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Asia Pacific Helicopter Market Size, Share & COVID-19 Impact Analysis, By Type (Civil & Commercial and Military), By Weight (Light, Medium, and Heavy), By Application (Emergency Medical Service, Corporate Service, Search and Rescue Operation, Oil & Gas, Defense, Homeland Security, and Others), By Point of Sale (New and Pre-Owned), and Regional Forecast, 2023-2030

Region : APAC | Format: PDF | Report ID: FBI107402



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The Asia Pacific helicopter market is the fastest-growing market in the global market, and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 4.9% during the forecast period. The global helicopter market size is expected to grow from USD 56.87 billion in 2022 to USD 76.16 billion by 2030.


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The Asia Pacific region is expected to witness the launch of advanced helicopter models and increased collaborations and partnerships between major players to cater to the growing demand for helicopters in the region. Major players in this region are investing in R&D to introduce new products and enhance their existing models to cater to the region's evolving needs.

  • For instance, in 2021, Airbus S.A.S announced the launch of a new version of the H145 with improved operational capabilities, including better performance in high and hot conditions, for its customers in the Asia Pacific region.

The Asia Pacific helicopter market research report covers the following countries/regions – China, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia, and the Rest of Asia Pacific.


Growing Demand for Emergency Medical Services Offers New Growth Opportunities

One of the latest trends in the Asia Pacific region is the growing demand for emergency medical services (EMS). As the region's healthcare infrastructure continues to develop, there has been an increase in the number of hospitals and medical facilities requiring quick and efficient patient transport, particularly in remote or hard-to-reach locations. The use of rotorcraft in the Asia Pacific region for EMS is gaining popularity in India and China, which have large populations and vast geographical areas.

  • For instance, in March 2022, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by Airbus SE with Airlift Global, a company supported by AUM Capital based in the U.K., to promote Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) and related air medical services in India.


Growing Defense Spending by Countries in the Region to Accelerate Market Growth

Asia Pacific has witnessed a significant increase in government spending on the modernization and replacement of existing fleets, particularly in the defense sector. This is mainly driven by the growing geopolitical tensions in the region and the need to upgrade the military capabilities of various countries.

  • For instance, in May 2021, the Japanese government announced that it would allocate USD 49 billion for defense spending in the fiscal year 2021, which includes the acquisition of new rotorcraft for the Japanese Self-Defense Forces. This increased spending is expected to fuel the Asia Pacific helicopter market growth.


Limited Infrastructure and Maintenance Facilities to Limit the Market Growth

The Asia Pacific region faces several challenge, including limited infrastructure and maintenance facilities. The lack of adequate infrastructure in some parts of the region can also restrain the market growth during the forecast period. The availability and accessibility of helipads, hangars, and maintenance facilities, among others are important for rotorcraft operators to establish a strong presence in the region.

  • For instance, according to a report by the Australian Helicopter Industry Association, there is a shortage of suitable landing sites, particularly in urban areas, which can limit the growth of the market in the region.


The Asia Pacific helicopter market share is dominated by major players such as Airbus S.A.S, Textron Inc., Leonardo S.p.A., and Lockheed Martin Corporation. These companies have established a strong presence in the region, with a diverse product portfolio ranging from civil to military rotor-wing aircraft.

Other prominent players in the market include Rostec, the Robinson Helicopter Company, Aviation Industry Corporation of China, Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd., and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. These companies are focused on expanding their regional product portfolio and distribution network to increase their market share through strategic collaboration and partnerships.



  • February 2023 - Safran Helicopter Engines and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) agreed to collaborate on the development of engines for the future 13-tonne IMRH (Indian Multi-Role Helicopter) and its naval variant, DBMRH (Deck Based Multi-Role Helicopter). The workshare agreement, which follows the Memorandum of Understanding signed on July 8, 2022, outlines the distribution of activities between the two companies in the joint venture.

  • December 2022 - Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has been granted a USD 235 million (302-billion-won) contract by South Korea to provide 10 Light Armed Helicopters for the army, with delivery set to commence by 2024 along with training, maintenance, and spares, as per The Korean Herald.

  • January 2022 - Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) unveiled its latest helicopter, the HAL Light Utility Helicopters (LUH), a rotary-wing aircraft designed and developed by HAL for use by the Indian armed forces. The LUH is the newest addition to HAL's portfolio of indigenous helicopter designs. The LUH is a multi-role rotorcraft that can perform a variety of missions, including utility, reconnaissance, surveillance, and search and rescue (SAR).


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The market analysis provides qualitative and quantitative insights on the market and a detailed analysis of the Asia Pacific market size & growth rate for all possible segments in the market. Along with the market forecast, the research report provides an elaborative analysis of the market dynamics and competitive landscape. Various key insights presented in the report are overview of the number of procedures, an overview of price analysis of types of products, overview of the regulatory scenario by key countries, pipeline analysis, new product launches by original equipment manufacturers OEMs, key industry developments – mergers, acquisitions & partnerships and, the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the helicopters industry.

Report Scope & Segmentation



Study Period


Base Year


Estimated Year


Forecast Period


Historical Period


Growth Rate

CAGR of 4.9% from 2023 to 2030


Value (USD billion)


By Type, Weight, Application, Point of Sale, and Country/Sub-Region

By Type

  • Civil & Commercial

  • Military

By Weight

  • Light

  • Medium

  • Heavy

By Application

  • Emergency Medical Service

  • Corporate Service

  • Search And Rescue Operation

  • Oil & Gas

  • Defense

  • Homeland Security

  • Others

By Point of Sale

  • New

  • Pre-Owned

By Country/ Sub-Region

  • China (By Type)

  • Japan (By Type)

  • India (By Type)

  • South Korea (By Type)

  • Australia (By Type)

  • Rest of Asia Pacific (By Type)


Frequently Asked Questions

Growing at a CAGR of 4.9%, the market will exhibit steady growth in the forecast period (2023-2030).

Growing defense spending by countries in the region to accelerate market growth with increasing initiatives of market players to introduce innovative products are the major factors driving the growth of the market.

Airbus, Bell Textron Inc., Leonardo S.p.A., Textron Inc., Lockheed Martin Corporation, and the Boeing Company are the major market players in the Asia Pacific market.

China dominated the market in 2022.

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