Military helicopter sales will spur increase in turboshaft engine orders

Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology

ISSN: 0002-2667

Article publication date: 1 October 2004

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(2004), "Military helicopter sales will spur increase in turboshaft engine orders", Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, Vol. 76 No. 5. https://doi.org/10.1108/aeat.2004.12776eaf.004

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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Military helicopter sales will spur increase in turboshaft engine orders

Military helicopter sales will spur increase in turboshaft engine orders

Keywords: Helicopters, Military, Engines

A rising worldwide demand for new military helicopters, combined with large-scale US re-engining requirements, will propel an otherwise flat turboshaft engine market to higher levels during the coming decade, according to a Forecast International market analysis. “The Market for Aviation Turboshaft Engines: 2004-2013” points to several key US military programs that will drive production of current-technology turboshaft engines; it also describes emerging military requirements mandating new and more efficient powerplant designs.

The demand for military turboshaft engines is expected to rise significantly over the course of the forecast period as a number of US helicopter programs gain momentum. Military turboshaft deliveries will increase from 776 in 2004 to more than 1,200 in 2009, and will remain near that level through the end of the forecast period. Civilian helicopter production, according to the report, will continue to require about 900 turboshaft engines per year over the next 6-7 years.

Recent US military helicopter operations in high-elevation regions have highlighted the need for more powerful engines, and a long-term effort to re-engine several hundred US Army UH-60 Black Hawks is intended to address that need. Even more powerful replacement engines are expected as a result of the army's improved turbine engine program (ITEP), which ultimately could yield a common powerplant for Black Hawks and AH-64 Apaches. Under the auspices of ITEP and similar programs, engine-builders have been striving to develop more durable and economical turboshaft engines to power those helicopters and their successors.

“Incremental upgrades to existing turboshaft engines will continue to improve the performance and reliability of military helicopters in the near term,” said Rich Henderson, aerospace analyst and co-author of the analysis. “However, some extraordinary advances will be required toward the end of the forecast period, as next-generation medium- and heavy-lift helicopters move off the drawing boards and into development.”

Among those are the US Army's Air Maneuver Transport and the successor to the venerable Black Hawk. The AMT could be configured as a four-engine tiltrotor or other innovative aircraft, according to initial Pentagon proposals. In any case, the final design is likely to require turboshaft engines in the 6,000-shp (4,474-kW) class.

Forecast International projects that 19,719 turboshaft engines, including 8,793 civil and 10,926 military engines, will be delivered during the 2004-2013 period. These engines will have a total value at US $10.6 billion in 2004, including $7.5 billion in military sales.

Forecast International, Inc., is a leading provider of market intelligence and analyses in the areas of aerospace, defense, power systems and military electronics. Based in Newtown, CT, USA, Forecast International specializes in long-range industry forecasts and innovative marketing presentations, including regular 10-year forecasts.

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