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The global air crane helicopter market size, valued at USD 2.03 billion in 2018, is projected to reach USD 2.65 Billion by 2026, at a CAGR of 2.1% during the forecast period.
Air Cranes are the helicopters that are used to lift heavy loads. The air crane helicopters carry loads connected to long cables or slings to shift heavy equipment from one place to another. The demand is majorly from the remote locations or inaccessible areas, such as the top of the hill or the top of the building or mountain and forest areas. The helicopters are used as per there capacity to carry loads. The helicopters used for commercial applications are having comparatively less hook load-carrying capacity than helicopters used for military applications. The helicopters satisfy the applications depending upon the external load-carrying capacities, endurance, range, and others.
The report covers the utility helicopter models for heavy lift operations. Some of the popular helicopter models are considered in the research including, Bell 412, H60 Blackhawk, UH 60 BHI Helicopters (Firehawk), Airbus H125, Airbus 215, Kamov KA-32, Kaman K-MAX, AW 109 power, AW 139, Aibus 135, Aibus 145, CH-53K King Stallion helicopter, CH-47D Chinook, V-22 Osprey, Mi-38, Airbus 225M (EC 725 Super Cougar), The AugustaWestland AW101, NH90, Sikorsky S-92, Sikorsky S-76, HH-60H Sea Hawk, Erickson S-64 and UH-1H HUEY
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The air crane helicopters are majorly used for a variety of commercial applications such as aerial firefighting, heavy lift operations, oil & gas, power line construction, logistics operations, and others. Similarly, the helicopters fulfilled military applications such as troops transportations, cargo transportations, search & rescue (SAR) missions, and others.
Some of the recent developments include technological improvements in sling load systems, advanced avionics, and others. The helicopters are installed with a complete cargo hook suspension system that provides quality. The advanced suspension system provides more safety, reduced maintenance costs, and improves utility. In January 2017, the Sikorsky UH-60A Black Hawk N683DN model was upgraded to a fully digital cockpit by Rogerson Kratos.
Furthermore, the unmanned rotary-wing platform developed by Lockheed Martin Corporation and Kaman Aerospace Corporation from an existing helicopter model of Kaman, K-MAX. The Kaman K-MAX helicopter model used by US Marines to deliver supplies by day or night to precise locations without risk to life in the process. The K-MAX can deliver a full 2,700-kg of cargo at sea level and over 1,800 kg at 15,000 feet. Nexvision, French image processing specialists were working on the augmented-reality vision system for firefighting helicopter pilots.
In January 2020, Erickson Incorporated is one of the largest heavyligting helicopter operator have singed an agreement with Sikorsky to develop Matrix Technology for semi-autonomous and autonomous operation of the S-64 Air-Crane. Erickson operates fleet of S-64 Sky Crane for various applications, and the company has a plan to have demo flights of Matrix technology in their helicopter fleet in 2021. The matrix technology will provide advance flight control and navigation systems for Erickson heavy-lift helicopter, which will enhancing cockpit awareness and flight crew safety during day and night firefighting operations.
In 2019, There was a massive bushfire in Australia due to heat, dry weather push flames, high winds. The fire was proved deadly and destructive as it burned through more than 15.6 million acres. Due to such incidences, there is an increasing demand for aerial firefighting application of air crane helicopters market.
“Rise in oil & gas exploration activities across the globe is likely to propel the Air Crane Helicopter market growth”
In oil and gas offshore plants, crane helicopters are widely used for applications such as pipeline monitoring and surveillance, equipment handling, excavation activities, operational (inter-field) transfers, contingency, and others. Crane helicopters such as Sikorsky, Eurocopter, and Agusta are mostly used for the offshore operations due to its features such as ease in operations, fuel-efficient, long-range, and high load-carrying capacity. These helicopters reduce the transportation risk involved in oil exploration activities.
The use of helicopters in the offshore operations remains a fundamental requirement for industry, providing a means of transportation to and from installations and rescue, recovery in support of the offshore workforce. The rise in demand for offshore operations across the globe drives the air crane helicopters market. The demand for air cranes for oil and gas is not only from the Robust SAR provision but also an essential safety net for oil and gas companies working in offshore marine environments.
Crane helicopters such as Sikorsky, Eurocopter, and Agusta are mostly used for the offshore operations due to its features such as ease in operations, fuel-efficient, long-range, and high load-carrying capacity. These helicopters reduce the transportation risk involved in oil exploration activities.
“Increasing Demand for Cargo Lifting and Firfighting Help to Accelerate Market Potential”
In the last few years, helicopters with commercial applications witnessed significant growth due to the applications such as aerial firefighting, logistics operations, power line construction, and others. The rise in demand from the military sector for cargo transportation, troop transportation, search and rescue, and others propels the growth of the market.
The growth of the market is attributed to the increasing bush fire incidences, increased use for heavy lifting operations, special purpose mission, and others. Helicopters OEMs such as Bell, Airbus, Kaman corporation, Lockheed Martin are developing helicopters applications such as aerial firefighting, water dropping, and other applications. In 2019, there was a massive bushfire that was witnessed in Australia.Due to the rise in such incidences, the demand for firefighting helicopters continuously increases, which drives the growth of the market.
“Increasing Demand for Air Crane Helicopters for Power Line Construction Accelerate the Market Potential”
Based on application, the global air-crane helicopter market is segmented into power line construction, aerial firefighting, logistics operations, oil & gas, and others. Among these, the power line construction segment holds the highest market shares in the global air crane helicopter market.
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The rise in demand for heavy lift operations on power line construction sites for efficient operations accelerate the market potential. The air crane helicopters are used for power transmission and infrastructure projects due to its capacity to lift heavy loads to Up to 11,000 kg external load. The increase in demand is due to its applications such as increased speed, delivery in remote areas and mountains, cost-effective, reduced travel time and risk, and improved safety propels the growth of the air-crane helicopter market.
Aerial firefighting segment witnessed significant growth during the forecast period due to an increase in the number of bushfire incidences, fire incidences in remote locations, and increased use of helicopters in forest service propels the growth of the air crane helicopter market. Other applications such as oil & gas and logistics also witnessed significant growth due to the expansion of oil & gas extraction companies and rising demand for cargo transportation, respectively. Other applications include search & rescue, and others.
“Increase in Demand for High Load Carrying Capacity With Greater Heights Drives the Growth of the Market”
Based on the endurance, the market is segmented into Up to 5,000 feet and Up to 10,000 feet. The Up to 10, 000 feet segment holds the highest market share and continues to be the dominating segment during the forecast period. The growth is attributed to the increase in demand for air-cranes with a higher load carrying capacities and advanced features for specific applications.
The air-crane helicopters are used for commercial as well as military applications. The multisession helicopters are used for aerial firefighting, oil & gas, logistics operations, search & rescue, and others. Due to the rise in demand for helicopters for such applications, the demand for Up to 10,000 feet in the endurance segment dominated the market.
Moreover, Up to 5,000 feet in the endurance segment witnessed significant growth due to efficient heavy lift operations.
“Growing Demand for Helicopters with High External Load Carrying Capacity Propels the Growth of the Market”
Based on external load capacity, the market segmented into Up to 3,000 pounds, Up to 6,000 pounds, and Up to 12,000 pounds and Up to 15,000 pounds. Up to 12,000 pounds dominated the market due to the increasing demand for air cranes with high external load-carrying capacity. The air crane helicopters are used for a variety of military applications such as cargo transportation, heavy lift operations, and others. Furthermore, the helicopters also useful for commercial applications like power line transmission, aerial firefighting, heavy equipment lifting, and others.
Due to multimission capabilities, there is a requirement of high external hook load-carrying capacity to transfer maximum load in a single time. Thus, the helicopters with high load-carrying capacity dominated the segment. Up to 3,000 pounds estimated to grow with the highest CAGR as these are useful for shorter missions, more safe, and cost-effective.
“Increasing Demand from Military Sector to Support Market Growth”
Based on end-user, the market segmented into civil & commercial and military. The military segment dominated the air-crane helicopter market due to its application such as troop transportation, cargo transportation, search & rescue (SAR), and others. According to the Russian helicopters data, out of the overall applications, the military transportation segment contributes 69%. Thus there is an increase in demand for air cranes helicopters in the military sector.
The military segment estimated to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period due to the growing commercial applications. Adoption of advanced technologies augmented reality, complete hook load suspension system, and others propel the growth of the commercial segment.
North America is dominating the global air crane helicopter market as it contributes to the highest market share. The well-established aviation industry, higher expenditure on the defense sector are the major reason for domination in the global air crane helicopter market. The presence of key helicopter OEMs such as Bell Textron Inc., The Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, and Kaman Corporation drives the growth of the market across the region.
North America Air Crane Helicopter Market Size, 2018
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The Asia Pacific is the fastest-growing region during the forecast period due to the fast-growing aviation industry in countries like China and India. The increasing demand from countries like Australia, India, China, due to increased expenditure on the military sector propels the market growth in the upcoming years. The rise in demand from Australia is due to increasing bushfire incidences. Furthermore, the expansion of oil & gas extraction companies in the Asia Pacific, an increase in the use of power line construction, logistics operations, and others drives the growth of the market.
Europe witnessed significant growth during the forecast period owing to the rising demand for air crane helicopters in commercial sectors. The presence of one of the key helicopter manufacturers, Russian Helicopters, drives the market growth across the region. The offshore operations in the Middle East & Africa by oil & gas companies will boost the air crane helicopter market trends in the region. Due to the presence of the largest forest area in Brazil, the demand for air crane helicopter is higher for forest service for a variety of applications such as aerial firefighting, SAR missions, and other military applications.
“Market Players such as The Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and Russian Helicopters will Strengthen the Market Position concerning the demand helicopter for heavy lifting application”
As per the global air crane helicopter market forecast, the market is dominated by some key companies due to their strong product portfolio and key strategic decisions. These key companies have a global presence and are also investing in research & development capability.
Air-Crane helicopter OEMs are majorly focusing on business expansion by establishing contracts for the advancements in helicopters for commercial applications. Moreover, key players are expanding their business by adopting strategies such as mergers & acquisitions, long term contracts, joint development, and agreements.
An increase in the demand for commercial applications of helicopters such as aerial firefighting, oil & gas, power line construction, and others propels the growth of the market. Due to the increase in bushfire incidences and a rise in demand for heavy lifting operations, there is a growing demand for air crane helicopters, that drives the growth of the market. The air-crane helicopter market is analyzed for the different applications, endurance, external load capacity, and end-user segments by the air crane helicopter OEMs. The market research includes the scope of the global, which is generating the demand for the Global Air Crane Helicopter Market.
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Along with this, the report provides an elaborative analysis of the global market dynamics and competitive landscape for the key manufacturers of the air crane helicopter market.
Value (USD Million/Billion)
By External Load Capacity
Fortune Business Insights says that the Global Air Crane Helicopter Market was valued at USD 2.03 Billion in 2018.
Fortune Business Insights says that the Global Air Crane Helicopter Market is projected to reach USD 2.65 Billion by 2026.
Growing at a CAGR of 2.1%, the market will exhibit steady growth in the forecast period (2019-2026)
The power line construction segment is expected to be the leading segment in this market during the forecast period.
Expansion oil & gas extraction companies, increasing bushfire incidences, and growing demand from the military sector drives the Global Air-Crane Helicopter Market.
Bell Textron Inc., The Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, Russian Helicopters, Kaman Corporation, Airbus, and others are some of the key manufacturing companies in the market.
Increasing demand for high external hook load carrying capacity, power line construction, logistics operations, military transportation, and others are help to accelerate the market of the Global Air-Crane Helicopter Market.
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