The report covers the utility helicopter models for heavy lift operations, noting that some of the most popular aircraft types are included, such as Bell 412, H60 Blackhawk, UH60 BHI Helicopters (Firehawk), Airbus H125, Airbus 215, Kamov KA-32, Kaman K-MAX, AW109 Power, AW139, Airbus 135 and 145, CH-53K King Stallion, Ch-47D Chinook, V-22 Osprey, Mi-38, Airbus 225M, AW101, NH-90, Sikorsky S-92, S-76, HH-60H Sea Hawk, Erickson S-64 and the UH-1H Huey.
The report highlights recent developments such as technological improvements in sling load systems, advances in avionics, and advanced suspension systems that provide increased safety levels and reduced maintenance costs. Of particular note was the recent deal between Erickson Inc and Sikorsky to develop Matrix Technology for Semi-autonomous flight of the S-64 Air Crane. The technology will provide advanced flight control and navigation systems for the helicopter, enhancing cockpit awareness and flight crew safety during nighttime firefighting operations.
The report states: “The growth of the market is attributed to the increase bush fire incidences, increased use for heavy lifting operations, special purpose missions, and others. Helicopter OEMs such as Bell, Airbus, Kaman, Lockheed Martin [and Erickson] are developing applications such as aerial firefighting, water dropping and other applications. In 2019, there was a massive bushfire in Australia. Due to the rise in such incidences, the demand for firefighting helicopters continuously increases, which drives the growth of the market.”
The report is available to purchase here