marketing professionals, military organizations, and governments worldwide. Forecast International also maintains a high posture of situational awareness and geopolitical analysis.
  • FI on the web:
  • FI Blog:
  • FI on Twitter:
  • FI on Facebook:

    Contact Information
    Ray Peterson
    Vice President, Research & Editorial Services
    Forecast International
    22 Commerce Rd. Newtown, CT 06470 USA
    (203) 426-0800

    Forecast International sees Asia as Largest Light Military Rotorcraft Market over next 15 Years
    Sep 11, 2019
    Forecast International Senior Warships Analyst Stuart Slade to Speak at DSEI
    Aug 19, 2019
    Forecast International Projects $15.8 Billion Sea-Based Radar Market over Next 10 Years
    Aug 15, 2019
    Forecast International Publishes White Paper On Global Outlook For Helicopters
    Aug 08, 2019
    Market for Aircraft Carriers and Amphibious Warfare Ships Will Total $65.4B over Next 10 Years
    Aug 05, 2019
    Demand for Cybersecurity Means Explosive Growth in World C4I Market
    Apr 29, 2019
    FI Projects a 10-Year U.S. Defense Electronics Market
    Apr 02, 2019
    Forecast International and Japan's EvaAviation Forge Ties as Partners, Resellers
    Dec 11, 2018
    European Manufacturers Set to Break into Microturbine Market
    Dec 05, 2018
    GE Dominates Market in New Forecast International Power Generation Forecast
    Dec 04, 2018
    Forecast International: Realignment and Restructuring Characterize Regional Aircraft Market
    Oct 29, 2018
    Forecast International: New-Start Programs Highlight Long-Term Outlook in Light Military Rotorcraft Market
    Sep 26, 2018

    Forecast International © 2019 22 Commerce Rd Newtown, CT 06470 USA Phone: 203.426.0800 Toll-Free: 800.451.4975 (USA & Canada) Fax: 203.426.0223